You Are Not Actually Reading This Right Now: The Paradox of the Mind, and Why I Wrote a Psychological Thriller

Fiction is what we turn to when we have nagging questions that we can’t quite put into more precise language.

The Church Father Who Cut off His Junk

Jesus’ solution to your own sinful tendencies isn’t presented as inconveniencing, insulting, or harming the people around you—it’s presented as handicapping yourself.

The Digital Art That Graces Our Lives: Boss Fight Books and the Need to Take Games Seriously

Boss Fight Books is a quirky, charming series that weaves together journalism, criticism, game theory, and often a heavy dose of memoir.

The Christian Rock Star Who Put Out a Hit on His Wife

I like to think that, centuries from now, “Christian rock music” will be thought of as yet another inexplicable oddity of Church history, alongside Origen’s self-mutilation, the Crusades, and whatever it is with Lutherans and Jell-O.

That Time the World Didn’t End in 1844

Miller predicted Christ’s return based on all that stuff in Daniel about “time, times and half a time” that everyone pretends to understand but doesn’t.

The Only Reason You Drink Coffee Is Because 400 Years Ago a Pope Baptized Some Beans

Coffee culture is weird, you guys.

The Ladder That Pretty Much Only Jesus Can Move

Christianity was unusually unified at the time the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built, but things have been falling apart (literally and figuratively) ever since then.

The Flagpole-Sitting, Maggot-Infested Saint of the Desert

Protip: when you’re too pious for monks, it might be time to dial it back a bit.

The Holiest City on Earth (Will Drive You LITERALLY INSANE)

A lot of dumb things have happened in Church history and in the Bible—and it’s through the dumb stuff that God is at work.

The Children’s Crusade: Y’know, for Kids!

Nicholas led his followers through the Alps, because when you’re leading a bunch of 12-year-olds, you obviously go full Hannibal.

The Advent of the Drive-In Church, Which Was Not at All Ridiculous and Definitely Needed to Be a Thing

Please understand that when I call drive-in theaters one of the worst ideas of all time, I’m speaking from direct experience.

The Guy Who Just Decided He Was Pope

If you’re wondering how someone can just declare himself pope, keep in mind that things in the church were way less formal back then.

Be Offended and Do Not Sin: An Attempt to Reframe Our Culture of Perpetual Outrage

Rather than framing our offense as a moral stance or an end in itself, we need to learn to frame it as an opportunity.

The Saint Who Rolled with the Pigs

Since I’m not a historian, I’m going to tell you about the weird, possibly legendary, and super awkward stuff this guy did.

The History of Pews Is Just as Terrible and Embarrassing as You’d Imagine

Despite the advent of stadium-style seating and auditorium-like worship halls, the simple, ancient pew endures.

A Brief History of Snake Handling, in Case the Common Communion Cup Isn’t Enough of a Health Hazard for You

The story goes that Hensley wandered out into the wilderness to seek God’s will, which he was pretty sure would involve snakes.