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Ten Antidotes to Christian Cliches

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I thought I’d offer a final list of things to do rather than pop off with these phrases that may mean little or nothing to the recipient, or worse, may cause unintended – but lasting – harm.

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Nine (Final) Christian Cliches to Avoid

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I have compiled a third (and most likely, final) list of Cliches to avoid because, frankly, there were still so many worth noting that have yet to be addressed.

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Ten More Christian Cliches to Avoid

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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. […]

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Ten Cliches Christians Should Never Use

posted by cpiatt

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.

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Clowns, Bad Haircuts and Dreams of Disaster (Day Three)

posted by cpiatt

“I had a weird dream last night,” Amy said, “that our house in Pueblo was burning down. I called the fire department and instead of firefighters, they sent a whole bunch of clowns on unicycles. “I told them they needed […]

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Hearts in the Trash (Day Two)

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It turns out that packing all the belongings you need for at least three months into the back of a Prius is a challenge. Of course, being a guy it’s the kind of challenge that makes life worth living. Anyone […]

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Lost and Found Life (Day One)

posted by cpiatt

I’m pretty sure if Dante’s Inferno portrays a for-real place, one of the circles has people packing and unpacking for all eternity. There have been lots of roller-coaster moments in the last few days. Sunday, we said goodbye to the […]

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‘Blue Like Jazz’ Director Steve Taylor: The Christian Movie Establishment…is Out to Get Us

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It’s no surprise that some Christians and the organizations they represent are less than enthused about the forthcoming Blue Like Jazz movie. But Steve Taylor, the film’s director, claimed today on Donald Miller’s Blog that certain prominent Christian filmmakers “issued […]

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Church Sign Epic Fails, Part Four

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What good is life if we can’t laugh at ourselves a little? Church Sign Epic Fails, Part Three More Church Sign Epic Fails Church Sign Epic Fails

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Sex, Babies and Politics: My Talk with Carol Howard Merritt

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Author, speaker, pastor and God Complex Radio show host Carol Howard Merritt invited me on her show to talk about my new memoir coming out April 1 called PregMANcy: A Dad, A Little Dude and A Due Date. It’s a […]

Top Five Stories of the Month

posted by cpiatt

Each month, I like to look back over the past thirty days or so to see what people are most interested in on the blog. Though I wish I could say I understand the trends, I’m still surprised by something, […]

Church Sign Epic Fails Part Three

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Can’t get enough of the bad church signs. There are just so many of them…

Four More (BIG) Reasons Why Young Adults Quit Church

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There has been a surprisingly positive response to the article I published yesterday called “Seven Reasons Why Young Adults Quit Church.” And as I noted, it was hardly a comprehensive list. There were several others I thought were worth noting […]

Seven Reasons Why Young Adults Quit Church

posted by cpiatt

From time to time I revisit the question: why are young adults walking away from religion? Although the answer(s) vary from person to person, there are some general trends that I think apply in most cases. In the list below, […]

Gaining Respect for End-Times Prophet Harold Camping

posted by cpiatt

I’m a little bit worried that the solar flair storms either are affecting my personal judgment or the rest of the world. Given the logic of Occam’s Razor, I suppose I’m screwed. First this week, I wrote a piece about […]

Worship, Evangelism and Earning the Right to Invite

posted by cpiatt

Those of us who are involved in church are well-trained to invite people to worship. We find ways to bring up in conversation how great our music is, how compelling the sermons are and how children are involved in our […]

On Gay Marriage, Marijuana and Pat Robertson

posted by cpiatt

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. A million monkeys typing for a million years would eventually produce Shakespeare. And once in a blue moon, Televangelist and 700 Club head Pat Robertson and I agree on […]

Is God Dead?

posted by cpiatt

There was a movement back in the 1960s that many of us have only read about, but some vividly remember. Philosophers and theologians explored what was labeled the “Death of God” movement. Interest in the subject has re-emerged particularly as […]

My Interview on the Third Great Awakening

posted by cpiatt

I’m speaking at an area assembly in Pittsburgh, Kansas, next week and the local paper called for a piece they were writing about it. Nice to get these ideas out there, and good to find attentive advocates in the media. […]

The Piatts are Headed for Portland

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It’s nice to be able to talk publicly about this after several months. My wife, Amy, has been called to serve as the new senior minister of First Christian Church in Portland, Oregon. I’ll be on staff part-time as well, […]

Christopher Hitchens, Diana Butler Bass and the Third Great Awakening

posted by cpiatt

Everyone who calls me to speak somewhere, it seems, wants me to address the issue of declining church membership, and particularly how to connect with younger adults. The problem is that sometimes the invitation is built on a false premise. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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