nakedpastor’s goodbye video to patheos

From now on you can find me at!Goodbye patheos! You've been great. … [Read more...]

important announcement: nakedpastor is moving!

I've been with Patheos for exactly one year. It's been a great ride. But for important reasons, mainly to do with the independence of the nakedpastor brand and its need to stand on its own, it is time for me to leave Patheos and return to my own url.My relationship with Patheos has been a good one. I've had the pleasure of meeting and working with fantastic people. I've made new friends.Again, I want to thank Patheos. You're great!!My last day to post on Patheos is this coming … [Read more...]

What do you do when you realize prayer doesn’t work?

(I drew a picture of a woman praying in the bathtub because from the women I know it's one of the best places to cry alone. If you haven't heard "Say Something" by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera, then you can experience it here. It's one of those songs that makes me stop and listen and feel deeply.)What do we do when you realize prayer no longer works?Admit it: This is the first thing we have to do when we start suspecting that our prayers are no longer working. It's one of … [Read more...]

a short video about the deconstruction of belief

Happy New Year!Here's my teaching style. I did this for our online community but since nothing sensitive is revealed about the group, I decided to make this public to you as well. (Yes, that's a watercolor painting I did in the background... of my wife Lisa with one of our children.)I invite you to join The Lasting Supper. Just check out the page. There are short videos and testimonials and more details on what it's about.Here is a 20 minute video I did for The Lasting Supper … [Read more...]

Why Blame Satan For Suicide?

I was saddened yesterday by the news of a young pastor's suicide. The entire story is very tragic. I was silenced in the face of such terrible news. I can't imagine what his family and friends are going through. Horrible!I read Jennifer LeClaire's opinion in Charisma News, "Why Are So Many Pastors Committing Suicide?". LeClaire honestly shares her own past struggle with depression, so she can genuinely identify with so many who struggle similarly. She is also concerned about the fate of … [Read more...]

Tony Jones’ curious call for schism

I've used this older cartoon because of all my gender cartoons this one is by far the most popular with over 300,000 notes on Tumblr alone. You can buy a print of it HERE.I found Tony Jones' post It's Time For a Schism Regarding Women in the Church a fascinating read. I'm sure you will too if you haven't read it already. Jones is obviously passionate about the issue of women's equality. He has certainly written enough about it in the past. I read Jones because as one of the key progressive … [Read more...]

Why Should You Care About What the Church Cares About Katy Perry’s Approach to Religion?

I came across Candi Finch's post yesterday, Why Should You Care About Katy Perry's Approach to Religion?. I want to thank her for her contribution to this very important discussion. When I started reading her post I was hopeful because she obviously cares about young people and has done her research. She even says, "Before you dismiss what she (Katy Perry) says…" which I found encouraging because too often the opinions of stars like Katy Perry concerning spirituality are ignored or ridiculed. S … [Read more...]

Will theological men share the microphone with women?

There is an online theological conference taking place right now called The Nines. Out of 120 speakers, only 4 are women. That's about 2%.Rachel Held Evans had something to say about that in Twitter but was slapped down at the speed of light.So when a woman protests it's called a meltdown.And Stephanie Drury has skills in pointing out the hypocrisy.Sometimes I wonder if we've found reverse.Purchase the original drawing of this cartoon. … [Read more...]

the church and the normalization of abuse

Some time ago I wrote a post that became very popular, Why I Wouldn't Attend Pastor Steepek's Church. But it became popular for the wrong reasons.I was alarmed at the response. Actually, saddened. The overwhelming reaction was that it is not only legitimate but necessary and even divine to use shame to motivate church members. I used to think that spiritual abuse was happening enough to be a concern. Now I think it is prevalent.My conclusion: the church normalizes abuse and cultivates a … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why Leaving the Ministry is Difficult for Pastors

(*** Just a gentle reminder that all my art is 40% OFF this weekend ONLY. Just use the coupon code "halloween" when you're about to complete your purchase. SHOP HERE NOW!)I wrote the original post of this shortly after I left the ministry in 2010. It still applies. I frequently talk with pastors, and the struggle they endure is unbelievable. It's believable to me though because I experienced it and experience it still. I want to post this every once in a while as an encouragement and support … [Read more...]