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Adam Ericksen

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Education Director, UCC pastor, husband, father of three, preaching the love of Jesus and one another

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All Flesh Shall See Salvation

All Flesh Shall See Salvation

Pastor Adam Ericksen ponders the Advent peace candle, its message that all flesh shall see salvation, and our current reality.

Why It’s Okay To Pray for Yourself

Why It’s Okay To Pray for Yourself

Adam Ericksen explains why it’s okay to pray for yourself and, if you're a fan like he is, the Portland Trailblazers.

Why I Support Satanism

Why This Pastor Supports Satanists

After encountering a Satanist Uber driver and getting support from Satanist TikTokers, Adam Ericksen sees Satanism in a new light.

Interview with Raven Award Winner Andrew Ahn

Interview with Raven Award Winner, Film Director Andrew Ahn

Adam Ericksen's interview of 2020 Raven Award Winner Andrew Ahn about his film "Driveways" reveals behind the scenes stories.

Postcards from Babylon

Film Discussion: Postcards from Babylon with Brian Zahnd

Adam Ericksen explores the nationalistic posture of the American Church illustrated in "Postcards from Babylon" with its author Brian Zahnd.

1946 Mistranslation

1946: How a Mistranslation in the Bible Harmed Our LGBTQIA Siblings

Adam Ericksen discusses the documentary 1946: How A Mistranslation in the Bible Harmed Our LGBTQIA Siblings with its director Rocky Roggio.

King David, Solomon, & Political Responsibility

The Bible tells two different stories about the kings of Israel. Pastor Adam sees the importance of critiques of leaders like King David.

Israel's Oppression of Palestinians Must Stop

Israel’s Oppression of Palestinians Must Stop

When a nation fails to follow Leviticus 19:34, they should be critiqued. Israel's the oppression of Palestinians must stop.

How was the bible formed

How was the Bible formed?

Pastor Adam answers the question how was the Bible formed by first debunking the DaVinci code conspiracy theory about the Council of Nicaea.

unlearning the bible

TikTok Series: Unlearning the Bible

Pastor Adam Ericksen offers a TikTok video series as guides for unlearning the Bible interpretations that separate us from God and one other.

Policing in the US with Micheal Garcia

Policing in the US with Micheal Garcia

Pastor Adam's guest, former police officer Micheal Garcia, discusses policing in the US and its need for accountability and better training.

unlearning christian homophobia

TikTok Series: Unlearning Christian Homophobia

Pastor Adam Ericksen offers a TikTok video series to guide us in unlearning Christian homophobia and become welcoming to all.

How Not To Be Afraid with Gareth Higgins

How Not To Be Afraid with Gareth Higgins

Pastor Adam plumbs the depths of Gareth Higgins new book "How Not To Be Afraid" which wisely offers both practices and storytelling.

Why You Should Not Believe In the Rapture with Matthew Distefano

Why You Should Not Believe In the Rapture with Matthew Distefano

Pastor Adam and Matthew DiStefano dive into the origin of the contemporary Christian heresy of the rapture and its impact on Christianity.

The Lil Nas X Controversy: If That's Your Heaven I Will Pick Hell

The Lil Nas X Controversy: If That’s Your Heaven I Will Pick Hell

Pastor Adam applauds the controversy Lil Nas X created with the daring statement "if that's your heaven, I will pick hell".

Rising Racism Against Asians and Why the Vatican Missed

Rising Racism Against Asians and Why the Vatican Missed

Pastor Adam links the rising racism against Asians and Vatican opposition to blessing same sex marriages to toxic Christian supremacy.

Introduction to My Ebook: Unlearn the Bible

Introduction to My Ebook: Unlearn the Bible

Pastor Adam introduces his ebook "Unlearn the Bible: How The Same Stories that Have Been Used to Harm Can Be Interpreted in a Constructive, Hopeful, Loving Way that Helps Us Become Our Most Awesome Selves."

Faith After Doubt with Brian D. McLaren

Faith After Doubt with Brian D. McLaren

Pastor Adam and Brian McLaren to discuss his latest book, "Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working And What To Do About It."

