Dear Younger Self

Yes, it happened this week. Sing it with me, this is 40… As I was running today I had a few thoughts about turning 40. It began like this: Dear 22-38 year-old self: I will run your lazy butt into the ground. Name the time and place. Sincerely, 40-year-old self. Then my thoughts turned more […]

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Sydney Conference

In August my feet will touch the Australian mainland for the first time. If you live in or around Sydney, here is a great opportunity to connect with me. The conference I am doing in Sydney, “God’s Gift of Freedom,” runs from Friday through Saturday, July 31-August 1. Conference registration is here. I hope I’ll […]


Most Life-Changing Article I’ve Read

I want Storied Theology to be a place where you know you can come for all sorts of goodness. The goodness of spiritual encouragement. The goodness of biblical interpretation. The goodness of the Mountain Goats. All kinds of goodness. And just the other day I was thinking, I bet all those good readers would want […]

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Wind at Your Back

About a year and a half ago, I started running. I’ve never liked running, truthfully. So I also started biking on off days, as a sort of treat to myself for being so good and running on the others. One reason I don’t like running is that exercise has never been an escape for me. […]


Last week I sat down with Tripp Fuller of Homebrewed Christianity fame. He had told me that we were going to talk Reza Aslan, so out of stark fear and an overwhelming instinct of self-preservation, I highjacked the entire conversation, keeping him talking about progressive theology, God being as nice as Jesus, and how to […]

Best of the First

Big thanks to Englewood Review of Books who listed Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? among their picks for the Best Books of the First Half of 2012. Clearly, it’s time for you to see (if you haven’t already) what all the hype is about: Please share the love: