Adopting the Principles of the Ascetic for March


The world tells us to feel complete by getting more. What if the truth is actually the opposite?

What Does It Really Mean To Follow Jesus?


Four out of five Americans claim to be Christians…but what does that really mean?

WWCAD: What Would Christian Anarchists Do?


It’s a rainy, lazy Saturday in Portland. A perfect time to dive into the Gospel of Mark and cultivate my inner anarchist.

No Girls Allowed


Our tents only become holy ground when they are open to the stranger.

Time to Admit It: We’re All Gay


I guess it’s time for me to face the facts. I must be gay. And so are you.

THOSE People (Video)


If we’re being honest, we all have “those people” in our lives.

Talking to My Son About Boston


“Maybe they were angry about something, and they didn’t know how to talk about their feelings,” said nine year old Mattias.

Hell and the Love of God (Pt. 1 of 2)


If God can’t expiate sin without our participation in asking for that forgiveness, then God is weak. If, instead, God chooses not to forgive sin unless we ask for it, opting instead to let us suffer for all eternity because of our mistakes, then God is not loving.

My Frustrations with Bell, Clinton, and Obama on Marriage Equality

The Gospel call is to stand up and respond to perceived injustice as soon as you recognize it as such, not when it’s more personally, professionally or politically advantageous to do so.

5 Questions from the Steubenville Rape Case

Once I get beyond my initial feelings about the whole situation, I’m left wrestling with a number of questions that still feel terribly unresolved.

Papal Happy Hour Edition of Church Sign Epic Fails


Don’t forget to wash your hands!

Why Are Priests Really Celibate? (And Will It Change with a New Pope?)


Catholic priests weren’t always celibate, and some believe the matter is not a closed issue.

Dad of Divas: The Interview


Q: What advice would you give to other fathers? A: A vasectomy is waaay cheaper than kids!

Into the Shadows: A History of Hell and Satan (Part 2 of 2)


With respect to any relationship between Satan in the Old Testament and Sheol, there is none.

Hell and Satan: A Brief History (Part 1 of 2)

Did you know Satan actually works alongside God instead of against God?

I’m An Asshole Dad

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Mattias: “Dad, I forgive you.”
Me: “But I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Mattias: “That’s okay. I forgive you anyway.”
-Mattias, 5 years, 1 month