A Progressive Christian Pastor Speaks on Abortion

A Progressive Christian Pastor Speaks on Abortion

A progressive Christian pastor, Pastor Adam explains the history, politics, and impact of the Evangelical Christian opposition to abortion.

The Clobber Texts

The Clobber Texts

Pastor Adam debunks interpretations of the six clobber texts and other passages used against the LGBTQIA Community.

In this episode, Pastor Adam shares 6 steps to truly forgive.

6 Steps to Truly Forgive

Pastor Adam offers 6 steps in the process to forgive another, but warns against spiritual abusers who demand the forgiving of another.

What Do You Do When Your Church Goes Viral? with Reverend Dr. Chris Davies

Reverend Dr. Chris Davies joins Pastor Adam to discuss what you do when your church goes viral after Adam's church signs went viral.

Our Transgender Siblings Belong (Part 2): A Conversation with Leo Wolters Tejera

Our Transgender Siblings Belong (Part 2): A Conversation with Leo Wolters Tejera

Pastor Adam continues the conversation with Leo Wolters Tejera as he answers questions about our transgender siblings.

Why is Jesus called the Son of God?

On the day of their anointing, the powerful Hebrew kings were called son of God. Through his life, Jesus transforms our understanding of God.

Our Transgender Siblings Belong (Part 2): A Conversation with Leo Wolters Tejera

Our Transgender Siblings Belong: A Conversation with Leo Wolters Tejera

Pastor Adam begins his conversation with Leo Wolters Tejera who shares the journey of coming out and creating a pastoral ministry.

Christmas and Incarnation

The incarnation represents the union of God with humanity, inviting all humanity to become one with God by following Jesus. Merry Christmas!

Holy Wisdom and the Divine Feminine

Holy Wisdom and the Divine Feminine

Pastor Adam finds comfort and nourishment during troubling times in holy wisdom and the divine feminine also known as Sofia.

Managing Grief and Loss During the Holidays

Managing Grief and Loss During the Holidays

Pastor Adam explores how to manage grief and loss during the holidays while reflecting on the death of his mother 20 years ago.

who is your model

Know Thyself – Who Is Your Model?

Pastor Adam Ericksen explains how, as social beings, we imitate others consciously and unconsciously, even our enemies. He offers a model that leads us into love and inclusion.

Are prayers for God to overturn the election valid?

Are prayers for God to overturn the election valid?

Pastor Adam determines whether prayers on videos posted to the internet asking God to overturn the results of the election are valid.

Talents Shouldn’t Be Buried

Talents Shouldn’t Be Buried (But Imperial Greed Should Be!)

Adam and Lindsey dive into the parable to the three servants who were given talents to manage. One learned talents shouldn't be buried.

How could my family member vote like that?

How could my family member vote like that?

Pastor Adam wrestles with the question how could my family member vote like that and how to respond to them in a loving and Christian way.

The Bible is Antifascist

The Bible is Antifascist

Pastor Adam explains how the Bible is antifascist, opposing power and holding kings accountable for their indifference to the poor.

Churches Should Embrace Our LGBTQIA Siblings

The Pope’s Decision & Why Churches Should Embrace Our LGBTQIA Siblings

Pastor Adam is joined by Amira Stanley in celebrating the Pope' embrace of same sex civil unions and the move to expanded inclusion.

mimetic theory will give you hope

3 Reasons Why Mimetic Theory Will Give You Hope

Pastor Adam Ericksen offers three reasons mimetic theory will give you hope even in these difficult times.

Is it okay to believe in science and religion?

Is it Okay to Believe in Science and Religion?

Pastor Adam reflects on two miracle as he answers the question is it okay to believe in science and religion.

What is the Unforgivable Sin?

What is the Unforgivable Sin? (with Matthew Distefano)

Matthew Distefano joins Pastor Adam to answer the question what is the unforgivable sin Jesus mentions in the Gospel of Matthew.

How should people of faith respond to the presidential debate?

How should people of faith respond to the presidential debate?

Pastor Adam answers the question how should people of faith respond to the presidential debate by challenging white supremacy.

When the World is Ending

What Do You Do When It Feels Like the World is Ending?

