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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.

Earth Day Apologies

posted by Jason Boyett

A brief confession: I’m knee deep in blog interviews for book promotion. Which are a lot of fun, and completely my own doing, and something for which I am nothing but grateful. But they require a lot of writing, which […]

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Nine Things I Learned at FFW

posted by Jason Boyett

I know yesterday’s post already mentioned my trip to Grand Rapids for the Festival of Faith & Writing, but I want to get one more post out while the experience is still fresh. Being around other writers (published and unpublished), […]

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The Continuing Cover Saga

posted by Jason Boyett

Last week I attended the big Festival of Faith & Writing at Calvin in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is a wonderful biennial writers’ conference that happens to occur in the hometown of my publisher, Zondervan. So I had a great […]

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The Endorsements

posted by Jason Boyett

File this under “tooting one’s own horn,” but I don’t care. Due to some timing problems, the first press run of O Me of Little Faith won’t have any of the endorsements on it. This doesn’t matter to a lot […]

Addition by Adoption Interview: Kevin Hendricks

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve mentioned Kevin Hendricks before on this blog. He’s been a full-time freelance writer for as long as I’ve known him, which is several years now. He edits Church Marketing Sucks, founded Color4aCause, maintains his own blog, and has kept […]

“How Do You Find the Time?” and the iPad

posted by Jason Boyett

Yes, of course I want an iPad. Who doesn’t? They’re sleek, cool, “magical” little computery things. My Austin friend, Shuey, has one and keeps handing it to drooling strangers who can barely keep their hands off it, and who barely […]

Guest Post: Bryan Allain on Writing

posted by Jason Boyett

For me, Bryan Allain is one of those Internet-only friends we all have whom we figure we’d get along pretty well with if we ever interacted in the real world. I’m not sure how the two of us first got […]

Michael Spencer, 1956-2010

posted by Jason Boyett

Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk, died last night at his home in Oneida, Kentucky. He was surrounded by his family. He had cancer. He got sick in November. Once the doctors figured out what it was, they started an aggressive […]

Upcoming Appearances

posted by Jason Boyett

Just a schedule update. I’ve got a few appearances lined up in the next month that you may want to know about if you live in the Grand Rapids or New York City areas. (Yes, those two locations aren’t generally […]

A Prayer for Easter: Do Not Disappoint Me

posted by Jason Boyett

In the Rule of St. Benedict, a fascinating 6th century document that still informs the lives of monastics, Benedict — the founder of Western monasticism — describes what happens when a novice is fully accepted into the monastic community. …they […]

O Me of Little Faith Blog Tour

posted by Jason Boyett

I need your help. We’re about a month away from the release of my next book, O Me of Little Faith. Perhaps I’ve told you about it before? My plans are to help promote the book by doing a loosely […]

John Piper Gets It Right

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m not a John Piper fanboy. The guy’s a passionate Christian, a deep-thinking theologian, and highly respected by a lot of people I respect. But his hard-line Calvinism, belief in double predestination, occasional dumb statements, and seeming need to fit […]

Faith and the Faded Tattoo

posted by Jason Boyett

I have two tattoos. Which isn’t as big of a deal as it used to be. Everyone has tattoos now. One of mine is only a couple years old. My wife and I got matching ones on our 13th anniversary, […]

Rapture Ready! An Interview with Daniel Radosh

posted by Jason Boyett

Daniel Radosh is the kind of freelance writer who makes other freelance writers jealous. Or inspired. But mostly jealous. He’s earned himself bylines in the New Yorker, the New York Times, McSweeney’s, GQ, Esquire, Salon, Slate, and Playboy. He’s been […]

More Religious? Or Less?

posted by Jason Boyett

As a whole, I am less religious now than I was when I was a teenager. You wouldn’t know it, probably, by looking at me. I still go to church on a regular basis. My family prays before meals and […]

Art Appreciation

posted by Jason Boyett

The oil painting above is called “Mother Mary with the Holy Child Jesus Christ.” It was painted by a European artist in the early part of the 20th century. It’s not a fantastic piece of art by any means, but […]

Meet the Mama Monk

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m the oldest of three Boyett siblings. I’ve discussed my brother the prestidigitator and his inner-city ministry a time or two, but haven’t ever said much about my little sister. I’m not sure of the reason for this, other than […]

12 Mostly True Facts About St. Patrick

posted by Jason Boyett

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Let us reflect today on the life of the great 5th century patron saint of Ireland, who lived in the 5th century. 1. St. Patrick wasn’t born in Ireland. He was born in Britain. And when […]

Ride:Well Tour Participant Chase Livingston

posted by Jason Boyett

Chase Livington has been a reader of this blog since he won one of my contests back in the summer of 2009 (“Chia: An Inconvenient Pet”). I recently found out that Chase has been accepted as one of the participants […]

More Questions about Writing

posted by Jason Boyett

More writing-related questions. Let’s get right to them: What is your opinion on self-publishing? Just a few years ago, self-publishing was how writers got their books printed when the books weren’t good enough to get printed “for real” in the […]

Do It Well

posted by Jason Boyett

Today I went to the funeral of my great uncle James Johnson, my paternal grandmother’s older brother. He was one month shy of turning 90. He was recently honored by his church for having been a Baptist deacon for 50 […]

FAQs About Freelance Writing

posted by Jason Boyett

I get questions quite often from aspiring writers and freelancers who want to know about what I do and how I do it and is there any chance in the world they can do it, too? So I usually email […]

Phyllis Tickle Endorses!

posted by Jason Boyett

Some people get nervous when their books release to the public and the reviews start pouring in. But the most nervous I get is when advance copies of my books go out to endorsers. Usually, I’ve hand-picked these first readers […]

I Believe…

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday, via my Twitter and Facebook accounts, I asked my friends and followers to complete a phrase any way they liked. The phrase was “I believe…” No real reason to do it, other than thinking it would be interesting to […]

Seussian Questions

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, who was born on March 2, 1904. I was a huge Dr. Seuss fan when I was a kid. His Happy Birthday to You! remains one of my favorite books of all time. […]

Six Jesus Statues That Creep Me Out

posted by Jason Boyett

Jesus statues: Like MTV reality shows and limericks about an island south of Cape Cod, rarely are they made in good taste. Occasionally they are just plain disturbing, as in these examples… ——– 1. Drowning Jesus This 62-feet high sculpture […]

Hi, I’m Bob (Apparently)

posted by Jason Boyett

You know what people tell me often enough that I’m starting to feel weird about it? That I look like super-trainer Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser: Granted, these are people who typically don’t see me shirtless. And I don’t […]

Worm Hunters, Bowel Disease, and Book Titles

posted by Jason Boyett

This is awards season. And like most of us, I get really into awards season. I like it all — the competition, the drama, the unapologetic self-promotion, the lethal robot behavior… Oh, you thought I was talking about Hollywood? No. […]

Mad Libs Contest Winner!

posted by Jason Boyett

Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday’s fill-in-the-blank Mad Libs contest using a line from O Me of Little Faith. I discovered two things from the contest: 1) Creativity, among readers of this blog, is apparently a license to describe the […]

O Me of Little Faith Mad Libs

posted by Jason Boyett

So I have a new contest idea. While reading for my audiobook last week, I was pleasantly re-introduced to one of my favorite sentences from the upcoming book. I smiled when I read it, and I remembered that one of […]

12 Things I Learned Recording My Audiobook

posted by Jason Boyett

I spent several hours on Tuesday and several today recording the unabridged audio book version of O Me of Little Faith. It wasn’t my first time in a recording studio, but was definitely my first time to record an audio […]

The LENTerview

posted by Jason Boyett

A conversation: Seriously? “The LENTerview”? That’s horrible. Sorry. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing, like when I got that figure-skating demon tattoo. Which is also horrible. Agreed. I have my regrets. So the season of Lent begins today, right? Yes. Today […]

The Kid on the Cover

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m no investigative journalist, but I’ve got skills, and Twitter, and email, and every once in awhile I can come up with a pretty sweet scoop. Which I have done today: I’ve identified the kid on the cover of O […]

Picking Dandelions with Sarah Cunningham

posted by Jason Boyett

I like to read stories about interesting people. And I like to read books by excellent writers–the kind who, technically, are very good at their craft. When a gifted writer happens to be an interesting person with compelling stories and […]

Enough about Me: 3 Questions for You

posted by Jason Boyett

We’ve had quite a few new readers lately — thanks, everyone, for stopping by — so I figured today would be a good time for some feedbacky fun. Let’s get to know each other better. How? By answering highly personal […]

Rant: NOW Hated the Wrong Ad

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s Tuesday, but I’m still thinking about the Super Bowl ads. I happened to watch Super Bowl 44 at home, with my family, and got to really focus on the ads more than usual. There were a few good ones […]

Right Now

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s been a long time since the first time I did a “now list.” Which means it’s probably time to do one again. Feel free to contribute your own list at your blog or in the comments below. What I […]

Dinosaurs and Jesus

posted by Jason Boyett

Earlier this week I revealed my childhood love for dinosaurs. And as a kid growing up in a devout Christian home, I also harbored a childhood love for Jesus. Some of my first real spiritual questions came when I wasn’t […]

Turtles All the Way Down

posted by Jason Boyett

In Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, the famous physicist opens with a story about a prominent scientist (probably Bertrand Russell) who gave a public astronomy lecture way back in the day. He explained how the earth moved around […]

What’s Up with the Turtles?

posted by Jason Boyett

For those of you who are interested in such things, here’s the back cover copy for O Me of Little Faith: ————- True Confessions I am a Christian. I have been a Christian for most of my life. But there […]

So About Yesterday…

posted by Jason Boyett

Maybe I’m naive, but I really didn’t expect yesterday’s questions to get as theological as they got in yesterday’s Ask Jason Any Question extravaganza. I was prepared to answer a lot of questions about writing. Or breakdancing. Where were the […]

Ask Me Questions

posted by Jason Boyett

I know a lot of you are aspiring writers, so every once in awhile I like to dedicate a blog post to answering writer-type questions. Instead of pre-selecting the questions, though, I figured we’d just do this one on the […]

Archives: Jesus, Interrupted

posted by Jason Boyett

Look, it’s a snow day here in Amarillo, and I’m feeling lazy. So this is a re-post of an old book review, but there’s a reason behind it. 1. Jesus, Interrupted was one of my favorite books I read in […]

Tyler Merrick of Project 7 (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday I posted Part 1 of an interview with Tyler Merrick, the founder of Project 7, a for-profit company which donates half of what it makes to organizations working in seven distinct areas of need: Heal the Sick, Save the […]

Tyler Merrick of Project 7

posted by Jason Boyett

I want to introduce you to a unique and relatively new company called Project 7, which sells consumer products (bottled water, gum, mints) — available nationwide in places like Caribou Coffee — and donates 50% of its profits to non-profit […]

An Incomplete List of Influences

posted by Jason Boyett

The following is a random list of things that have played a role in who I am today. I’m listing them, without explanation, in no particular order. Some are good influences. Some are not. (You’ll have to guess which is […]

Career Satisfaction: The Truth About Dreams

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday I asked you to list your first job, your current job, and your dream job in which money was no object. Your answers were fascinating. Thank you to all of you who participated. A lot of you — I […]

Your Turn: Three Questions

posted by Jason Boyett

Time for some bloggy interaction. It’s easy. Today I want you to answer the following three questions. That’s all. 1. What was your first job? 2. What is your job/career now? 3. If you could be doing anything else with […]

Michael Spencer: The Day Before

posted by Jason Boyett

Michael Spencer (the Internet Monk) has been a web friend for several years. I’ve been inspired, comforted, and challenged by his blogging since running across his work — along with the Boars Head Tavern — back in 2004 or so. […]

Why I Am Proud

posted by Jason Boyett

This has been a rough year for almost all nonprofit organizations. When people encounter financial difficulty, charitable giving is one of the first places they cut back. I haven’t seen any hard numbers, but I know, from anecdotal evidence, that […]

Winner! 5-Sentence Scary Story (with Snow)

posted by Jason Boyett

You people are super creepy. I’ve done the scary story contest before, but last time around, the stories were not nearly as disturbing as yesterday’s entries. Maybe it’s the Fargo-esque quality of the deep snow. Maybe it’s the clautrophobic feel […]

