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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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… […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Please Explain This Christian Art

posted by Jason Boyett

Oh boy. So at his tumblr blog, Trying to Follow, Ariah Fine posted the illustration below and asked for comments. Jesus has suffered quite a few indignities at the hands of Christian artists over the last few decades (I attribute […]

Roger Ebert and Religious Traditions

posted by Jason Boyett

I don’t normally turn to movie critic Roger Ebert for thoughts about religion, but a friend of mine recently sent me a link to a Chicago Sun-Times article Ebert wrote remembering Gene Siskel, his movie-reviewing colleague, who died in 1999. […]

Ash Wednesday and Lent

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is Ash Wednesday. This is the beginning of the traditional Christian season of Lent and a fasting day for many liturgical Christians, and it’s becoming more of an emphasis among evangelicals and Protestants like me. I thought about doing […]

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers

posted by Jason Boyett

As I’ve said before, one benefit of being a writer is you get to interview some interesting people from time to time. A couple months ago I interviewed Dan Merchant, the writer/director/producer/star of Lord, Save Us from Your Followers, a […]

Answers: Jonathan Edwards or Death Metal?

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday’s quiz was an exceedingly tricky one, I’ll admit. I even got confused a time or two and had to go back and check my notes and/or Google. Anyway, here are the answers, along with additional information or context. Jonathan […]

Jonathan Edwards or Death Metal?

posted by Jason Boyett

Like any good Christian and/or student of American Literature, I’ve always been both fascinated and slightly appalled at the great Puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards. On one hand, he was (and remains) profoundly influential on western theology, especially the more Calvinistic […]

Christians and the Service Industry

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m a pretty easy going guy, but one thing that almost always annoys me to the point of mutually assured destruction is a rude Christian. That phrase should be an oxymoron. But sadly, I know a lot of believers who […]

Rejected Blog Posts: Multiverses

posted by Jason Boyett

So here’s how I roll. Every once in awhile I’ll just be browsing ye olde Internets and I’ll see a story or a blog post or a website and think to myself, “Hmmm, self. That might make some interesting fodder […]

Don’t Wait! Call Today!

posted by Jason Boyett

My brother-in-law sent me the photo below. It’s a screen capture from the Billy Graham Christmas special (with Franklin Graham), which aired on local stations somewhere between Dec. 6 and Dec 14 this year. I didn’t watch the show — […]

Dear Christians: This Is a Bad Idea

posted by Jason Boyett

Dear Christian consumers, Christmas light-decorating aficianados, and people from the American Family Association who come up with products that are completely tone-deaf when it comes to American culture: 1. Crosses are appropriate yard decorations for those wishing to express their […]

Do You Go to Church?

posted by Jason Boyett

There’s a really interesting thread going over at Internet Monk about “the de-churching of America.” Lots of religious researchers are beginning to see evidence that my generation — people in their 20s and 30s — are dropping out of institutional […]

Update: American Atheist Buses!

posted by Jason Boyett

Watch out, America. The stiff-necked, unbelieving buses of England are coming to the streets of our nation’s Capitol. Like its marketing-savvy counterparts in the British Humanist Association, the American Humanist Association debuted its own there-is-no-god ad campaign this week. Also […]

Keith Olbermann and Prop 8

posted by Jason Boyett

If you have a chance, watch this video from Keith Olbermann a couple nights ago. It’s a commentary on last week’s passage of Proposition 8 in California, which rescinded the controversial right of same-sex couples to get married. I don’t […]

Stiff-Necked, Unbelieving Buses

posted by Jason Boyett

The British Humanist Association is raising money to launch a new ad campaign on London’s familiar red city buses, and it’s the first of its kind: an ad campaign for atheists. The campaign signage would read, in crisp, happy colors, […]

How Do You Pray?