Pastor Adam reflects on recent events, turns to the Bible to define "apocalypse," and illuminates how to find hope in hopeless times.

Christlike Prostitute and the Prostitutelike Christ

The Bible’s Christlike Prostitute and the Prostitutelike Christ

In the story of "Solomon's Wisdom in Judgment", Pastor Adam Ericksen sees the prostitute who is willing to give up her child so he can live as a Christlike figure.

how to deal with conflict

Shake the Dust off Your Feet: How to Deal with Conflict in These Stressful Times

In this highly divisive time, Pastor Adam Ericksen offers his top three spiritual principles for dealing with political polarization.

sacrificial system rages in Portland

The Sacrificial System Rages In Portland

Portlander, protestor, and Pastor Adam Ericksen reveals the sacrificial system operating in Portland and throughout America.

Jesus and the pursuit of justice

Jesus and the Pursuit of Justice

Pastor Adam Ericksen unmasks Jesus' pursuit of justice as revealed in the Sermon on the Mount, the Kingdom of God, and the paying of taxes.

What if Jesus is sending Christians straight to hell?

Season Finale: What if Jesus is sending Christians straight to hell?

Pastor Adam challenges the idea Christianity is a hell avoidance project and asks what if Jesus is sending Christians straight to hell.

what is mysticism

What is mysticism?

Pastor Adam explains the oneness of everything in the universe is what mystics perceive using Paul's conversion as an example.

whitewashing of Martin Luther King Jr

The Whitewashing of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pastor Adam Ericksen examines the misportrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s approach to nonviolence and invites us to confront our own participation in systems of injustice.

Does the New Testament nullify the Old?

Does the New Testament nullify the Old?

Pastor Adam addresses the oft asked question does the New Testament nullify the Old with a resounding no. Learn why.

one question with pastor adam

One Question with Pastor Adam

Pastor Adam Ericksen addresses one question that's been submitted by listeners. Some of the topics to be explored include: the Bible, heaven and hell, who is Jesus, and do you have to be a Christian to be saved.

Christ Has a Black Body. Christ Lives in America. Christ Can't Breathe.

Christ Has a Black Body. Christ Lives in America. Christ Can’t Breathe.

On Pentecost when the Holy Spirit united people from all over the world, Pastor Adam critiques America's treatment of its black citizens.

Run from Bible believing churches

Why You Should Run from Bible Believing Churches

Pastor Adam Ericksen exposes a common misconception about the Bible's authority and defines what it truly means to be a Christian.

truth will set you free

The Truth Shall Set You Free…But From What?

Adam explores how truth will set you free, explains what you will be freed from, and details the nature of the Father of Lies.

Jesus is the Word of God.

Is it okay for women and LGBTQIA+ people to be ordained?

Pastor Adam states Jesus is the Word of God and he ordained Mary to preach the resurrection to the disciples.

the Merciful God of the Old Testament

Introducing the Merciful God of the Old Testament

Pastor Adam explains how the God of the Old Testament was merciful. God stated through Hosea "I desire mercy not sacrifice".

How Jesus dealt with conflict

The Top 5 Ways Jesus Dealt with Conflict

Pastor Adam Ericksen reviews the top 5 ways Jesus dealt with conflict and adds his own recommendations for present day conflicts.

coexist

Can Christianity coexist with other religions?

Pastor Adam explains the inclusive message of Jesus and the wisdom demonstrated by members of other religions in Scripture.

hell isn't real

If hell isn’t real, what did Jesus mean?

Pastor Adam explains Jesus views heaven and hell as relational, as existing in present, and commands us to love God and our neighbors.

How (not) to totally destroy your theological opponents

How (not) to totally destroy your theological opponents

Pastor Adam offers wisdom from Brian McLaren and Eboo Patel on how not to totally destroy your theological opponents by showing God's love.

what is the name of God

What is the name of God?

Pastor Adam answers the question what is the name of God by detailing the many names of God in the Bible. In Jesus, we learn God's nature.

What did Jesus accomplish on the cross?

What did Jesus accomplish on the cross?

Pastor Adam answers the question "What did Jesus accomplish on the cross?" by explaining theories of atonement and highlight forgiveness.

