About Anderson Campbell

Andy is the Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at George Fox University He and his family live in Portland, Oregon where they are a part of the Theophilus Church community.

Choosing My Religion? [Anderson Campbell]

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I think I might be failing as a good, Christian father.I’ve identified as a Christian for nearly as long as I can remember. I grew up in Georgia, “Bible belt” territory.  Our household rhythms revolved around faith in God. We prayed at mealtimes and before bed. We were heavily involved in our Southern Baptist church, in which my father served as a deacon. We attended every Sunday, sometimes twice, and every Wednesday evening.When I was seven years old, I declared to my mother that I wante … [Read more...]

The Restlessness of Ordinary Time [Anderson Campbell]

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As August marches quickly toward September, we find ourselves past the apex of daylight in the northern hemisphere, each day becoming slightly shorter than the last. We also find ourselves in the midst of that time in the church year called simply, “Ordinary Time.” Even if you are not part of a particularly liturgical church, you likely are aware of some of her seasons. Advent is the period of time that begins four Sundays before Christmas and during which we anticipate the coming incarnation of … [Read more...]

The War Is Over; It’s Time to Stop Fighting [Anderson Campbell]

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It was the day after Christmas, 1944. In Europe, the Battle of the Bulge was in full swing. On the other side of the world Hiroo Onoda, an elite Japanese soldier and intelligence officer, was dropped behind enemy lines on Lubang Island in the Philippines. His mission was to link up with a small group of soldiers already on the island and conduct guerrilla warfare and covert operations. The departing orders from Onoda’s commander, Major Taniguchi, were clear: You are absolutely forbidden to die b … [Read more...]

The Loss of Lament [Andy Campbell]

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On a hot summer night in 2012, I tossed and turned in bed, unable to sleep. I was angry and frustrated. The year before I'd been fired from a large church for "not being a good fit." After blaming the church leaders failed to satiate my anger, I turned to blaming God. If God was omnipotent and loving, why didn't God prevent this from happening to me and my family? I'd committed no great sin; there was no moral or ethical failure that led to my dismissal. Yet, within just a few weeks of being let … [Read more...]

A Ritual for Congregational Confession [Anderson Campbell]

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Confession has gotten a bad rap. In our strengths-driven, success-oriented, put-on-a-good-face, USAmerican culture, we don’t like to deal with our shortcomings, our failings, our sins. We deny, we equivocate, we rationalize, anything we can think of to avoid having to deal with the ways we’ve failed to love God, to love others, and love ourselves. We sweep those things far under the rug, out of sight, out of mind, where they fester and gnaw at our insides.In confession, we are asked to con … [Read more...]


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