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O Me of Little Faith

O Me of Little Faith

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Jason Boyett is a writer, speaker, and the author of several books, including O Me of Little Faith (Zondervan), and the Pocket Guide series (Jossey-Bass). His work has appeared in Salon, Paste, The Daily Beast, Relevant, and a variety of other publications. He has also appeared on the History Channel and National Geographic Channel. Jason lives in Texas with his wife and two kids. Follow him at twitter and jasonboyett.com.

Farewell, O Me of Little Faith

posted by Jason Boyett

You said you had a big announcement coming today. What is it? The announcement is this: Right now you are reading the final post on this blog. Ever. Ever? Ever. So you’re shutting this blog down? Well, I’m going to […]

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My Introvert Interview

posted by Jason Boyett

On Monday, author Adam McHugh delivered a guest post about the “snarling 8-headed monster” of the writing process. Today I return the favor — sort of — via an interview at his blog, Introverted Church. We talk about how my […]

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Harold Camping: “Invisible Judgment Day”

posted by Jason Boyett

When the rapture didn’t occur as predicted on May 21, 2011, Harold Camping had a few options. Here is how he could have responded to the failed prediction, in descending levels of crazy: 1. He could announce that he was […]

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The Phases of Writing (Adam McHugh)

posted by Jason Boyett

If you’ve ever felt out of place among all the exciting, expressive, emotional enthusiasm of a contemporary church service…or an evangelist’s demands that you need to constantly be sharing your faith boldly to strangers…if it simply wipes you out to […]

21 Things You Should Know About Harold Camping

posted by Jason Boyett

Do you have Harold Camping fatigue yet? I’m pretty close. After a few articles and radio interviews about it (thanks, book I wrote six years ago!), I’m growing a bit weary of the subject. But I also realize that people […]

I’m Having an End-of-Days Sale

posted by Jason Boyett

My apologies for the shameless self-promotion, but while supplies last, I’m having an apocalyptic blow-out sale right now at jasonboyett.com. Just in case we all need it this weekend, I’m offering Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse for $5.21 in honor […]

Is Judgment Day May 21?

posted by Jason Boyett

I brought this up several months ago, but seeing how we’re almost a week away from the big supposed event it seems a good time to revisit the fact that WE’RE ALL ABOUT TO DIE. Or be “caught up in […]

Rally to Restore Unity

posted by Jason Boyett

This week, my friend Rachel Held Evans is hosting an online “Rally to Restore Unity” at her blog for a simple reason: she believes “we can disagree without calling each other heretics.” I’m totally on-board with that, so today I […]

The Death of Osama bin Laden

posted by Jason Boyett

Miscellaneous thoughts upon the death of Osama bin Laden: • I feel pride and a national sense of accomplishment, because finally, we got him. Good job, U.S. intelligence, U.S. military, and President Obama. • I feel happy that justice has […]

Fatherly Advice Needed

posted by Jason Boyett

I need your help. I’m working on a magazine article that will publish in June around Father’s Day. I’m looking for two kinds of advice related to fathers: Advice you received from your father and advice you have for fathers. […]

Review: Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer

posted by Jason Boyett

I expend a lot of ink in O Me of Little Faith discussing my problems with prayer. Some of my hang-ups are theological, some practical, some deeply personal. In particular, the theatricality of public prayer — my own and others […]

Catholic to Atheist Then Back to Christianity

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s conversion story comes from Sean Robert Reid, a former Catholic who became what he describes as a “rabid, angry, in-your-face agnostic/atheist” but who recently returned to Christianity after meeting his fiancee. I’ll let Sean tell the story. —————- Bio: […]

Flexibility, Heretics, and Love Wins

posted by Jason Boyett

This is the last thing I’m going to write about Rob Bell’s book Love Wins, and it’s not even really about the book. I’ve read the book. I enjoyed parts of it. I was frustrated with parts of it. I […]

Significance, Influence, and Gratitude

posted by Jason Boyett

Note: I first wrote this for jasonboyett.com and published it there last week, but thought it might fit well over here as well. —————— I grew up across the street from a girl named Megan. Like me, she had blond […]

Conversions: From Christian Missionary to Atheist

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s conversion story comes from Amy, a former Christian missionary, homeschooling mom, and magazine editor who has recently abandoned Christianity altogether. Now an atheist, she has asked that I only use her first name. —————- Bio: I’m a mother of […]

Conversions: Catholic to Southern Baptist to Gay Follower of Christ

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s conversion story comes from Adam Morris, a Texan who was confirmed in the Catholic church, converted (with his family) to a Southern Baptist congregation, became a Southern Baptist youth minister, and then lost his job when he came out […]

Do Doubters Make the Best Evangelists?

posted by Jason Boyett

In the book When Prophecy Fails, Leon Festinger chronicles an American cult from the middle part of the 20th century. Led by a housewife named Marian Keech, the cult members were big-time doomsayers, predicting that the world was about to […]

My Old Blog is New Again

posted by Jason Boyett

From a reader: Jason, I used to subscribe to your blog before Beliefnet. I loved the blend of funny and serious that you had. Frankly (and only because you asked), I got really tired of your posts after your move […]

Conversions: From Contemporary Worship to Liturgy

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s conversion story comes from Trav Fecht, who described herself to me as “a 56-year-old wife and mom with a male name.” Recently Trav has undergone a distinct conversion in worship preferences, rethinking the contemporary music and casual atmosphere of […]

Interview: Bryan Allain of BlogRocket

posted by Jason Boyett

My friend Bryan Allain is knee-deep in a new coaching venture called BlogRocket, which is designed to help bloggers improve their blogs and grow their readership. Because I know many of my readers maintain their own blogs, I asked Bryan […]

Conversions: Fundamentalist Christian to Non-Religious Spirituality

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s conversion story is from Christy, who due to the nature of her experience and family situation (keep reading) has requested that I not use her last name. Christy transitioned from a fundamentalist Christian childhood to a socially active, progressive […]

Can Doubt Bind Us Together?

posted by Jason Boyett

Last week, writer and editor Jon M. Sweeney published a thought-provoking essay about religious doubt in the Huffington Post. Sweeney is a publisher at Paraclete Press and the author of the new Verily, Verily, a book about the King James […]

First-Person Raw Footage of Tsunami in Japan

posted by Jason Boyett

I don’t usually embed videos on this blog — it’s something I usually reserve for Twitter or Facebook links. But this footage is stunning. You think of a tsunami as one big influx of water, but this just keeps coming […]

