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February 2012 Archives

More Sh*t Emergent Christians Say

posted by cpiatt

Travis Mamone follows up his first video on “Shit Emergent Christians Say” with a sequel.

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Death, Anxiety and the Weight of Love

posted by cpiatt

I got emails from my mom and uncle about Nana, my last living grandparent. The news isn’t great. She’s struggled with dementia for some years now and hasn’t recognized me the last several times I’ve seen her. But while her […]

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If It’s Armageddon, Do I Have To Do My Homework?

posted by cpiatt

My son, Mattias, was in a religious school in town for a while for preschool. We knew going in that their beliefs did not align in a lot of ways with ours, but there are limited options in a town […]

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More Church Sign Epic Fails

posted by cpiatt

The bad church signs were quite a hit last week, so I thought I’d share some more of my favorites. And if you didn’t see the first batch of bad signs, check them out here. I think I just threw […]

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John Piper Hates on Gays via Twitter

posted by cpiatt

It’s bad enough when Christians sit silently by while LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) folks are marginalized, ridiculed, abused, raped or even killed for who they are. It’s another when Christians actively engage in the exclusion of people […]

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Evangelical 2.0: The Deception of Driscoll’s Acts 29 Network

posted by cpiatt

I’ve written quite a bit about churches like Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill and the concerns I have about a lack of accountability, given that they’re not part of a denomination or other larger body of oversight. Churches led my ministers […]

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Mules, Sex and Rick Santorum

posted by cpiatt

As a blogger, I could not ask for a more interesting presidential candidate than Rick Santorum. Not only does he exhibit latent ambitions to preach from the pulpit; he also LOVES to talk about sex. While most candidates will talk […]

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Sh*t Emergent Christians Say

posted by cpiatt

My friend, Travis Mamone, did a short video about all the stuff emergent Christians are prone to pop off about. Yeah, he pretty much nails me in it. Check out Travis’ blog at the link above on his name, and, […]

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Who Would Jesus Glitter Bomb?

posted by cpiatt

For starters, I’ll apologize for not including my usual images and links. I poured an entire glass of red wine on my laptop last night, and so I am blogging from my iPad. Yes, I know, a true yuppie problem. […]

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Church Sign Epic Fails

posted by cpiatt

There are plenty of websites that generate fake church signs, but thankfully there are still more than enough real examples of church messages that can evoke emotions across the spectrum. I’ve collected a few of my favorites here and thought […]

Did Jesus Have to Die to Save Us from Sin?

posted by cpiatt

One of the cornerstones in the belief of many Christians is that “Jesus died for our sins.” However, I often struggled with this idea on many levels. Why would a God of peace, love and mercy require blood atonement? Didn’t […]

Stolen Valor and Government’s Moral Authority

posted by cpiatt

I’m always fascinated by issues of free speech and what should be within the reach of government authority, especially as a writer, but also as one who leans toward civil libertarianism. So when the recent matter emerged involving people claiming […]

My Boy’s Legacy of Obsessive Behavior

posted by cpiatt

I write about Mattias a lot. There’s plenty of material there. It’s become particularly interesting since we’ve discovered in the past year that he has Asperger Syndrome. We’ve also realized, though non-medically, that I most likely have many or all […]

Mules, Sex and Rick Santorum

posted by cpiatt

As a blogger, I could not ask for a more interesting presidential candidate than Rick Santorum. Not only does he exhibit latent ambitions to preach from the pulpit; he also LOVES to talk about sex. While most candidates will talk […]

NBA’s Jeremy Lin and the “Messiah Formula”

posted by cpiatt

No, he doesn’t go down on one knee every time he nails a dunk or a perimeter shot. And as far as I know, he’s not building any hospitals in far-off countries. But the 23-year-old point guard for the New […]

Who Would Jesus Glitter Bomb?

posted by cpiatt

For starters, I’ll apologize for not including my usual images and links. I poured an entire glass of red wine on my laptop last night, and so I am blogging from my iPad. Yes, I know, a true yuppie problem. […]

Miracle Pregnancy, Despite “Santorum Birth Control” Method

posted by cpiatt

BREAKING NEWS February 16, 2012 Jeff Spagniola of Durham, North Carolina, was stunned when his girlfriend announced to him last week that she was, indeed, pregnant. “It’s a miracle!” says Spagniola, “I mean, it must be, right? We used birth […]

