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Ten Antidotes to Christian Cliches

posted by cpiatt

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

posted by cpiatt

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

posted by cpiatt

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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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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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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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, […]

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The Piatts are Headed for Portland

posted by cpiatt

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, […]

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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. […]

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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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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 […]

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 […]

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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