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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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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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Why Am I a Christian?

posted by cpiatt

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 difference on a number of key issues of the faith. Good question.

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Five “Christian Parenting” Ideas to Let Go of

posted by cpiatt

There are lots of examples of how not to parent in the Bible. What can we learn about being good parents from scripture?

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Which Matters More: Faith IN Jesus or the Faith OF Jesus?

posted by cpiatt

Following is taken from Banned Questions About Jesus. Galatians 3:22: Is it the faith of Jesus or faith in Jesus that’s the key? Amy Reeder Worley: It is both the faith of and in Jesus that lead to salvation, which […]

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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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Church Sign Epic Fails, Part Four

posted by cpiatt

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

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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…

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

Still Wondering if Santorum is a Theocrat?

posted by cpiatt

Sometimes political candidates get wrongly labeled as a theocrat (one whose policy decisions are directly influenced by divine guidance) simply because they’re conservative. So when I heard the “T” word being batted around with regard to Rick Santorum, I hedged. […]

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. […]

Dealing With Inconsistencies in Scripture

posted by cpiatt

The four Gospels in the Bible are central to the Christian faith. But they don’t always agree on the facts. So which is right? Which is most important? And does it even matter if certain stories are told differently from […]

More Sh*t Emergent Christians Say

posted by cpiatt

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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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