Another Post about Rob Bell’s “Love Wins” Interview in New York

posted by Jason Boyett

A self-interview: ———————– So…shouldn’t you, like, be posting something about Rob Bell’s event in New York City with Lisa Miller? The launch of the “Love Wins” book tour? Probably. Why do you ask? Because your earlier thoughts about Bell’s book […]

Conversions: Christian to Atheist

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s conversion story isn’t a conversion from one faith to another, but rather a “de-conversion” from confident teenage Christianity to atheism. It comes from Ryan Hadley, a tech ninja from Colorado. —————- Bio: I’m Ryan. I live in Longmont, Colorado, […]

Ash Wednesday and Lent: A Self-Interview

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is Ash Wednesday, which means it’s the first day of the Lenten season for Christians around the world. I thought it might be best to relay my thoughts about Lent in a self-interview format…just because it’s been awhile since […]

A Not Quite Universal List of Reactions to Rob Bell

posted by Jason Boyett

Now that a full week has passed since the whole Rob Bell saga began, I thought it would be helpful to take a deep breath and browse a few of the posts made about the subject. What follows are selections […]

Conversions: Congregational Church to Charismatic Episcopalian

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s conversion story comes from David Johndrow, who converted from the Congregational Church to Charismatic Episcopalian (!). David is a programmer and blogger who authors the blog Fire & Grace and contributes weekly to Kingdom Bloggers. —————- Bio: David currently […]

Beliefs vs. Actions and Spiritual Health

posted by Jason Boyett

I want to propose a thought experiment. 1. Some people believe in God but live as if he doesn’t exist. Craig Groeschel’s book, The Christian Atheist, addresses this phenomenon. (Is phenomenon the right word? Or is it more of a […]

Thoughts About Rob Bell, John Piper, and Justin Taylor

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m not sure what Rob Bell was doing on Saturday, but I wonder how long it took for him to realize that he had blown up the Internet. At least, the Christian twitterverse and blogosphere. Bell, the pastor of Mars […]

Conversions: From Senior Pastor to Church Dropout

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s conversion story comes from Jeremy Myers. A former seminary graduate and conservative pastor, Jeremy “de-converted” from traditional Christianity. Though still a follower of Christ, he has left the institutional Church altogether. And blogging played a fairly big role in […]

Trey Parker and Matt Stone on Mormons, Atheism, and Religion

posted by Jason Boyett

Mormons beware! South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are working on a Broadway musical called The Book of Mormon. The play, which previews at the end of this month, is about two young men who head to Uganda […]

Free Download of Churched, by Matthew Paul Turner

posted by Jason Boyett

Matthew Paul Turner has been featured here a number of times, mainly because he’s a good friend and a great writer and a unique, funny voice within Christian culture. That’s why I’m excited to share that the audio book of […]

Conversions: Christian to Agnostic to Christian

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s conversion story comes from Mike Wise. An Arizona singer/songwriter who hails from Denver, Colorado, Mike made the odd religious transition from Episcopalian Christianity into Agnosticism…and then back to Christianity. —————- Bio: I am a 33 year-old, high-functioning autistic adult […]

Sex and the Bible

posted by Jason Boyett

If you’ve read the Bible beyond the Gospels and some of the safe, greeting-card-quote-ready psalms, you’re no doubt aware that there’s some stuff in it you don’t especially want your kids reading without parental supervision. Tons of violence. Some really […]

Conversions: Universalism to Seventh-day Adventist

posted by Jason Boyett

Last week we kicked off the new Friday conversions series with Torie Brown Hunt, who converted to the LDS/Mormon tradition after a Southern Baptist childhood. Today we meet Jessica Gavin. In 2010, she began a blog project called 52 Prayers […]

Stanley Fish’s Favorite Sentences (and Mine, too)

posted by Jason Boyett

This week I stumbled onto a blog post at Slate in which Stanley Fish, the literary critic and New York Times columnist, lists what he thinks are the top five sentences in the English language. The author of the new […]

Conversions: From Southern Baptist to Mormon

posted by Jason Boyett

Friday means guests here at ye olde blog, and today kicks off a new series about conversions. I’ve always been fascinated with conversion stories — both into and out of a faith tradition — because religion is so all-pervasive. Major […]

Mailbag: The Turning Point

posted by Jason Boyett

I don’t do this often, but today I’m just going to post (with permission) a letter I received from a reader who has asked to remain anonymous. He got in touch after I called for conversion stories. That series begins […]

The Only Horoscope You’ll Ever Need

posted by Jason Boyett

A couple of weeks ago, the Internet blew up when Parke Kunkle, an astronomy instructor in Minneapolis, noted for the Star-Tribune that due to the Earth’s axis wobble and something called precession, astrologers are currently one month off in their […]

Alise Wright: Shaken and Stirred

posted by Jason Boyett

Well, after 25 guest posts, we’ve reached a good round number for the Voices of Doubt series, and today’s post by Alise Wright will be the final one. I hope you’ve enjoyed the series as much as I have. To […]

A Missionary’s Perspective on the American Church

posted by Jason Boyett

My long-time friend, Mentanna, is a former career missionary trying to make the transition back to life in the United States. She and her family have been visiting churches in the “Bible Belt” and trying to find a place to […]

“Only Light Can Do That” (Quotes for MLK Day)

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s a day when we all like to quote “I Have a Dream,” and really, you can’t go wrong with that. But some of my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr., quotes come from Strength to Love, a collection of sermons, […]

Ray Hollenbach: Learning from Thomas

posted by Jason Boyett

I always appreciate pastoral voices who can speak compassionately and candidly about doubt, and one of those I appreciate most is Ray Hollenbach’s. Ray is on staff at a Vineyard church in the exact center of Kentucky, where he lives […]

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

posted by Jason Boyett

I haven’t posted anything yet about Saturday’s shooting in Arizona. Not because I don’t have anything to say about it, but because I’m not sure that my opinion matters. And as someone who struggles with certainty, I’m not in any […]

Conversions Needed

posted by Jason Boyett

After six months’ worth of guest posts, my Friday Voices of Doubt series wraps up in the next few weeks. It’s been great hearing from so many different writers and thinkers on the impact doubt has had on their faith. […]

Sarah Cunningham: Doubt as a Hook

posted by Jason Boyett

Sarah Cunningham and I first got to know each other when I interviewed her upon the release of her latest book, Picking Dandelions: A Search for Eden Among Life’s Weeds. It’s an excellent memoir. Sarah is a social activist, a […]

Self-Interview at the Crossroads

posted by Jason Boyett

So you asked some important questions on Tuesday and got a lot of feedback. Have you come to any decisions? Maybe. Don’t play coy with me, young man. I discovered some interesting things about my readers. Do tell. Well, they’re […]

