Serve for Goodness Sake

What clearing blackberry brambles on MLK Day taught me about my neighbors—and myself. I’m convinced blackberry thickets are a result of the Fall. Don’t get me wrong. The sweet fruit they yield is a product of God’s good creation (as is anything that can be turned into a pie). But their thorny, branchy abode? Pure […]

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A More Natural Faith

An interview with Portland author, Paul J. Pastor, on how living in the Northwest has shaped his spirituality.   Paul Pastor is a typical family man. He’s married. He has three children. And he drives an aging station wagon. But when it came time to buy a home, his young family shunned suburbia for a […]

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Introducing Our New Senior Editor

We’re happy to announce that Drew Dyck has joined our team as senior editor! Most recently Drew served as managing editor of Leadership Journal, Christianity Today’s publication for church leaders. He’s also written a couple books: Generation Ex-Christian and Yawning at Tigers (which has nothing to do with tigers). His articles have appeared in numerous […]

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Why the Cascadian Church Can No Longer Ignore the Arts

Churches in the cities of Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver some times refer to their cities as “godless.” But are they? While these cities show little interest in “religious” institutions, they continue to demonstrate an intense and growing passion for “spiritual experiences.” Whether their spiritual experiences occur in musical concerts, yoga studios, art galleries, meditation centers, aromatic […]

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Renewing Creation from the Ground Up: EarthCare Summit in Portland, January 30-31

An exciting two-day summit is planned for January 30-31 in Portland, and it features several speakers with connections to Christ & Cascadia (including myself). “Renewing Creation from the Ground Up” is the seventh-annual summit on Earth care sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and Oregon Interfaith Power & Light. Randy Woodley, Christ & Cascadia contributor, […]

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Creation, Cascadia, and Privilege

Finishing the Portland Marathon is exhilarating. That, and excruciating. The marathon’s first miles wind through downtown. Its route also carries runners out into industrial districts, along a stretch of Highway 30, and through some of the beautiful tree-lined streets of Northeast Portland. The last mile, on Naito Parkway, affords great views of the Willamette River […]

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Housing and the Peace of the City

Vancouver is routinely named one of the best cities in which to live. Yet, optimism is quickly shattered by the cost of actually living in Vancouver. Where one headline reads, “Best city to live” another quips, “Most unaffordable city.” The reality is that the cost of housing in Vancouver continues to rise with no end […]

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Evangelical Ecotheology: Book Review (Part 2)

In my last post I reviewed the book Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis by Daniel L. Brunner, Jennifer L. Butler, and A.J. Swoboda. The text shows connection points between Evangelical theology (theologies), as well as offering stories from the lives of the authors and their contacts. Since I worked alongside […]

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Twelve Art and Faith Organizations in Cascadia

Cascadia is a beautiful place. Many believe that the church should reflect that beauty. Here are twelve organizations in Cascadia that engage art and faith in interesting, thoughtful and innovative ways. These organizations are vastly different from one another and come from various perspectives, but together they reveal a mosaic vision of what the intersection […]

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