I Think My Six-Year-Old Might Be Jesus

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I’m not sure, but I think my daughter, Zoe, is Jesus. For a couple of reasons. But before I talk more about her, let’s talk about me. You know, since I’m not Jesus and I like talking about myself. I hate failing. Really hate it, even when it’s partly out of my control. Just a [Read More...]

Five Reasons Saying “The Bible Clearly States” is Dangerous (and Un-Christian)

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Most of my life, I’ve heard people preface some sort of argument they want to support with the preface, “The Bible clearly states…” I’ve come to believe, however, that this is a phrase Christians should eliminate from their vocabulary, for a number of reasons: There’s no such thing as un-interpreted scripture – Legendary preacher and [Read More...]

Why I’m Fasting and Giving Away Half of My Stuff This Month

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I felt like I was preparing to punish myself for the month of March, the focus of which is “Jesus the Ascetic” during My Jesus Project, my year-long effort to more deeply understand what we really mean when we talk about following Jesus. I’ve consulted with a dietician, talked with my mentor, Reba Riley (author [Read More...]

Repenting Doesn’t Mean Feeling Like Crap About Yourself

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We’ve all heard the sidewalk preachers and TV Evangelists quoting the Gospels, telling us to “repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” It’s a claim that is generally intended to strike fear and trembling in the hearts of many. We’re supposed to straighten up, do right, and atone for all of our heinous, [Read More...]

What if Following Jesus isn’t Primarily about Beliefs or Actions?

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The following is part of “My Jesus Project,” a year-long quest to better understand what it means to follow the life, teaching and example of Jesus in prayer, study and action. To read more, or to join the conversation, visit the website. I’m intrigued by the fact that, in spite of my explanation that this [Read More...]

WWCAD: What Would Christian Anarchists Do?

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It’s a rainy, graciously lazy Saturday in Portland. A perfect time to dive into the Gospel of Mark and to cultivate my inner anarchist for the betterment of God’s Kingdom. This week, I got a list of possible tasks to take on during this month of My Jesus Project, in which I’m exploring “Jesus the [Read More...]

Jesus Wouldn’t Do Lists (But I do)

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Anyone who knows me very well can tell you I’m pretty intense about things. When I start on a new book project, sometimes I will write six to ten hours a day until I’m done, my hands give out or my family claws and wails outside my office door. So of course, when I decided [Read More...]

Punk Protesters Sentenced to Two Years in Russian Jail

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An update from CNN on the previous story about the Russian punk trio standing trial for protesting against President Putin in a Russin Orthodox church: Three members of Russian female punk rock band P—- Riot were sentenced to two years in prison Friday after they were found guilty of hooliganism for performing a song critical [Read More...]


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