Reaching a Crossroads

posted by Jason Boyett

I need your help. I began blogging in 2007, which really wasn’t that long ago unless you’re talking Internet years, which makes 2007 the digital equivalent of the Pleistocene epoch. Since December of 2007 I have written five books: Pocket […]

New Year’s Resolutions

posted by Jason Boyett

The month of January is named for Janus, the two-faced Roman deity of doors, gates, beginnings and endings. He’s one of the earliest gods to show up in the Roman pantheon, and he’s usually shown with his two faces looking […]

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

posted by Jason Boyett

This is the part where I turn off the lights. I’m taking a break from the blog and most forms of social media — including twitter — starting today through New Year’s. Why? Because I want to. And because I […]

The Year in Blogging (Part 3)

posted by Jason Boyett

Wrapping it up today. Read the rest of the recaps for January-April 2010 and May-August 2010.  SeptemberWe started the month by participating in the 30 bloggers, 30 days, $30K challenge with Tyler Stanton and Charity:Water. I gave simple answers to […]

The Year in Blogging (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m closing out the year by recapping my year in blog posts. Why? Because it’s good to see where you’ve been and it’s a good introduction to the blog for those of you who’ve arrived recently. Here’s Part 1, which […]

Shawn Smucker: Doubt as Discovery

posted by Jason Boyett

I first encountered Shawn Smucker when he interviewed me around the time O Me of Little Faith released. He was a fellow writer and asked insightful questions and was acquainted with my friend Bryan Allain. Besides that interview, Shawn captured […]

The Year in Blogging (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

There is nothing more narcissistic than a year-in-blogging recap, but last year I found that it was a good way to introduce new readers to older posts. And blogging is narcissistic anyway, so let’s not pretend we’re better than we […]

Doubting with The Roots

posted by Jason Boyett

I don’t post a whole lot about music here, but I’m in a reflective scan-the-whole year mood and was recently thinking about doubt-related music. Only weird people go into a year wondering What will be the best doubt song of […]

Jesus Is Coming Back! Look Pretty!

posted by Jason Boyett

Based on commercials now airing in Superior, Wisconsin, a local jeweler is having a Second Coming Sale. Larry Falter thinks the End of Days is imminent, so he’s pledged to offer his jewelry for 50%…maybe until Jesus comes back. “I […]

2010 Christmas Best/Worst List

posted by Jason Boyett

I posted a best/worst Christmas list last year and have decided to do another one for this year…but with all-new, culturally relevant bests and worsts. The long wait is over, friends. ———— Best update of How the Grinch Stole Christmas: […]

Jamie Wright: A Born Doubter

posted by Jason Boyett

Jamie Wright began blogging regularly just over a year ago. She called herself “Jamie the Very Worst Missionary” and wanted to offer a candid, humorous take on life as a missionary in Costa Rica’s central valley. She succeeded, I think, […]

Anne Hathaway and the Catholic Church

posted by Jason Boyett

Thanks to all the promotional appearances she has been making for her new film Love & Other Drugs with Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway has been all over the media for the last couple of weeks, from a gig hosting Saturday […]

Uncle Jason’s Birthday Reflections (Part 3)

posted by Jason Boyett

Beginning with Monday’s birthday post, I’ve been listing three important things I’ve learned over the years. The first was that it’s better to spend money on experiences rather than material things (unless those things contribute to the experience, of course). […]

Uncle Jason’s Birthday Reflections (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday, in a fit of self-congratulatory bluster disguised as “giving advice,” I explained one of three important things I have learned in my lifetime. You have no doubt been constantly refreshing your browser ever since in anticipation of Number 2. […]

Uncle Jason’s Birthday Reflections (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is my birthday. I’m not usually one to honk the birthday horn and go around telling people it’s my birthday. Facebook does that well enough for me. As does the band of minstrels I’ve paid to follow behind me, […]

Trudy Morgan-Cole: The Squirmin’ Herman of Doubt

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m not sure where Trudy Morgan-Cole and I first got in touch — probably through Twitter — but it didn’t take long for me to realize she was funny and honest and a kindred spirit. Trudy is a novelist who […]

What Are Your Christmas Traditions?

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m relying on you for today’s post by asking two simple questions: ———- 1) What is your favorite personal and/or family Christmas tradition? 2) What is your strangest or most unique Christmas tradition? ———- Ready? Go. (My answers to these […]

For Amarillo Magazine: Carpe Christmas

posted by Jason Boyett

Right before Thanksgiving, my friends at Amarillo Magazine asked me to write an inspiring holiday piece for their December print edition. So I wrote a sort of maudlin piece about death. Merry Christmas! (It had been one of those months.) […]

God Done Steve Johnson Wrong, Apparently

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday, during overtime in the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson had the game-winning touchdown pass fall right into his arms. It would have won the game. It would have been a […]

Thankful Tuesday

posted by Jason Boyett

My sister, at her wonderful blog Mama:Monk, continues a tradition she began while a bright-eyed college student. She calls it “Thankful Tuesday,” and she views it as a chance to practice “organized thankfulness.” So every Tuesday, on her blog, she […]

Scepticism from Fear, or Hope from Belief?

posted by Jason Boyett

A friend on Facebook sent me this passage recently. It’s by American philosopher and psychologist William James in his address/essay “The Will to Believe.” To preach scepticism to us as a duty until “sufficient evidence” for religion be found, is […]

David Sessions: The Hard Work of Faith

posted by Jason Boyett

I first encountered David Sessions via The CCM Patrol, which started as an anonymous blog in which “Christian music is allowed to get bad reviews.” This was in 2006, and CCM Patrol wasn’t around for too long in that early […]

This Christmas, Redeem the Goat

posted by Jason Boyett

Over the centuries, goats have gotten a bad rap. In the Old Testament, a goat was used as a representation of people’s sins (the “scapegoat“). In the New Testament, when Jesus talked about separating “the sheep and the goats,” it […]

Bits and Pieces and Unfiltered Thoughts

posted by Jason Boyett

Throughout the day, I’m always thinking about and keeping my eyes open for potential blogging topics. If something strikes me as possibly blog post-worthy, I might copy a link or type a few lines into a draft of a blog […]

Your Turn: Best Books of the Year

posted by Jason Boyett

Simple questions today, and it’s up to you to provide the content for this post: 1. What is the best work of fiction you’ve read this year? 2. What’s the best work of nonfiction you’ve read this year? 3. What […]

