Because I call myself an A-theist (someone who doesn’t believe in a human-like god UpThere), people think I can’t, don’t, or won’t pray. In truth, I pray every day, usually early in the morning.
I pray that people find strength and hope, live with reality, forgive, and deal creatively with what life has to offer.… Read more >
I call myself an A-theist. The big A means “against”—I am opposed to theism, which is the belief in a personal god UpThere. I also think that the hyphen—which looks like a minus sign—is an appropriate symbol of my negative opinion of theism and that the little t signifies how unimportant theism is in the twenty-first century.… Read more >
The title of this blog post might sound irreverent, but I do not intend it that way. I use titles to attract attention—some people thought my book How to Get to Heaven Without Going to Church was antichurch, but that book was really about the power of Jesus.
My church is currently searching for a new pastor, and in a discussion group, I asked, “What would you think if our new pastor admitted that she or he was an atheist?”
A few people replied, “No way!” Most were quiet. Did they respond this way because that idea had never crossed their mind?… Read more >
On March 1, 2020, I was enjoying my daily routine. Ten days later, a whole new world started, and most folks had no idea that anything had changed. Halfway through April, I realized that “normal” no longer exists. We have no idea what the new normal will be. It might include wearing masks.… Read more >
The idea for this blog post came from a memo (maybe closer to a tome) from my bishop about how to deliver the Eucharist during a time of crisis—namely, the current COVID-19 pandemic. That memo went on and on about the minute details of properly administering the sacraments, especially the process of intinction.… Read more >
In a previous post, I talked about Jesus’s presence in the Easter story. A friend of mine read my blog post and said, “I sort of understand what you mean by presence, but give me an example.”
I am not talking about seeing visions, hearing voices, or hallucinating. Even if Jesus did speak to me, he would do so in Aramaic—no comprendo!… Read more >
My favorite holy day in the church year is Easter, which forms the heart of my faith.
I don’t believe in a literal, physical resurrection of a man who died by crucifixion. That is impossible—dead is dead. A body starts decomposing four minutes after death, and the process cannot be reversed.… Read more >
On Palm Sunday, Christians reenact the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey while crowds cheer him as a king.
I don’t think such an event ever happened, but I do think great truths are hidden in that story.
I can’t imagine the Romans ever allowing Jesus’s Followers to have a parade with thousands of angry (occupied) Jews gathered in confined spaces.… Read more >
My wife, Annie, and I have been involved with a charity called Family Promise for years. Since the current pandemic caused so many closures, I was concerned that this program, which depends heavily on churches opening their facilities and feeding homeless families, might have trouble finding enough shelter and food to go around.… Read more >