Leaving A-Holiness Behind

The following is from Christian Piatt’s new book, “Leaving A-Holiness Behind: From Pious Jerk to Not-SoPious Jerk,” available in print and ebook formats everywhere.  When I was seventeen years old, I had a Bible thrown at my head and I was invited not to return to my church youth group. Suffice it to say I took [Read More…]

Take the Christian A-Holiness Test

Did you know that when you survey people – both Christians and non-Christians, theists and atheists – that their associations with the words “God” and “Jesus” tend to be overwhelmingly positive? Good news, right? But when the same people are asked how they feel about the word “Christian,” the results aren’t good. Like, really not [Read More…]

Why So Many Christians Skip Holy Week

I drove by a church last week, a few days before Palm Sunday, and read their sign: CHRIST HAS RISEN! Um, no. No he hasn’t. In the Christian calendar he hasn’t even died yet. But this is an all-too-common phenomenon in Christian Churches. Why? It’s especially surprising that so many conservative evangelicals avoid it, particularly [Read More…]

Apple vs FBI, Trans Sisters and President Romney

It’s the age-old “security-versus-freedom” debate that we’ve had i the U.S. since Jefferson, but everything changes when we introduce technology. Is it fair for the government to apply a 225-plus-year-old law to information on an iPhone? Do search warrants apply not only to getting access to the phone, but requiring the manufacturer break into it? Is Apple [Read More…]

Nerds, Bullies and Why Trump is Winning

If you’re like me, you were baffled at first by Donald Trump’s success in his presidential bid, but I think it get it now: he’s a bully in a room full of nerds. I don’t think anyone would argue that Trump isn’t a bully; the question is why it’s working in the political sphere. In [Read More…]

No More “Far Away” and Belly Button Death

This is a different Homebrewed CultureCast show this week. First of all, apologies for the delay in release, as Amy and I (Christian) had to make an emergency trip to be with Papa Russ while he died. You’ll hear more about it in the show, actually. It’s a somewhat shorter and differently structured episode this [Read More…]

An Opportunity for Grace in the Face of Hateful Protest

There’s little in this world that gets me going more aggressively and quickly in life than someone yelling at or denigrating my wife. Yesterday, a pair of fire-breathing evangelists did both. Fortunately, my wife isn’t me. I was down the street preparing for a lecture I was doing this week. Rather than taking their emotional [Read More…]

Why Hell Isn’t Scary and Failure’s a Blessing

In preparation for Eric Elnes’ visit to Portland to appear live on the Homebrewed CultureCast October 1st, I got some insight into what he calls his “best book yet,” “Gifts of the Dark Wood.” In it he offers a spiritual guidebook to navigating faith and seeking God in a postmodern world. As always, Eric offers [Read More…]


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