Five-Sentence Scary Story Contest: Snow

posted by Jason Boyett

The conversation since Monday has been excellent, I think. Thanks to those of you who contributed, both from the religious and non-religious sides. Thanks also for keeping it civil. But it’s been a heavy sort of conversation, all this existence-of-God […]

God and Gardens and a Big Question

posted by Jason Boyett

The December issue of Intelligent Life magazine describes a certain horticultural parable first told by the mid-19th century British philosopher John Wisdom. Here’s the parable: Two people return to their long neglected garden and find, among the weeds, that a […]

Challenge: Read Anti

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday, in response to my resolutions post, commenter Kristian shared a great 2010 goal that I want to extend to all of us. Here’s what he wrote: Read at least one book, from cover to cover, that fundamentally goes against […]

Resolutions for 2010

posted by Jason Boyett

Some people think New Year’s resolutions are dumb, for several reasons. For instance, if it’s so important to make some kind of life change, why haven’t you done it already? Why wait to quit smoking in January instead of doing […]

2009 Resolution Check-Up

posted by Jason Boyett

Happy New Year! After a nice two-week break from pixels — other than those occurring in Nintendo Wii and DS games — I’m back and raring to go. Which leads to my first resolution of 2010: Never again describe myself […]

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year

posted by Jason Boyett

As promised, I’m taking a break from the Interwebs for the remainder of the year. It’s been a great past couple of months here at the blog and I’m looking forward to 2010. In the meantime, enjoy this smattering of […]

Disturbing Christmas Ornaments

posted by Jason Boyett

Everybody has their own tastes in Christmas ornaments. We have two trees at our house. One is a smaller tree and is filled with ornaments our kids have created over the years. They get to decorate this one all on […]

Spill Your Guts about Christmas

posted by Jason Boyett

Let’s do something fun. If today’s blog post is interesting at all, it will be up to you. Why? Because I want you to finish the following sentences in the comments section. ————- 1. The first Christmas present I remember […]

Interview with Danielle Shroyer

posted by Jason Boyett

For a relatively young pastor, Danielle Shroyer already has a pretty impressive résumé. She graduated from Princeton Divinity School. She has served as a youth minister, campus minister, and chaplain for a retirement community. She’s currently the pastor of Journey […]

The Year in Blogging, Part 2

posted by Jason Boyett

Here’s the second half of my year-in-review blog recap. The first part was on Friday. Here are a few of the high points from July to this month. JulyI displayed some vintage ads that will give you the willies, followed […]

The Year in Blogging, Part 1

posted by Jason Boyett

Who’s up for a year-in-review blog recap? OK, put your hands down. I’ve gained a lot of new readers in recent months, so this might be a great opportunity for you to find some of the stuff you may have […]

T-shirt Promotion: Be Like Me

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m not sure how to soften this with any measure of humility, so I’ll just be blunt. My friends at Preemptive Love Coalition (the folks behind Buy Shoes, Save Lives) are doing a special t-shirt promotion called “Be Like Jason.” […]

Unique Holiday Traditions

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve been in several discussions lately with friends about the importance of tradition when it comes to families and holidays. Unless your family traditions involve father-son fisticuffs and drunkenness, traditions are usually the kinds of things that bring people together, […]

Rachel Held Evans: Live from Monkey Town

posted by Jason Boyett

I like Rachel Held Evans for several reasons. First, she reads my blog, and has for awhile. Second, she’s funny. I like funny. Third, we share a publisher — she has a book coming out from Zondervan this summer. Fourth, […]

Rant: Not “Standing” for Christmas

posted by Jason Boyett

So yesterday I spent a lot of my day being annoyed with Focus on the Family. I have mixed feelings about them as an organization. Through publications like Boundless and the now-defunct TrueU (I have written for both), they provide […]

Celestial Soul Portraits

posted by Jason Boyett

First, please look at this photo: I know what you’re thinking: Can this photo even be improved? Clearly it is awesome already, what with the guy’s mullet perm, floppy hippie shirt, super-masculine power violin stance, and absence of feet. Also […]

The Christmas Best and Worst List

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s the first day of December, so I thought I’d make a Christmas best and worst list. Because people like lists, and because I am people. Best Traditional Christmas Carol: O Little Town of Bethlehem Beautiful melody and lovely lyrics […]

I Am Thankful

posted by Jason Boyett

I am thankful. I am thankful for my own good health and good friends, and for my wife’s good health and good friends, and for my kids’ continued good health and good friends. I am thankful for ground Sumatra coffee […]

What I Wish My Husband Knew about Motherhood

posted by Jason Boyett

On Wednesday I asked for feedback from guys for a magazine article I’m writing. The topic: What I Wish My Wife Knew about Fatherhood. There have been some really insightful things mentioned so far in the comments to that post. […]

What I Wish My Wife Knew About Fatherhood

posted by Jason Boyett

Feedback time. I’m working on an article assignment for a Christian magazine. (I’m going to keep it nameless right now, because some of the content might end up being anonymous.) The working title of the article is “What I Wish […]

O Me of Little Faith Cover Art

posted by Jason Boyett

And here’s the cover art of my next book, from Zondervan. It releases officially in May 2010. Answers to unasked questions: 1. Yes, he has bandages on his nipples. 2. No, I don’t know why. But I assume Christian bookstores […]

The Return of Fake Band Shirts

posted by Jason Boyett

In the top navigational bar, you’ll see a link to FakeBandShirts.com, a little t-shirt site I launched a couple years ago. It sells only four t-shirt designs, each of which I created and each of which are the logos of […]

Interview with Tess Mallory (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Here’s Part 2 of my interview with romance writer Tess Mallory, who has written several time-travel romances and, over the past couple weeks, has become a frequent commenter on this blog. That’s Tess below, with her granddaughter. Read Part 1 […]

Interview with Tess Mallory (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

Last week’s unrelated posts on worship and forbidden words in Christian romances hit a wide audience and brought a lot of new traffic to this blog, and as a result I’ve been able to connect with some interesting new people. […]

A Veterans Day Post: Meeting Paw-Paw

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 as officers in the Navy; my maternal grandfather, John E. Brown, who served in the military police for the […]

7 Things I Have Learned from Sesame Street

posted by Jason Boyett

As you probably have realized upon visiting Google the last few days, today marks the 40th birthday of Sesame Street, a show I loved and feared during my early childhood (see more below). And loved during my late teens (I […]