We are Christians

We are not Biblians, We are Christians

Pastor Adam addresses the question of how to to interpret the Bible. He explains we are not Biblians, we are Christians who follow Jesus.

how to respond to the coronavirus

How do I respond to the Coronavirus?

Pastor Adam offers advice on how to the coronavirus with the example of the Israelites starving in the desert and God providing food.

Aaron Rodgers' theology

Aaron Rodgers: Why I Hate His Football, But Love His Theology

Pastor Adam Ericksen talks about God and football, and shares a trending football player's thoughts on church culture and scapegoating.

jesus son of god

Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God?

Pastor Adam answers the question "Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God?" with an explanation of the political subversion in that title.

Is Jesus the way, the truth, and the life

Is Jesus really the Way, the Truth, and the Life?

Pastor Adam answers the question "Is Jesus really the way, the truth, and the life?" by debunking way the statement has been used to exclude.

what is the worst sin

What is the worst sin?

Pastor Adam explains "What is the worst sin?" by contrasting the accusatory nature of Satan with the forgiveness of the Holy Spirit.

What Does God say about transgender people

What does God say about transgender people?

Pastor Adam Ericksen shares how both God and the United States Constitution both affirm transgender people, and reminds us of the second great commandment: to love our neighbors.

What does God say about transgender people?

What does God say about transgender people?

Pastor Adam explains transgender people are awesomely made in the image of God as a response to "What does God day about transgender people?"

Machiavellian Politics vs. The Politics of Christ

Machiavellian Politics vs. The Politics of Christ

Pastor Adam explains the difference between Machiavellian politics and the politics of Christ then offers advice on how to live into hope.

What happens when we die?

What Happens When We Die?

Pastor Adam answers the question "What happens when we die?" with Paul's belief in Romans that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Sodom and Gomorrah Is Not About Homosexuality

God & Violence (Part 2): Sodom and Gomorrah Is Not About Homosexuality

In Part 2 of his God & Violence series, Pastor Adam Ericksen debunks a common interpretation of the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, offering insight into the nonviolent nature of God.

What is the criteria for being a Christian?

What is the criteria for being a Christian?

Pastor Adam answers the question "What is the criteria for being a Christian?" by citing Pope Francis as an example of a follower of Christ.

Noah and the Flood

God & Violence (Part 1): Noah and the Flood

Why would a nonviolent God flood the earth? Pastor Adam Ericksen finds the God who flooded the earth scary and "not safe for children." Learn why.

the tree of knowledge of good and evil

Why did God put the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden?

Pastor Adam Ericksen answers the question, "Why did God put the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden?"

what is religion

What is religion?

Pastor Adam Ericksen answers the question, "What is religion?" by explaining the origin of the word and practice of religion.

Bible on violence and self-defense

What does the Bible say about violence and self-defense?

Pastor Adam Ericksen answers the question, "What does the Bible say about violence and self-defense?" with wisdom from Walter Wink.

Road to Emmaus and Biblical Interpretation

Road to Emmaus and Biblical Interpretation

Adam Ericksen asks the big question, "Is God violent?" Taking a look at how Jesus interprets scripture gives us powerful insights.

False Teachers, Itching Ears, and LGBTQ Inclusion

False Teachers, Itching Ears, and LGBTQ Inclusion

Pastor Adam Ericksen response to a listener’s request: “2 Timothy 4:3 is an interesting scripture. You should talk about what that one means.”

what is a faithful atheist

What is a faithful atheist? (feat. Matthew Distefano)

Pastor Adam Ericksen is joined by Matthew Distefano to explore what is a faithful atheist and detail how Jesus includes people of all faiths.

Why did God become human

Christmas Edition: Why did God become human?

Pastor Adam Ericksen cites the gospel of Matthew to respond to the question "Why did God become human?" - to save us from our sins.

If God is good, why do bad things happen

If God is good, why do bad things happen?

Pastor Adam Ericksen addresses the thorny question, "If God is good, why do bad things happen?" by debunking some bad theology.

has the church become too political

Is the Church becoming too political?

