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Christian Piatt is the author of 'postChristian: What's left? Can we fix it? Do we care? (Jericho/Hachette) Christian is the creator and editor of "Banned Questions About The Bible" and "Banned Questions About Jesus." He has a memoir on faith, family and parenting being published in early 2012 called "PREGMANCY: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date." For more information about Christian, visit ChristianPiatt.com, or find him on Twitter or Facebook.

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Michael Brown, Iraq, Putin, Gaza: How to Reconcile the Brokenness?

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 8:15 PM

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A soon-to-be college-bound Michael Brown is shot by Missouri police, reportedly while holding his hands above himself in surrender, and while unarmed. The resulting protests turn violent, leading ultimately to police setting up barricades, complete with snipers, tear gas and flash grenades. Local...

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God Isn't Punishing Mark Driscoll

(5) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:53 PM

This week has been a rough one for Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Following one scandal after another, the Acts 29 Network -- which he helped found -- removed his standing and his church's standing within the network. They also encouraged him to step down as...

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Five Reasons Progressive Christians Secretly Love Mark Driscoll

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 2:49 PM

Anyone who reads my stuff with some regularity probably already knows that Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll isn't exactly on my speed-dial list, and I'm probably not in his. From his misogynistic quips to his hellfire hyper-Calvinist rants, he and I see almost all social and theological issues as differently...

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Fence-Sitters and Boundary-Pushers: A Postmodern Reflection

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 9:29 PM

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My mom always loved gardening, but rarely had time for it in our two-career household. In her retirement to West Texas, though, she's taken to it with a passion. She posts photos of her recent yields, be they impressive or pathetic. Today, she...
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Four Reasons Conservatives Are Embracing Prison Reform

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:18 PM

There are few social issues over which all within the greater Christian Church can agree, or at least historically have been able to find common ground. From gay marriage to gun control, it seems that religious ideology have gone part and parcel along with the respective political parties that tend...

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Protect Your Daughters -- Turn Them Into Corporations

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 12:36 PM

It's been suggested that the recent Supreme Court decision involving Hobby Lobby's resistance to provide insurance coverage for particular types of birth control is a blow to women's rights. But if we're willing to think creatively, not unlike writer and satirist Jonathan Swift, SCOTUS may have unknowingly offered us a...

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Five Reasons Churches Need to "Come Out" on LGBTQ Rights

(215) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 9:39 PM

Our entire family, including my wife, Rev. Amy Piatt, and my two kids, took part in the Portland Gay Pride parade this weekend. We stood on a float in the rain and waved to thousands of people lining the streets, from the park blocks to the riverfront. It truly was...

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Women's Rights, Immigration, Slavery, Martyrdom: Pentecost as Liberation

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 6:49 PM

I've always loved Pentecost. I'm not entirely sure why, but the Pentecost story in the book of Acts always resonated with me. There are these followers of Jesus, now alone and without his guidance. They're being persecuted, and they're more than a little discouraged about what to do.

Then this...

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Frank Schaeffer: The God-Believing Atheist

(36) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 2:24 PM

One phrase comes to mind, time and again, when I think of Frank Schaeffer: "THINK AGAIN." Any time I think I have a handle on things theological, he seems to find the thread, hanging from the edges, and gives it a good, solid yank.

Such is the case once again...

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Church Sues State for Marriage Equality

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Never before has a major Christian denomination sued state government in the United States over their marriage laws. At least until today, that is.

This morning, representatives of the national body of the United Church of Christ filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina for violation of their...

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Daystar's Day of Reckoning: My Interview With NPR's John Burnett

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 3:05 PM

I first got to know NPR correspondent John Burnett when he was in Portland doing a story about beer and theology. He was featuring the Beer and Hymns event that we do monthly at First Christian Church in Portland. This time around John has a two-part exposé on...

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What Church and Culture Both Get Wrong About Marriage

(44) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 3:40 PM

I was asked by my friend, Audrey, at the GLAD Alliance (Gay & Lesbian Alliance of Disciples) to respond to the question in the subject line above. For some, the Church is the final bastion in the culture war to preserve the notion held by some of "traditional...

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'Ham on Nye' Debate Doesn't Reflect Reality

(135) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 3:41 PM

Whenever I hear about someone else making a case for New Earth Creationism in the name of Christianity, I'm embarrassed, once again, to associate myself with them. And people wonder why many of us prefer to identify as "Jesus followers" or "Spiritual but not Religious" rather than be lumped in...

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Why the Grammys' Macklemore Weddings Were a Good Thing

(3) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 4:32 PM

Lots of folks have been chattering about the mass wedding that took place in the middle of Macklemore's "Same Love" performance at the Grammys this past week. The lighting-quick ceremony included dozens of couples, both same-sex and opposite sex, presided over by none other than music and film star Queen...

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My One (and Only) Duck Dynasty Post

(16) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 9:46 AM

I've never watched Duck Dynasty. I didn't even know Phil Robertson's name until the whole media melodrama unfolded recently. The most I knew about him was that he bore a striking resemblance to my friend, Andy Campbell, who blogs over at "The Crooked Mouth."

And now, suffice it...

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How Financial Guru Dave Ramsey Missed the Mark

(4) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 1:26 PM

I love Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace coursework. It put our family on stable financial footing years ago, and Amy and I never fight about financial matters any more. We find plenty of other things to fight about, but that's a different post, I suppose.

Ramsey has come under fire recently...

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Mark Driscoll's Plagiarism Witch Hunt

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:40 PM

Yes, I know it is Thanksgiving. So maybe I am feeling a little bit more generous than usual. But even I am not beyond offering some grace and compassion toward Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll, especially when I think he is being treated unfairly.

My wife, Amy, likened it to...

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5 Traits of a False Prophet

(157) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 1:14 PM

Somehow I've had the good fortune until recently not to know who Theresa Caputo, (AKA the Long Island Medium) was. The long and short of it, in case you've been similarly privileged, is that she has a reality show and claims to speak to dead people....

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5 Things That Are Holding Christianity Back

(162) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 2:10 PM

I'm often asked about what trends I see within Christianity, both good and bad. So in my ongoing effort to help name trends and offer an alternative way of thinking about our faith, here are the five biggest things I've seen that tend to keep us from doing our best...

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Miley Cyrus' Contribution to Feminism

(7) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 4:16 PM

Ever since the VMAs aired, there has been a breathless competition online to see who can be more offended by Miley Cyrus' highly sexualized performance. Yes, I watched it, and yes, much of it made me pretty uncomfortable. It was hard for me not to imagine my own daughter a...

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