Friday Miscellany

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s been an eventful week here at the blog, thanks to the naughty words and romance novels and worship discussion. Which is a weird combination of things, starting the week with pee-poop-panties and ending it with a more serious topic. […]

Annoyed by Worship: Solutions

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday we had a good discussion about some of the limitations of worship — or at least the modern worship movement, even though it defines worship too narrowly as “the singing part of a church service.” And there are a […]

Five Confessions: Annoyed by “Worship”

posted by Jason Boyett

I have five worship-related confessions to make. 1. I play the drums in the worship band at my church. One reason is because I love to play the drums. It makes me happy. The other reason is that I’d much […]

The Christian Romance Novel Naughty List

posted by Jason Boyett

Steeple Hill is a line of Christian women’s novels published by Harlequin, the great-granddaddy (or grandmother?) of the romance novel industry. When you think of romance novels, you probably think of a buff, hairless, massively pectoral man clutching a lovestruck […]

Extreme Pumpkin Carving

posted by Jason Boyett

Because tomorrow is Halloween, I considered coming up with a list of occupations that hadn’t yet been given the “Sexy ________” costume treatment. For instance, we have sexy nurses, sexy cops, and sexy librarians. But I’ve yet to see a […]

Random Thoughts about Halloween

posted by Jason Boyett

Seven random thoughts about Halloween: 1. In my family, we grew up pronouncing it “HAL-oween.” The hal rhymes with “pal.” Lots of my friends and family joined us in that pronunciation. But I knew a lot of others from this […]

Question of the Day: Happiness

posted by Jason Boyett

Jim Palmer is one of my Internet friends, that special class of people with whom I have an online relationship but hadn’t ever met in real life. Jim is the author of Divine Nobodies and Wide Open Spaces — two […]

Friday Fun

posted by Jason Boyett

Why a post of random stuff? Because it’s been a random (and craaaazy) week. ————• The Internet Monk’s “Annual Halloween Rant” is so worth reading for stuffy, scared-of-Satanism Christians. I totally agree. ————• If you want to see the most […]

Rich Mullins: The College Years

posted by Jason Boyett

Since I first posted my reflection about Rich Mullins on the 10th anniversary of his death — and especially since reposting it here a month ago — I’ve been surprised who found it, read it, and was compelled to share […]

10 Observations from the U2 Show

posted by Jason Boyett

Along with some great friends, my wife and I traveled to Norman, Oklahoma, this weekend to catch U2’s 360° tour. As a long-time U2 fan — I still have my original Joshua Tree cassette! — I was particularly pumped for […]

Like a Torpedo with Gills: Contest Winner

posted by Jason Boyett

To all of you who submitted an entry in yesterday’s Five-Sentence Story Contest: Well done. We received a great collection of entries, almost all of which followed the rules (which included setting a suspenseful tone, containing the phrase “torpedo with […]

5-Sentence Story Contest, with Shark

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s been too long since our last contest — 5-sentence story or otherwise — so let’s do another one. The winner gets a signed copy of his or her choice of my three new Pocket Guides (Sainthood, Afterlife, or the […]

Will the World End in 2012? Experts Speak!

posted by Jason Boyett

Last week I embarked on a humble campaign. I’m trying to convince the people of the world that, in fact, our world will NOT end on December 21, 2012, regardless of what the ancient Mayans may or may not have […]

American Jesus Art!

posted by Jason Boyett

This blog has been fascinated, appalled, and otherwise dumbfounded in the past by Jesus art, which is rarely inspirational and often inappropriate. Today we have a whole new painting to discuss. Behold: Jesus, the Founding Father of America and He […]

Things I Do Not Support

posted by Jason Boyett

Noted listmaker Bryan Allain blogged a list a couple days ago of things he does NOT support, and it was a fun exercise in group dislike. So fun, in fact, that I’m going to steal the idea and bring it […]

Hard Questions About Christianity

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m appearing on a panel at my church on Saturday night to discuss some of the difficult questions of Christianity. I thought I’d get an early start on preparing for this by asking you to help me with the research. […]

Will the World End in 2012? A Conversation

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday I was interviewed by a college student in Georgia for a paper in which he was required to speak to an expert on a certain subject. He was interested in 2012 doomsday theories, and had seen me in a […]

Being Happy: Mind Your Own Business

posted by Jason Boyett

I posted yesterday about illustrations that made me happy, and I returned Sunday from a fun, relaxing weekend with my extended family in the mountains guess, so I guess I’ve got happiness and quality of life on the mind. Which […]

What Makes Me Happy: Marc Johns

posted by Jason Boyett

If you are not aware of the simple watercolor-on-paper art of Marc Johns, consider this my daily public service to you. ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— Buy his book, Serious Drawings. It looks like this:

Pocket Guides: The Shack, Part 2

posted by Jason Boyett

When The Shack was first published in 2007, it didn’t have a whole lot going for it. For one thing, it was written by a guy with no platform and no name. William P. Young was a hotel night clerk […]

Recommendation: Lord, Save Us from Your Followers

posted by Jason Boyett

Why is the Gospel of Love dividing America? That’s the question documentary filmmaker Dan Merchant asks in a fantastic new movie that releases nationally in select theaters this weekend. It’s called Lord, Save Us from Your Followers and, as I’ve […]

The 10 Worst Bible Passages

posted by Jason Boyett

Ship of Fools is a fun, British religious web-magazine that has been doing great work for at least a decade. Like The Wittenburg Door in the U.S., Ship of Fools is committed to the Christian faith but not afraid to […]

Remembering Rich Mullins

posted by Jason Boyett

Saturday, September 19, was the 12th anniversary of Rich Mullins’ death in 1997. A lot of my younger readers may not have heard of him, but he had profound influence on me as a writer, a musician, and a Christian. […]

Flash Mob-bage

posted by Jason Boyett

Everyone’s talking about (and watching) the Oprah/Black Eyed Peas flash mob event last week in Chicago. Which is pretty cool, if you haven’t seen it. (It’s not officially a flash mob, though, since the mob is really supposed to show […]

Feedback on Faith (or the lack thereof)