Dean Nelson: Test Everything

posted by Jason Boyett

There are few people I like better in the world than my friend Dean Nelson. Some of my most spiritually significant experiences and most hilarious conversations have occurred in his vicinity, and I suspect that’s no coincidence. Dean’s the kind […]

The Day I Met Paw-Paw (for Veterans Day)

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is Veteran’s Day. The veterans in my family include my wife’s grandparents (Eddie & Sunny Storseth), both of whom served in the Navy during World War II; my maternal grandfather, John E. Brown, who served in the military police […]

Open Our Eyes: Seeing the Invisible People of Homelessness

posted by Jason Boyett

One of the first book projects I ever proposed was an idea I called “Interviews with Homeless People.” If you can’t tell from the clever title, I wanted to go down to the local soup kitchen and sit down with […]

Consider Humanism: The Atheist Ad Campaign

posted by Jason Boyett

Most of you probably didn’t have this on your calendars or anything, but today marks the launch date of the biggest atheist ad campaign in history. Why do I care? Because I’m in the advertising industry, for one thing. Also […]

Carlene Bauer: Prodigal Daughter

posted by Jason Boyett

Back in May, I had the pleasure of meeting Carlene Bauer after a speaking gig at Marble Collegiate in New York City. We have mutual friends, and our friend Lauren invited her to the event because the two of us […]

Does God Care Who Wins our Elections?

posted by Jason Boyett

As recently as last Tuesday, out-of-nowhere Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell was saying that she was running for Senate because God told her to, and that her polling numbers would go up in response to people’s prayers. Yesterday, she lost […]

Justifying My Existence at DFW

posted by Jason Boyett

Last Wednesday, I traveled to the beautiful campus of Colgate University to speak to the students of Colgate Christian Fellowship about faith and doubt and religious tension — the stuff I discuss in O Me of Little Faith. Colgate is […]

The Random European Q&A

posted by Jason Boyett

Last week I was asked by a publishing house in Barcelona to do a Q&A for a book about Christ and culture. The book will eventually be published in Spanish, so they’ve given me the freedom to publish my answers […]

Larry Shallenberger: The Knight and the Fortune Cookie

posted by Jason Boyett

Maybe it’s just me, but I love hearing from pastors who admit to having questions. Some people get annoyed by this, but I find it to be comforting. Part of it is knowing I’m not alone. The other part is […]

Poland Gets a Really Big Jesus

posted by Jason Boyett

Good news for people who love enormous statues of Jesus: Now there’s a great reason to go to Poland! Swiebodzin, a 21,000-citizen Polish town near the German border, is almost finished building a gigantic Christ statue. When finished, it’ll be […]

How to Evangelize an Atheist

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday Matthew Paul Turner pointed to this video by Christian author and radio personality June Hunt, about how to get an atheist thinking so much that he or she might be willing to transition from their hard-core atheism to, at […]

The Iron Fist: Finding Time to Write

posted by Jason Boyett

A couple weeks ago, in the comments for this post, a commenter offered a suggestion: If you feel up for it, maybe you can put up a post that can give us readers some tips on how to keep writing […]

David Dark: The Wonder-Working Power of Sacred Questioning

posted by Jason Boyett

He probably doesn’t remember it, but David Dark played a minor role in my journalistic coming-of-age. One of the first assigned articles I ever wrote was for a (now defunct) online magazine called Communique Journal. It was back in 1997 […]

The Silence of God

posted by Jason Boyett

I know it says a lot about me that I think this is such a great cartoon. But it is: David Hayward, the Naked Pastor, consistently produces excellent stuff. Go visit his site. While you’re at it, purchase his book. […]

Are Christians Jerks?

posted by Jason Boyett

Christ Covenant Church in Beaumont, Texas, has been making headlines in recent weeks with a new billboard along Interstate 10. It says “What a bunch of jerks!” then lists the church’s website. According to the pastor, the sign is promoting […]

Religion and Politics and Youthful Disaffection

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday, the LA Times published a thought-provoking commentary about disaffection with church among young people and the reasons behind it. Twenty years ago, only 7% of Americans claimed no religious affiliation, and that wasn’t a surprising number. We were a […]

Cara Davis: A Textbook Case

posted by Jason Boyett

Do I owe my writing career to Cara Davis? She’d probably say “no,” but I’m not so sure. She was the first person I got to know at Relevant Magazine, the first editor to ask me if I had any […]

More About You: TV, Sports, and Halloween

posted by Jason Boyett

Reader feedback time! Some of my favorite blog posts are the ones that don’t have any content at all, but simply ask a question or two of you readers. Your responses are always as interesting and informative and fun as […]

Letters: Desperate to Belong

posted by Jason Boyett

My friend, Steve, sent this to me yesterday about his experience as a gay man growing up in the church. He lives in Berkeley, California. Like Chad’s account on Monday, it’s worth reading: —————- When you’re desperate to fit in, […]

Bullied for Being Gay: A Friend’s Story

posted by Jason Boyett

You’ve no doubt seen the rash of news reports about the recent uptick in teenage suicides related to sexual orientation. A recent study found that, in 2009, 9 out of 10 lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered (LGBT) students experienced harassment at school, and nearly […]

Matthew Paul Turner: Letting Them See My Doubt

posted by Jason Boyett

Matthew Paul Turner and I became acquainted pretty soon after he published The Christian Culture Survival Guide (complete with a foreword from Stephen Baldwin) and I came out with Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse. Both books were published by Relevant. […]

Is Doubt a Trend?

posted by Jason Boyett

I want to call your attention to two great blog posts in recent days about doubt. The first comes from Rachel Held Evans, who asks Is doubt a trend? Personally, I’ve been accused of writing O Me of Little Faith […]

A Belated Review in Publisher’s Weekly

posted by Jason Boyett

If you’ll allow me a day of ridiculously shameless self-promotion, O Me of Little Faith finally got reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly (though as a web exclusive, and not in the print edition): Doubt can play an important role in a […]

Geocentricity, Creationism, and Taking the Bible Literally

posted by Jason Boyett

Back in March I interviewed Daily Show writer Daniel Radosh about his book Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture. It’s a pretty great book offering a hilarious, honest outsider’s assessment of American Christianity. I recommend […]

Sally Lloyd-Jones: Where Did You Put Your Faith?

posted by Jason Boyett

Like Oreos and Yo Gabba-Gabba, Sally Lloyd-Jones is beloved by children and their parents alike. If it’s possible for an evangelical children’s writer to be a cult figure, she’s it. Sally is the British-born author of a number of children’s […]

