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June 15, 2012
“Study Drugs” Point to Greater Social Failure
Everyone has pulled all-nighters in school. It's sort of a rite of passage, really. For...
June 07, 2012
Indentured Servitude: Why Student Loans Won’t Go Away
There have been lots of news stories lately about student loan forgiveness and the like,...
June 06, 2012
Missional Church: A Paper Revolution
It started with a few pieces of construction paper. If you've been following my blog...
May 30, 2012
Anti-Gay Worship, Pastor Worley and the Limits of Religious Free Speech
Words have gravity, and in certain contexts, the words we choose and employ have more...
May 20, 2012
PregMANcy, the Interview (Patheos Book Club Q & A)
I spent a few minutes in the hot seat with Patheos editor Deb Arca who...
May 14, 2012
Hispters, Hippies and a Moroccan Mothers’ Day (Day Thirteen)
I'm actually kind of surprised and a little bit proud of myself that I didn't...
May 09, 2012
To the Edge of the Earth (Day Eight)
We just passed through Death Valley (insert 23rd Psalm joke here) and we're about 100...
May 07, 2012
The Boy With a Broken Heart is Born (Day Six)
I wrote a story a while back about a family in our church back in...
May 06, 2012
A Hundred Hidden Kisses (Day Five)
We headed west toward Las Vegas this morning; chasing daylight toward the coast, leaving the...
May 05, 2012
Life on the Farm: A Photo Essay (Day Four)
Amy's mom, Suzie, and stepfather, Russ, live on a 12-acre apple orchard nestled against the...
May 03, 2012
Hearts in the Trash (Day Two)
It turns out that packing all the belongings you need for at least three months...
April 24, 2012
The Piatts on the Road
Next Wednesday, May 2nd, Amy, the kids and I will leave behind us the city,...
April 18, 2012
Death by Faith Healing: a Church/State Separation Dilemma
The sovereignty of religion in the United States is a thorny issue when it comes...
April 14, 2012
The Vasectomy: A Conversation with My “Boys”
Got some good news last night; the first printing of PregMANcy is finally in the...
April 11, 2012
Childless Woman: “I Wanted That Suffering.”
I was pretty sure my parents were insane when I was a kid. It never...
April 10, 2012
My Son’s Special New Talent (Video)
In honor of my new memoir, PregMANcy, coming out, my son (the subject of much...
April 07, 2012
Childbirth, C-Sections and the Violence of Creation
Given the themes during Holy Week of death, suffering violence and, ultimately, resurrection, I thought...
April 03, 2012
Letter From a “Demon Possessed” Woman
It's interesting how certain patterns emerge in our lives sometimes. Part of it, I expect,...
March 31, 2012
PregMANcy: The Video
This is a funny little trailer my son, Mattias, and I put together to tell...
March 27, 2012
Guns Don’t Kill People; Hoodies Kill People
It's not that often that anyone accuses Geraldo Rivera of being a reporter. More often...
March 19, 2012
Stuffed Cows and the Self-Imposed Cost of Free Grace
Each of us is our own worst enemy at one time or another. My eight-year-old...
March 17, 2012
Sex, Babies, Music, Gas and Politics: My Chat with Carol Howard Merritt
Author, speaker, pastor and God Complex Radio show host Carol Howard Merritt invited me on...
March 02, 2012
The Pee Stick (PregMANcy)
Four weeks from now, on April 1st, Chalice Press will release my first memoir, titled...
February 28, 2012
The Heart of All Anxiety: Fear of Loss
I got emails from my mom and uncle about Nana, my last living grandparent. The...
February 27, 2012
If It’s Armageddon, Do I Have To Do My Homework?
My son, Mattias, was in a religious school in town for a while for preschool....
February 23, 2012
Mules, Sex and Rick Santorum
As a blogger, I could not ask for a more interesting presidential candidate than Rick...
February 22, 2012
My Boy’s Legacy of Obsessive Behavior
I write about Mattias a lot. There's plenty of material there. It's become particularly interesting...
February 15, 2012
Hottest Topics of the Past Month
I decided it was kind of fun to go back and see what folks are...
February 14, 2012
Something in the Blood
Usually when I hear people talk about finding the good in the midst of a...
February 11, 2012
The Birth Control Web Gets Stickier
Barack Obama made a public effort this week to reach a compromise with religious employers...
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