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m working on a project and need your help. It’s about Christianity, questions/problems related to it, and reasons why some people don’t buy into it. I’m looking for feedback from people who are either a) atheists, agnostic, or otherwise non-believers…or… […]

Interview and Pocket Guide Giveaway

posted by Jason Boyett

Wanna win a full set of the new Pocket Guide books? My friend and fellow writer Matthew Paul Turner is giving away two sets of the three books (Pocket Guides to the Bible, the Afterlife, and Sainthood). All you have […]

2009 Tri to Make a Difference

posted by Jason Boyett

Thanks, everyone, for sponsoring and encouraging me with this weekend’s Tri to Make a Difference triathlon. I quadrupled my fundraising goal and improved upon last year’s time by nearly 10 minutes. Success all around. First, thank you to my friends […]

Remember

posted by Jason Boyett

I had another post in mind today, but decided it can wait until Monday. The photo above is of injured firefighters being treated after the Twin Towers collapse. It’s by Justin Lane, who was working as a photographer for the […]

9 Secret Insights on Nines Day

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is September 9, 2009, which means it’s another nerd holiday: 09/09/09. Depending on your perspective, we won’t see another set of repeating dates until October 10, 2010 (10/10/10), and no repeating single-digit dates until January 1, 2101 (01/01/01). So […]

Triathlon Update: Support Me!

posted by Jason Boyett

Back in January, I stated that one of my goals for 2009 was to participate in and complete three triathlons. I did one in June and another in July, and now it’s time for the last one. This is the […]

Finish This Phrase: I’ve Never…

posted by Jason Boyett

Do people read blog posts on Labor Day? I don’t. But maybe you do. In that case, today’s post is but a simple question for you to answer in the comments. I’m guessing there are a lot of common, daily […]

Discuss: Trusting the Bible

posted by Jason Boyett

As many of you know, my next book is not a Pocket Guide, but a more personal book from Zondervan titled O Me of Little Faith: True Confessions of a Spiritual Weakling. It’s about my personal struggles with spiritual doubt […]

The 11 Best Patron Saint Stories

posted by Jason Boyett

One of my favorite parts of Pocket Guide to Sainthood are the stories behind saints’ patronages. Patron saints are saints believed to have a special fondness or protective relationship with a certain geographical location, church, diocese, occupation, health problem, or […]

Relevant Podcast Meets the Pocket Guides

posted by Jason Boyett

If you’re a regular subscriber to the popular Relevant Podcast produced by my friends at Relevant Magazine, you know that it’s a rambling (and very funny) mishmash of pop culture news, religious musings, warnings about the coming Chimpocalypse, and other […]

Reader Fill-in-the-Blank

posted by Jason Boyett

This week’s posts have been fairly deep, theological, and long. So today I’m doing something short and mindless. So mindless, in fact, that I completely stole this idea from Bryan Allain’s blog. Because it’s a cool idea. Thanks, Bryan. Unless […]

Interview with a Real, Live Atheist (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Here’s the rest of my interview with Dromedary Hump, author of the Atheist Camel Chronicles and the guy behind Eternal Earthbound Pets, a very real business that promises to care for your dog or cat or fish or birds should […]

Interview with a Real, Live Atheist! (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

Last week I posted a snarky bit about Eternal Earthbound Pets, an atheist-owned business that promises (for a reasonable fee) to care for your pets should they be left behind if/when you are raptured. The whole thing struck me as […]

Discuss: One of the Hardest Questions

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s pretty rare that I ever do a cut-and-paste job here from someone else’s blog post. Not sure why, other than the fact that I figure it’s my blog, and I should supply the content. But courtesy of @imonk from […]

Choose Your Favorite Jesus Art

posted by Jason Boyett

As has been discussed before on this blog, it’s hard to make good Jesus art. It’s easy to make bad Jesus art. It’s also challenging to discuss the goodness or badness of Jesus art, because people get defensive and use […]

Left Behind: What About the Pets?

posted by Jason Boyett

Having written a book about mankind’s obsession with the apocalypse (particularly the evangelical obsession with the rapture and second coming), you might think that I would not be surprised to learn of a weird rapture-related fringe business. Like when William […]

Stupid Fun with Song Lyrics

posted by Jason Boyett

Sometimes, because I’m a nerd, I amuse myself by listening to song lyrics and replacing the actual words with other words. What I’ve discovered is that 1) this often makes songs more interesting, and 2) other people do this, too. […]

Books, Pics and Koozies: Weekend Update

posted by Jason Boyett

This weekend was a busy but fun one for me. I don’t normally include a lot of personal activities on here that aren’t related to my writing, but thought this would be a good opportunity to pull back the curtain […]

Blog Posts About Sex Get Lots of Traffic

posted by Jason Boyett

This has been a fun week at Jesus Needs New PR, the blog of my friend (and fellow writer) Matthew Paul Turner. A few years back, he wrote a book called What You Didn’t Learn from Your Parents About Sex […]

A Helpful Guide to Rorschach Inkblots

posted by Jason Boyett

Did you know that there’s a bit of a kerfuffle brewing among psychologists because images of the famed Rorschach inkblot tests have now been posted on Wikipedia, along with the most common responses for each image? Mental-health professionals, as you […]

I am a Humor Tease

posted by Jason Boyett

A few weeks ago, friend-of-the-Pocket-Guides Bryan Allain asked me to participate in a humor survey he was doing on his blog. Apparently because he needed to fill space between photos of Amish people and stories about eating tacos with Derek […]

Rob Stennett, the Apocalypse, and Doubt

posted by Jason Boyett

Today at RelevantMagazine.com I have an interview with Rob Stennett, the author of the new novel The End Is Now, which is probably best described as “satirical rapture fiction.” It’s a hot new genre! I’m not going to reprint the […]

True Pocket Guide Confessions

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s another round of confessions, this time related to the Pocket Guides. I’ve done it before, on multiple occasions, and now I’m doing it again. Why? Because I have no shame. 1. Sometimes, when I open up one of my […]

Release Week Caption Contest Winner(s)

posted by Jason Boyett

So I have a small problem. There were fewer entries yesterday than I’d hoped — I’m pretty sure the stringent caption rules had something to do with this — but those who entered did an excellent job. However, my favorite […]

