March 1, 2019

**Originally this story appeared under a slightly different title, but I’ve altered a couple of words so people can share it with a wider audience.** This morning there was a knock at my door. When I answered the door I found a well groomed, nicely dressed couple. The man spoke first: John: “Hi! I’m John, and this is Mary.” Mary: “Hi! We’re here to invite you to come kiss Hank’s butt with us.” Me: “Pardon me?! What are you talking about?… Read more

February 27, 2019

Yesterday the United Methodist Church decided to revert back to a hardline stance against same-sex relationships, and many of my friends are heartbroken by this move by the second largest Protestant denomination (trailing only my own family’s Southern Baptist Convention, which has never accepted gay marriage). Backtracking like this almost certainly means a major split is on the way, and I’ve gone through a series of conflicting emotions as I read their expressions of pain and sorrow. Witnessing their pain… Read more

February 26, 2019

You may not find this as fascinating as I do, but I recently came across a video put out by The Gospel Coalition, a think tank for Calvinists co-founded by Tim Keller, a Presbyterian pastor and author who herein verbalizes his own reservations about human evolution. What stands out most to me is that while Keller has used up a great deal of ink over the years arguing that science and the Christian faith need not be mortal enemies, he… Read more

February 20, 2019

I’ve struggled a lot with precisely how to view religion, but I may have finally turned a corner on one particular facet of the question. My opinion of religion is perhaps more complicated than that of most people. I don’t subscribe to any particular religions (anymore), but I also don’t agree with those who talk as if religion is something than can be eradicated from the planet. I think it’s more a feature than a bug; at this point I… Read more

February 17, 2019

Quite often I find myself in conversations with folks who feel that I left my religion simply because I wasn’t asked the right questions. Two of the most common questions I (still) receive are “How do you cope with the difficulties of life without believing in God?” and “If you don’t believe in God, how do you determine what’s right and wrong?” That first subject was most recently brought up at a vulnerable moment by someone who had no idea… Read more

February 15, 2019

If you are like me and you’ve got years of writing as a Christian out there to remind you of just how much your mind has changed about, well…everything…then you know how cringey the experience of reading your old stuff can be. It’s not that what you said before wasn’t intelligent, because it was…in its own way. And yes, I know there are plenty of atheists out there ready to ridicule those who believe in talking snakes, floating axeheads, and… Read more

February 5, 2019

I’ve written before about the prevalence of projection among people of faith (if you haven’t yet read that, you can read it here). Contrary to my former belief that the Christian religion provides exceptionally perspicacious insight into the workings of the human heart (see Hebrews. 4:12-13), I’ve at last concluded that there is something uniquely self-deceptive about the Christian faith which distances the way we think about ourselves from the way we actually are. Read: “Why Christianity Keeps Producing Hypocrites”… Read more

January 29, 2019

I recently heard a sermon reminding us all that “God never promised to make us happy,” and I kept thinking if only I had a dollar for every time I heard that one, well…I’d still stay broke most of the time but let’s not go there. This overly confident minister asserted that a common reason people leave the faith is that we were led to believe our lives would be pain-free and full of wealth, pleasure, and all-around good fortune… Read more

January 23, 2019

Lately I can’t seem to listen to my streaming music app without hearing Lauren Daigle’s “You Say” at least half a dozen times a day. What makes this significant (other than the fact that it’s a beautiful song) is that it’s a song by a Christian artist…except I’m not listening to a Christian station. Living in the Deep South affords me several local options for contemporary Christian music broadcasts, but I didn’t choose any of them, so this song keeps… Read more

January 15, 2019

What if I told you the book of Revelation really does have something to say to our current political situation? In post-Christian discussion groups online, people often ask what we are to make of this confusing book now that we’ve left our faith, and it turns out at the moment that it might be the most relevant book in the whole Bible. What’s Revelation About? So much has been said about this book over the centuries, and most of it… Read more

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