Hungry as Dogs: We Don’t Really Understand Charity

Following is excerpted from “postChristian: What’s left? Can we fix it? Do we care?” (Hachette/Jericho, Aug 2014) Any Christian—and arguably, any socially aware human being—would agree that having concern for our neighbor should be a core value of any society. And yet, we hardly have to look beyond the boundaries of our own doorstep to [Read More...]

Be Afraid! The New Threat to Christianity is Communism

I get a lot of weird stuff in my email inbox. I’m sure all of us do. But the one I got from my father in law today took the prize for the week, if not the summer. Mike Riddle, in his “Creation Training Initiative” e-newsletter, outlined why it is that Christians – and all [Read More...]

Reconcile: An Interview with John Paul Lederach

I’ve had the chance to speak with author and international peace activist John Paul Lederach about his book, “Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians.” The book, updated from an earlier edition with a new introduction from Bill and Lynne Hybels and contemporary stories, is a powerful guide on how to seek and realize peace among [Read More...]

Michael Brown, Iraq, Putin, Gaza: How to Reconcile the Brokenness?

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A soon-to-be college-bound Michael Brown is shot by Missouri police, reportedly while holding his hands above himself in surrender, and while unarmed. The resulting protests turn violent, leading ultimately to police setting up barricades, complete with snipers, tear gas and flash grenades. Local stores are decimated and scores are injured in the resulting tensions. Not [Read More...]

A postChristian dialogue with Romal Tune

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I sat down with my friend Romal Tune, an author, speaker and reformer for education focusing on at-risk students, to talk about my new book, postChrisitan: What’s left, can we fix it, do we care?”  (Hattchette/Jericho).  We talked about some aspects that the book addresses:  what the church has become fixated on instead of the [Read More...]

Engaging a Generation for Justice

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Often the Church does many things well: outreach in their neighborhoods, dynamic worship services, and children and youth programs to name a few. However, one of the gaping absences in church community often is a point of entry or transition for young adults. How do we serve them? How do we help them navigate the [Read More...]

Five Reasons Churches Need to “Come Out” on LGBTQ Rights

Our entire family, including my wife, Rev. Amy Piatt, and my two kids, took part in the Portland Gay Pride parade this weekend. We stood on a float in the rain and waved to thousands of people lining the streets, from the park blocks to the riverfront. It truly was a joyful day, but of [Read More...]

“Ham on Nye” Debate Doesn’t Reflect Reality

Whenever I hear about someone else making a case for New Earth Creationism in the name of Christianity, I’m embarrassed, once again, to associate myself with them. And people wonder why many of us prefer to identify as “Jesus followers” or “Spiritual but not Religious” rather than be lumped in with the Ken Hams of [Read More...]


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