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Touring with Jay Bakker

January 01, 2015
Touring with Jay Bakker

  As many of you know, last year I packed my car and drove across the country to my new home on the West Coast. On the way I spoke at around ten different locations as part of my “In Exile” tour. Sadly, I couldn’t fit my beloved books in the car and ended up leaving Read More

Hocus Pocus: Introduction to The Divine Magician

“More-traditional Christians will undoubtedly find Rollins’s book a theological provocation, as he takes familiar parables, characters, and terms… and rewrites their conventional interpretations. Yet Rollins also disturbs the theologically liberal, and even the avowedly secular” Publishers Weekly It’s been a long time coming, but The Divine Magician will be dropping immanently. In this book I’m attempting Read More

Free Ticket to Tricks of the Light

Only a few years ago my festival was nothing more than a little star in the sky. Conceived with my friend Adam one rainy January night in 2013 in a Belfast bar, our child is now approaching its third year! We’re both very proud parents. I wanted to draw talented people from around the world Read More

The Grim Reaper Also Bears Gifts: Some Thoughts on Love, Longevity and the New Year

  Recently the comedian Pete Holmes interviewed me for his podcast You Make it Weird. Holmes is a great interviewer and the conversation traversed many themes, one of which was the thorny subject of death. We didn’t dwell there too long, but I chatted with him about how a world with death is no doubt Read More

If God is Dead; Nothing is Permissible: Some Thoughts on Secularism

Dostoyevsky’s character Ivan Karamazov once claimed, “if God does not exist, then everything is permissible.” This famous line captures the common wisdom that the death of a supreme authority enables people to live in a freer way. Without an external sovereign authority offering prohibitions people can throw off their shackles and construct their own reality. It Read More

Forgotten, but not Gone: Racism and the American Unconscious

This is reproduced from an article I wrote for Theology of Ferguson. Walk around a graveyard and you’re likely to see the phrase “gone, but not forgotten,” etched onto a few tombstones. These words capture the idea that the departed remains in the thoughts of those left behind. It is also a phrase that hints Read More

How to Hate Yourself Without Knowing it

As you might have noticed, I’ve recently been writing on the theme of defence mechanisms as they operate in individuals and groups. I want to continue this trajectory by looking at another common defence (I’m keen to write about some of the more productive defences, particularly Sublimation, but that will have to wait a little Read More

Of Course I’m Happy, I’ve Got Hundreds of Pictures to prove it

It’s well known that one of the defence mechanisms favoured by addicts is Denial. The stereotypical example is that of the alcoholic who says, “I’m not an alcoholic, I could give up drinking anytime I want.” Indeed the prevalence of this defence in addiction is one of the reasons why the first thing you do Read More

Giving Birth to Angels and Demons: On Fundamentalism and Splitting

The term “defense mechanisms” refers to a range of strategies that an individual engages in so as to protect themselves from a painful or unpleasant truth about themselves. Numerous defense mechanisms have been identified over the years and we all engage in a variety of them at different times in our lives. While the term Read More

Let’s Pretend the World Is the Way That It Is

I’m currently exploring the possibility of releasing a paperback version of The Orthodox Heretic and was looking over some of my old parables. I’ve a particular connection with the one below, as it was the first I ever wrote. I remember that it came to me late one night after I’d seen a bumper sticker that Read More