I wasn’t raised in the evangelical church or the Catholic Church, and nobody did anything nasty to me in those settings when I was young. Nobody did anything nasty to my childhood friends in those settings either. Of course, most of them, like me, had their church in the pool, the beach and the sun, … More I do not have your hang-ups
The country vs. city, white vs. black, millennials vs. the rest of the voting population, those who believed we were better off vs. those who felt things have gotten worse, struggling middle class vs. the rest…these are a few of the battle lines drawn between the two parties in the system vying for our attention. … More Why the Nation is Divided 50/50: National Identities and Political Factions
A week away. We put up the stage. We get ready for the first weekend of October in Salem, Massachusetts. It’s not anything you’ve ever seen before, if you’ve not been here. Costume witches, real witches. bullhorn street preachers, live music on the streets, crowds of tourists, barking vendors, and families here for the Halloween … More Deep Fun: where the Gospel meets festival culture
For those of you, who are worried about people falling into temptation and acting like a bunch of hedonists at Burning Man. Well yes, that does happen to some of the Christians who go to these crazy places. They end up getting stoned, or drinking too much. Typically they rebound, and keep their lives together. … More Christians at Burning Man? Isn’t that dangerous?
“Humanity is objectified by the objects it objectifies. We are abused by the systems and the people we abuse. They become ghosts haunting us. They become the demons of our tortured nights.” – Burning Religion pg. 70 In Man’s Search for Meaning,[i] neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl begins his story of imprisonment in the Nazi … More Our Vote Betrays Us (Part 3)
We are enamored with strength, fame, and money. We have given these things nearly messianic attributes. It appears we think that they will save us, or so, that is how it looks this voting season. But, I believe our votes have the potential to betray us. The Strengths Movement looks back to Peter Drucker’s books … More Our Vote Betrays Us (Part 2)
The 2016 Presidential campaign is making fools out of the American people. The world is both laughing and/or incredulously horrified at what they are seeing. Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin suggested that other people knew us better than we know ourselves. This is certainly not true in every respect, but when people watch our actions, we … More Our Vote Betrays Us (Part 1)
A cultured individual does not talk about certain things in public. Well, not at least in cultured settings, but the taboos of discussion have expanded far beyond the realms of the cultured, and are now coffeehouse, and pub taboos as well, unless of course, one is willing to tacitly agree with the most disagreeable things. … More Trump, Wasserman and Taboo Talk as Social Justice
I am reading two books at the same time. Well, that’s not exactly true. I am actually reading 9 or 10 books at the same time. But, as per my usual reading style, I have a couple books I am pouring through, while the others are either on hold, or I peck through them slowly … More Memory the Monkey and My Problem with Reading
There is a movement today not unlike the “Death of God” theology of the late 50’s early 60’s. One theologian would suggest that what needed to die was our perspectives on God, and another would suggest that we simply came to a place where the idea of God was no longer needed in a modern/post-modern … More Burn Religion this coming year!
My friend Steve is the researcher in Post-Christian Culture for the Anglican Church. He studies the cultural dynamics of religion in the UK, and develops resources for Christians to engage an ever-developing post-Christian society. The US is following these same momentous, changing dynamics as Europe. This is not to say that Christianity is not the … More A Post-Islamic World: Is it coming in a not too distant future?
Joshua Feuerstein gets 12 million views on his gun toting, let’s have the baristas at Starbucks write Merry Christmas on our cups video. The news picks up the story and subtly perpetuates the myth that Conservative Christianity is generally up in arms about the loss of Christ on Starbucks Christmas cups, and a few noisy … More Starbucks and Christmas: and the winner is…!
Burning Religion has come out in eBook first (Print soon to follow). Self-publishing this project means that I have been the person formatting this book for eBook publication. The difficulty level of this task is not high, but the attention to details is fairly important, and adding a few little bells and whistles (links to … More Burning Religion eBook
Thank you to everyone who joined the party, and helped bring Burning Religion to life. In the next 30 days, information will be forthcoming about the release of the book. For those of you, who are interested in pre-ordering Burning Religion, the pre-ordering will be available soon. Actual release date for the ebook is slated … More Burning Religion is Funded!
On Sunday night, Glenn and Mara Coleman set up the first Burning Religion Party at their wonderful house, so nicely named “Willowkeepe.” After the party officially ended and the hanging out began, I asked if I could try an experiment. I had people talk about a subject that they were passionate about. First, they just spoke … More The Power of the Clown Nose