When “Left Behind” takes on new meaning

The phrase “left behind” brings to mind for most people the apocalyptic religious fiction series, apparently scaring people into adhering to Christian doctrine “or else.” But for me, it raises strong feelings about what sucks the most about being a part of organized religion. [Read more…]

Webinars to grow your church brain

I’ve had a number of requests for web-based workshops – or webinars – on various topics from blogging, facebook and podcasting, all as tools for ministry. I’ve finally set some dates up, so check out the info below and let me know ASAP which classes you’re interested in so I can reserve your spot. [Read more…]

New Podcast is up: Bridging the Gap

I posted my latest podcast episode titled “Bridging the Gap,” which is adapted from a message Amy offered recently. The idea centers around where people of faith are called, which is not to take sides, but rather to act as a bridge to bring sides together. [Read more…]

Dilagoue about my “atheist Christian” article on Unreasonablefaith.com

A friend of mine alerted me to the fact that an atheist/skeptic website called Unreasonablefaith had re-posted an excerpt from my recent article called “Can you be an atheist and a Christian?” [Read more…]

Can you be both an atheist and a Christian?

I probably sped at least as much time discussing theology with people who claim atheism or agnosticism as I do with other Christians. I tend to prefer it this way. After one of these kinds of chats recently, I started wondering if someone actually could be a Christian, while also not believing in a divine being. It began as a fairly abstract intellectual exercise, but the answer I came up with actually surprised me. [Read more…]

Lent: Celebrating to Common (from the April PULP issue)

I actually had a college student friend of mine say recently that Lent is her favorite time of the Christian year. Whereas days like Christmas and Easter have largely become as commercialized as Valentines or other Hallmark Holidays, Lent actually requires something of us, and causes us to search inward to discern what’s really important in our lives. [Read more…]

New podcast now available in two parts

New podcast available (in two parts): interview with Josh Einsohn, Hollywood casting director, social activist and founder of www.AllOrNotAtAll.org, a group created in response to the passage of California’s Proposition 8. [Read more…]

When the Worst Brings Out Our Best

I’ve been robbed a couple of times since we moved back to Pueblo, and it never ceases to piss me off. I had the front bumper and the license plates from my old truck taken, along with cash and other stuff, but it was no different in Fort Worth. I lost a few car stereos and an equivalent number of front windows in our few years there. So I don’t hold a particular grudge against the crime here.

Then somebody ripped off the church. [Read more…]