Hey all! If there’s one thing I’ve always been terrible at it’s taking time to video-record my talks. I’ve been speaking publicly since the age of 17 and have delivered around 300 unique talks—and yet until a week and a half ago, I don’t think I’ve ever video-recorded a single one of them! So, okay now, […]

I have to say, most of the podcasts I’ve done have been pretty straight-laced and serious, but I had an incredible amount of fun on July 10 when I sat down with my new Irish pals John Hamill and Seamus McGaffick for the latest episode of The Free Thought Prophet. The Jameson flowed freely and […]

One day at an after-class meeting with a seminary professor, I was asked why I only spoke out in class once or twice per session. I explained my annoyance with other students who couldn’t shut up and who seemed to have an answer for everything. That I didn’t want to be such a student and […]

What a pleasure it was to sit down with Bart Campolo back on April 7th! Yes, Bart is the son of the evangelical legend Tony Campolo, and together they are coauthors of Why I Left, Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity Between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son. But more importantly, Bart is the […]

Morning, y’all! Just jumping on with a quick Saturday morning post—a lot going on in life—a lot going on in ALL our lives. Seriously, no one ever said this life transition stuff was quick and easy. It’s not a difficult task to catch me asserting that My life is chaos. And often times “chaos” is modified by a […]

An update on my new book, which seeks to foster greater dialogue between those of faith and those without. Use it as a tool for dialogue with friends and family. Amazon preorders releasing soon.

My interview with RfR’s Scott and Emily where we discuss The Clergy Project and my new book The Rise and Fall of Faith.

A story about my introduction to a man named Dr. Bill who invented a religion called The Religion of Nice. (Also includes an update on other events.)

As the famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins once said of the world’s religious leaders, “It is hard to think of any other profession which it is so near to impossible to leave.” These words begin a welcome letter that Dawkins wrote to The Clergy Project’s charter group of fifty-two participants as its private online forum launched […]

I must say, I’m pretty damned excited for my newest adventure. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, read on. I lay it all out below in the first edition of a new TCP newsletter that debuted today and is written for participants in our Online Community of Forums. I share it with all of you […]

As I’m guessing almost everyone reading this already knows—but I’ll state it again just to make sure—I volunteer my time as the communications director at The Clergy Project. And given the incredibly lean all-volunteer staff that we have at TCP, being communications director means I do a lot of things single-handedly. One project that’s been occupying […]

If you think history can be fun, I have an exciting something for you. If you may find yourself enthused with religious history in particular, hold onto your proverbial hat. And if you enjoy digging into the backgrounds of deconverted religious leaders, then oh my shit, prepare to lose yours.  So I thought it would be […]

Grief. It’s never easy. Or fun. Or comfortable. Ever.  But it’s yet another one of those things that gets even more complicated for the post-faith crowd. As an evangelical pastor, I had always reminded our community that grief was a normal part of being human, that God had created people with a breadth of emotions […]

So here’s a question for you. Have you found your purpose yet? And here’s another question for you. When you hear people talk about Your Life Purpose, what’s your response? Do you get all excited and immediately feel some sort of greater connection to the bigger something of life? Or do you roll your eyes […]

The question is posed on at least a weekly basis. It comes up in various ways. Someone will ask about something they read or an interview they came across. And then they ask me: “So what is Secular Humanism?” Or even the more simplified version: “What is Humanism?” I suppose the curiosity and its subsequent […]

This post actually comes from my Next Level Blog over at NextLevelCoaching.co. But I thought I’d share it here because I kinda think you all might enjoy it as well. Those of us in the post-faith crowd—and especially the post-religious-leadership crowd that many of us have found ourselves in—know all too well what it means […]

I suppose it may be possible that we as a people are more accustomed, because of the reality of the internet, to the ability to look up random definitions for every anything that is out there waiting to be looked up. I know for myself at least, I’m constantly googling new words, like seriously almost […]

Yes, my daughters were never in Girl Scouts, so this is my one chance to guilt trip people into buying stuff from my kids. And honestly, this will taste just as good and last even longer than than those cookies we love so damn much. Also at half the price. Go ahead and scroll directly […]

Well, there it goes. The end of 2015. And now here we are at the beginning of its replacement. And so I have a question for you. It’s the kind of question that I suppose we hear a lot this time of year. No, I’m not asking you what your resolutions are. Though that may […]

There’s a new blog in town. A member of The Clergy Project is preparing to come out publicly as an atheist over the course of this next year. But apparently he’s not your typical closeted atheist pastor. According to the first post of his new blog, he’s a well known evangelist who’s traveled the world […]