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


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)


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...]

Tired of being a “Christian But”?


A friend of mine told me recently told me she was tired of being a “Christian But…” Of course, when only hearing it, I figured she meant she felt like she was a “Christian ass,” to which I joked that she had lots of company. After rolling her eyes at me (as many people tend [Read More...]

Worst. Interview. Ever.

AJ and CDP

So I did this interview for “Not That Kind of Christian,” the new book I’m writing and trying to crowd fund. What a disaster. This is what happens when you’re not dealing with professionals. Learn more about the project HERE. And if you meet the interviewer on the street, kick him in the family jewels. [Read more...]

Christian Panders, Fundies for Sanders, Bible Slanders (CultureCast)


The CultureCast crew took a few minutes away from enjoying their waning days of Portland sunlight to drop some tracks this week, straight from their mouth-parts to your ear-pieces. Why did that sound gross? As if Christian doesn’t get enough time on the show, this week he took over the interview slot as well. Actually, [Read More...]

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

eric elnes

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...]