Is a Theology of Atonement a Ponzi Scheme that Enslaves Us to God?


There were several reasons I parted ways with my early conservative evangelical roots (among them was that I was thrown out), and trying in vain to accept the idea that Jesus died for my sins was a big one. Aside from atonement theology (the idea that Jesus’ death paid a debt to God I could [Read More...]

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?


(Join Christian in his year-long quest to better understand what we mean when we claim to follow Jesus at Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of bloody, violent sacrifice? If so, [Read More...]

What does it really mean to follow Jesus?


Four out of five Americans claim to be Christians. That’s more than a quarter billion people in the United states alone who claim, in one way or another, to follow Jesus. But what does that really mean? Is it more like a one-and-done deal, like lifetime  membership in a club? Is it the default response [Read More...]

Christ Church PDX Loses Funding, Denomination for LGBTQ Advocacy

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After nearly two decades serving within the denomination known as the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), Rev. Adam Phillips and his new year-old new church start, Christ Church, Portland, found themselves without a denominational home, a facility to worship in and $90,000 of funding, promised to them by the ECC who charged them with the new [Read More...]

Day Two of My Jesus Project: Are We Done Yet?

My new and Growing Jesus Shrine. Got something to add? Let me know.

First, the good news: After four months of preparation, I have officially started my year-long quest to more seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus, AKA “My Jesus Project.” And now the bad news: After today, I still have 363 days left of this. Turns out, Jesus stuff is hard. It’s not even that I’ve [Read More...]

Five Ways I Suck at Following Jesus #MyJesusProject


As you may know by now, I’m starting a new project (ramping up now, starting in earnest in February) in which I try for a year to really, seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus in western, post-industrial 21st century society. What does that look like? Do any of us actually do it? And [Read More...]

Art > Religion? Plus Biometrics, Bowls and Bieber

We’re packing in the content this week. Our first guest is a musical duo,Bettman and Halpin, from out of Denver. They did a gig recently with Christian on his trip to Colorado and the three of them hit it off. Check out clips from their new album, “Diamond,” and hear their thoughts on how art [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Beefy Cheesy Glory” Edition

Am I the only one who is picturing a Jesus who bears a striking resemblance to Hulk Hogan right now? Guess so (sigh).

So I opened my hamburger bun yesterday and I saw Jesus’ face, right there in the bun! It was a New Years miracle. Oh, and he was delicious. [Read more...]