Release Week Caption Contest

posted by Jason Boyett

In honor of Pocket Guide release week, it’s time for another fun caption contest. The winner gets a free copy of any of the new books — Bible, Sainthood, or Afterlife (your choice). Enter as often as you like, with […]

Release Day! (kinda)

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is officially the release date for my three new Pocket Guide books, although in the publishing industry there’s not always a specific street date (unless you’re crazy big-time like Harry Potter or Twilight). Some stores may have already had […]

Confessions of One Who Hasn’t Blogged

posted by Jason Boyett

I have no excuses for not having blogged this week. Actually, I have one fairly good excuse. Thanks to all of you who participated in the Great Pocket Guide Giveaway of 2009 on Monday and Tuesday, I have spent most […]

FREE: Pocket Guide to the Bible

posted by Jason Boyett

I want to try something. Thanks to Chris Anderson’s new book, Free — and the controversy it has caused — there has been a lot of discussion around the Web regarding the value of products. Specifically, whether or not it […]

Come Back Monday, or Else

posted by Jason Boyett

I decided to do something today that I hope will be of interest to you. What is it? I’m not telling until Monday night, when it goes into effect. But I’ll give you a hint. It involves large quantities of […]

Apocalypse Alert: Total Eclipse of the Sun

posted by Jason Boyett

In case you didn’t know, the start of the apocalypse might have occurred earlier today when parts of the eastern hemisphere (including China and India) experienced a full solar eclipse. Like Dick Cheney, eclipses have long been considered harbingers of […]

Of Mice and Men and Mummies

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m pretty sure every writer has this experience. At least, I hope so. You see a book on a shelf, or read about it in a magazine, and think: Wow. THAT is a great book idea. I totally could have […]

What Do I Have in My Pockets?

posted by Jason Boyett

This is not a post about my Pocket Guides. This is just a blog post about my pockets. I am a creature of habit, in that I pretty much always carry the same thing in my pockets regardless of where […]

Books! Real Books!

posted by Jason Boyett

This is what arrived in the mail yesterday, wrapped up all nice and pretty by the good folks at Jossey-Bass: I think I like the spine design the best: The books were designed by the team at Relevant Media Group. […]

Push Button, Receive Bacon

posted by Jason Boyett

I am a designer and occasional artist, but only rarely have I ever resorted to real graffiti. I can’t remember any specific instances, but I’m fairly sure I have left my mark on the occasional bathroom wall. Probably to make […]

A Totally Fake Pocket Guide Interview

posted by Jason Boyett

You know how, when people are interviewed on TV, it’s always with them looking to the side of the camera, presumably at an off-screen interviewer? That’s what the video below is. Only I’ll let you in on a little secret. […]

Is Michael Jackson in Heaven?

posted by Jason Boyett

Is Michael Jackson in Heaven? That was the question my editors at The Daily Beast wanted me to ask pastors last Thursday. Because the Beast has been wanting to increase their religion coverage, we had spent the previous couple of […]

Video Q&A: Part 2

posted by Jason Boyett

I recorded this on Thursday morning, but never got it posted due to a last-minute article assignment from the Daily Beast, which I researched/interviewed/wrote on Thursday and which posted Friday. It’s currently the most emailed article at the Beast. More […]

Video Q&A: Part 1

posted by Jason Boyett

As promised yesterday, here is my video response to a few of your questions. Too many good questions to answer in a single, not-very-long post (I’m trying to stay below 5 minutes). So if I didn’t get to your question, […]

Something New: Video Q&A

posted by Jason Boyett

We’ve done some question-and-answer things before on this blog when it comes to writing, and my books, and how my wife and I met. But I thought it might be fun to try it a new way: via video blogging.So […]

Ads That Will Give You the Willies

posted by Jason Boyett

Say what you will about the current age of advertising, what with all the celebrity sell-outs and general ickiness and our inability to get particular jingles out of our heads. But at least our ads aren’t filled with utterly disturbing […]

Pocket Guide Press Sheets

posted by Jason Boyett

Ten years ago, I got my start in the advertising and design industries when I started working for a local printer, Amarillo’s biggest. They had a boutique little design/marketing studio for their customers, and I was hired to work in […]

Things I Have Too Many Of

posted by Jason Boyett

It occurred to me this morning, while brushing my teeth, that while many people suffer from “not enough,” I am fortunate to suffer from “too many.” Complaining about having too much of something reminds me of something Matthew Perry’s Chandler […]

Help a Brother Out

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s July, one month before my three new Pocket Guide books release. If you’re getting tired of me saying “Pocket Guide,” then I have some bad news for you. Over the next couple of months, I’m going to be talking […]

Big List of Recommendations

posted by Jason Boyett

You were probably thinking, What are Jason’s views on a variety of unrelated subjects? Good news: You’ve come to the right place. Here are a few of my current recommendations, in no particular order. Things I Recommend Scott Orr’s new […]

Interview with a Writer (Me)

posted by Jason Boyett

I just finished up answering some questions for a publication that will be featuring one of my articles this fall. It’s one of those “contributor profile” kinds of things where they ask a whole bunch of questions and then pick […]

Winner: Name Your Own Toy-Based Movie

posted by Jason Boyett

Thanks to all of you who entered yesterday’s Slate-inspired contest. Lots of great entries and, well, a few ruined childhood memories. Here are my the honorable mentions, which don’t win anything but which I liked anyway and wanted to acknowledge. […]

Name Your Own Toy-Based Summer Movie

posted by Jason Boyett

Admission: I am stealing this directly from Slate. But do I care? No. Do you care? Probably not. So here goes: The summer blockbuster film, opening this weekend, is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. It is the sequel to the […]

Lookin’ Good for Jesus

posted by Jason Boyett

Some days I enter into my local Christian bookstore/knick-knackery, and–looking over the vast shelves of Purpose-Driven products, Beth Moore Bible studies, Veggie Tales merchandise, Precious Moments figurines, dumb Christian parody t-shirts, inspirational artwork and home decor, and books about the […]

Three Things for Monday

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m pulling together a post for tomorrow that I think you’ll enjoy. In the meantime, here are three not-at-all-related things to catch you up on: 1. The Daily Beast: If you keep up with my Twitter feed, you would have […]

