Tag Archive: Theism

Who Should Speak for Pastors’ Kids?

How likely is it that preachers’ kids will lose their faith? Is it any different from the general population? The Barna Group, a Christian polling organization, just published the results of its study of pastors’ children to see whether it was true that ‘those who’ve grown up closest to the church are the quickest to leave it….’…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











A Non-Theist’s Advice for Churches

A continuation of Monday’s post.  Bruce’s recommendations for churches were spot-on. He had too many ideas for me to list them all here but this is what I would have to add if the idea of non-theist consultants was to ever catch on: Ditch homogenous small groups. Or at least make them 100% optional. It’s kind…






Do Churches Need Non-Theist Consultants?

Bruce Gerenscer recently said something fascinating: Mainline churches need a make-over. They need to make themselves relevant again. Perhaps they need to hire an ex-Baptist atheist like me to tell them how their church is viewed from the outside. (yes, perception matters) I’ve never considered this idea before and at first it seemed a little…






Mailbag #5

Anonymous asks: How do you approach someone who has a non-theistic worldview? Without an agenda. Look, we know when we’re being “courted” through friendship evangelism. It’s disheartening to be treated as a project, to be valued as a friend only if you come around to someone else’s way of thinking. Does this mean you can’t talk about…






Wild Card Wednesday: Rising Atheism in America

The US is increasingly portrayed as a hotbed of religious fervour. Yet in the homeland of ostentatiously religious politicians such as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, agnostics and atheists are actually part of one of the fastest-growing demographics in the US: the godless. Far from being in thrall to its religious leaders, the US is…






The Deconversion Guide: Illness and Death

Part four of the series. Click here for part three. Today’s topic: chronic illness and death. As I don’t have a chronic illness I’ve asked a few blogging friends for advice.  A little later on in this post I’ll talk about my experiences as a family member of someone with longterm health problems. Chronic Illness…






The Deconversion Guide: Prayer

Part three of my series on life after faith. Click here for part two. Today’s topic: Prayer. How do you respond to prayer requests? What about praying before a meal? Is it polite to ask a well-meaning friend or family member not to pray for you? Let’s talk about these one at a time. Prayer…






Pick a Label, Any Label

I no longer remember the real denomination that I agreed to in order to end the conversation. It may very well have been Anglican. All I can say is that it gave Chris an acceptable answer and for the rest of our high school career Chris never again asked about my beliefs.











God and Explaining Suffering

Last month I listened to the podcast of a sermon series about the problem of pain called My God Why? in which head pastor of The Meeting House, Bruxy Cavey, attempts to answer the question: Why would a loving God allow there to be so much suffering in the world? Bruxy’s first sermon on this topic…






Tag Archive: Theism

Who Should Speak for Pastors’ Kids?

How likely is it that preachers’ kids will lose their faith? Is it any different from the general population? The Barna Group, a Christian polling organization, just published the results of its study of pastors’ children to see whether it was true that ‘those who’ve grown up closest to the church are the quickest to leave it….’…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











A Non-Theist’s Advice for Churches

A continuation of Monday’s post.  Bruce’s recommendations for churches were spot-on. He had too many ideas for me to list them all here but this is what I would have to add if the idea of non-theist consultants was to ever catch on: Ditch homogenous small groups. Or at least make them 100% optional. It’s kind…






Do Churches Need Non-Theist Consultants?

Bruce Gerenscer recently said something fascinating: Mainline churches need a make-over. They need to make themselves relevant again. Perhaps they need to hire an ex-Baptist atheist like me to tell them how their church is viewed from the outside. (yes, perception matters) I’ve never considered this idea before and at first it seemed a little…






Mailbag #5

Anonymous asks: How do you approach someone who has a non-theistic worldview? Without an agenda. Look, we know when we’re being “courted” through friendship evangelism. It’s disheartening to be treated as a project, to be valued as a friend only if you come around to someone else’s way of thinking. Does this mean you can’t talk about…






Wild Card Wednesday: Rising Atheism in America

The US is increasingly portrayed as a hotbed of religious fervour. Yet in the homeland of ostentatiously religious politicians such as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, agnostics and atheists are actually part of one of the fastest-growing demographics in the US: the godless. Far from being in thrall to its religious leaders, the US is…






The Deconversion Guide: Illness and Death

Part four of the series. Click here for part three. Today’s topic: chronic illness and death. As I don’t have a chronic illness I’ve asked a few blogging friends for advice.  A little later on in this post I’ll talk about my experiences as a family member of someone with longterm health problems. Chronic Illness…






The Deconversion Guide: Prayer

Part three of my series on life after faith. Click here for part two. Today’s topic: Prayer. How do you respond to prayer requests? What about praying before a meal? Is it polite to ask a well-meaning friend or family member not to pray for you? Let’s talk about these one at a time. Prayer…






Pick a Label, Any Label

I no longer remember the real denomination that I agreed to in order to end the conversation. It may very well have been Anglican. All I can say is that it gave Chris an acceptable answer and for the rest of our high school career Chris never again asked about my beliefs.











