“I love to be ridiculed…


...because it helps me make important decisions in my life." —said no one ever On Sunday I had the privilege of speaking at The Center for Inquiry in Hollywood. My former church is only about 1 mile from CFI and I have driven by there for years. It wasn't until this year, though, that I attended a few of their amazing programs. The video of my lecture should be available on YouTube soon, but I just want to touch on one point I discussed in that talk. I said that I didn't think ridicule was ver … [Read more...]

Father, Partner, Friend


In my last post I gave a quick update, 10+ months into my Year Without God, but I saved some of the most important updates for another post because I didn’t want them to get lost in the news. They have to do with my most important relationships.The essential reality of my life in the past year is that I remain a father, partner and friend to the most precious people. They have impacted me profoundly and this journey has impacted them.You may know from reading other posts here or f … [Read more...]

With less than two months to go…

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I can't believe how quickly this year has gone by. With just less than two months to go I'm realizing more than ever what an never-ending journey this is. In some ways this has been the best year of my life. In other ways, the hardest. Here are a few updates as I head in to the home stretch.REMAINING GOALSI have a few books I'd really like to finish before the year ends. I've started a number of books that just weren't good enough or compelling enough to finish. I've also started some … [Read more...]

Voting values, not religion


Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Politics in the Pulpit. Read other perspectives here. On Tuesday, Americans will go to the polls to make some very important decisions regarding the life of our democracy and everyone is vying for our attention, our money and our vote! Elections are about power: who has it and who doesn't. People who have traditionally lacked the power to create the best life for themselves and their families can demand their share of the pie. O … [Read more...]

Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi and the importance of religious reform


The selection of Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi as co-recipients of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was widely hailed as a victory for the human rights of children, and especially girls. I was personally thrilled with the choice, having been charmed by Malala’s many interviews following the publication of her autobiography, I Am Malala. I am also happy to learn of Kailash Satyarthi and his three decades of work to end child slavery in India. I and many of my friends are deeply committed to t … [Read more...]

Watch me unravel

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The unraveling of one’s worldview is a tricky thing. Throughout this year I have wondered where the unraveling will end. My experience often brings to mind the very first single released by Weezer called, “Undone (The Sweater Song).” If you want to destroy my sweater Hold this thread as I walk away Watch me unravel, I'll soon be naked Lying on the floor (lying on the floor) I've come undone Am I going to find myself completely undone? Lying on the floor, just a pile of thread?This song … [Read more...]