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Christian Piatt

Blaming "Walking Dead" for Beating Our Friends to Death With a Microwave

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment
Christian Piatt

Just when you think you've heard it all... Damon Perry and Christopher Paquin decided to hole up and binge watch a season of the Zombie TV hit "Walki...

Not 'That Kind of Christian'

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Maybe we believe in God. Maybe we're not sure. Maybe we believe Jesus was human and divine. Maybe we have no idea what to think about that. Maybe we think that salvation is personal and necessary to enter God's grace.

Kim Davis' Jailing Isn't a Win for Marriage Equality

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.05.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The only real path to reconciliation is if we get past the illusion that someone being under the bot-heel of power is a cultural inevitability. It's not. In fact, it's the opposite of the kingdom-inspired vision the Jesus tried to offer us.

No One Is Pro-Abortion (And Few Are Fully Pro-Life)

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

There are some faith leaders within Christianity who vocally and openly criticize what they see as the problems with the arguments made on behalf of a pro-life position based on one's faith.

Wm Paul Young: EVE's Revolution and THE SHACK, the Movie

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.01.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

When Wm Paul Young first wrote THE SHACK, he did it as a Christmas gift for his family. He barely had enough money to make photocopies of it to give to them. Fast-forward to today, after the gift was published, sold millions of copies and now is in production to be a major motion picture.

Meet Caitlyn (Formerly Bruce) Jenner

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It didn't take long for Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) to come out publicly with her gender transition complete. Renowned portrait photographe...

Why Comedian/Podcaster Marc Maron is a Preist and a Prophet

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Christian Piatt

Originally known as a crass, nihilistic comedian, Marc Maron found a remarkable second life for himself in podcasting. And before you stop reading right there, consider that Marc's WTF podcast is the first-ever podcast to be catalogued by the Library of Congress.

Is Theology of Atonement a Ponzi Scheme That Enslaves Us to God?

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

There were several reasons I parted ways with my early conservative evangelical roots (among them was that I was thrown out), and trying in vain to accept the idea that Jesus died for my sins was a big one.

Explaining "Working Poor" to My Privileged, Middle Class Children

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

When we do our "gratitude inventory" (aka, a way to get them to reflect and pray), they rattle off things as a matter of routine that many people would only dream of.

I Think My Six-Year-Old Might Be Jesus

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I'm not sure, but I think my daughter, Zoe, is Jesus. For a couple of reasons. But before I talk more about her, let's talk about me. You know, since I'm not Jesus and I like talking about myself.

Following Jesus Isn't Primarily About Beliefs or Actions

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I'm intrigued by the fact that, in spite of my explanation that this project is more about delving into who we are and what we do than about what we think or believe, many people are eager to distill the "Jesus journey" down to making a specific set of claims for beliefs, end of story.

What Does It Really Mean to Follow Jesus?

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Four out of five Americans claim to be Christians. That's more than a quarter billion people in the United states alone who claim, in one way or another, to follow Jesus. But what does that really mean?

WWCAD: What Would Christian Anarchists Do?

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It's a rainy, graciously lazy Saturday in Portland -- a perfect time to dive into the Gospel of Mark and to cultivate my inner anarchist for the betterment of God's Kingdom.

Day Two of My Jesus Project: Are We Done Yet?

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion
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First the good news: After four months of preparation, I have officially started my year-long quest to more seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus, aka "My Jesus Project." And now the bad news: After today I still have 363 days left of this. Turns out Jesus stuff is hard.

Why Christians Should Support the "Satanic" Statue in Oklahoma

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.08.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Oklahoma may seem an unlikely place for what has been called a satanic sculpture to be installed on government property. In fact, there may be no better place for it.

Five Ways I Suck at Following Jesus #MyJesusProject

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.28.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

As you may know by now, I'm starting a new project (ramping up now, starting in earnest in February) in which I try for a year to really, seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus in western, post-industrial 21st century society.

My Seizure Diagnosis: Is There a Pony In This Shitpile?

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I'm ready to find the pony. But maybe I have to dig through a little more shit first. As some of my less pastoral friends and family put it, it could be worse. I could be dead. So I've got that going for me.

Mindfulness and Presence vs. the Almighty iPhone (#MyJesusProject)

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I knew if I took the phone out to turn of the ringer I'd check it, like some automaton Pavlovian finger puppet. The bell rings; I slobber. Have I really been reduced to this? Have I honestly lost the ability to be in the moment long enough to make some breakfast?

Considering the 12 Sides of Jesus #MyJesusProject

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.07.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Not surprising, this whole endeavor to understand what it really means to follow Jesus in today's world is proving to be nothing short of overwhelming.

AJ Jacobs Tells Me How to Be More Like Jesus

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.01.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

For the next 14-18 months, I'm doing a sort of "Human Experiment" project in which I try to figure out what it really means to follow Jesus in the 21st-century Western world.

So...Am I Jesus Yet? #MyJesusProject

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It's been a week now since I announced my newest project, which is to spend between 14 and 18 months figuring out what it seriously means to follow Jesus in our 21st century western world.

Following Jesus... For Real This Time (My Jesus Project)

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It's one thing to read all of these stories about Jesus, way back in the day; it's entirely another to consider what Jesus would do if he was plopped down in the middle of my 21st-century life, complete with mortgage, iPhone, family and Facebook account.

Was Jesus' Death an Act of "Empire-Assisted Suicide?"

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

In case this feels to trite or clinical, consider the reference to war above. In a typical context, anyone would tend to agree that a teenager putting themselves into harm's way, in which death was all but inevitable, would be tragically wrong.

How Revelation Ruined (and Saved) My Life

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The book of Revelation and I have a complicated relationship. We flirted a little bit, back in high school, at least until it got me kicked out of church. I suppose I had a little something to do with it, given that I was an uppity teenager, full of questions and doubts in -- of all places -- a Baptist church in Texas.

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

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Until our LGBTQ sisters and brothers are afforded true equality across the board, and until we recognize that heterosexual privilege is real and should be used to liberate others from their marginalized positions, we're compelled to keep the drumbeat for justice going.