Teenage Presidents, Comic Book Geekery and Man-spreading

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We’re stoked to have our first creator and author of a comic book series as our guest this week. Mark Russell has joined us on an earlier show a long time ago to talk about his book, “God Is Disappointed In You,” illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler. But now he’s the mastermind behind [Read More...]

Why “Not That Kind of Christian”? (Final Day)

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My latest book project, “Not That Kind of Christian: Loving God Without Being an A**hole,” is a project of passion for me. I’m not writing it for a publisher or a big advance. I’ve actually turned down multiple book deals and am willingly paying out of my own pocket for this book because I want [Read More...]

Loving God Without Being an A**hole

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I took some time with Aric Clark to talk about my newest book project, “Not That Kind of Christian.” Crowdfunding is done in less than three days, so be sure to preorder yours and help us meet our goal after watching the interview.   Or just VISIT THE SITE to read the full story on “Not That [Read More...]

Religious Haters, Stunned Red-Staters and Pop Culture Raters

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It took a few weeks for her to feel ready, but Amy finally opened up about the group of protesters that showed up outside our church a while back. They brought all the requisite “burn in hell” signs, disrupted worship, and even prayed for God to kill her and to send our kids to hell. [Read More...]

The Questions that Got Me Kicked Out of the Church

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Here’s a sample excerpt from the book I’m working on, called “Not That Kind of Christian: Loving God Without Being an A**hole.” If you like it, please visit the project page and support however you can. Pre-order your copy, share with friends and do your part to support independent publishing and the cultivation of a [Read More...]

Eric Elnes, Spiritual Wellness and Free Stuff…Hell Yes!!!

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We welcomed a good friend and colleague to Portland for a recent live CultureCast. Eric Elnes came to the Lucky Lab for a pint and to talk with us about his new book, “Gifts of the Dark Wood.” It’s a spiritual guidebook for what he calls “Soulful Skeptics.” I’m not sure, but I think it’s [Read More...]

300 Million Guns Haven’t Made Us Safe (and They Never Will)

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Our national defense budget is between five and six times more than any other country on the planet. What we spend on our military eclipses that of other top six countries combined according to some reports. According to others, we outspend the other top ten nations.* And yet we have gaping vulnerabilities. We have enough [Read More...]

An Opportunity for Grace in the Face of Hateful Protest

My wife, rev. Amy Piatt, bringing refreshments to protesters and comforting upset congregants.

There’s little in this world that gets me going more aggressively and quickly in life than someone yelling at or denigrating my wife. Yesterday, a pair of fire-breathing evangelists did both. Fortunately, my wife isn’t me. I was down the street preparing for a lecture I was doing this week. Rather than taking their emotional [Read More...]


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