Kierkegaard: What is a Poet?

Recently I wrote an article about preachers and the risks of false prophecy we face in the pulpit. One might assume in my challenge of a preacher’s inclination to focus only on “saying beautiful things” and sharing those ideas that would prove popular with their congregation that I am advocating for a brooding, unpleasant tone [Read More...]

Finding Good in College Sports Sex Scandals

First Penn State coaches are embroiled in sexual abuse scandal, and now Syracuse. I’ll spare everyone the details, since if you don’t already know them by now, you’ve probably avoided through an act of personal will. Suffice it to say it’s ugly. Horrific. The effects of such abuses will affect the lives of victims forever. [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...]

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...]

PODCAST: All Things Christian and Taboo

A while back I did an interview with Cliff Zier and Roger Noriega from NDB Media on Blog Talk Radio about my Banned Questions book series. We get into some pretty interesting discussions about hell, Biblical literalism, homosexuality and all that good stuff religious folks usually would rather not talk about. Check it out. Christian [Read More...]

What Are Your “Banned Questions” About Christians?

I’ve really enjoyed working the last couple of years on a new book series called the “Banned Questions” series. The first book, Banned Questions About the Bible, came out in early 2011 and the second, Banned Questions About Jesus, was just recently published. Aside from taking on provocative and challenging theological material, at the heart [Read More...]

Protestant Thoughts on the New Catholic Mass

Not being a Catholic, all of the headlines about the upcoming changes to the Church’s services were a bit of a mystery to me at first. But I’ve since been reading up on the pending adjustments, and in doing so, I’ve learned a little bit more about just how different Catholic Mass is from what [Read More...]


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