Politics are present and discussed throughout the Bible explains Pastor Adam Ericksen when asked is the church becoming too political.

Building Healthy Community Online

4 Steps to Building Healthy Community Online

Social media often gets a bad rap for being an arena for comparison and competition, but it can also be a way to genuinely (and healthily) connect with others. In this post, Pastor Adam Ericksen shares his 4 tips to foster healthy relationships online.

What is the point of prayer

What is the point of prayer?

Pastor Adam Ericksen answers the question "What is the point of prayer?" by explaining God knows what we need, but not what we want.

is the bible the word of god

Is the Bible the word of God?

Pastor Adam Ericksen answers the question "Is the Bible the Word of God?" by first stating he does not believe the Bible is the Word of God.

Do you have to be religious to be saved

Do you have to be religious to be saved?

Pastor Adam Ericksen answers the question "Do you have to be religious to be saved?" with Bonhoeffer's plea for a religionless Christianity.

Why Millennials Don’t Feel They Belong in Church

Why Millennials Don’t Feel They Belong in Church and What We Can Do about It

Pastor Adam Ericksen poses the question "Why are younger generations leaving their churches?" and explores how Jesus would approach the situation.

They Call You a Heretic

So They Call You a Heretic. Here’s Why You Should Embrace It.

Pastor Adam owns his status as a heretic and invites you to do the same, "for even Jesus was accused of heresy." He also explores what it means to truly be a Christian.

The Truth that No One Will Tell You About Yourself

Adam Ericksen reveals the models who shaped his desire to be a pastor and how people in our lives make us into who we are.

Opening Our Borders to Hurricane Dorian Victims: Here’s why it’s the Christian thing to do

The prophet Jeremiah delivered an apocalyptic warning about climate justice 2,500 years ago. Today young prophets like Greta Thunberg deliver the same warning. That warning isn't about doom and gloom. It's about hope. Check out Adam's sermon for more on climate justice.

naked and known

Naked and Known: Danielle Kingstrom and Matthew Distefano on the RavenCast

Adam Ericksen sat down with Danielle Kingstrom and Matthew Distefano to discuss their upcoming book, "Naked and Known", which explores deepening the love and trust in committed relationships.

Does Facebook Fuel Revenge?

Disgust, Outrage and Donald Trump with Martie Reineke

Martie Reineke explains the psychology of disgust and outrage to help us navigate these emotions. She also provides suggestions for how to neutralize disgust in ways that can foster better politics in our nation and in the world.

Nirvana and eternal life

Nirvana and Eternal Life: Exploring Judaism, Christianity, and Buddhism

In his sermon, Adam Ericksen explores what it means to lead to a meaningful life through three religious figures - Solomon, Buddha, and Jesus. Their wisdom leads people on similar paths.

Mimetic Theory Politics and Taylor Swift

Who Do You Follow? – Mimetic Theory, Politics, and Taylor Swift

Suzanne Ross and Adam Ericksen ask who do you follow as they discuss Taylor Swift, politics and mimetic theory.

why men need Jimmy Carter

Harvey Weinstein: Why Men Need Jimmy Carter

Adam Ericksen says men need to be more than just honest about their sexuality like Jimmy Carter and repent from dehumanizing women.

Overcoming Hate and White Supremacy: A Frank Conversation with Christian Picciolini

White supremacy is on the rise. What should we do about it? Adam Ericksen and former skinhead leader Christian Picciolini discuss this critical issue.

christianity s not about being good

Why Christianity Is Not About Being Good

Is the point of religion to make us good people? Adam Ericksen says no. In fact, being good can be very bad! Find out why in his sermon.

God’s New Pattern: Why I Pick and Choose Bible Verses – and So Should You

Reverend Adam Ericksen examines the old ancient pattern of being human playing out - the pattern of uniting against a common enemy. It was there in the beginning and you might say that it has become part of our social DNA.

Don’t Tell Me that God Is In Control: On Sovereignty, Tragedy, Sin

Adam Ericksen contemplates how we do everything we can to protect ourselves and our families, but we know that despite our best efforts, tragedy can strike at any moment. And so it’s comforting to believe that if we aren’t in control, someone else is.