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Option Two: Keep Tax Exemption & Draw Parish Boundaries

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Over the weekend the Oregonian published an article in which I suggest that the American Christian Church should consider giving back her tax exemption to heal one of society’s great wounds, like child hunger or health care.  I wrote a follow up to that article here. The suggestion stirred some great discussion (2000 shares  and over 500 comments […]

Church, Give Back Tax Exemption: Missing the Point

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Over the weekend the Oregonian published an article in which I suggest that the American Christian Church should consider giving back her tax exemption to heal one of society’s great wounds, like child hunger or health care. As of this morning, oregonlive.com has received over 500 comments on the article and over 1800 shares on […]

Angry Pastor, Angry Politician

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Maintaining Personal Myth Through Irrational Loyalty For years we were baffled by the “Angry Pastor” phenomena. Little did we know, it may have been a foreshadow of an emerging national mania. Angry Pastor Three years ago I was asked to write an article on the neo-authoritarian pastor phenomena in the American church. The purpose was […]

No Back Spaces: Drew Marshall Show Audio

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One of my new themes in life is “No Back Spaces.”  It is a movement within my public life, to say what I think, the way I think it, with less regard for the political ramifications.  It is a change of orientation to not say things in a way that will speak to the “largest […]

SLOW CHURCH, an interview with John Pattison

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I filmed this interview for a graduate level course I was teaching for Warner University in Florida.  The class was on innovation in ministry.  They read John’s book, “Slow Church,” and sent me questions for the author.  John was kind enough to give us some of his valuable time. John is, as always, delightful.  I […]

Video: “You Are Not Alone in Your Pain” @ Bridge City Church

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This past weekend, I was invited to share at Bridge City Community Church (http://www.bethechurch.net) in SE Portland. Here are the thoughts that I shared… The beginning of my public meditation was the unexplainable violence in Paris last week.  My out loud thoughts surfed through stories from my youth, the harmful limitations that church-speak perpetrates upon […]

Should the Church Chase the Culture?

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I recently gave an on-air interview on The Dove TV.  We covered several topics including my newest book, ALOOF, and host, Perry Atkinson, seemed most enthusiastic to get to a conversation about the church and the surrounding culture. Needless to say, I think Perry was a bit surprised by my answer. To jump to the […]

The Church We Daydream About, Part 2: The Worship Service

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We (Aimee and Tony Kriz) are not church-goers. To be specific, currently, we do not regularly attend a brick-and-mortar church’s services or programs. Not going to church is not our preference. We are very pro-church. We are proud of our individual stories, having been integral participants in numerous churches around the world. We are honored […]