The Devil, the Storm, and This American Life

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m a regular listener to the podcast of This American Life, from WBEZ in Chicago. Last week’s episode, “Life After Death” (episode 359) was a repeat of a 2008 episode I missed, and I can’t stop thinking about the opening […]

Atheists Know More about Religion than Christians

posted by Jason Boyett

Today the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released the results of a new “religious knowledge” survey that came to a discouraging — but not unexpected — result. It discovered that, on average, atheists and agnostics are more knowledgeable […]

Win 75 Signed Pocket Guides (to the Bible)

posted by Jason Boyett

There are only four days left in our 30 bloggers, 30 days, $30,000 campaign to raise money for Charity:Water. Many of you have donated, for which I’m very grateful. But so far we’ve raised less than $10,000. I think we […]

Chad Gibbs: When It Doesn’t Seem Fair

posted by Jason Boyett

Here’s why I like Chad Gibbs: 1. The banner on every page of his website features a close-up of Tim Tebow’s eyeblack, on which someone, presumably Chad Gibbs, has written “Chad Gibbs.” 2. The background on his Twitter page is […]

Giant Baby Caption Contest Winner

posted by Jason Boyett

Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption in yesterday’s contest. The winner is Michael Miller… Mr. Jobs’ Macworld Expo keynote did not address questions concerning apparent liver transplant complications. ———— …because that’s just funny. It hits all the right technological, […]

Giant Baby Caption Contest

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s been an interesting couple of days here at the blog with some excellent (and mostly civil) discussion. I appreciate that. But now it’s time to lighten things up a bit with a caption contest. In the comments, submit your […]

I Was Wrong: Calvin and the New Pornographers

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s impossible to take back a blog post, but I need to take back what I wrote about the decision of Calvin College to disinvite The New Pornographers from a scheduled concert at the university. Yesterday I complained that it […]

Calvin College Expels (New) Pornographers

posted by Jason Boyett

Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is one of those Christian universities that has an admirable focus on art and culture. It has a beautiful campus, and I really like the faculty there (at least the ones I met back […]

Leeana Tankersley: The Swirling Waters

posted by Jason Boyett

I had the privilege of meeting Leeana Tankersley in April at the Festival of Faith & Writing at Calvin College. We share a publisher in Zondervan, and Leeana was there to sign copies of her debut memoir, Found Art: Discovering […]

Letters: When Faith Seems Impossible

posted by Jason Boyett

Since O Me of Little Faith released in April, I’ve been getting emails and Facebook messages from readers along the whole continuum of the doubt spectrum, from new believers doubting God’s love for them to long-time believers doubting God’s existence. […]

How to Love Your (Islamic) Neighbor

posted by Jason Boyett

This will make my third Islam-centric blog post in four days, but I wanted to share one more great news story with you. I hadn’t heard of this until a commenter (Rob the Rev) shared it in response to yesterday’s […]

Quran Burning Thwarted: Good Job, Amarillo

posted by Jason Boyett

I don’t mention my hometown very often. Most of my bios just mention that I live in Texas. I don’t hide the fact that I’ve spent my life in Amarillo, my hometown and my current place of residence. But I […]

In Remembrance: Coloring and Context

posted by Jason Boyett

You know what image from 9/11 sticks with me the most? It’s not the footage of the planes, the burning buildings, the destruction, the ash-covered firefighters, or the chaos of the streets. Yes, I think of those things when I […]

Robert Cargill: The Skeptic in the Sanctuary

posted by Jason Boyett

Dr. Robert Cargill and I go back several years (I tell a bit of the story here in his Noah’s Ark debunking interview). I always appreciate his perspective, because he’s got pretty serious credentials as a scientist, a biblical scholar, […]

Which Books Have Shaped You?

posted by Jason Boyett

Several times in my life, I’ve been in social, get-to-know-you situations where a group of us were supposed to tell, as individuals, which person or persons in our lives had influenced us the most. We were supposed to talk about […]

The Problem with John 3:16

posted by Jason Boyett

I got to know Shawn Smucker a few months back when he interviewed me for his blog around the time O Me of Little Faith released. Shawn’s a good guy and a fellow writer (he’s written two books) and he’s […]

Stephen Hawking, God, and Twitter

posted by Jason Boyett

Last Thursday, in an excerpt from his upcoming book, The Grand Design, world-famous physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking revealed that he no longer believed the universe needed a creator God. “The universe can and will create itself from nothing,” he […]

Dana Ellis: Haunted by Questions

posted by Jason Boyett

A few weeks ago, my friend Adam Ellis contributed to the Voices of Doubt series of guest posts here. He’s not the only thoughtful writer in his family, though. Today his wife, Dana, offers her perspective on doubt, uncertainty, and […]

Simple Answers to Difficult Questions

posted by Jason Boyett

Sometimes, as a writing exercise, I just decide to start writing about an idea and see where it leads. That’s what today’s post is. My tendency is to over-analyze and over-explain when someone asks me complicated questions, especially theological ones. […]

30 Bloggers, 30 Days, $30,000

posted by Jason Boyett

Blogging is good for me. It’s an excellent way to publicize my books. It’s a way to build and sustain a platform of loyal readers. It allows me to feel like I’m doing something worthwhile, like encouraging doubters or making […]

More About You

posted by Jason Boyett

Feels like it’s time to get to know the folks around here better. So today I want to do a reader survey. 1. What is your age and gender? 2. What is your occupation? 3. What book are you reading […]

Parenting with Doubt: What Do We Teach Our Kids?

posted by Jason Boyett

Over the last few days, I’ve gotten a couple of emails from readers that, for some reason, touch on the same theme — and it resonates pretty deeply with me. The question that keeps coming up is this: Doubt is […]

Rachel Held Evans on Works-Based Salvation

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m not sure that Rachel Held Evans needs a full introduction on this blog, other to say she’s the author of the excellent new book Evolving in Monkey Town and was interviewed here a couple of months ago (Part 1, […]

The Truth about My Doubt

posted by Jason Boyett

I grew up in a church that taught me that God is a God of truth. The one true God. “The word of the Lord is right and true,” wrote the Psalmist. “Redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth,” […]

My Top 5 People to Convince Me God Exists

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday I had an off-the-air conversation with a skeptical (but still Christian) radio host. We were discussing faith and apologetics when he asked me a really fascinating question: Let’s say you’re dying. You know you have only one week left […]

Back to School in a Christian T-Shirt

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday was the first day back to school for my kids, both of whom are in elementary school. As a parent, this time of year is always a struggle for me. On one hand, I like returning to the more […]

Winn Collier: Doubt Better

posted by Jason Boyett

Winn Collier’s relationship with Relevant Magazine goes back as far as mine does. We both were early members of their freelance writing stable. But while I was writing silly stuff about twenty-something life and the apocalypse (occasionally in the same […]

