Confessions of a Prayer-Averse Minister

I’m sitting in the airport as I write this, halfway between home and Philadelphia, where I’m joining dozens of other author/speakers at Tony Campolo’s Red Letter Christians retreat. Frankly, I was shocked I was even invited, particularly when I browsed the list of invitees. Bruce Reyes Chow, Tony Jones, Peter Rollins, Rachel Held Evans, Gareth [Read More...]

Advent Blog Challenge & Free Gift

As most of you know, I have my blog hosted at Patheos, a wonderful interfaith site for thinkers, writers, readers and activists to come together and wrestle with any number of faith-related topics. Recently, Deb Arca (our Progressive Christian Portal editor) and Tony Jones (a noted blogger for the same section) invited several of us [Read More...]

Soundgarden, John Mayer, Bowling Alleys and Advent

My eight-year-old son, Mattias, just recently had his eighth birthday, complete with a magician, bunnies, doves, party favors, sugar, balloons, cards, effusive attention and – of course – gifts. Some of his presents from relatives arrived by mail several days early, some even a week or more before he could open them, which is a [Read More...]

Preacher or False Prophet?

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My first job in a church was as a music minister. I loved the senior pastor I served with, as did the congregation we faced every Sunday morning. He taught me a lot about worship, preaching and how to connect with people. One time we were at lunch, reflecting on the previous week’s service, when [Read More...]

Jesus’ Moment of Atheism

I’ve been working my way through Peter Rollins’ new book, Insurrection, when I came across a section that intersected with a question raised in my latest “Banned Questions” book, Banned Questions About Jesus. The question posed in the book is as follows: Why did Jesus cry out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken [Read More...]

We, the Pharisees

I was asked to read and reflect on a portion of Matt Woodley’s new mediation book, “The Gospel of Matthew: God With Us” by InterVarsity Press. I’m always wary of such requests, partly because of my more heterodox approach to scripture. But this latest addition to IVP’s Resonate Series left me with some meat to [Read More...]

A Talk with “BLUE LIKE JAZZ” Film Director Steve Taylor

While I was at Soularize in San Diego, Amy and I had the chance to sit down with the guys from the Homebrewed Christianity podcast, as well as Phil Shepherd (AKA The Whiskey Preacher) and Burnside Writers Collective’s Jordan Green to chat with Steve Taylor, renowned musician and director of the film version of Donald [Read More...]

Be A Man: Ethical Responses to Violence

I wonder, both as a parent and a follower of the way of Jesus, how to even go about defining violence, and what my call as a Christian is – or for that matter, simply as a member of the human species – to do about it. I remember when I took wrestling in grade [Read More...]


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