We Spend Lifetimes Striving to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace. Why?

It was a bright September day, clear, cool and perfect. My wife Genie, my grandchildren Lucy (age 5 and in the picture here taken that spring at Easter), Jack (3) and my daughter-in-law, Becky, were sprawled on the lawn. Lucy wandered over to the vegetable garden and picked cherry tomatoes. She ate them while dancing and watching her shadow flicker over the grass. Becky was starting to show with her third child.Love, contentment and sweetness were as palpable as the sunlight. The whole world … [Read more...]

Join me I’ll be speaking 4 times at SoulFest. Aug 7-9. This is the first evangelical type event I’ve been to for years… But Dan Russell (former U2 manager) who organizes SF is a pal…

Join me where I'll be speaking 4 times (!) at SoulFest. Aug 7-9. This is the first evangelical type event I've been to for years... let alone spoken at.But Dan Russell (former U2 manager) who organizes SF is a pal...So even though I'll be the proverbial "fish out of water..." I'm driving up today and doing multiple workshops on my new book "Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God."Come along and keep me company-- if you're in these New England parts. There will be about 12,000 … [Read more...]

Today is my 62nd birthday. Let me share what I’ve learned so far about who God hates

Today is my 62nd birthday. Let me share what I’ve learned so far about who God hates. Do you think God hates you because:You had an abortion?Slapped your child?Hit your husband?Hit your wife?Got divorced?Betrayed your gay lover?Betrayed your heterosexual lover?Committed adultery?Lost your faith?Hate church?Are a racist?Hate God?Hate yourself?Molested a child?Are a bad parent?Killed someone?Stole money?Are a drug a … [Read more...]

I’ll make a bet: If I asked you for a $32.79 donation to a Crowdsourcing project to change religion into a “church of hopeful uncertainty” you’d donate

Dear Patheos Friends,I’m Launching a PROJECT “Say NO to Fundamentalism and YES to Mystery, Wonder and Love!”Will You Help?I’ll make a bet: If I asked you for a $32.79 donation to a "Crowdsourcing" project of mine that would change what religion is in America by turning our “church of hopeful uncertainty” into a virtual “mega church” of tolerance, forbearance and love you’d donate.But I’m not asking for that. I want something else: healed souls one at a time!And here’s why I da … [Read more...]

“In this context and with a heavy heart, I hereby return my diploma to the Gordon College Board of Trustees”

Frank,   Thanks again for offering to post this on Patheos.com.  In addition to registering my personal protest via the direct letter and return of my diploma to Gordon College, I'm interested in having the letter reach Gordon students, faculty, alumni, and 'friends' of Gordon College.   I sent it to a contact on faculty at Gordon just yesterday morning and have received numerous positive and appreciative responses already.  I understand that the faculty are under a gag order from the adm … [Read more...]

The Missionary Kid Goes on “Vacation” and Winds Up “Witnessing” to a VERY LOST Italian in a VERY SMALL Bathing Suit!

 In 1947 my family moved to Switzerland from the U.S. as missionaries to the Swiss, whom they rarely converted since neither of my parents could speak anything but English. Dad never learned to speak any other language notwithstanding his forty-year sojourn in Europe.So my parents ministered to American tourists and other English-speaking visitors. Then in 1954—after yet more splits with the home mission board—Mom and Dad were “led” (another way of saying they had to figure something out … [Read more...]

Jesus Was Not a “Bible Believer” let Alone an Evangelical

Jesus certainly was not a “Bible believer,” as we use that term in the post Billy Graham era of American fundamentalist religiosity that’s used as a trade-marked product to sell religion. Jesus didn’t take the Jewish scriptures at face value. In fundamentalist terms, Jesus was a rule-breaking relativist who wasn’t even “saved,” according to evangelical standards. Evangelicals insist that you have to believe very specific interpretations of the Bible to be saved. Jesus didn’t. He undercut the scri … [Read more...]

I haven’t the foggiest idea what prayer does– I do know that I can’t get through my day without praying…

Why does prayer feel both right and normal to me and crazy, too? The best I can do is offer this analogy. In the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, people receive a vision of a mountain to which they’re being called. They don’t know what they’re seeing, let alone why. They don’t believe in callings per se. They just have to go there. In the same way, I just have to pray. And while I know that soon my grandchildren will be asking me tough questions about whether any of this spiritual mumbo- … [Read more...]


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