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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Happy Monday Everyone! I apologize again for not getting over here to post very often. But exciting things are going on. Not just with my new Life Enhancement & Career Coaching firm Next Level Coaching, but also with several other endeavors of interest to you as well. More on some of that in the near […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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So this is the post where I talk about my recent hospital stay, about brushing up against death, and about whether or not I cried out to God at the last moment… I’m guessing we’ve all heard the repeatedly overstated “There’s No Atheists in Foxholes” argument. The claim of course being that in war, every soldier turns […]

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Well, I apologize for the lack of posts lately. But it sure has been an interesting couple weeks. At this point two Fridays ago, I was on my way to the emergency room with a severe bacterial infection. The doctors would later tell me that if I had waited until Saturday to come in, they might not have […]

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Remember Vacation Bible School?Otherwise known simply as VBS? It’s that time-honored tradition that nearly every church in American seems to perform each year while students all across the country are on Summer Vacation from their public school systems. You’d be invited by the local church on your block to run up the street every day […]

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A few weeks ago I joined Cass Midgley for an episode of the Everyone’s Agnostic podcast.It turned out co-host Dr Bob Pondillo was on vacation for our taping. And I had also discovered just a few days earlier that, like me, Cass is also a former pastor. So as he puts it in the episode’s intro, this […]

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So my life is pretty crazy right now. But honestly, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I mean, maybe eventually I would… Come to think of it, a nice beach vacation actually sounds pretty wonderful right now… Maybe in the Caribbean… I’ve actually only been out of the US once, and it was for a […]

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Wednesday afternoon, I locked the door to my Uptown apartment, and slid down the elevator on my way to a quick shift at the steakhouse. On my way out the front door, I stopped to check my mailbox, and that’s the moment I saw it. Right there waiting for me in my little mail slot […]

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So the book is advancing rather well. For various reasons that I won’t bother expounding upon, I had set the editing of my second draft on hold for a good several months. And then, after finally picking it up again at the turn of the new year, I finally finished the revision last week. But as […]

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If you’re like me, you might be great at things like balancing your checkbook and creating a budget to (mostly) stick to. All while the coded world of financial investments seems completely foreign in its extraterrestrialness. Then you’ve got the elusive art of actually making money off financial investments, and it just seems like a completely […]

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A group of seminary students recently completed a project on how to effectively counsel an atheist. They are studying in a Masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Chicago’s Moody Theological Seminary, and yep, that’s the very same school that I had attended. And one of the students working on this group project had grown […]

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So what was your weekend’s Oscar-winning moment? In other words, what was the funniest or the most adventurous or most inspiring or outrageous moment of your weekend? Or, to put it yet another way, if your life was a movie, would people pay money to see it? Would there be anything worth watching? And if not, why? […]

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I’m thankful this week that atheism in America is becoming less taboo and beginning to sound a little less scary. And I’m also thankful this week for a particular sixth grade teacher who was willing to speak honestly and openly about it.* It was just a few days ago, so I’m told, during a new social studies […]

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Yes, a full third of the American population self-identifies as evangelical or ‘born again’ Christian, by far the largest religious group in America. But nearly one half of their neighbors subscribe to another Christian tradition, be it Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Mormon, or mainline protestant, etc. All told that’s 8 in 10 Americans who are Christian […]