Stuffed Cows and the Self-Imposed Cost of Free Grace

Each of us is our own worst enemy at one time or another. My eight-year-old son, Mattias, takes himself to the mat more often, and more violently, than most. My wife and I recently accepted a call to pastor a historic church in downtown Portland. When we told the kids, Mattias – my beloved resident [Read More...]

Sex, Babies, Music, Gas and Politics: My Chat with Carol Howard Merritt

Author, speaker, pastor and God Complex Radio show host Carol Howard Merritt invited me on her show to talk about my new memoir coming out April 1 called PregMANcy: A Dad, A Little Dude and A Due Date. It’s a highly irreverent, humorous memoir about my wife’s second pregnancy and my efforts both to deal [Read More...]

Man Finds Jesus in His Tortilla

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Here I am, urging people to deconstruct their preconceptions about God, and this guy finds Jesus in a tortilla. Russ, my father-in-law, lives outside of Espanola, New Mexico. He can tell you from years of living there that the area is jumping with religious mysticism. One of the most famous sites in the state is [Read More...]

Is God Dead?

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There was a movement back in the 1960s that many of us have only read about, but some vividly remember. Philosophers and theologians explored what was labeled the “Death of God” movement. Interest in the subject has re-emerged particularly as of late because William Hamilton, one of the more prominent voices in the Death of [Read More...]

The Heart of All Anxiety: Fear of Loss

I got emails from my mom and uncle about Nana, my last living grandparent. The news isn’t great. She’s struggled with dementia for some years now and hasn’t recognized me the last several times I’ve seen her. But while her mind has been betraying her for a while, it’s her health now that seems to [Read More...]

Stolen Valor and Government’s Moral Authority

I’m always fascinated by issues of free speech and what should be within the reach of government authority, especially as a writer, but also as one who leans toward civil libertarianism. So when the recent matter emerged involving people claiming not only to have served in the military, but to have received decoration for their [Read More...]

Who Would Jesus Glitter Bomb?

For starters, I’ll apologize for not including my usual images and links. I poured an entire glass of red wine on my laptop last night, and so I am blogging from my iPad. Yes, I know, a true yuppie problem. So you’ll get text-only today AND LIKE IT!!! Now that I got that out of [Read More...]

Hottest Topics of the Past Month

I decided it was kind of fun to go back and see what folks are most interested in from time to time, so last month I started a monthly review of the most popular blog posts. In a few cases this time, there was more than one popular post on a common topic, so I [Read More...]


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