Dear Starbucks: This Christian Doesn’t Care What You Print on My Coffee Cup

My friend Jonathan Merritt shared a video in his most recent piece for the Washington Post that has gone a little bit viral. It’s basically this guy claiming to be a Christian who is ranting outside of his local Starbucks about the evils of the company removing ‘Merry Christmas’ from their coffee cups. So his solution: when they ask you your name at the counter, tell them it’s “Merry Christmas.” this way they have to write it on the cup… Read more

Teenage Presidents, Comic Book Geekery and Man-spreading

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 DC Comics’ latest offering, “PREZ,” which is about a teenage girl who, after a curious corndog incident (if I had a nickel…), becomes Commander in… Read more

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

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 it to be pure, edgy and irreverently poignant. Usually when we put a book through a publishing house, it changes – often many times -… Read more

Bestseller Emma Donoghue, ROOM the Movie and Hillary’s Back

I was really excited to get to interview author Emma Donoghue this week, author of the international bestseller and multiple award winning book, ROOM. She also worked with Director Lenny Abrahamson (Frank, What Richard Did) to write the screenplay and tell such a gripping, moving story in just 90 minutes. The film, which also has won several awards, is receiving lots of Oscar buzz. Variety Magazine suggests that it’s even a strong contender for the Best Film award from the… Read more

Loving God Without Being an A**hole

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 Kind of Christian: Loving God Without Being an A**hole.” Read more

Blaming Walking Dead for Beating Our Friends to Death with Microwaves

Just when you think you’ve heard it all… Damon Perry and Christopher Paquin decided to hole up and binge watch a season of the Zombie TV hit “Walking Dead” together and throw back some beers. All was well until, according the Papery, his friend started turning into a zombie and attacking him. Then he did what any sensible zombie fighter would do; he beat Paquin to death with a guitar and a microwave. Cue the blame game. Yes, “Walking Dead”… Read more

Religious Haters, Stunned Red-Staters and Pop Culture Raters

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. And I gotta tell you, Amy’s a better Christian than I by a long shot; you’ve got to hear how she responded and what happened… Read more

The Questions that Got Me Kicked Out of the Church

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 more human/humane expression of faith! When I was seventeen years old, I had a Bible thrown at my head and I was invited not to… Read more

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 named after that little known son of Christopher Hitchens who used to be a dancer on Solid Gold. No? Well, anyhoo… One of the best… 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 guns to arms every man, woman and child on our entire country. And yet, lone gunmen still attack us, and someone is a fatal victim… Read more

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