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve been thinking a lot about prayer lately, mainly because I just finished writing a chapter about prayer in my “doubt” manuscript for Zondervan. Mainly it’s about my problems with prayer — including: 1. How I don’t understand it very […]

Churched and Other Weird Adjectives

posted by Jason Boyett

This is release week for my friend Matthew Paul Turner‘s new book, Churched: One Kid’s Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess. Release week is always a big deal for a writer, because typically you’ll have finished the book months […]

Obama and Abortion

posted by Jason Boyett

First, I’ll apologize up front. I know not everyone wants to read about politics on this blog. You’d rather read funny stuff and gentle religious sarcasm and blatant self-promotion about my books and writing. I understand that, so this will […]

Relevant and the DNC

posted by Jason Boyett

If you didn’t know, RELEVANT founder Cameron Strang got invited to give the opening invocation from the main stage at the Democratic National Convention. Yep, the national TV broadcast. The DNC is looking to reach out to faith-minded young voters, […]

The Wiki Bible Project

posted by Jason Boyett

Have you heard of the Wiki Bible project? I hadn’t, until an article in the June 23 issue of Newsweek caught my attention. The project started up in January as a way to assemble “an original, open content translation of […]

All You Need to Know About Anchorites (Sainthood Preview)

posted by Jason Boyett

Here’s another dose of advance content from Pocket Guide to Sainthood (Jossey-Bass, 2009). There were lots of really interesting ways to be super spiritual back in the medieval days, from sitting on a pole your whole life (St. Simeon Stylites […]

Shiny, Happy Jesus

posted by Jason Boyett

What does your Jesus look like? I’ve been interested in portrayals of Jesus since I was assigned a 2005 article for Relevant about how everyone, from hippies to capitalist republicans to urban hipsters, seems to want to claim Jesus for […]

Oil-Oozing Relics! (Sainthood Preview)

posted by Jason Boyett

More Sainthood freebies! Here’s an appetizer from the next book in my religious-history-is-fun Pocket Guide series. It’s called Pocket Guide to Sainthood (Jossey-Bass, 2009). This is a selection from the last chapter, which is a grab-bag of listy goodness: ———– […]

The Church-Hopping Article

posted by Jason Boyett

The article on my church-going immersion journalism experiment for Relevant Magazine is now available in the publication’s May/June 2008 issue. The article is called “6 Denominations in 6 Weeks: Diary of an Intentional Church Hopper.” It’s accompanied by a photo […]

Hermeneutics Quiz

posted by Jason Boyett

Quick vocabulary lesson for you: Hermeneutics is the word theologians and ministers use to describe the study of interpretation of religious texts — in most cases, the Bible. Scot McKnight, one of my favorite New Testament theologians and proprietor of […]

Faith and the President

posted by Jason Boyett

Here’s what’s funny: this political season, the three remaining candidates for the presidency all have pretty solid Christian credentials — and are probably more outspokenly Christian than most candidates have ever been — but quite a few watchdogs of the […]

Staring at the Sun

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m pretty entrenched as a Protestant, but I try to keep an open mind. I really do. I love many aspects of the Catholic liturgy, and most of my favorite devotional writers have been Roman Catholics. I’m a big fan […]

More on Estus Pirkle

posted by Jason Boyett

As promised, I’d like to revisit the previous post about Estus Pirkle’s mind-boggling evangelistic film from the 70s. If you’re anything like me, you go through a multi-stage emotional process when you watch something like “The Believer’s Heaven.” Let me […]

Church Hopping

posted by Jason Boyett

I just finished participating in a bit of immersion journalism that’s slated to appear in the May/June issue of Relevant Magazine. For those who aren’t hip with the supersecret writing lingo, immersion journalism is the kind of writing where a […]

If you must read the Bible, read it quietly

posted by Jason Boyett

So a fellow Texan got kicked off her bus for reading the Bible to her children last Saturday on the way to church (she was Seventh-Day Adventist, and they go to church on Saturdays, because that’s how Jesus did it). […]

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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 ...

posted 9:06:24am May. 24, 2011 | read full post »

The Phases of Writing (Adam McHugh)
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 ...

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