God and Explaining Suffering

Last month I listened to the podcast of a sermon series about the problem of pain called My God Why? in which head pastor of The Meeting House, Bruxy Cavey, attempts to answer the question: Why would a loving God allow there to be so much suffering in the world? Bruxy’s first sermon on this topic…






Tag Archive: Theism

Who Should Speak for Pastors’ Kids?

How likely is it that preachers’ kids will lose their faith? Is it any different from the general population? The Barna Group, a Christian polling organization, just published the results of its study of pastors’ children to see whether it was true that ‘those who’ve grown up closest to the church are the quickest to leave it….’…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











A Non-Theist’s Advice for Churches

A continuation of Monday’s post.  Bruce’s recommendations for churches were spot-on. He had too many ideas for me to list them all here but this is what I would have to add if the idea of non-theist consultants was to ever catch on: Ditch homogenous small groups. Or at least make them 100% optional. It’s kind…






Do Churches Need Non-Theist Consultants?

Bruce Gerenscer recently said something fascinating: Mainline churches need a make-over. They need to make themselves relevant again. Perhaps they need to hire an ex-Baptist atheist like me to tell them how their church is viewed from the outside. (yes, perception matters) I’ve never considered this idea before and at first it seemed a little…






Mailbag #5

Anonymous asks: How do you approach someone who has a non-theistic worldview? Without an agenda. Look, we know when we’re being “courted” through friendship evangelism. It’s disheartening to be treated as a project, to be valued as a friend only if you come around to someone else’s way of thinking. Does this mean you can’t talk about…






Wild Card Wednesday: Rising Atheism in America

The US is increasingly portrayed as a hotbed of religious fervour. Yet in the homeland of ostentatiously religious politicians such as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, agnostics and atheists are actually part of one of the fastest-growing demographics in the US: the godless. Far from being in thrall to its religious leaders, the US is…






The Deconversion Guide: Illness and Death

Part four of the series. Click here for part three. Today’s topic: chronic illness and death. As I don’t have a chronic illness I’ve asked a few blogging friends for advice.  A little later on in this post I’ll talk about my experiences as a family member of someone with longterm health problems. Chronic Illness…






The Deconversion Guide: Prayer

Part three of my series on life after faith. Click here for part two. Today’s topic: Prayer. How do you respond to prayer requests? What about praying before a meal? Is it polite to ask a well-meaning friend or family member not to pray for you? Let’s talk about these one at a time. Prayer…






Pick a Label, Any Label

I no longer remember the real denomination that I agreed to in order to end the conversation. It may very well have been Anglican. All I can say is that it gave Chris an acceptable answer and for the rest of our high school career Chris never again asked about my beliefs.











God and Explaining Suffering

Last month I listened to the podcast of a sermon series about the problem of pain called My God Why? in which head pastor of The Meeting House, Bruxy Cavey, attempts to answer the question: Why would a loving God allow there to be so much suffering in the world? Bruxy’s first sermon on this topic…






Tag Archive: Theism

Who Should Speak for Pastors’ Kids?

How likely is it that preachers’ kids will lose their faith? Is it any different from the general population? The Barna Group, a Christian polling organization, just published the results of its study of pastors’ children to see whether it was true that ‘those who’ve grown up closest to the church are the quickest to leave it….’…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











A Non-Theist’s Advice for Churches

A continuation of Monday’s post.  Bruce’s recommendations for churches were spot-on. He had too many ideas for me to list them all here but this is what I would have to add if the idea of non-theist consultants was to ever catch on: Ditch homogenous small groups. Or at least make them 100% optional. It’s kind…






Do Churches Need Non-Theist Consultants?

