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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, or find him on Twitter or Facebook.

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The Good and Bad of the Vatican's New LGBT Statement

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 2:16 PM

In what the Human Rights Campaign calls a "seismic shift in position," the Extraordinary Synod of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement affirming loving, committed same-sex partnerships. And though this new declaration is a promising step toward greater equality for the LGBTQ community within the greater Christian Church,...

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Hungry as Dogs: We Don't Really Understand Charity

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 2:54 PM

Following is excerpted from "postChristian: What's left? Can we fix it? Do we care?" (Hachette/Jericho, Aug 2014)

Any Christian -- and arguably, any socially aware human being -- would agree that having concern for our neighbor should be a core value of any society. And yet, we hardly...

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Is the Internet Killing Christianity?

(15) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 1:05 PM

No one reasonably disputes that attendance in Christian churches is in sharp decline. The real lingering question is "why?" which is one of the most important questions I take on in my new book, postChristian: What's left? Can we fix it? Do we care?

Though it's not solely...

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The Black Man Shot by White Cops No One Is Talking About

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 2:33 PM

Most, if not all, of us know about Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri, at this point. But not many people are talking about John Crawford of Beavercreek, Ohio, who was recently gunned down in a local Wal-Mart while talking to his wife on the phone.

And lest anyone try to...

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Mark Driscoll, Women as Penis Houses, and Crumbling Temples

(9) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Oh, Mark Driscoll. Just when I start to muster an inkling of compassion for you, something else emerges that tests my capacity for grace.

This time, the news is from years in the past, when Driscoll was posting to the church message boards under the pseudonym "William Wallace II." The...

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Be Afraid! The Latest Threat to Christianity Is Communism

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 3:44 PM

I get a lot of weird stuff in my email inbox. I'm sure all of us do. But the one I got from my father in law today took the prize for the week, if not the summer.

Mike Riddle, in his "Creation Training Initiative" e-newsletter, outlined why...

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Is Christianity Keeping People Poor?

(22) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 6:22 PM

At the heart of the Christian Gospel is an unequivocal mandate to care for the poor, the marginalized and the disenfranchised. We are to be both stewards and advocates, companions and champions for those who lack the voice and privileges from which we benefit.

Most Christian church communities respond, at...

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

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


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

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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