Advance Copies of BLOOD DOCTRINE? We’ve Got That!

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Yeah, I hear you. All of your friends listen covetously as you brag about how you were a part of the movement known as the BLOOD DOCTRINE novel project. They’re secretly seething through their forced smiles and gritting teeth, wishing they had jumped on the train when they had the chance. Well we shouldn’t leave [Read More...]

What Rock & Roll and Religion Have in Common

I grew up with music in my life. At first, it was a combination of my dad’s Willie Nelson and Ray Charles with my mom’s old southern Gospel hymns. I’d sit under the piano, feeling the vibrations as she played “Blessed Assurance,” and then lie on the floor in front of the speakers as Ike [Read More...]

Envy: Greed’s Ugly Cousin

I drive a Prius. I wouldn’t exactly say it’s a sexy car; the word “practical” comes to mind. It gets good mileage, is safe, and fits our family of four just fine in most cases. It’s gotten its share of dings and dents over the years, but it has been a very reliable and low [Read More...]

Jesus is a None: 5 Things Christians Need to Know About the “Nones”

The first time I heard the phrase “Nones” was from my friend Jim Wallis, who wrote about the release of a Pew Forum study documenting the growing number of people who responded “none of the above” when asked about their religious affiliation. As I wrote in a response back then, “Calling people ‘Nones’ is a mistake.” I’m [Read More...]

What if I’m Not Sure What I Believe?

I get asked questions sometimes that I feel are useful for a larger audience to consider and discuss. One such question was submitted to me by a reader a while back, which echoes the sentiments within many other similar questions I’ve received. Here’s the essence at the heart of those questions: What do I do [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “That’s What She Said” Edition

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Ahh nothing tastes better than your own foot when it comes to church signs… [Read more...]

Where Does Faith Fit in Uncertain Times?

This is another piece in the series I write for First Christian Church, Portland. I respond to questions about faith and theology in (hopefully) simple, straightforward terms. If you have a question you’d like me to take on, email me and I’ll do my best. Where does your faith fit in times of chaos and [Read More...]

The Trouble with Being Salt and Light

There was a time when calling someone “salt of the earth” was a compliment. It suggested a strong work ethic, moral integrity, and someone whose priorities were in proper order. Today, it seems like more of an insult than anything else. When surveyed about what they wanted to be when they grow up, the most common [Read More...]


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