Bruce Gerenscer recently said something fascinating: Mainline churches need a make-over. They need to make themselves relevant again. Perhaps they need to hire an ex-Baptist atheist like me to tell them how their church is viewed from the outside. (yes, perception matters) I’ve never considered this idea before and at first it seemed a little…






Mailbag #5

Anonymous asks: How do you approach someone who has a non-theistic worldview? Without an agenda. Look, we know when we’re being “courted” through friendship evangelism. It’s disheartening to be treated as a project, to be valued as a friend only if you come around to someone else’s way of thinking. Does this mean you can’t talk about…






Wild Card Wednesday: Rising Atheism in America

The US is increasingly portrayed as a hotbed of religious fervour. Yet in the homeland of ostentatiously religious politicians such as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, agnostics and atheists are actually part of one of the fastest-growing demographics in the US: the godless. Far from being in thrall to its religious leaders, the US is…






The Deconversion Guide: Illness and Death

Part four of the series. Click here for part three. Today’s topic: chronic illness and death. As I don’t have a chronic illness I’ve asked a few blogging friends for advice.  A little later on in this post I’ll talk about my experiences as a family member of someone with longterm health problems. Chronic Illness…






The Deconversion Guide: Prayer

Part three of my series on life after faith. Click here for part two. Today’s topic: Prayer. How do you respond to prayer requests? What about praying before a meal? Is it polite to ask a well-meaning friend or family member not to pray for you? Let’s talk about these one at a time. Prayer…






Pick a Label, Any Label

I no longer remember the real denomination that I agreed to in order to end the conversation. It may very well have been Anglican. All I can say is that it gave Chris an acceptable answer and for the rest of our high school career Chris never again asked about my beliefs.











God and Explaining Suffering

Last month I listened to the podcast of a sermon series about the problem of pain called My God Why? in which head pastor of The Meeting House, Bruxy Cavey, attempts to answer the question: Why would a loving God allow there to be so much suffering in the world? Bruxy’s first sermon on this topic…






Tag Archive: Theism

Who Should Speak for Pastors’ Kids?

How likely is it that preachers’ kids will lose their faith? Is it any different from the general population? The Barna Group, a Christian polling organization, just published the results of its study of pastors’ children to see whether it was true that ‘those who’ve grown up closest to the church are the quickest to leave it….’…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











A Non-Theist’s Advice for Churches

A continuation of Monday’s post.  Bruce’s recommendations for churches were spot-on. He had too many ideas for me to list them all here but this is what I would have to add if the idea of non-theist consultants was to ever catch on: Ditch homogenous small groups. Or at least make them 100% optional. It’s kind…






Do Churches Need Non-Theist Consultants?

Bruce Gerenscer recently said something fascinating: Mainline churches need a make-over. They need to make themselves relevant again. Perhaps they need to hire an ex-Baptist atheist like me to tell them how their church is viewed from the outside. (yes, perception matters) I’ve never considered this idea before and at first it seemed a little…






Mailbag #5

Anonymous asks: How do you approach someone who has a non-theistic worldview? Without an agenda. Look, we know when we’re being “courted” through friendship evangelism. It’s disheartening to be treated as a project, to be valued as a friend only if you come around to someone else’s way of thinking. Does this mean you can’t talk about…






Wild Card Wednesday: Rising Atheism in America

The US is increasingly portrayed as a hotbed of religious fervour. Yet in the homeland of ostentatiously religious politicians such as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, agnostics and atheists are actually part of one of the fastest-growing demographics in the US: the godless. Far from being in thrall to its religious leaders, the US is…






The Deconversion Guide: Illness and Death

Part four of the series. Click here for part three. Today’s topic: chronic illness and death. As I don’t have a chronic illness I’ve asked a few blogging friends for advice.  A little later on in this post I’ll talk about my experiences as a family member of someone with longterm health problems. Chronic Illness…






The Deconversion Guide: Prayer

Part three of my series on life after faith. Click here for part two. Today’s topic: Prayer. How do you respond to prayer requests? What about praying before a meal? Is it polite to ask a well-meaning friend or family member not to pray for you? Let’s talk about these one at a time. Prayer…






Pick a Label, Any Label

I no longer remember the real denomination that I agreed to in order to end the conversation. It may very well have been Anglican. All I can say is that it gave Chris an acceptable answer and for the rest of our high school career Chris never again asked about my beliefs.











God and Explaining Suffering

Last month I listened to the podcast of a sermon series about the problem of pain called My God Why? in which head pastor of The Meeting House, Bruxy Cavey, attempts to answer the question: Why would a loving God allow there to be so much suffering in the world? Bruxy’s first sermon on this topic…






Tag Archive: Theism

Who Should Speak for Pastors’ Kids?

How likely is it that preachers’ kids will lose their faith? Is it any different from the general population? The Barna Group, a Christian polling organization, just published the results of its study of pastors’ children to see whether it was true that ‘those who’ve grown up closest to the church are the quickest to leave it….’…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











A Non-Theist’s Advice for Churches

A continuation of Monday’s post.  Bruce’s recommendations for churches were spot-on. He had too many ideas for me to list them all here but this is what I would have to add if the idea of non-theist consultants was to ever catch on: Ditch homogenous small groups. Or at least make them 100% optional. It’s kind…






Do Churches Need Non-Theist Consultants?

