Why Hell Isn’t Scary and Failure’s a Blessing

In preparation for Eric Elnes’ visit to Portland to appear live on the Homebrewed CultureCast October 1st, I got some insight into what he calls his “best book yet,” “Gifts of the Dark Wood.” In it he offers a spiritual guidebook to navigating faith and seeking God in a postmodern world. As always, Eric offers [Read More…]

Not “That Kind” of Christian

Read more about “Not THAT Kind of Christian” by CLICKING HERE Lots of people either love God, or at least have a sense that there’s something bigger than us in the universe. Like me, they long for a more just world in which the poor are empowered, the planet is cared for, and where LOVE [Read More…]

“If You Just Have Enough Faith…” Christian Cliche of the Day

I’m going to be posting bits from my upcoming book, “A**hole Christian Survival Guide,” over the next month or so. The idea behind the book is that maybe we need to follow Jesus because all of us, at one time or another, can be real a-holes. The real problem arises if we think that being “saved” or [Read More…]

Thank God I’m Made All the Right Ways

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Romal Tunes, Slim Moons and Kim Davis Swoons

To be clear, cohost Slim Moon totally didn’t take his pants off and show his butt on air; it just worked for the title. But since it’s a podcast we could also be lying. On the anniversary of 9/11 the CultureCastaways reflect on fourteen years since the attack on the Twin Towers and what it’s [Read More…]

Cliche of the Day: Everything Happens for a Reason

I’m going to be posting bits from my upcoming book, “A**hole Christian Survival Guide,” over the next month or so. The idea behind the book is that maybe we need to follow Jesus because all of us, at one time or another, can be real a-holes. The real problem arises if we think that being [Read More…]

Why I Got Kicked Out of Church

When I was seventeen, my youth minister threw a Bible at me. Not long after that, my relationship with organized religion ended for a decade. Funny story, actually, at least the way I like to tell it. Help support the “A**hole Christian Survival Guide” campaign by becoming a backer. Learn more about how to survive [Read More…]

Kim Davis’ Jailing Isn’t a Victory for Marriage Equality

Not surprisingly, the reaction I’ve seen from advocates of marriage equality about County Clerk Kim Davis being sent to jail for refusing marriage licenses to same-sex couples has been, “Good!” But I’m not so sure. I understand the sense of vindication in having the power of law finally behind the judge’s ruling. But it also [Read More…]


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