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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 […]

Humans: Integrated or Isolated?

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I sit on the light-rail train traveling through my beloved Portland at rush hour. Every seat is occupied and half as many more stand. I glance around the jostling compartment at each face, dozens in total. Not one smile. Almost zero eye contact… the few that do quickly refocus twenty feet beyond me as if […]

Video: Sacred Friendship is Like Enjoying a Sunset

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There is no “my team” and “the other team.”  Sacred friendship means we meet one another on level ground…  we stand shoulder to shoulder, without hierarchies. It is very much like enjoying a sunset. Please watch this 25 minute talk on non-hierarchical sacred friendship from last week for my friends at Azusa Pacific University. Click […]

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 […]

Resurrecting a Theology of Alcohol

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(Note: As you read this, would you consider helping me with some advice in the comments.  I am thinking about writing a book about a theology of alcohol, based in this article.  What advice would you give?  Thank you for reading.) God gave us alcohol to help us remember, not to help us forget. I […]