Walking a Mile With a Meth-Head

Emmanuel shows up on our front porch about once a week. His name means “God with us,” but if there’s anyone on the planet who appears to have been forgotten by the Divine, It’s him. He stands at about 5’4″ and has maybe a handful of teeth left. when he speaks, I catch about half [Read More...]

Which Matters More: Faith IN Jesus or the Faith OF Jesus?

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Following is taken from Banned Questions About Jesus. Galatians 3:22: Is it the faith of Jesus or faith in Jesus that’s the key? Amy Reeder Worley: It is both the faith of and in Jesus that lead to salvation, which is another word for “liberation.” Jesus’ faith in God was absolute. He lived in complete [Read More...]

‘Blue Like Jazz’ Director Steve Taylor: “The Christian Movie Establishment…is Out to Get Us.”

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It’s no surprise that some Christians and the organizations they represent are less than enthused about the forthcoming Blue Like Jazz movie. But Steve Taylor, the film’s director, claimed today on Donald Miller’s Blog that certain prominent Christian filmmakers “issued what amounts to a fatwa against Blue Like Jazz.” One of the concerns involves a [Read More...]

Blue Like Jazz: My Webcast with Marshall Allman and Steve Taylor

While Steve Taylor, director of the upcoming “Blue Like Jazz” movie, and Marshall Allman, star of the film, were at South by Southwest premiering the movie, I got a chance to do an interview with them by webcast. We talked about the evolution of the story from book to screen, why they felt so strongly [Read More...]

Blue Like Jazz: My Interview with Donald Miller, Steve Taylor and Marshall Allman

I got to sit down with Donald Miller, author of the bestselling faith memoir, “Blue Like Jazz,” along with Steve Taylor (Blue Like Jazz film director) and Marshall Allman (the film’s star) before an advanced screening of the movie. We talked about faith, images of God, dangerous theology, music and unearned grace. The movie hits [Read More...]

Blue Like Jazz: I Was Donald Miller

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I was Donald Miller.
 Once upon a time, a lot of us were. Some of us still are. I, too, grew up in the church. Then it hurt me. So I walked away — injured, disillusioned, and pissed off. I, too, went away to college and left my faith behind me, with no intention of [Read More...]

Dear Ann Coulter: Stop Making Sense

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I’m telling you, these ultra-conservative spokespeople are gonna ruin my reputation if they keep putting stuff out there I agree with. First, Pat Robertson and I see eye-to-eye on the decriminalization of marijuana. Then doomsday prophet Harold Camping concedes that his predictions for the end of the world not only were off the mark, but [Read More...]

The Dark Side of Kony 2012: Look in the Mirror

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Most folks are at least somewhat familiar with the “Kony 2012″ phenomenon by now. Millions have become captivated by the story. But by and large, no one knew a thing about Joseph Kony, Invisible Children or Jason Russell a couple of weeks ago. It’s a new world. For those still catching their breath in the [Read More...]

Stuffed Cows and the Self-Imposed Cost of Free Grace

Each of us is our own worst enemy at one time or another. My eight-year-old son, Mattias, takes himself to the mat more often, and more violently, than most. My wife and I recently accepted a call to pastor a historic church in downtown Portland. When we told the kids, Mattias – my beloved resident [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, Part Four

I'm pretty sure I could take that devil. Maybe I'll sleep in Sunday and find out.

What good is life if we can’t laugh at ourselves a little? Church Sign Epic Fails, Part Three More Church Sign Epic Fails Church Sign Epic Fails [Read more...]


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