Carlene Bauer’s Not That Kind of Girl

posted by Jason Boyett

Right now I’m reading Not That Kind of Girl, a memoir by Carlene Bauer that released in hardback last year from HarperCollins (it just came out in paperback this summer). It tells Carlene’s story of a childhood in evangelical churches, […]

Clark Pinnock: Rest in Peace

posted by Jason Boyett

Clark Pinnock was one of the first real theologians I ever read, and definitely one of the most controversial. I hadn’t thought of him in awhile, but was saddened to hear of his unexpected passing on Sunday, August 15, from […]

Six Questions Not in the OMOLF Discussion Guide

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve been asked by several churches and individual readers whether or not there was a discussion guide available for O Me of Little Faith. Until today, the answer was, “No. Not yet.” Which is totally my fault. But today, the […]

Pastor Fight! Evolution vs. the Bible

posted by Jason Boyett

A couple of weeks ago, ordained United Church of Christ minister Michael Dowd spoke at three churches in Oklahoma City. The author of the book Thank God for Evolution, Dowd delivered a talk he called “Thank God for the New […]

Tyler Clark on Losing Fear, Losing Faith

posted by Jason Boyett

Unlike a lot of my Internet friends, I’ve actually met Tyler Clark in person. It wasn’t long after he began working at Relevant Media Group, and I joined the Relevant team for a weekend staff planning retreat in Orlando (I […]

Harold Camping and Rapture Sadness

posted by Jason Boyett

Christian radio host Harold Camping says Jesus is coming back in nine months: May 21, 2011. Then the world will end, according to his calculations, on October 21, 2011. He’s been announcing this on his Family Radio broadcasts for several […]

Rapture Orphan Rescue: The Interview (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday I introduced Justin, the owner of Rapture Orphan Rescue, a new business that, for a fee, will take care of your children should they be left behind after the Rapture. We discussed how he lost his solidly evangelical faith […]

Rapture Orphan Rescue: The Interview (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

Last week I called your attention to a new online business called Rapture Orphan Rescue. Like Eternal Earthbound Pets but with kids, it promises to care for children who potentially get left behind should their parents get “caught up in […]

Rob Stennett on the Genesis of Doubt

posted by Jason Boyett

I first ran into Rob Stennett around the time his first novel, The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher, released in 2008. He was doing research on the End Times for his satirical rapture novel, 2009’s The End Is Now, […]

‘Negotiated Infidelity’ is Stupid and I Am Not a Hero: A Rant

posted by Jason Boyett

There’s a new book out by the pseudonymous “author and former mistress” Holly Hill. The book, a memoir called Sugarbabe, details a season of her life in which she lived as a 24/7 paid executive mistress for several “sugar daddies.” […]

The Faith of Ray Bradbury

posted by Jason Boyett

My novelist friend Tess alerted me to a fascinating profile of Ray Bradbury by John Blake at CNN. It talks a bit about Bradbury’s prolific career as a sci-fi novelist and short-story writer, but the primary subject of the piece […]

The Orphans of Left Behind?

posted by Jason Boyett

Here we go again. About a year ago, I learned of an atheist named Bart who was offering a service to Christians: Bart figured he’d be left behind by the rapture, should it actually occur, even though he didn’t believe […]

Taking My Doubt to WaPo

posted by Jason Boyett

I was thrilled last week to have been given the chance to write a piece about being a doubting Christian for the Washington Post’s On Faith section, as one of their “Guest Voices.” It was linked from the WashingtonPost.com’s front […]

Anne Rice Quits Christianity

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s been an interesting week at Anne Rice’s Facebook page. The bestselling novelist, whose conversion to Christianity was a pretty big deal a few year back, had become everyone’s favorite celebrity Christian. She was blurbing N.T. Wright books and sharing […]

Adam Ellis: Hoping That It’s True

posted by Jason Boyett

When I decided to start this guest-blogger series — which I’m calling “Voices of Doubt” and which features friends of mine telling their own stories of doubt — I thought immediately about asking Adam Ellis to participate. Matthew Paul Turner […]

One of Those Horrible “Where Is God?” Stories

posted by Jason Boyett

In Eastern Europe, a priest has been accused of drowning an infant boy in the process of baptism. It was an immersion baptism, and apparently the priest didn’t cover the child’s mouth. Despite the child clearly being in distress during […]

A Guy’s Guide to Self-Interviews

posted by Jason Boyett

Jason: So I see there’s a new book shown over there in the right-hand sidebar. JB: Yes, there is. What of it? I was just noticing, that’s all. It has an eye-catching cover, what with the bold yellow type and […]

Does God Exist? Why or Why Not?

posted by Jason Boyett

The question “Does God exist?” is a pretty big one in my personal life. My answer to that question determines all kinds of things about me — my ethics, my career, how I spend my time, how I relate to […]

Nicole Wick: The Worst Breakup Ever

posted by Jason Boyett

As I mentioned prior to last week’s post by Anna Broadway, I think it’s time to begin listening to other voices beside my own as we talk about religious doubt and spiritual uncertainty. I’m going to make this a regular […]

Quotes about Doubt

posted by Jason Boyett

I get asked occasionally if I’ve heard this or that quote about doubt and faith from such-and-such famous person. In most (but not all) cases, yes, I’m aware of the quote. This is due to two reasons: 1) Because I’m […]

6 Unanswered Backpacking Questions

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday I returned from a 4-day adventure in the Pecos Wilderness at the top of New Mexico. It was my annual backpacking trip with three old friends (and two new ones), and as usual, I returned with a sunburn, a […]

Lauren Sandler and the Only Child Myth

posted by Jason Boyett

My friend Lauren Sandler, a journalist, author, and blogger, wrote the cover story for the July 19 issue of Time Magazine. Lauren, the author of the book Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement, is an only child herself. Her […]

Anna Broadway on Doubt and Marriage

posted by Jason Boyett

There are more perspectives on doubt, of course, than just my own. I thought it would be a worthwhile idea to let other doubting believers discuss their own experiences with spiritual uncertainty. First up is Anna Broadway, author of Sexless […]

Slavery, Usury, and the Evolution of Beliefs

posted by Jason Boyett

In the 17th century, in response to his support for Copernicanism, the Church condemned Galileo and his heliocentric ideas. Good Christians fought opposed the idea that the sun was at the center of the solar system. Why? Because the Bible […]

