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

posted by cpiatt

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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Blue Like Jazz: I Was Donald Miller

posted by cpiatt

I was Donald Miller.
 Once upon a time, a lot of us were. Some of us still are. I, too, grew up in the church. Then it hurt me. So I walked away — injured, disillusioned, and pissed off. I, […]

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Dear Ann Coulter: Stop Making Sense

posted by cpiatt

I’m telling you, these ultra-conservative spokespeople are gonna ruin my reputation if they keep putting stuff out there I agree with. First, Pat Robertson and I see eye-to-eye on the decriminalization of marijuana. Then doomsday prophet Harold Camping concedes that […]

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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

posted by cpiatt

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 […]

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Slavery, Tokenism and the Atheist PR Debacle

posted by cpiatt

Atheist activism is hardly news these days. Folks are feeling increasingly convicted about taking their disbelief public, and more specifically, pointing out the damage done my religion in the past. But it seems the most recent publicity campaign by a […]

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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, […]

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Things I Hate (But Shouldn’t)

posted by cpiatt

I know, Christians, love everyone and everything, right? Mister Bluebird on my shoulder and all that crap. Well, that ain’t me. Not that I don’t try, but I also don’t try to fake it when I’m not feeling the love. […]

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Church Sign Epic Fails Part Three

posted by cpiatt

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

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Four More (BIG) Reasons Why Young Adults Quit Church

posted by cpiatt

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, […]

Forget Jesus Tortillas; Meet Jesus Toast!

posted by cpiatt

I wrote a piece a little while back about a guy in Espanola, New Mexico, who found the image of Jesus in his tortilla. While that was interesting, this is AWESOME. My literary agent, Terrie Wolf, and I were chatting […]

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 […]

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 […]

Man Finds Jesus in His Tortilla

posted by cpiatt

Here I am, urging people to deconstruct their preconceptions about God, and this guy finds Jesus in a tortilla. Russ, my father-in-law, lives outside of Espanola, New Mexico. He can tell you from years of living there that the area […]

Anger, Fear and the GOP Implosion

posted by cpiatt

It seems lately that the Republican party is painting itself into an angry corner that it can’t find its way out of. Rush Limbaugh’s recent loose-lipped “slut” comment is a clarion call to his significant conservative base to forge ahead […]

PregMANcy: The Pee Stick

posted by cpiatt

Four weeks from now, on April 1st, Chalice Press will release my first memoir, titled PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date. I wrote it back when Amy was pregnant with our second child, Zoe. As you […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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