Random Phrases from the Pocket Guides (2)

posted by Jason Boyett

A couple of weeks ago, I asked: What if I picked a random chapter from one of my upcoming Pocket Guide books, and then listed random phrases from that chapter, completely out of context? That was fun. At least for […]

Magic + Drama + Irony + Europe

posted by Jason Boyett

My brother Brooks is a full-time inner-city minister, but he also has a side gig: magic. As in illusions and prestidigitation and card tricks and all that fun stuff. The kids he works with really get into it, but he’s […]

Worst Christian-Single Model Ever

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s probably no surprise to you that I show ads on my blog. This is because I am a greedy, greedy money-changer who couldn’t live without the $4.35 I make each month from Google AdSense. It’s also because I’m part […]

Winner! Five-Sentence Romantic Story Contest

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday we had another fun five-sentence story contest. This one was a bit different from the last one. No scary stories this time, but romance. No weird “Jimmy” rules, either. Instead, I added requirements that entries use the name “Ruby” […]

Five-Sentence Romantic Story Contest

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s been a month, so that means it’s time for another contest. For the last contest, I submitted a weird photo and asked you to construct a five-sentence scary story based on it. This time I have located a similarly […]

Apocalypse Alert: Orbital Chaos

posted by Jason Boyett

One of the public services I try to provide for my readers are timely warnings of potential apocalypse. So it is with a heavy heart that I announced the following: There is a distinct possibility that, in 3.5 billion years, […]

Review: Jesus, Interrupted

posted by Jason Boyett

You might recall that, back in April, I teased a review of Bart Ehrman’s new book, Jesus, Interrupted. As an author of a book about the Bible and an armchair student of theology and biblical studies, I’m pretty fascinated by […]

Jesus Christ: Destroyer of Worlds

posted by Jason Boyett

One of the things I discovered in the process of writing Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse was that Jehovah’s Witness leaders have predicted the end of the world approximately eight bazillion times. And have been proven wrong each time when, […]

Publisher’s Weekly Review

posted by Jason Boyett

The June 8, 2009, issue of Publisher’s Weekly features a review of Pocket Guide to the Afterlife…and (holding my breath) it’s a good review! Here it is: ————— Pocket Guide to the Afterlife: Heaven, Hell and Other Ultimate Destinations Jason […]

Random Phrases from the Pocket Guides (1)

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s June, which means only two months-ish before the next three books in my Pocket Guide series release. I’ve been wondering how to continue to tease them to keep you interested until that date, and had an idea. What if […]

Winners: As We Forgive

posted by Jason Boyett

Good news! After offering yesterday to give away a copy of the book As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda, I got an email from my friends at Zondervan, the book’s publisher (and the publisher of my upcoming book […]

As We Forgive

posted by Jason Boyett

You may have seen the award-winning documentary “As We Forgive” featured on PBS this month. It’s a heartbreaking but hopeful look at the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide — where a million people were slaughtered in 100 days — […]

College Students and Church Attendance

posted by Jason Boyett

Take a group of 100 young adults, under the age of 30. Put them in a room, and ask them how they feel about Church. The Church. Church with a capital-C. Here’s what you’ll learn: • 46 of these young […]

Why I Love June

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is June 1. That’s big news, I know, but I was thinking this morning how much I’ve come to love the summertime and thought I’d make a list. Because I like lists, and so does this blog. Five Reasons […]

Michael Emerson and the Power of Voice

posted by Jason Boyett

A couple weeks back, with our 5-Sentence Scary Story Contest, we indirectly explored the power of voice when it comes to writing. As a writer, “voice” is important. I use it all the time, whether it’s in writing my Pocket […]

Jesus Christ is Coming, by Jim Blackmon

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s time, dear readers, for another Christian video along the lines of “The Breakfast Song” or “Jesus Is My Friend.” This one is called “Jesus Christ Is Coming.” It’s by a guy named Jim Blackmon. I have no idea who […]

Q&A: That LA Trip

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve been told that people will stop reading your blog if you don’t post to it regularly. So here I am with my first post since last Thursday, when I promised to give you a recap of my trip to […]

The Oddities of Expert-dom

posted by Jason Boyett

One of the fun and interesting things about publishing books like Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse and Pocket Guide to the Bible is that, once you write a book on a certain subject, people think you’re an expert on that […]

Obama on Faith and Doubt

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m sure you heard about President Obama’s commencement address at Notre Dame over the weekend. It was not without some controversy among pro-life groups at the Catholic university. He addressed the abortion issue by calling for a reduction in abortions, […]

Together, Let’s Make Kevin Bald

posted by Jason Boyett

My friend Kevin Hendricks is a fellow freelance writer whom I’ve known for several years. We’ve written for some of the same magazines, commented on each other’s blogs, and followed each other on Twitter for a long time. He’s a […]

This Week in Jason

posted by Jason Boyett

Good morning, Jason. Good morning. How are you? Fine. Thanks for asking. This is a weird way to start off a blog post. I agree, but you’re the one who just jumped right in and said “Good morning.” Not me. […]

Five-Sentence Story Contest Winner!

posted by Jason Boyett

Congratulations to Ted Slater, the winner of yesterday’s Five-Sentence Scary Story Contest. Honorable Mention goes to Lauren Sawyer, who also had an excellent entry. To recap, I posted a photo of an unknown family standing in front of the world’s […]

Five-Sentence Scary Story Contest!

posted by Jason Boyett

Time for something fun: a story contest. The people below are not anyone I know. They are standing in front of a fairly popular roadside stop in the Midwest. Your job is to come up with a creative and frightening […]

Tyler Frost, Carrie Prejean, and Newsy Believers

posted by Jason Boyett

From the overflowing “Dear Christians, This Is a Bad Idea” files, let me pontificate upon two new celebrities in the world of Christian culture: 1. Tyler Frost, the boy who wanted to go to prom. Poor Tyler just wanted to […]

Cool Writing Jobs: Subtitling

posted by Jason Boyett

You meet some interesting people on Twitter. One of them I’ve met recently is Nadine Bells, who lives in Canada and is a media subtitler — she’s one of the people who transcribes dialogue (and other stuff) on television shows […]

Friday Means Chipmunks! And Star Wars!

posted by Jason Boyett

You might think I rely too much on my friend Shuey to give me ideas for blog posts. You are probably right. But he doesn’t have a blog of his own — he should! — so he psuedo-blogs by living […]

