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How Revelation Ruined (and Saved) My Life

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.22.2014 | 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 10.14.2014 | 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.

Hungry as Dogs: We Don't Really Understand Charity

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Giving something to charity isn't really the same as living every day with a charitable heart. Granted, we are called to give generously to others from what we have, but a charitable heart goes further.

Is the Internet Killing Christianity?

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Prior to the development of movable typeface and the printing press, few people of average means owned a Bible. Fast forward a few hundred years, and we see the Internet having much the same effect. Aside from the ease and immediacy of access to information, it also offers an unprecedented variety of perspectives.

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

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.18.2014 | Black Voices
Christian Piatt

Crawford, father to two young children, did have something in his hand, but it wasn't a rifle or a shotgun. Rather, it was a toy BB gun he had picked up from the shelves in the store to buy.

Mark Driscoll, Women as Penis Houses, and Crumbling Temples

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

What does it matter what Mark Driscoll wrote some 13 years ago, especially considering he has since stepped down (at least temporarily) from his role at the helm of Mars Hill? It matters because the information is only coming to light now that the church seems to have nothing left to lose and only something to gain by distancing itself further from Driscoll.

Be Afraid! The Latest Threat to Christianity Is Communism

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Mike Riddle, in his e-newsletter, outlined why it is that Christians -- and all Americans, really -- should be terrified of the Communism creep taking place in our culture. Needless to say, this was news to me.

Is Christianity Keeping People Poor?

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We claim to have a heart for the poor, for changing the world to more closely reflect the divinely inspired kingdom vision offered to us by Jesus. And yet, the tools required to make the changes are right before us. It's how we're choosing to employ them that betrays the darker nature of our all-too-human hearts.

postChristian: What's Left, Can We Fix It, Do We Care? -- An Interview With Christian Piatt

Romal Tune | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Romal Tune

"I think we've fallen victim to the misapprehension that worship, or church, is the point. Those are simply a means to an end though."

Five Reasons Progressive Christians Secretly Love Mark Driscoll

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Too often, we fall back on the far easier habit of defining ourselves by what we're not, which is why Mark Driscoll is so incredibly valuable. Every time he grabs another headline for his mind-blowing antics, we're quick to say, "See that guy? I'm not like him."

Church Sues State for Marriage Equality

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

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

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

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Aside from claiming nonprofit status -- which means a media company like Daystar is exempt from paying taxes on its revenue -- churches in particular have extra layers of protection from government oversight with regard to their financial operations. So what does it matter?

What Church and Culture Both Get Wrong About Marriage

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

For some, the Church is the final bastion in the culture war to preserve the notion held by some of "traditional family." For others, marriage is merely a civil contract, in which organized religion should have no part.

The Injustice of Silence: Why Our Culture Pulled Mark Driscoll Over For a Broken Headlight

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

I believe in Pastor Mark's God. And I wish only well-being for him and his. But despite the potential problems with saying it aloud, I have to tell you, I am one moderate evangelical who is growing increasingly tired of the silence.

'Ham on Nye' Debate Doesn't Reflect Reality

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

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. The media is responsible for its share of fanning these flames in the public forum, though.

Why the Grammys' Macklemore Weddings Were a Good Thing

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Perhaps more importantly, it helps to normalize an expression of mature, committed love in a culture that still wrestles with the difference between good/bad and typical/atypical.

How Financial Guru Dave Ramsey Missed the Mark

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The other concern the list raises for me is that it appears to be blind to the inherent privilege linked to the habits, as if all people had equal access to such practices and resources.

Mark Driscoll's Plagiarism Witch Hunt

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Stealing intellectual property is no small transgression, but neither is aggressively attempting to humiliate another person in the public eye in a desperate attempt to grab ratings to be the first to break a juicy new story. Mark Driscoll deserves better.

5 Traits of a False Prophet

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

If your loved one who died wanted to connect with you, do you think that they'd do it through a bleach-blond in stiletto pumps? Similarly, if God had a message for you, don't you think it could be conveyed by a mean other than through a guy with perfect hair, capped teeth and a $5,000 suit?

5 Things That Are Holding Christianity Back

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Jesus never promised us a risk-free faith. Rather, he offered us a life filled with meaning, provided we would embrace the perfect love he offered that promised to cast out such fear.

Miley Cyrus' Contribution to Feminism

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Christian Piatt

Although in some respects, women and girls have made strides toward gender parity in our culture, there is still a persistent, if sometimes subtle, subtext narrated to our girls, which is that sex is the most efficient and potent means of access to power they have.

Vanity of Vanities: Does Ministry Really Matter?

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I am not in the likeness of Christ today. Sometimes I wonder, for all of our studying, worshiping and evangelism, how many of us even ever catch a glimpse of what we're really supposed to be about. For today, my only prayer is taken straight from Ecclesiastes: Vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

A White Pastor's Miracle in Trayvon Martin's Church

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Since Trayvon's death, the congregation and their pastor have been tireless in hosting community dialogues and prayer vigils, with the hope of offering some opportunity for healing, discernment and hope in an otherwise tragic situation.

Exodus International's Alan Chambers: Bending History's Arc

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The vulnerability of this man's confession is nothing short of overwhelming. The bravery he demonstrates should stand as an example to all people, and in particular, all Christians.

Why Are Priests Really Celibate? (And Will It Change?)

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Is it possible that the next pope might revisit this and change centuries of Catholic tradition?