Worshipping the Chains that Enslave Us


My dog is weird. She’s great, actually, but she’s also weird. We can’t say the word “walk” or even talk about “going on a you-know-what” near her because she freaks out. When Amy gets her walking shoes out it’s a sign, too, that the best thing ever is on the horizon. But the thing that [Read More...]

Was Jesus Crazy (and Are We For Following Him)?


C.S. Lewis is known for many things, but one of his statements about Jesus in particular has stuck with me. He says that either Jesus was who he said he was, or he was a madman. But what if he was a little of both? And if so, what does that make us for following him? [Read More...]

Five Things Christianity Can Learn From Buddhism


Could Christianity’s future lie in Buddhism’s past? This is a possibility that’s been haunting me lately, but in a good way, I think. One big critique, understandably, of postmodern views on Christian spirituality is that there’s too much time and energy spent deconstructing old systems and ways of thinking that need to be torn down [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 http://www.myjesusproject.com/. 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...]

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


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...]

Repenting Doesn’t Mean Feeling Like Crap About Yourself


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...]

The Gospel of Mark as a Manifesto of Political and Religious Defiance


I’m starting to think that Che Guevara and the Jesus of the Gospel according to Mark have an awful lot in common. I should explain, first, that I’m in the first month of My Jesus Project, a year-long effort to more deeply live into the life, teaching and example of Jesus through prayer, study and [Read More...]

WWCAD: What Would Christian Anarchists Do?


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...]