To the “Beer and Hymns” Haters in Tulsa, OK

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“Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused. Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we then prohibit and abolish women?” -Martin Luther You all know by now that I’ve been on a national tour, talking about my latest book, “postChristian: What’s Left? Can We Fix It? [Read More...]

Jesus Exercised His “Right to Die.”

“You know what, it’s not your life, it’s life. Life is bigger than you, if you can imagine that. Life isn’t something that you possess, it’s something that you take part in and witness.” ― Louis C.K. It was a striking coincident that, just before the Brittany Maynard “Right to Die” storyline unfolded in the public forum, my [Read More...]

What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us? (AKA: Was Constantine an Ass-hat?”

Last week I spent a few days in Rome with, among others, Tony Jones. As someone who hasn’t ever been to Rome, it was particularly helpful for me to have a Christian historian along. It’s easy enough, having seen one amazing display of ruins after another, or cathedral after awesome cathedral, to lose some perspective. [Read More...]

How Revelation Ruined (and Saved) My Life

Disquiet Time

I was asked to contribute a chapter to a new book called “Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels.” The volume, an edited compilation put together by Cathleen Falsani and Jennifer Grant, takes on many of the weird texts in scripture that we either [Read More...]

Los Angeles Has Been postChristian-ized

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It’s official: the postChristian tour has left it’s mark on the City of Angels. We started this leg of the tour at Chapman University, where I shared a chapel sermon and a book talk at their AMAZING interfaith center. It’s legitimately one of the most inspiring spaces in which I’ve ever been a part of a [Read More...]

The Good and Bad in the Vatican’s new LGBT Statement

In what the Human Rights Campaign calls a “seismic shift in position,” the Extraordinary Synod of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement affirming loving, committed same-sex partnerships. And though this new declaration is a promising step toward greater equality for the LGBTQ community within the greater Christian Church, it leaves much yet to be desired [Read More...]

How Others View Christianity (#postChristian book tour trailer)

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Here’s a video Gregg Brekke (SixView Studios) and I put together for the postChristian book tour (Jericho Books/Hachette Book Group). The clips of me speaking are from my time with Eric Elnes and the the Darkwood Brew crew at Countryside UCC in Omaha, NE. The others…well, suffice it to say that these tend to represent [Read More...]

Hungry as Dogs: We Don’t Really Understand Charity

Following is excerpted from “postChristian: What’s left? Can we fix it? Do we care?” (Hachette/Jericho, Aug 2014) Any Christian—and arguably, any socially aware human being—would agree that having concern for our neighbor should be a core value of any society. And yet, we hardly have to look beyond the boundaries of our own doorstep to [Read More...]


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