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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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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?

I'm a Crappy Dad

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents
Christian Piatt

My son, Mattias, is a charmer. As introverted and crowd-averse as I am, he feeds off the energy of a group. His uncle Matt calls him "Slumdog Millionaire" because he's convinced that, if you dropped him in the middle of Calcutta, he'd be running the joint inside of six months.

Did Jesus Ever Sin?

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.28.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

What is the difference between a "temptation" and a "lustful thought"? If a man looks at a woman and thinks a lustful thought, has he as much as committed adultery?

5 New Christian Cliches To Avoid

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.27.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Since the initial series ran, I've been thinking about other things Christians often say that tend to do more harm than good. So here are a few more to add to the list.

Your Neighbor's Bowl And The Gospel of Louis CK

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I've been working most recently on a chapter about God's notion of justice as compared with the human idea about justice, and once again, C.K. provided a wealth of material.

Libyan Ambassador Stevens' Death Tragic, Hopeful, Ironic

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The Libyans sorting through the wreckage found a still-alive Ambassador Stevens, which elicited cheers of joy from them and shouts of "God is great!"