Church Sign Epic Fails

posted by cpiatt

There are plenty of websites that generate fake church signs, but thankfully there are still more than enough real examples of church messages that can evoke emotions across the spectrum. I’ve collected a few of my favorites here and thought […]

Did Jesus Have to Die to Save Us From Sin?

posted by cpiatt

One of the cornerstones in the belief of many Christians is that “Jesus died for our sins.” However, I often struggled with this idea on many levels. Why would a God of peace, love and mercy require blood atonement? Didn’t […]

The Birth Control Web Gets Stickier

posted by cpiatt

Barack Obama made a public effort this week to reach a compromise with religious employers on the government’s new health care plan. At issue was a requirement that all employers offer birth control to women through their insurance plans, however […]

Is Social Media Making Our Kids Sick?

posted by cpiatt

More than a dozen high school girls and one adult at LeRoy High School in upstate New York all are exhibiting bizarre symptoms similar to that of Tourette’s syndrome. Each person manifests behavior in varying degrees of severity, but all […]

What is an Evangelical?

posted by cpiatt

The “E Word” in Christianity is a funny thing. In one respect, Evangelicals are self-identified, and therefore, self-defined. On the other, popular culture (particularly media) lays its own meaning on what it means to be Evangelical. In the latter context, […]

On Asperger Syndrome and Broken Hearts

posted by cpiatt

Our son, Mattias, is eight years old. Everyone thinks their kid is special, and in a lot of ways, he’s just a regular kid. He loves fart jokes, enjoys riding his scooter and is obsessed with video games. But we’ve […]

I’m an A**hole Dad

posted by cpiatt

(From my memoir, PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date, on faith, fatherhood and family, due out April 1, 2012) Mattias: “Dad, I forgive you.” Me: “But I didn’t do anything wrong.” Mattias: “That’s okay. I forgive […]

Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill: A Case for Accountability

posted by cpiatt

I wrote a piece recently about Mark Driscoll, his Mars Hill Church in Seattle, and their practice of disciplining members. A number of bloggers have responded with our concerns about how the situation was handled, and recently Mars Hill issued […]

Examining John Piper’s “Masculine Christianity”

posted by cpiatt

I really want to give people like John Piper the benefit of the doubt. Given that he’s a minister in the Baptist tradition, it doesn’t surprise me when he only refers to God as “he” or when he talks about […]

Komen, Planned Parenthood and the Abortion Debate’s False Dichotomy

posted by cpiatt

The news of the Susan G. Komen Foundation pulling their funding for Planned Parenthood facilities is no breaking news. Neither is it that Karen Handel, Vice President for Public Affairs, stepped down after the firestorm of publicity and subsequent reversal […]

Previous Posts

Ten Antidotes to Christian Cliches
This is the final in a four-part series on the overused (and often insensitively employed) phrases that plague the Christian lexicon. Though I felt like I was offering some insight into what to do instead of offering these cliches, some asked for more specificity or clarity. So in that spirit, I tho

posted 9:50:18pm Jul. 13, 2012 | read full post »

Nine (Final) Christian Cliches to Avoid
Read article one in the series here: Ten Cliches Christians Should Never Use Read article two in the series here: Ten More Cliches Christians Should Avoid Read Part Four here: Ten Antidotes to Christian Cliches The response to this series of articles has been pretty overwhelming, and genera

posted 9:46:57pm Jul. 13, 2012 | read full post »

Ten More Christian Cliches to Avoid
After writing up my first list of Ten Cliches Christians Should Never Use, some folks wrote me with other suggestions. After simmering on it for a while, I came up with a second list of ten to supplement the first. And as there was some confusions from a handful of fellow Christians about the int

posted 9:43:50pm Jul. 13, 2012 | read full post »

Ten Cliches Christians Should Never Use
We Christians have a remarkable talent for sticking our feet in our mouths. When searching the words most commonly associated with "Christian," the list ain't pretty. I think part of this can be attributed to a handful of phrases that, if stricken from our vocabulary, might make us a little more tol

posted 9:41:32pm Jul. 13, 2012 | read full post »

Why Am I a Christian?
Following the series of four "Christian Cliche" articles, I received hundreds of responses from across the spectrum. One in particular, however, stood out to me. A man who does not consider himself to be a Christian asked me why it is that I identify as a Christian, particularly given my apparent di

posted 9:38:11pm Jul. 13, 2012 | read full post »

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