on writing gooder and even more gooder books

I’m asked from time to time how I went about finding a literary agent and the whole “pleasepleaseplease publish my book” process. So I thought I’d say it in a brief blog post so I can refer to it when asked. The process isn’t complicated, but it’s time consuming. What helped me most was contacting people who were already doing [Read More...]

“the Bible is the Christian holy book” and other distortions of Christianity

A friend sent me this post by Fr. Stephen Freeman, “Has Your Bible Become a Quran?” Freeman makes several points in his post, but what drew me in was his provocative view that modern Christianity, especially in its view of the Bible, has more in common with Islam than with historic Christianity. I have to be [Read More...]

Was George Washington a Christian? (and the answer is….)

I came across this article written back in 2008 by Dr. Robert Duffett, president of Dakota Wesleyan University at the time, and now president of Eastern University for just over a year. Duffett offers a perspective on the faith of our “founding father” that sobers popular notions of Washington being a church-going evangelical–not to mention our country founded from [Read More...]

my interview with Brian McLaren (part 3)

Today’s post is the third and final installment of my interview with Brian McLaren. As you may recall, Brian asked me three questions about my book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It and I in turn asked him three questions. We are posting the exact same post on each other’s blogs [Read More...]

Eucharist: a wedding table decorated with a cross instead of a cake

While the Eucharist has always been a consoling mystery with an ecstatic, mystical language surrounding it (such as “Happy are those who are called to the wedding feast of the lamb,” Revelation 19:7-9), it has also been clothed in the language of suffering, blood, and death. It makes clear the connection that the mystics always confirm: [Read More...]

my interview with Brian McLaren (part 2)

Today is the second of three installments of my interview with Brian McLaren. He asked me three questions about my book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It and I in turn asked him three questions. We are posting the exact same post on each other’s blogs simultaneously; we figured [Read More...]

no, really, I’m not self-absorbed–but read this about me anyway

I am posting below–anonymously and with permission–(1) an Amazon review of TBTMS and (2) an email I received the same day. Both say nice things about me, but that’s not my point (believe me or not). (And if you’re still annoyed, remember that plenty of people say bad things about me, so it balances out.) I’m posting them [Read More...]

Evolution, the Bible, and Presbyterians in the Civil War South (or, please stop the merry-go-round I’m getting nauseous)

Today we have an interview with Monte Harrell Hampton (PhD, University of North Carolina), visiting instructor of U.S. history at North Carolina State University and a pastor in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. He’s written Storm of Words: Science, Religion, and Evolution in the Civil War Era. The title sort of gives it away, which [Read More...]

my interview with Brian McLaren (part 1)

Today is the first of three installments of my interview with Brian McLaren. He asked me three questions about my book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (which, I can’t remember, I may have mentioned once or twice over the last few weeks). In turn, we thought [Read More...]

on being a mouthpiece of satan

Today’s blog is by Carlos Bovell, a frequent contributor here. Bovell is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary and The Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto. He is the author of Inerrancy and the Spiritual Formation of Younger Evangelicals (2007), By Good and Necessary Consequence: A Preliminary Genealogy of Biblical Foundationalism (2009), an edited volume, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Authority of Scripture (2011), and Rehabilitating [Read More...]

Richard Rohr’s interesting (though I don’t agree) take on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

It seems that God is asking humanity to live inside of a cosmic humility, as God also does. In that holding pattern, we bear the ambiguity, the inconsistencies, and the brokenness of all things (which might be called love), instead of insisting on dividing reality into the supposed good guys and the certain bad guys [Read More...]

MUUUUUUch better, Barnes and Noble

I’m not sure how, really, but somehow between yesterday and this evening my books got turned cover out. And notice there is one fewer than yesterday, so I am assuming it was purchased and not needed as a doorstop as they wheeled in the Joel Osteen books (he gets a whole shelf of cover out books [Read More...]


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