Honoring the Boy with the Band-Aids

posted by Jason Boyett

I get two kinds of comments about my latest book, O Me of Little Faith. The first is the you-write-like-you’re-in-my-head kind from people who can identify with my doubting and have been living the same spiritual questions. I’m always glad […]

The Problem with Honesty

posted by Jason Boyett

“Let’s be honest for a second.” I hate when I find myself saying that at the start of a conversation. I hate when I begin a sentence, “To be honest.” Because saying it implies that what is about to follow […]

What Do Atheists Think of Christians?

posted by Jason Boyett

On Tuesday, I mentioned The Outsider Interviews, a book and DVD describing what non-believers think about believers. It was brought to my attention by blogger and author Hemant Mehta, the “Friendly Atheist.” In his post about the book/DVD, he asked […]

The Outsider Interviews

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m excited about a new book called The Outsider Interviews: A New Generation Speaks Out on Christianity, by Jim Henderson, Todd Hunter & Craig Spinks. It’s not just a book, either, but a “DVB” — a book + DVD. The […]

Motherhood: A Blog Fight, a Culture War, and Grace

posted by Jason Boyett

A week ago, the blogosphere began buzzing about a debate that, to be honest, I thought maybe we’d moved beyond. Turns out I was wrong. The whole situation was about whether or not it was OK for Christian moms to […]

Freedom, the 4th, and Faith

posted by Jason Boyett

Some Christians are excited that, this year, Independence Day is on a Sunday. They will have flags prominently displayed in their sanctuary. They will sing “God Bless America.” Their choirs and orchestras may do a special patriotic presentation. Their pastor […]

Interview: Lauren Sawyer of Preemptive Love Coalition

posted by Jason Boyett

My relationship with Preemptive Love Coalition is a complicated one, and it’s a story I’ve told elsewhere and won’t get into here. You can read more about it here and here. But suffice it to say, this is one of […]

Ron Rosenbaum on the New Agnostics

posted by Jason Boyett

At Slate yesterday, columnist Ron Rosenbaum wrote “An Agnostic Manifesto” in which he defends agnosticism against its detractors on two different sides — what he calls “the unwarranted certainties that atheism and theism offer.” It’s a thoughtful piece. His point […]

Two Wildly Different Reviews of Ted Haggard’s Church

posted by Jason Boyett

In the wake of my two Ted Haggard posts a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been hearing from a number of Colorado people with updates to the story. I don’t want this to become a Ted Haggard watchblog — those […]

Family Portraits with Jesus

posted by Jason Boyett

If you are like me, then you know that the thing that’s missing from your family portraits is the Lord Jesus Christ. And not just any Jesus, but a youngish white-dude Jesus with a clean complexion and a nicely trimmed […]

The Faith of Roger Ebert

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m becoming convinced that Roger Ebert is one of America’s greatest living writers. His film reviews are always fantastic. His twitter feed is legendary. And in the wake of his illness and recovery and life without the ability to speak […]

Interview with Rachel Held Evans (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday Rachel Held Evans and I began discussing her new book, Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions. Here’s the second part of the interview. Make sure you stick around […]

Interview with Rachel Held Evans (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

New author Rachel Held Evans and I are kindred spirits. We share a publisher, we both grew up in intensely religious home environments and were on-fire-for-God kids, and we both have come out of the closet as Christians who struggle […]

Things I Did on My Vacation

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve been on vacation. Sure, you might not have been able to tell because I wrote a few blog posts in advance and scheduled them to publish while I was gone, but I was away all of last week for […]

Lookin’ Good for Jesus (Recycled)

posted by Jason Boyett

I recycled this post from my old pre-Beliefnet blog, but it was one of my favorites from last year and I thought it might be worth revisiting. ————— Some days I enter into my local Christian bookstore/knick-knackery, and — looking […]

Creeped Out by Guardian Angels

posted by Jason Boyett

Two weeks ago we discussed how, among other surprises, 55% of Americans believed they had a personal guardian angel who had protected them from harm. What we didn’t discuss is how the idea of a guardian spirit hovering around me […]

This I Believe (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday I began listing some of the things I mention in O Me of Little Faith as being “the things I know for sure.” For reasons of brevity, in the book, I framed this list according to the content of […]

This I Believe (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

So what in the world do you believe? Occasionally I’ll get asked that question, usually after equivocating and hemming and hawing about the things that cause me to doubt — subjects like the afterlife and historical/textual Bible criticism and whether […]

The World Cup and the Best Ad Ever

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m not the world’s most knowledgeable soccer fan, but I played as a child and have played as an adult and get excited every time the World Cup rolls around. I’m hoping this will be a great tournament, and that […]

Is the Oil Spill a Sign of the Apocalypse?

posted by Jason Boyett

The End is nigh. Again. It took longer than I expected, but there are now a variety of apocalypse watchers who have connected the dots between the Gulf oil spill and the book of Revelation. Lisa Miller at Newsweek has […]

Grace, Judgment, and the Haggard Post

posted by Jason Boyett

Usually I blog about ideas, but occasionally my topic will be a person. In yesterday’s case, I thought a post about a specific person — Ted Haggard — could be a springboard to an interesting discussion about pastors, honesty, and […]

The Strange Journey of Ted Haggard

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve been intrigued by the journey of disgraced evangelical preacher Ted Haggard, which keeps inching its way into the news cycle but never really gains as much traction as I think it deserves. A brief timeline: 1984Haggard founds New Life […]

One Question for God

posted by Jason Boyett

The famed British philosopher Bertrand Russell was known for being an outspoken atheist and social critic, in addition to his many contributions to the fields of mathematical logic and analytic philosophy. (You may have heard one of his most famous […]

The Horror of Puppets and the Sinner’s Prayer

posted by Jason Boyett

My lifelong companionship with spiritual doubt began during my childhood, after my Christian salvation experience. It has to do with a lot of things, including the intensely evangelistic culture I grew up in where “making a decision for Christ” and/or […]

On Being a Stumbling Block

posted by Jason Boyett

My friend and fellow writer Rachel Held Evans — her upcoming book Evolving in Monkey Town is excellent, btw — wrote an intriguing blog post Tuesday about being a stumbling block to other believers. Like Rachel, I grew up in […]

Have You Had These Religious Experiences?

posted by Jason Boyett

“Have you had the following religious experience?” That’s the question asked by the 2008 Baylor Religion Survey, authored by Dr. Rodney Stark and others, in an extensive look at the “depth and complexity” of America’s religious landscape. The survey’s findings […]

Is the Church the Best Place for Doubters?

posted by Jason Boyett

In the variety of interviews I’ve done for the new book, in print and radio, the interviewer and I always seem to agree on a few things: 1) Everyone has spiritual doubts, though many of us hide them. 2) It’s […]

