Is Immortality Talk Just “Fear of the Dark?”

Renowned scientist and author of such books as “A Brief History of Time” Stephen Hawking suggested recently that it is conceivable in the future that we may be able to upload the contents of the human brain onto a computer so that the information may, in a sense, become immortalized. He readily conceded, however, that [Read More…]

Rich People Suck (Heretic’s Guide Reflection for 9/29/13)

This is part of the weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible study series. To read more, or to take part in the study, CLICK HERE, or click on the Heretic’s Guide banners above or below.  Rich people are jerks. They’re greedy, selfish, and don’t care about anyone else. That computer software guy may be the [Read More…]

postChristian: What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care?

Excited to share the cover of my upcoming book with Jericho Books, called postChristian: What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care?. The book comes out in hardback August 2014, and following is the working blurb from the Jericho site: Christian Piatt had a Bible (literally) thrown at him when he was kicked out [Read More…]

10 Myths About the Food Stamp Program (Which Congress is Trying to Gut)

About a year ago, I wrote about my family participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Challenge, which encourages families to try to live on the equivalent of SNAP assistance (food stamps) for one week. It was a growing experience for all of us, and we actually fell short of our intended goal. It turns out that [Read More…]

25 More Christian Blogs You Should Be Reading (Editor’s Picks, 2013)

I’ve agonized quite a bit while assembling this list. As is the case with anything like this, some great resources and people will be left out. Still, as I reflect on the 25 voices I’ve collected here, I’d argue it’s one amazing roster of practitioners, thinkers, writers and artists. In order to help winnow this [Read More…]

25 Christian Blogs You Should Be Reading (Readers’ Choice, 2013)

(Check out my Editor’s Picks for 25 Christian Blogs You Should Read HERE) After more than 33,000 hits, 400 nominations and thousands of votes, we have the Reader’s Choice list of 25 Christian Blogs You Should Be reading. I was particularly pleased to see so many women represented in the list this year. Could be [Read More…]

Is Church Still a Curator of Culture?

There was a time when the church was considered to be the central curator of the community’s cultural identity. The architecture, stained glass, music, and other artifacts represented the values of the culture, both spiritual and aesthetic. But a couple of things happened. First, our communities began to disperse, to mobilize and spread out. The [Read More…]

No Girls Allowed

Following is a reflection that is part of a larger Heretic’s Guide to the Bible something weekly lectionary study. CLICK HERE,  or on the banners at the top or bottom of this post,  to learn more or to become a subscriber.    Summer is a relatively slow time in church life, and as such, it is [Read More…]