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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 […]

Spiritual Friendship: Magi-Style

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Christmas is near and the Nativity story hangs heavy in the air. In our home, Aimee builds a stone and driftwood creche above the fireplace.  In the scene sits an empty manger and a lone cow.  Around the room are placed the characters of Christmas.  The shepherds sit on a “hill” of books watching over […]

Do Advent Right This Year

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Hey all.  Sunday is the start of Advent (I know, “Already?”) The mothers and fathers of our faith were kind and intentional in giving us this month-long slowing-practice of reflection.  When I say “slowing-practice”, what I mean is, these godly women and men looked into the future and knew the tendencies of humankind… our tendency […]

Does it Bother You that Religious Groups Need to “Brand” Their Service?

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On today’s episode of #OffTheHighway, I interview Brandon Rhodes of Springwater Community and The Parish Collective.  One of the topics we wander into is the concept of Church branding.  Brandon tells lovely stories about acts of goodness and beauty happening all around his neighborhood and how he and his community of faith are seeking to […]

Graham, Campolo: Gay Marriage and Christian Volatility

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Yesterday, Franklin Graham called all Christians to ban pro-LGBT friendly companies…  And Christians are rising up to protest. Today, Tony Campolo makes a public call for Christians to support Gay Marriage…  And Christians are rising up in protest. Graham.  Campolo.  Are there two names more associated with Evangelicalism in America over the last 50 years? […]

My Writing Checklist

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My Writing Checklist How have I made myself the hero of my writings? How have I made myself smarter, cooler or more “righteous” than I actually am? Have I thrown anyone under the bus? Have I been vindictive in any story, paragraph or phrase? In what ways have I taken a cheap shot? Have I […]

"ALOOF" is Here… Sort of.

Advanced Reader Copies of “ALOOF” have been printed. Even though it will not be on shelves at your local bookstore until January 13th, on a project like this one, the publisher seeks to build anticipation by printing several hundred books early and sending them to media outlets, endorsers, industry leaders and influencers in both the […]