Formation Library

A handful of folks have asked me to share a recommended reading list made up of books and authors who have shaped my theology. Hopefully, it goes without saying that even though a certain author (or even specific book) has been formational in my own theology and thinking, it doesn’t necessarily follow that I agree …

How I’ve begun to unplug.

Social media is stupid. Yes, in theory, it can be a useful tool and all that, but let’s be honest: It’s stupid. We both know that (you the reader, and myself). For each sliver of substance one might mine from the monolith of social networking, there is enough vapid, inane, self-obsessed drivel to power all …

On writing: How to finish a book.

          . I’m no Katherine Dunn, Stephen King, or Franz Kafka, but I like to write books. To date I’ve written four novels, a memoir, a children’s book, and will soon finish a draft of my first novella. This, of course, says nothing of the quality of any of those books, …

Nihilism Live – FAQ

If you’ve yet to hear, Patrick, Garrett, and I managed to rope everyone who played on Showbread’s 2004 No Sir, Nihilism is Not Practical album into reuniting for one night to celebrate the record’s 10th birthday. The show, as well as ticket sales, were announced this morning to a mixed reaction of excitement and outrage. While …

Good morning, Dad.

Often I have heard the expression: “No parent should ever have to bury their children.” The implication being that children are meant to bury their parents, and not the other way around. This is wrong. Parents should not have to bury their children. Children should not have to bury their parents. In the midst of …

Read what would have been my Dark Crystal novel…

(Quickly: Entered a contest by outlining a prequel novel to The Dark Crystal and drafting the first seven chapters. Didn’t win. You can download/read my submission for free: The Dark Crystal – Ruin of Innocents.) Last year the Jim Henson company invited authors of any ilk to draft a bit of what might become a novelized …

Does God hate me?

My mostly private, ongoing struggle within my discipleship of Jesus of Nazareth has been a simple, embarrassingly cliché, lingering suspicion somewhere in the faculties of my skull… What if God doesn’t love me? Seems silly. If anything is taken for granted within the worldview often called Christianity, it might be God’s love. The first song …

Young, Restless, No longer Reformed.

Last week I had the wonderful privilege of powering through Austin Fischer’s new theological memoir, Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed. At this point, it probably surprises very few that I am and have been an outspoken opponent of Calvinism (a systematic theological system through which some Christians understand concepts like providence, salvation, and so on). …

Jesus, Instagram, and the dead museum of social media.

“So we start from New Orleans past iridescent lakes and orange gas flares and swamps and garbage heaps; alligators crawling around in broken bottles and tin cans; neon arabesques of motels. Pimps scream obscenities at passing cars form islands of rubbish. New Orleans is a dead museum.” – William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch I need not …

What is punk rock and who will subvert it?

To say, “I come from a punk rock background” sounds desperately pretentious. But I do. Sort of. Punk rock, as a kind of amorphous ideology, was a formative thing for me. Around fifteen years ago I found in punk rock an adaptable manifesto that breaks down into three basic ideas: Defy the status quo Sedition, …

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