Why Do 3-Year-Olds Die? Pat Robertson: “He Could Grow Up To Be Hitler”


700 Club leader and purveyor of no shortage of off-balance comments on his TV offered a staggering response to a caller who asked him what she should say to a grieving coworker who recently experienced the death of her three-year-old son. His advice? Tell her it was a good thing, because he might grow up [Read More...]

Do Buddhism and Quantum Theory Support the Idea of Original Sin?


Generally, I’ve rejected the doctrine of Original Sin (the idea that we’re all burdened with the mark of sin passed down since the fall from Grace for which Adam and Eve were responsible), but believe it or not, it was a non-religious show on NPR that got me thinking about it again. I was listening [Read More...]

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?


(Join Christian in his year-long quest to better understand what we mean when we claim to follow Jesus at http://www.myjesusproject.com/. Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of bloody, violent sacrifice? If so, [Read More...]

What does it really mean to follow Jesus?


Four out of five Americans claim to be Christians. That’s more than a quarter billion people in the United states alone who claim, in one way or another, to follow Jesus. But what does that really mean? Is it more like a one-and-done deal, like lifetime  membership in a club? Is it the default response [Read More...]

Day Two of My Jesus Project: Are We Done Yet?

My new and Growing Jesus Shrine. Got something to add? Let me know.

First, the good news: After four months of preparation, I have officially started my year-long quest to more seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus, AKA “My Jesus Project.” And now the bad news: After today, I still have 363 days left of this. Turns out, Jesus stuff is hard. It’s not even that I’ve [Read More...]

Fence-Sitters and Boundary-Pushers: A Postmodern Reflection

Squished Squash

My mom always loved gardening, but rarely had time for it in our two-career household. In her retirement to West Texas, though, she’s taken to it with a passion. She posts photos of her recent yields, be they impressive or pathetic. Today, she shared a photo that speaks volumes in metaphor. Her caption which got [Read More...]

Lobster Hands, World Vision and Raising Babies (CultureCast)


Jess the Intern and Philip the Page show off their costuming skills for Zoe’s play, Christian talks about his new job with Crowd Scribed, and Amy can’t remember her Fear of the Week… again. I guess the world just isn’t nearly as scary as it used to be? In the echo chamber, the crew discusses the [Read More...]

Jesus Found My Wallet!

blood-of-jesus wallet

Following is excerpted from my more extensive Heretic’s Guide to the Bible weekly lectionary study. To read more or to subscribe, CLICK HERE, or on the banners above or below. When I was eight years old, I lost my first wallet. Aside from being a proud status of my pending membership in the “grown-up club,” [Read More...]