10 Stats More Important than Swine Flu

posted by Jason Boyett

So as of yesterday, there were 1516 confirmed swine flu cases world-wide, 642 cases in the United States, and two deaths. (Both deaths were in Texas, and both victims also had “underlying health problems” in addition to the swine flu.) […]

Why Ladysmith Black Mambazo Is the Best

posted by Jason Boyett

Apropros of nothing, I would like to submit in this post three reasons why I really like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the African choral group: 1. When I hear them I think of Paul Simon’s Graceland, which pretty much introduced LBM […]

The Trash Can: What I’ve Killed

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m not sure if this will work or not. But it seems interesting to me, and I’m hoping it’ll be interesting to you as well. In the process of writing a book, most writers end up writing far more than […]

The Story of Ehud, for Kids

posted by Jason Boyett

There’s a section in Pocket Guide to the Bible called “Seven Lesser-Known Bible Stories That Shouldn’t Be Told to Children.” I think of these stories every time our church hands out Bibles to 1st graders, and every time I see […]

The First 100 Days: An Idea

posted by Jason Boyett

So yesterday was the big “First 100 Days” milestone in President Obama’s administration. I’ve always found this to be a curious way to mark the passage of time. One hundred is a good, round number — when you’re doing math […]

Contest Winner: The Inspirational Kitten

posted by Jason Boyett

Some of you are more disturbed than I am. Lots of good entries in yesterday’s not-very-inspiring “inspirational kitten” caption contest. Lots of entries that made me throw up in my mouth a little. Of the good entries, I couldn’t pick […]

Caption Contest: The Inspirational Kitten

posted by Jason Boyett

I was making fun of inspirational Twitter posts earlier today and @shueytexas reminded me of the clichéd “Hang in There” virtues of the kitten-in-a-tree poster. Which I may or may not have hung in my room as an 11 year-old. […]

Ten More Confessions

posted by Jason Boyett

Sometimes you just need to get things off your chest. I’ve done it before, and now I’m doing it again. Don’t hate me, blog readers. Admire me for my transparency: 1. I sleep with a body pillow. If you ask […]

Recycled Post: Earth Day

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is Earth Day, which means it’s as good a day as any to recycle a post. Last year’s post on Earth Day was one of my favorites of the year, and I’m gonna reduce/reuse/recycle by posting it again. The […]

This Week in Ninja Larceny…

posted by Jason Boyett

Imagine my glee when, finally, I got a hit on my Google alert for ninja + sword + “dry cleaner” + robbery. After all this time! Here’s the story, from the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts: ———— WEYMOUTH — A […]

Dear God, I Have a Question

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve been thinking lately about the questions I have for God, the kinds of things I would ask if I could get an answer, and which I do ask from time to time. They’re the kinds of questions that aren’t […]

Diff’rent Strokes Just Got Disturbing

posted by Jason Boyett

If you’re like me, you probably never think about how important music is to setting the tone of the images you’re seeing on TV or in a movie. But the background music makes all the difference. Want proof? Check out […]

The Church and The Poor

posted by Jason Boyett

Thanks to everyone who commented on yesterday’s “ideas needed” post. I’ve passed your suggestions along to the church guy and they are much appreciated…and might eventually be implemented. Who knows? Since you were so helpful yesterday, I’d like to pose […]

Ideas Needed: What Could You Do with $20K/Month?

posted by Jason Boyett

A friend of mine posed me a theoretical question about his church, and I think it’s a great one to put some creativity to. This modest-sized church has been making a regular debt payment around $20,000 every month for a […]

How I Use Social Media

posted by Jason Boyett

The year 2009, it seems, has already been declared the Year of Twitter., where about half the people you run into claim to be something called a “Social Media Expert.” Everyone’s on Facebook, too, other than my wife. This fact […]

Afterlife Preview: 11 Sensible Explanations for Ghosts

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s been a few months since the last sneak peak at Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, which releases in August from Jossey-Bass (along with Pocket Guide to Sainthood and a repackaged Pocket Guide to the Bible). My favorite chapter in […]

More Funny Words and Suggested Usage

posted by Jason Boyett

I enjoyed this last time around, so I’m doing it again. Here are a few random words from The 100 Funniest Words in English, by Robert Beard, with definitions and my own personal usage suggestions. Your goal for today is […]

Ask the Rabbi: Birkat Ha-Chamah

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is a unique day in Judaism. A lot of you may not be aware of it — I wasn’t until Delaware Ken put it on my radar (he’s good at that sort of thing) — but today is an […]

Bart Ehrman and Jesus, Interrupted

posted by Jason Boyett

Bart Ehrman is the kind of person who fascinates me. Evangelical Christians love conversion stories, but his story goes in the wrong direction. He was raised Episcopalian, then became “born again” in his teens. He headed to Moody Bible Institute […]

Mashup: Family Circus + Jonathan Edwards

posted by Jason Boyett

While taking a shower on Saturday, I had this thought: What if you combined the gentle humor of Family Circus with the hellfire Puritan preaching of the great 18th century American theologian Jonathan Edwards? The answer, of course, is that […]

Writer’s Mailbag: Endorsements

posted by Jason Boyett

What’s the story with endorsements? That’s a question I’ve been asked on numerous occasions. Those little blurbs on the front and back of books…where do they come from? What’s the purpose? How do you get them? Let’s discuss. As you […]

Jason’s Guide to Making Money on eBay

posted by Jason Boyett

That was a shameless headline-grabber of a post title, but I just had to tell this story because it’s so weird. I need an outlet. Since none of you happen to be standing in my vicinity near a water cooler, […]

How Important Is Your Little Toe?

posted by Jason Boyett

If you haven’t made its acquaintance, let me introduce you to Soul Pancake. It’s an interesting place, wrapped around the idea of exploring the intersections of creativity, spirituality, and philosophy. The site asks: Where do you go on the Interwebs […]

Tacky Christian Art, Part 2: More Thoughts

posted by Jason Boyett

Last week’s post about the Jesus/Junkie Christian art was a popular one. A few commenters thought I (and others) were a little mean in critiquing the painting. A bunch of other commenters jumped right into the fray, finding a lot […]

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