The Death of Jordan Baker and Why “All Lives Matter” Isn’t Enough


I was asked by Huffington Post Black Voices to write as part of their #28BlackLives series in honor in part of Black History Month. I’m honored to be a part of their larger, month-long conversation. On December 21 last year, Juventino Castro, an off-duty police officer, was doing routine patrols as a part-time security guard around [Read More...]

Learning to Love the Crust Punks and Society’s “Other”

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As part of my year-long quest to better, more fully and authentically follow the life and teachings of Jesus (a spiritual practice I’ve called My Jesus Project), I’m working this month with Christian Anarchist mentor Mark Van Steenwyk on exploring “Jesus the Radical.” The first task he gave me was simple, though not necessarily easy [Read More...]

Charlie Hebdo: Comedy as an Act of Courage


I love Jon Stewart. I mean, like “maybe jump the fence” love him. His presence on The Daily Show has spoken to and with my generation through some of our most formative years. And yes, he tells fart jokes (which I also love). And yes, he editorializes, (which is nearly ubiquitous in “legitimate news” streams [Read More...]

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


“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...]

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...]

Is the Internet Killing Christianity?

No one reasonably disputes that attendance in Christian churches is in sharp decline. The real lingering question is “why?” which is one of the most important questions I take on in my new book, “postChristian: What’s left? Can we fix it? Do we care?” Though it’s not solely responsible, the internet – along with the [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “I Heart Sex” Edition

This must have been one of those non-cannonized texts, like the Gospel According to Fellatio.

God loves sex? With whom, pray tell! Or is this a…um…solo kinda gig? Not that there’s anything wrong with that… [Read more...]