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Jesus the Radical

Christian Anarchism with Mark Van Steenwyk

By |April 20th, 2015|

As part of “My Jesus Project,” My year-long effort to more deeply understand what it really means to follow Jesus, I talked with Christian Anarchist and author Mark Van Steenwyk, my mentor for my “Jesus the Radical” month. Connect with Mark to learn more about Christian anarchism.

Jesus Turning the Tables: Is Love the Root of All Evil?

By |March 12th, 2015|

I was invited to preach at Portland First Christian Church on Sunday, March 8th. The biblical text was from Mark 11:15-19 in which Jesus cleanses the temple by driving out the moneychangers during passover from Herod’s temple. Read the manuscript (somewhat different than the actual spoken version) below.
To listen to an audio version of the message, […]

What if Following Jesus isn’t Primarily About Beliefs or Actions?

By |February 23rd, 2015|

I’m intrigued by the fact that, in spite of my explanation that this project is more about delving into who we are and what we do, rather than focusing as much on what we think or believe, many people are eager to distill the “Jesus journey” down to making a specific set of claims for […]

What Does it Really Mean to Follow Jesus?

By |February 21st, 2015|

Four out of five Americans claim to be Christians. That’s more than a quarter billion people in the United states alone who claim, in one way or another, to follow Jesus. But what does that really mean?

Is it more like a one-and-done deal, like lifetime membership in a club? Is it the default response when […]

Learning to Love the Crust Punks and Society’s “Other”

By |February 12th, 2015|

As part of my year-long quest to better, more fully and authentically follow the life and teachings of Jesus (a spiritual practice I’ve called My Jesus Project), I’m working this month with Christian Anarchist mentor Mark Van Steenwyk on exploring “Jesus the Radical.” The first task he gave me was simple, though not necessarily easy […]

WWCAD: What Would Christian Anarchists Do?

By |February 7th, 2015|

It’s a rainy, graciously lazy Saturday in Portland. A perfect time to dive into the Gospel of Mark and to cultivate my inner anarchist for the betterment of God’s Kingdom.

This week, I got a list of possible tasks to take on during this month of My Jesus Project, in which I’m exploring “Jesus the Radical.” […]

Day Two of My Jesus Project: Are We Done Yet?

By |February 3rd, 2015|

First, the good news: After four months of preparation, I have officially started my year-long quest to more seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus, AKA “My Jesus Project.”

And now the bad news: After today, I still have 363 days left of this. Turns out, Jesus stuff is hard.

It’s not even that I’ve done anything […]

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