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...]

DNA test reveals believer is part atheist!

You've heard the story, haven't you, of the white supremacist Craig Cobb being informed on TV that his DNA test reveals he is 14% African. He refused to believe it or fist bump the host and went down some conspiracy theory road.We talk a lot about atheism in our online community because many of us are atheists or are struggling with it.I claim that those who always profess they always believe are either always lying or always living in denial.Do you need biblical warrant? The many … [Read more...]

door to door atheist evangelists

I see this in our future.My post yesterday, "Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church Really", was in response to Rachel Held Evans' article, "Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church". Later in the day my good friend, Hemant Mehta, The Friendly Atheist, wrote his own response, "Why Are Millennials Leaving Church? Try Atheism!". You've got to read it.I found it fascinating because it is evangelism pure and simple. A friend of mine called it proselytizing.When I was a teenage Baptist and … [Read more...]

atheists shouldn’t trust their feelings

So why do people with religious experiences assert that their feelings of God's presence are valid and believable, but when another person who has never experienced God admits this, they are told that they shouldn't trust their feelings, the implication being that their feelings are lying to them about the reality of God's existence and personal presence in their lives?I'm intimately familiar with this line of reasoning. I used it.There is no proof of God. For some reason I've always … [Read more...]

Can Atheists Be Good People Too?

I remember in my Baptist, Pentecostal and Vineyard days being taught that atheists were bad people going to hell. Then I met some.Later in life I became acquainted with my own inner atheist. He's a fast grower. And he's a really nice guy.In the early days though, if we Christians met, say, the unsaved husband of a saved woman and he was really gifted or something, we were taught that deep down he was a Christian in the making, that God had his hand on him and was preparing to save him, … [Read more...]

why I don’t agree with this cartoon

I don't agree with this cartoon. It's message is that atheism has the key to unlock the mind from religion. In other words, atheism is the key to free thinking and even intelligence. This is ideological elitism, an accusation that can be made against the three religions represented in the drawing… Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Proponents from any one of those religions would claim the same supremacy and that their religion alone possesses the key to unlock the mind from limited and e … [Read more...]

the pope, the vatican and fishers of men

Pope Francis is very popular. I like him too. His openness towards others, including atheists, is transparent.But the Vatican is clear: you have to be careful who you let in the boat! … [Read more...]

how an atheist reaches out to a believer

I like the writing of Steven Olsen. For example, his recent post, "Gorilla's, Starship Commanders and Your Brain" is a good read. Interesting and informative. And I like his sense of humor. Olsen writes for the atheist channel at Patheos. I read atheist writers and blogs for many reasons. One of the most important reasons is that I believe many atheists help to keep me honest. I have an inner atheist and so I think it wise to take care of that part of me. They can also teach me how to c … [Read more...]

I can’t see God

I was struck yesterday while I was preparing my cartoon on the death of Brennan Manning that he called Jesus "the human face of God". More of this thoughts deserve to be mentioned here: "To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side, I learn who I am." and, "When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel … [Read more...]