Soundgarden, John Mayer, Bowling Alleys and Advent

My eight-year-old son, Mattias, just recently had his eighth birthday, complete with a magician, bunnies, doves, party favors, sugar, balloons, cards, effusive attention and – of course – gifts. Some of his presents from relatives arrived by mail several days early, some even a week or more before he could open them, which is a [Read More...]

Finding Good in College Sports Sex Scandals

First Penn State coaches are embroiled in sexual abuse scandal, and now Syracuse. I’ll spare everyone the details, since if you don’t already know them by now, you’ve probably avoided through an act of personal will. Suffice it to say it’s ugly. Horrific. The effects of such abuses will affect the lives of victims forever. [Read More...]

Preacher or False Prophet?

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My first job in a church was as a music minister. I loved the senior pastor I served with, as did the congregation we faced every Sunday morning. He taught me a lot about worship, preaching and how to connect with people. One time we were at lunch, reflecting on the previous week’s service, when [Read More...]

Jesus’ Moment of Atheism

I’ve been working my way through Peter Rollins’ new book, Insurrection, when I came across a section that intersected with a question raised in my latest “Banned Questions” book, Banned Questions About Jesus. The question posed in the book is as follows: Why did Jesus cry out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken [Read More...]

Have a Little Faith: The Movie

I’ll admit I’m a little biased since my brother-in-law, Patrick Don Vito, edited this movie, but I think it merits spreading the word. It’s based on Mitch Albom’s book of the same name. Personally, I appreciate Mitch Albom’s rather open-ended approach to faith. So yes, the Piatts will gather around the TV next Sunday night [Read More...]

The Daily Show Does “Occupy Wall Street”

Say what you like about Occupy Wall Street; this is funny stuff. Just goes to show that, whenever humans are involved, there is the opportunity for both tragic error and big laughs. The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook [Read more...]

We, the Pharisees

I was asked to read and reflect on a portion of Matt Woodley’s new mediation book, “The Gospel of Matthew: God With Us” by InterVarsity Press. I’m always wary of such requests, partly because of my more heterodox approach to scripture. But this latest addition to IVP’s Resonate Series left me with some meat to [Read More...]

PETA Porn: Humans are Animals Too

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Most people I encounter on a daily basis recognize People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as pretty “out there” at least in their methods, if not their message. I respect the group’s passion for animal rights, though I don’t agree with all of their arguments, and like many advocacy groups, I think their [Read More...]

Three Cups of Lies: How Much Do Facts Matter?

Greg Mortenson’s bestselling book, “Three Cups of Tea,” made tremendous waves when it hit bookshelves. The heartening stories of reaching across cultural and national lines to give hope to Pakistani children in the form of new schools was the stuff of Hollywood screenplays. Mortenson became a celebrity. Unfortunately, recent light has been shed on some [Read More...]

A Talk with “BLUE LIKE JAZZ” Film Director Steve Taylor

While I was at Soularize in San Diego, Amy and I had the chance to sit down with the guys from the Homebrewed Christianity podcast, as well as Phil Shepherd (AKA The Whiskey Preacher) and Burnside Writers Collective’s Jordan Green to chat with Steve Taylor, renowned musician and director of the film version of Donald [Read More...]


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