In Defense of Stuff Christian Culture Likes
Feb17

In Defense of Stuff Christian Culture Likes

In July of 2013, Christ and Pop Culture Magazine co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Richard Clark, wrote a strongly worded piece calling out internet phenom, Stuff Christian Culture Likes (SCCL), for “hate-watching the church.”   In it, Clark asserts that while some “good-natured ribbing” is often just what the doctor ordered to help us laugh at some of the quirkiness within western evangelical Christianity, SCCL’s approach is in “a...

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Father Richard Rohr: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes
Feb02

Father Richard Rohr: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes

Father Richard Rohr (OFM), is a Roman Catholic, Franciscan priest, ordained in 1970. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albquerque, New Mexico, and the author of more than 25 books about Christian spirituality.   Rohr is a contributing author to the CAC’s journal, Onening, as well as the progressive Christian publication, Sojourners. He is a proponent of the Perennial Tradition (a subject we discuss...

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One-Time Christian Rock-n-Roll Artist Renounces Faith, Shocks Millions
Jan23

One-Time Christian Rock-n-Roll Artist Renounces Faith, Shocks Millions

Christians across America will be shifting uncomfortably in their pews on Sunday as they hear the news – Mike Gestopolis, co-founder of the wildly popular Christian pop rock band, Messenger Boys, with 16 studio albums (6 of them certified gold) to their credit, announced last Wednesday that he has renounced his faith. Former band members, followers of the band’s music, and pastors who’d promoted their music as a tool to reach young...

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Fernando Ortega: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes
Jan06

Fernando Ortega: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes

  Fernando Ortega is a profoundly gifted musician, singer, and songwriter, who grew up in New Mexico near the Rio Grande, and spent time in Ecuador and Barbados due to his father’s work with the US Department of State.  He is the product of eight generations of family hailing from Chimayo, New Mexico. Ortega’s approach to music includes elements of folk, classical, Celtic, Latin American, world, and rustic hymnody, according...

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Brother Alois of Taizé: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes
Dec22

Brother Alois of Taizé: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes

Welcome to the first post in the ongoing series, Interviews with Spiritual Heroes! Taizé is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France, founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, consisting of over one hundred brothers from Protestant and Catholic traditions and about thirty countries across the world. According to Wikipedia, “The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of...

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Interviews with Spiritual Heroes: New Monthly Series
Dec18

Interviews with Spiritual Heroes: New Monthly Series

“What makes a hero? Courage, strength, morality, withstanding adversity? Are these the traits that truly show and create a hero? Is the light truly the source of darkness or vice versa? Is the soul a source of hope or despair? Who are these so called heroes and where do they come from? Are their origins in obscurity or in plain sight?” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground As I have traversed the dusty trail of life, I...

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Voluntary Debtorship: A Call to White Christians in Response to Racial Injustice
Dec01

Voluntary Debtorship: A Call to White Christians in Response to Racial Injustice

One of the most vexing problems facing modern society in the United States is rising consumer debt – things like credit cards, auto loans, and student loans.  Recent studies indicate that while home mortgage debt has declined since 2007, consumer debt has reached a jaw-dropping, all-time high of 3.2 trillion dollars. In that sense, we of all people should really have a good idea what it means to be in debt.  When the billing statement...

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How to Respond Well to the Michael Brown Grand Jury Announcement
Nov24

How to Respond Well to the Michael Brown Grand Jury Announcement

Since Michael Brown was shot on August 9, his family, the Ferguson and greater St. Louis, Missouri communities, the nation, and the world over have watched events unfold with some mix of shock, sadness, and fear. The tension in the last few weeks here locally has been palpable, and concerned people on all sides of the issue have eagerly awaited a decision as to whether police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted. It appears the...

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Keeping My Lamp Full
Nov11

Keeping My Lamp Full

I am a pastor. Church is my job. If everyone stopped going to church, I would lose my job. Sometimes I get angry about the fact that my job performance is measured by whether or not other people show up. My higher-ups look at the numbers that represent a complex amalgam of other peoples’ fickle choices to decide whether I get to keep my job. For four years, I led a struggling contemporary worship service in a suburban church....

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I Go to Church Because I Belong to the Church
Nov04

I Go to Church Because I Belong to the Church

I go to church, religiously. That’s a pun, but it is true. I go to church almost every week, sometimes multiple times. When I was growing up, my mother was in the process of becoming an Episcopal priest. Not going to church wasn’t an option. We went. I kept going, and eventually found myself in the ordination process. Three years ago, I was ordained. It helps that I work for the church, as often I am paid to be present (but not...

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