Key and Peeling Out

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)Key and Peele isn’t for everyone—I love it (it’s so, so funny!!!), but sometimes it even makes me cringe. But, most of it is hilarious and clever. There was a clip recently that hit on a problem in the Christian community that I thought was worth talking about. The scene shows a Bible Study group praying together when suddenly above them illuminates and the voice of God booms out. At first, everybody is excited—what will God say to them?! They … [Read more...]

Nerdy By Nature

My lunchbox.

 (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)When I was a kid (and it still happens now), whenever someone called me a nerd, or weird-o, or any of the other charming titles I was given, I didn’t get offended because, in my head, they were recognizing that I liked what I liked and wasn’t put off admitting it just because it wasn’t popular. I was proud of the fact that nobody else dictated who I was going to be and I chose to be authentically, unapologetically me. They didn’t nece … [Read more...]

Flea Market Joy


 (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry) This past weekend, my eldest and I hit a local Flea Market. He found some treasures, and so did I! I found a few Star Trek Next Generation collectables (a phaser, communicator and a Lore action figure that the guy threw in for free) and a Doctor Who comic book in excellent condition, in a sleeve, from 1981. It was the Fourth Doctor, who happens to be one of my favorites.I usually only collect The Tick comic books … [Read more...]

Geek Goes Catholic, Part Two: In the Lair of Richard Dawkins


For four years, I spent time hanging out with atheists at The Ohio State University. I started a group called The Thomas Society (after St. Thomas the Doubter) where everyone was welcome. Our weekly meetings often consisted of atheists, agnostics, Christians, Jewish rabbis, and an odd assortment of students from campus. As I look back on it, I realize this sort of thing doesn’t happen much.During the meetings, I adopted a “no question off limits” and “no edit policy” with only one rule; you c … [Read more...]

#HamonNye Epilogue: What People at the Debate Said….

Hey EveryoneHere is a short video summing up the crowd at the HamOnNye debate. We post for your edification or rage, depending on your point of view. Screw it, its the Internet which is completely fueled by rage..... … [Read more...]

#hamonnye…..our new hashtag for the debate.

Hey Everyone,Just wanted to make the official announcement of our Twitter Hashtag for the debate coverage. As I've said before, it will be....#HamonNye.Please follow this hashtag for all the Patheos coverage of this event. All bloggers will be using it and I'll be using it when I live Tweet from the event.Cheers!J- … [Read more...]

“I watched possession tapes to get ready for the role.” Lili Taylor, The Conjuring

Lili Taylor watched posssession tapes and put her whole body into a very demanding role. Hear what she has to say... … [Read more...]

Ron Livingston: “Exorcism is surrender to God.”

Here is the first of The Conjuring videos.....It's my favorite as Ron Livingston gives some fantastic answers.... … [Read more...]