Memories and Gratitude

posted by Jason Boyett

The dedication page for my new book, O Me of Little Faith, reads: To my grandparents,John and Mary Boyett and John and Cleta Brown,who despite incredible hardships have maintained a strong,inspiring faith and passed it along to the rest of […]

Interview: The Hopeful Skeptic (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday I introduced Nick Fiedler, author of The Hopeful Skeptic and co-creator/co-host/co-guy-it’s-named-after of The Nick and Josh Podcast. In part one of the interview, we discussed spiritual labeling, re-examining your childhood faith, and the possibilities of “Christian agnosticism.” Today, in […]

Caption Contest Winner

posted by Jason Boyett

Thanks to all of you who submitted a caption in yesterday’s caption contest. There were some great ones, which made choosing my favorite a fairly difficult task. A handful of honorable mentions. At one point or another yesterday, I was […]

Interview: The Hopeful Skeptic (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

I first encountered Nick Fiedler via “The Nick and Josh Podcast,” his popular podcast with Joshua Case. They’ve been at it since 2006, and have interviewed a diverse number of authors, speakers, musicians, theologians, and other people in and around Christian culture. […]

Caption Contest: Out of the Frying Pan…

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s time for a caption contest. Your job is to write the best caption for the photo below. I’ll choose a winner tomorrow morning at 9 am CT. The caption need not have anything to do with the actual, real-life […]

Clergy Who Don’t Believe

posted by Jason Boyett

How many of the pastors and ministers in our churches no longer believe in God? That’s the question asked in “Preachers Who Are Not Believers,” a fascinating report by Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola of the Center for Cognitive […]

8 Things I’ve Learned from Watching Lost

posted by Jason Boyett

After six seasons, Lost ended last night. Maybe you were aware of it. I’m not going to try to recap or analyze the mind-blowing finale in any way, other than to say you can count me among the viewers who […]

God in a Nightie

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve looked at the “Creation of Adam” fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel multiple times. When I do, my eye is always drawn to the iconic image of the hand of God doing the ET thing with Adam, […]

Immaculate Creation and the Synthetic Cell

posted by Jason Boyett

I promise I’m not this big of a science nerd — two sciencey posts in a row, in my first week! — but this is in the news so it seems the best time to comment on it. Human genome […]

Contest: Matter, Antimatter & Metaphor

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s contest time. On Tuesday, a bunch of physicists at the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced the results of a particle accelerator experiment they’ve been doing over the last eight years. “Many of us felt goose bumps […]

Lord Jesus Christ Hit by a Car

posted by Jason Boyett

You heard the Massachusetts story last week about Jesus Christ getting hit by a car, right? Turns out there’s a Belchertown resident — a dreadlocked, cross-dressing artist who had his name legally changed to “Lord Jesus Christ” — who was […]

Is Doubt an Eraser?

posted by Jason Boyett

“Eraser Heads” by David Heyward at Naked Pastor We often think of doubt and faith as opposites. Either you have one or the other. The presence of faith means you’ve victoriously shoved doubt aside. The presence of doubt means your […]

Who Am I and Why Am I Here?

posted by Jason Boyett

Hi. So this is my first official blog post here at Beliefnet after a few years blogging at my own site. Unless you followed me here from there (welcome, both of you!) then you likely have no idea who I […]

Keeping Up Appearances

posted by Jason Boyett

There’s an interesting little factoid in the endnotes section of Superfreakonomics. Which is saying something, because the whole book — as well as its predecessor, Freakonomics — is gloriously full of interesting little factoids. Anyway. In my childhood church environment, […]

The Problem with Asking Hard Questions

posted by Jason Boyett

My friend Matthew Paul Turner posted a review today of O Me of Little Faith, written by his friend Adam Ellis. (Disclaimer: I know Adam, too, having interviewed him for a Daily Beast article last summer.) In his review, Adam […]

Where Do I Go from Here?

posted by Jason Boyett

One of the questions I get asked pretty frequently — especially with the release of a new book — is this one: What are you writing next? That question comes from fans, family members, agents, editors, and interviewers. Up to […]

Friday Housekeeping

posted by Jason Boyett

I returned last night from a great week in New York City where I had the privilege of speaking to the communities at Apostles Church (Tuesday) and Marble Collegiate (Wednesday) about faith, doubt, and living with both. Thanks to the […]

18 True Confessions About My True Confessions

posted by Jason Boyett

I have posted real-life confessions in the past on this blog. Actually, several times. But you’d be surprised. I’m not some serial confessor in real life — I don’t just start admitting to things in face-to-face situations — but when […]

OMOLF Introduction, with Commentary

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s release week for O Me of Little Faith. I hope you haven’t gotten tired of my constant book-promoting over the last couple of week — it can be indelicate, but it’s sort of my job. Occasionally I need to […]

Noah’s Ark Found! Robert Cargill Debunks!

posted by Jason Boyett

Back in 2007, I had the pleasure of spending a day out in the California desert shooting footage for a potential cable TV project that didn’t ever work out. Long story. But it was about archaeology, and the producers brought […]

Question: Frustrations with the Faithful

posted by Jason Boyett

A have a favor to ask you on behalf of a friend of mine. He’s working on a project and has been soliciting answers from both believers and non-believers to the following question: What do other Christians do or say […]

Options and Doubt

posted by Jason Boyett

Why do we doubt? In my new book, I discuss several of the causes of spiritual doubt, including sin, guilt, depression, circumstances, familiarity/boredom, and intellectual challenges. But there’s one doubt-generator I’ve been thinking of lately that’s not in the book: […]

Winner! 5-Sentence Scary Story (Ash)

posted by Jason Boyett

Yikes. These scary contests are getting more and more disturbing every time. Splattered brain matter, rotting body cavities, burning corpses, hemorrhoid cream…I’m going to have to put a parental advisory on these things. Still: Well done. Some great stuff here. […]

Five-Sentence Scary Story Contest: Ash

posted by Jason Boyett

As promised, it’s time for yet another five-sentence scary story contest. This time, you have an entire weekend to submit your story in the comments. For inspiration, here are the links to the previous 5-sentence contests:• The one with snow• […]

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Harold Camping: "Invisible Judgment Day"
When the rapture didn't occur as predicted on May 21, 2011, Harold Camping had a few options. Here is how he could have responded to the failed prediction, in descending levels of crazy: 1. He could announce that he was wrong. This is the most reasonable option and was therefore unexpected. I wou

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The Phases of Writing (Adam McHugh)
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