A Brief Update

It's been six months since I've posted here, but I haven't just been sitting around, I assure you! Most of my online activity now happens over at Life After God, including the podcast. Here are one or two highlights if you haven't heard the podcast yet.I'm going to be dusting off this blog a little bit and doing a little blogging during the remainder of the summer and then see where we go from there. But before I say more about that, here are a couple of things I'll be doing in the next few … [Read more...]

Different era, same injustice

I'm completely geeking out right now! I'm sitting at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT (actually, in the Carriage House next door) where I'm speaking tonight at 7 pm about my Year Without God. I've spent a fair bit of time with some of Mark Twain's writings about religion over the past year. A few days ago I posted a link on my Facebook page to a piece entitled "Bible Teaching and Religious Practice" from Europe and Elsewhere."The Christian Bible is a drug store," he writes. "Its contents … [Read more...]

Humanism at Yale Week

The Yale Humanist Community just announced it's Humanism at Yale Week, April 5-12, 2015. It's a wonderful line up of speakers and events and I'm honored to be a part of a panel on Monday, April 6, called "Do Atheists Believe in Nothing?" The other members of the panel are Dr. Laurie Santos, Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University  and Director of Yale’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory;  and Leighann Lord, comedian and co-host of StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson. Chris Stedman, Exe … [Read more...]

I’m headed to Texas

I'm excited! I get to visit two cities in Texas that I've never been to before, and I get to meet the amazing freethinkers, skeptics and atheists in those communities. If you live in San Antonio or Austin I would love to meet you while I'm there. Here's my schedule:Saturday, March 712:30 pm | Freethinkers of Central Texas, San Antonio Radius Center, 106 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX7:00 pm | CFI Austin Location TBDSunday, March 812:00 pm | Atheist Community of Au … [Read more...]

Church, with or without God

This past weekend I had the privilege of traveling back to North Carolina to attend a lecture series put on by the First Congregational Church in Hendersonville, featuring Gretta Vosper, pastor of West Hill United Church of Canada and author of With or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important Than What We Believe and Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief.I've almost finished With or Without God and I highly recommend it. Both in the book and in her three lectures this … [Read more...]

TG(oodness)IF

Fridays and weekends have never meant so much to me. Because I was a Seventh-day Adventist pastor my entire adult life, I never had a free weekend and Friday, so far from being something to thank God for, was the most stressful evening the week. As my friends were easing into the weekend, I was bracing for a day of performance anxiety, public speaking, and listening intently to people’s personal needs.Friday morning brought the familiar sense of dread—feeling unprepared to give my sermon or t … [Read more...]