please don’t panic or cause chaos in the streets, but I have an announcement about my blog

please don’t panic or cause chaos in the streets, but I have an announcement about my blog July 20, 2015

Dear Readers,

Sometime in the next week or two, I will be leaving Patheos and moving my blog to an independent site, The Bible for Normal People (

Although I will miss Patheos–which has been nothing but an encouraging and supportive host for my blog for the past 4 years–I am very excited about this development.

I’ll continue blogging here until the launch date, and I will announce the exact date as soon as it is firmed up.

I’m looking forward to continuing our conversations at!!


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  • Patheos has tons of great authors, but the worst mobile reading experience ever. Cheers on the move, Pete!

  • JL Schafer

    Best wishes on this new venture. I’m a bit worried about naming your blog “The Bible for Normal People.” Having read your books, I understand what you mean by this. But some will think you are insinuating that people who approach Scripture in ways different from you are abnormal.

    • peteenns

      That will be explained, JL, though I appreciate how you read it. The distinction is between academic and non-academic readers of the Bible. “Normal people” is riffing off of my book :Genesis for Normal People.”

      • JL Schafer

        Yes, I immediately though of that book title. Why did you choose Normal (as opposed to, say, Regular)? I’m curious

      • So … the academic readers are normal, and the non-academic readers are not normal. Or is it the reverse? FWIW, I have the same problem with Jane Austin. Is Darcy proud, or prejudiced, or both?

        As I’m no good at this kind of analysis, I’ll just presume that all Yankees fans are welcome.

        • peteenns

          I don’t discriminate on the bases of rooting for stupid sports teams.

          • You don’t discriminate on the bases. Do you discriminate in the outfield?

          • peteenns

            Can you tell I just got back from the ML All Star Game? 🙂

  • gingoro

    OK but why bother? It seems like un necessary work. DaveW

  • “The Bible for Normal People.” Will I still be allowed to read it? Your blog, I mean.

    • peteenns

      I’ll get back to you.

      • I have 81 cents in my desk drawer. Sooooo perhaps Mr. Washington might persuade you.

  • for a moment I was shocked why your new site was called preteens 😛

  • This is a good choice. I like Patheos, but as long as you are here, you are digital sharecropping. You need your own property to really own it and develop it as you want (and to make sure they don’t change the rules on you down the road as has happened with so many people who built their property on a Facebook page).

    • Gary

      Pete still doesn’t have great hair. This is just a first step.

  • John Shakespeare

    This is huge: so big, in fact, that I am wondering if my generally preterist take on eschatology is being disproved. If this (the transmigration of your blog) isn’t a clear end-time sign, then I don’t know what is. I have to say I’m in raptures about it. Mind you, it hasn’t happened yet. It may be just another failed prophecy.

  • Hopefully you are able to pick a good comment system—there are a lot of terrible ones out there.

  • Stephen W

    Great. Hopefully it will be a website without technical gremlins.

    And if it does have them, at least we’ll know who to blame.

  • YES!!! Nothing personal, but Patheos has become little more than an ad engine, and all the annoying pop-ups and click-bait garbage eats up my monthly data allowance. Can’t wait.

  • Glad to hear it! Patheos may have good content, but it’s annoying to try to read posts here. Looking forward to the change.

  • Ross

    Hoping and Praying the new blog gets a lot more “normal” people involved, like wot I is.

  • Gary

    Hmm. I’m definitely not normal, and certainly not as it relates to the Bible.

  • Can atheists be normal people?

  • Brian Millhollon

    I’m going to miss the exercise in manual dexterity and eye/hand coordination trying to press the “comments” button on my smart phone without activating the link to a new fat burning pill…but I’m sure I will get over it.

  • David Lindsay

    I see that you are switching from Peter to plain old friendly Pete. Is your new site going to be less formal ? 🙂

    • peteenns

      Yes. No shoes or socks required.

  • This is great news. I’ve always assumed that people choose to blog on Patheos because of the exposure it gives them, but I really can’t stand the ads. In some cases they’re so bad they seem to detract from the content itself.

  • Great news!

    I know there aren’t many RSS-reading folk left these days, but as one of those I do hope I’ll be able to read the full posts in my reader 🙂

    • David Lindsay

      I also use RSS because it simplifies reading the many blogs I follow.

  • AHH

    I hope your blog posts from Patheos will migrate to the new site? There is some nice wisdom (and some laughs) that it would be a shame to lose.
    It would be nice if the comments also migrated, but that’s much less important.

    • peteenns

      I am migrating them all, but they will also remain available on Patheos.