An Opportunity for Grace in the Face of Hateful Protest

My wife, rev. Amy Piatt, bringing refreshments to protesters and comforting upset congregants.

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

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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...]

Title My Next Book: Win $100 in Books!

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I’m writing a new book and need your help. It’s a funny illustrated book with an edge, addressing two fundamental human realities: We all fall short of being perfect, or even who we wish we were or could be, and; We all share a basic losing to become better people. I do write this from [Read More...]

Wm Paul Young, Del Phoena & Group Mad Libs (CultureCast LIVE, pt 1 of 2)


With live shows all along the east coast this summer, it was nice to head back to the left coast to wrap up our live summer series. And hey, while we’re at it, why not have on one of the bestselling authors of all time, Wm. Paul Young (THE SHACK) as our featured guest? Paul [Read More...]

Going Nuclear: The Iran Debate (CultureCast Special)

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Usually we’re content to talk pop culture, a little news and some theology sprinkled with anatomical humor and the like, but this one goes out to all the geeks in the podcast tribe who like digging down into sticky topics and really think them out. This special episode is entirely dedicated to a debate facilitated [Read More...]

Does a Doctrine of Hell Justify Killing Children?


I’ve written a great deal about hell. I even debated a theology professor from Western Seminary about the existence of hell and whether we can reconcile such a concept with a loving and merciful God. Our understanding of God’s involvement in the world, as well as God’s so-called “plan” for us after we die, raises [Read More...]

Five Reasons We Still Need Intentional Community (Regardless of Your Faith)


To be honest, I don’t care if you go to church or not. From my experience, going to church doesn’t necessarily make people kinder, more generous or even more Christ-like. It’s like the old saying goes: going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than sitting in a garage makes you a car. [Read More...]

Sophia Rising: A Revolution of Strong Women is Coming


We’re witnessing what I see as the beginning of a feminine revolution in the United States. And it could change everything. There are some more obvious indicators of strength, like the fact that one of the strongest contenders in the 2016 presidential┬árace is Hillary Clinton. But there’s much more going on than that if we [Read More...]