Jonathan Merritt, Bagel Thins, and Social Media No-Nos

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Well, the crew is back together in sunny Oregon after various trips to the east coast. They pick up right where they left off. Christian complains about Bagel Thins (“They’re really just less convenient bread…) and the ridiculous economics of eggs. Andy shares the ethics of his becoming a vegetarian.  Amy brags about her and [Read More...]

Calling on My Fellow Christians To Move Past Cyber Bullying

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Let’s face it, people can be jerks online.  As a blogger, I get some profane, even violent, comments on my blog posts. Why do some feel the need to act this way, especially when we would never act this way face-to-face? Certainly the internet allows us a certain level of abstraction and anonymity.  We create [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Race Car to Hell” Edition

Not only does this car judge you; it judges you while also looking really, really fast. Nice double use of the flames, guys!

Celebrating all things bumper sticker today, because nothing says “I’m following the path of Jesus” like an obnoxious sticker on your environmentally hostile car!   [Read more...]

The Holy Common Ground of Wild Goose

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We’re headed home from Wild Goose Festival, a gathering of artists, activists, musicians, and theologians, in Hot Springs, N.C. It was hot, rainy, and messy. My suitcase smells like my fifth grade gym locker. I can’t wait to go back next year. The speakers are remarkable; many of them are walking the talk they’re offering, [Read More...]

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

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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...]

Two Friars and a Fool – Speculative Fiction: A Conversation with Christian Piatt

Recently I was the guest fool on Two Friars and a Fool, a (usually video) blog devoted to creating a deliberate environment of congenial, impassioned debates about all matters theological, or tangentially theological, or even adjacent to theology when viewed from a certain angle and with the benefit of an irresponsible blood-alcohol level.  Hosts Nick Larson [Read More...]

Women’s Rights, Immigration, Slavery, Martyrdom: Pentecost and Liberation

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I’ve always loved Pentecost. I’m not entirely sure why, but the Pentecost story in the Book of Acts always resonated with me. There are these followers of Jesus, now alone and without his guidance. They’re being persecuted, and they’re more than a little discouraged about what to do. Then this violent wind-like spirit blows in, [Read More...]

Breckenridge Bourbon (Angel’s Share Podcast#7)

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In today’s show, Patrick and Christian take a virtual trip to Colorado by tasting Breckenridge Bourbon and discuss Christian’s 1st home-brew, a Pale Ale called “Hop On Pop.”   Also learn the meaning behind Angel’s Share (if you don’t already know!), which American maker ships their whiskey to age near the sea and how to nose [Read More...]


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