“If the Holy Spirit Is Within Us, Why is Church Necessary?”

Can you believe that yesterday I overheard another conversation about Christianity? Amazing! This one was between “Ann” and “Betty.” And it’s made me wonder: Are other Christians these days feeling as Ann does? Do any of you guys? Ann: I feel weird telling you this, but I haven’t been to church in seven months. Betty [Read More...]

“Away, Gay Christians! But About That Charitable Work You Do …”

As reported in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and elsewhere, the American Episcopal Church now seems irrevocably split between the traditional Episcopal Church and the brand-new Anglican Church of North America, recently formed specifically in opposition to the way the Episcopal Church kept refusing to apologize for ordinating, six years ago, the [Read More...]

Devout Gay Christians I’ve Known and Loved

An email reminds me of the fact that some of the most devout, biblically knowledgeable Christians I have ever known are gay. [Read more...]

Zealous, Zealot, Fanatic

Below, listed in order of General Intensity, are some words one might use to describe a believer in Christ. Go down the list, and see where the words stop describing you. Supporter Believer Committed Dedicated Devoted Passionate Zealous Zealot Fanatic Did you stop at “zealot”? Most would, I think. I sure did. I’m a zealous [Read More...]

Christian Leaders: For God’s Sake, Stop Empowering Wife Abusers

Pastors, church, and ministry leaders: Please refrain from ever using the Bible as a means of keeping women in physically or emotionally abusive relationships. If you believe in hell—that working in direct opposition to the will of God means spending eternity roasting alive—then, on behalf of the abused women who’ve written me in response to [Read More...]

Must God be a He-Man?


“Christians go crazy if you in any way suggest that God isn’t a man,” said the first big-deal person in Christian publishing to read the manuscript of my book, I’m OK–You’re Not: The Message We’re Sending Nonbelievers and Why We Should Stop. He was advising me to cut the passage below from that book’s introduction. [Read More...]

Agnosticism: The Perfect Answer That Never Delivers

Based on the enduring lack of conclusive, objectively verifiable, purely empirical evidence, agnostics claim to simply not know whether or not there’s a God. As a rational response to the question of God, it’s an unassailable stance. All emotions, intuition, and inspiration aside—all subjective persuasions aside—the unadorned fact remains that we don’t know whether or [Read More...]

If “Submit” Isn’t the Right Word for Christian Wives, What Is?

This past Sunday I went to a meeting of a church men’s group. The group was in session #20 (!) of a series it was doing called (something like) “Finding Your Authentic Manhood.” Just before offering my idea about exactly where each man in the room could find his authentic manhood, it occurred to me [Read More...]

The Laughable Egoism of Being “Elected” by God

In today’s New York Times there’s a huge article about Mark Driscoll, head of the Mars Hill mega-church in Seattle. Mr. Driscoll is a Calvinist. This means he believes that, before they were even born, some people were preordained by God to go to heaven—and that everyone else, when they die, gets shot directly to [Read More...]

Let Your Christian Leader Loosen Up–Before It’s Too Late!

In Pastors and Other Christian Leaders: Loosen Up, Before It’s Too Late!, I talked about the obnoxiousness of using exclamation points in titles. Wait. No I didn’t. I talked about the advisability of Christian leaders loosening up and being themselves. And a good point that is! But, like the final arrow in the quiver of [Read More...]