Bruce Gerenscer recently said something fascinating: Mainline churches need a make-over. They need to make themselves relevant again. Perhaps they need to hire an ex-Baptist atheist like me to tell them how their church is viewed from the outside. (yes, perception matters) I’ve never considered this idea before and at first it seemed a little…






Mailbag #5

Anonymous asks: How do you approach someone who has a non-theistic worldview? Without an agenda. Look, we know when we’re being “courted” through friendship evangelism. It’s disheartening to be treated as a project, to be valued as a friend only if you come around to someone else’s way of thinking. Does this mean you can’t talk about…






Wild Card Wednesday: Rising Atheism in America

The US is increasingly portrayed as a hotbed of religious fervour. Yet in the homeland of ostentatiously religious politicians such as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, agnostics and atheists are actually part of one of the fastest-growing demographics in the US: the godless. Far from being in thrall to its religious leaders, the US is…






The Deconversion Guide: Illness and Death

Part four of the series. Click here for part three. Today’s topic: chronic illness and death. As I don’t have a chronic illness I’ve asked a few blogging friends for advice.  A little later on in this post I’ll talk about my experiences as a family member of someone with longterm health problems. Chronic Illness…






The Deconversion Guide: Prayer

Part three of my series on life after faith. Click here for part two. Today’s topic: Prayer. How do you respond to prayer requests? What about praying before a meal? Is it polite to ask a well-meaning friend or family member not to pray for you? Let’s talk about these one at a time. Prayer…






Pick a Label, Any Label

I no longer remember the real denomination that I agreed to in order to end the conversation. It may very well have been Anglican. All I can say is that it gave Chris an acceptable answer and for the rest of our high school career Chris never again asked about my beliefs.











God and Explaining Suffering

Last month I listened to the podcast of a sermon series about the problem of pain called My God Why? in which head pastor of The Meeting House, Bruxy Cavey, attempts to answer the question: Why would a loving God allow there to be so much suffering in the world? Bruxy’s first sermon on this topic…






Tag Archive: Theism

Who Should Speak for Pastors’ Kids?

How likely is it that preachers’ kids will lose their faith? Is it any different from the general population? The Barna Group, a Christian polling organization, just published the results of its study of pastors’ children to see whether it was true that ‘those who’ve grown up closest to the church are the quickest to leave it….’…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











A Non-Theist’s Advice for Churches

A continuation of Monday’s post.  Bruce’s recommendations for churches were spot-on. He had too many ideas for me to list them all here but this is what I would have to add if the idea of non-theist consultants was to ever catch on: Ditch homogenous small groups. Or at least make them 100% optional. It’s kind…






Do Churches Need Non-Theist Consultants?

Bruce Gerenscer recently said something fascinating: Mainline churches need a make-over. They need to make themselves relevant again. Perhaps they need to hire an ex-Baptist atheist like me to tell them how their church is viewed from the outside. (yes, perception matters) I’ve never considered this idea before and at first it seemed a little…






Mailbag #5

Anonymous asks: How do you approach someone who has a non-theistic worldview? Without an agenda. Look, we know when we’re being “courted” through friendship evangelism. It’s disheartening to be treated as a project, to be valued as a friend only if you come around to someone else’s way of thinking. Does this mean you can’t talk about…






Wild Card Wednesday: Rising Atheism in America

The US is increasingly portrayed as a hotbed of religious fervour. Yet in the homeland of ostentatiously religious politicians such as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, agnostics and atheists are actually part of one of the fastest-growing demographics in the US: the godless. Far from being in thrall to its religious leaders, the US is…






The Deconversion Guide: Illness and Death

Part four of the series. Click here for part three. Today’s topic: chronic illness and death. As I don’t have a chronic illness I’ve asked a few blogging friends for advice.  A little later on in this post I’ll talk about my experiences as a family member of someone with longterm health problems. Chronic Illness…






The Deconversion Guide: Prayer

Part three of my series on life after faith. Click here for part two. Today’s topic: Prayer. How do you respond to prayer requests? What about praying before a meal? Is it polite to ask a well-meaning friend or family member not to pray for you? Let’s talk about these one at a time. Prayer…






Pick a Label, Any Label

I no longer remember the real denomination that I agreed to in order to end the conversation. It may very well have been Anglican. All I can say is that it gave Chris an acceptable answer and for the rest of our high school career Chris never again asked about my beliefs.











God and Explaining Suffering

Last month I listened to the podcast of a sermon series about the problem of pain called My God Why? in which head pastor of The Meeting House, Bruxy Cavey, attempts to answer the question: Why would a loving God allow there to be so much suffering in the world? Bruxy’s first sermon on this topic…