So, I’ll Be Speaking at a Church in San Antonio This Sunday…

A few years ago, just after I Sold My Soul on eBay came out, a pastor at Willow Creek, a megachurch outside of Chicago, invited me to come onstage with him and have a discussion about my experience visiting churches and meeting Christians. There was a lot I liked and didn’t like (that went well beyond just belief in a God). It wasn’t a debate. We weren’t there to score points. And I really enjoyed my time there.

I also appreciated how the pastor let the audience know that, when they met me afterwards, there was nothing they could say that I hadn’t heard many, many times before, so they should show some respect by not trying to convert me :)

That pastor, Randy Frazee, is now a pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, and he invited me to his church to have a similar sort of discussion this weekend. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes, considering that it’s been years since our last public discussion and my views on churches are probably not as generous as they may have been in the past.

There are four services (Saturday at 5:00p and Sunday at 8:15a, 9:45a, and 11:30a) and if you’ve never stepped foot in a large church before, this is as good an excuse as any to do it! If you can’t make it, it’ll be available online afterwards.

While I’m in Texas, I’ll also be doing an event with the San Antonio Coalition of Reason at The Radius on Saturday night starting at 7:30p. You can find more details here or on Facebook. So if church isn’t your thing, hopefully this is a good alternative!

Either way, see you in Texas.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Matt Potter

    That’s great! I’ve only been here in San Antonio for less than three months and I’ve already visited ‘The Atheist Experience’ in Austin and now ‘The Friendly Atheist’ himself! Truly blessed :)

  • Liokae

    Talk about luck- that’s less than half an hour from my apartment, and that’s the last weekend I have free before a condensed writing course.

  • Art_Vandelay

    Man…that place sure doesn’t sleep on the indoctrination…

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  • Bryan Sebeck

    According to the bottom of the service schedule page that you link to, the even is going to be available via a live stream on their website as well.

  • Rooster Freebird

    There are four services. In which will you be in this discussion with the pastor/church?

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  • Devon M

    You should come to Houston sometime! I bet Oasis would love to have you!

  • Robert McLauchlan

    Hey! That’s on my side of town! I’ll definitely try to make it over there. I just hope I’m not working Sunday morning. Maybe it could be the first time I have to ask for it off to attend religious services. lol

  • Anthony Magnabosco

    Holy crap this is awesome! I will be there. Now if we atheists could just come up with a subtle to identify ourselves on the sly that would be great.

  • Anthony Magnabosco

    Let me know via Twitter (@magnabosco) if you are going. It seems that we have a lot in common.

  • Matt Potter

    Hey, sorry about responding so late. I’ve been really busy the last week and hadn’t signed in to see your reply. I’m headed to the 11:30 service but from twitter it seems you’ve already attended.

  • Anthony Magnabosco

    Hey Matt. Yes, I attended the Saturday session. Enjoy seeing Hemant on Sunday. Keep in touch on Twitter, if you partake in that.