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...]

Behavior Modification for Social Justice?

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The busier life gets, the more corners we cut. One of the first things to go for me is self-care. My wife, Amy, and I both work full time and we have two kids, so it’s fairly easy to get to the end of the day and realize we haven’t exercised, had enough water, eaten [Read More...]

My Weirdest Interview Ever with Jim Wallis

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We started a new summer social justice lecture series at our church in downtown Portland this last Sunday. Despite some lingering anxieties from those less familiar with the platform, we endeavored to bring in Jim Wallis  via Skype as our keynote speaker for the week. As the resident person under 50 with quasi-hipster sensibilities,  I [Read More...]

My Frustration with Bell, Clinton and Obama on Marriage Equality

I know this may not be a popular position to take among my readers. After all, the last time I wrote anything even remotely critiquing or questioning Rob Bell, I got scathing responses. Oh, if folks only got so passionate about other things like, say, poverty. Anyway, I’m a real fan of Rob Bell. I [Read More...]

Finding God in Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell?

I know this sounds totally bizarre, but I had a moment of clarity about the value of human life in, of all places, a kid-themed pizza joint yesterday. No, they don’t exploit their workers (that I know of, short of submitting them to overstimulated kids all day). It took a few steps for me to [Read More...]

White Man: “We Built This Country.” Really?

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The Wild Goose Festival was awesome as expected this weekend in Corvalis, Oregon. About a thousand folks gathered for the first-ever west coast version of the event started in North Carolina. There were artists, theologians, pastors, hippies, activists, poets and any number of other curious observers, navigating the landscape to better understand where this movement [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...]

Planning for Poverty: The SNAP Challenge

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I’ve said before that privilege often is invisible until you don’t have it. So in that light, I’m doing a little experiment in a few days with our family, and I encourage you to join in. A lot of us never know what it’s like to try and live below the poverty line, and I [Read More...]


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