Pew Religion Quiz, Game of Thrones, Road Rage & the Beatles (Commando CultureCast)

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We didn’t have a guest this week, so we decided to take a Pew poll on religion. We got all of the questions right! And by “we”, I mean “me”, because Amy and Christian got one wrong. The poll itself shouldn’t be too difficult for listeners, but the statistics afterward about how various faith groups [Read More...]

When Radical Welcome Gets Messy

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It’s easier to guide the vision and mission of a church you start. It’s another thing to help a 135-year-old congregation re-imagine what it means to be a downtown urban church in a world that has changed dramatically all around it. At Milagro, the church we founded in our living room some nine years ago, [Read More...]

Rev. Amy Piatt on Sexuality, Beer and Ministry (Homebrewed CultureCast)

Although Jordan Green and Christian Piatt have had lots of authors on the show so far, they haven’t had many ordained ministers doing actual work in a church.They’ve also been called to the carpet for having too many dudes on the air. And then it occurred to them: Christian’s wife, Amy Piatt, was right there [Read More...]

A Walk Through the Redwoods

My wife, the tree hugger.

One of the holiest moments on our weeks-long journey from Colorado to Portland was when we stopped off in the Redwood National Forest. It’s really hard to explain what is so sacred about that space if you haven’t been there; I can only hope that the photos communicate at least a little bit of the [Read More...]

Clowns, Bad Haircuts and Dreams of Disaster (Day Three)


“I had a weird dream last night,” Amy said, “that our house in Pueblo was burning down. I called the fire department and instead of firefighters, they sent a whole bunch of clowns on unicycles. “I told them they needed to put out the fire, but they just kept riding around in circles on their [Read More...]

Our Free “Blue Like Jazz” E-Book Guide

Cover for our new Blue Like Jazz movie guide

Amy and were asked to write a short study guide to accompany the upcoming Blue Like Jazz movie. The e-book will be distributed to anyone who wants a copy for free. We’re excited and honored to be a part of this, and it’s my hope that the e-book will help individuals and small groups who [Read More...]

The Piatts are Headed for Portland


It’s nice to be able to talk publicly about this after several months. My wife, Amy, has been called to serve as the new senior minister of First Christian Church in Portland, Oregon. I’ll be on staff part-time as well, heading up growth and development. My title is still a work in progress, but basically, [Read More...]

John Piper Hates on Gays via Twitter

It’s bad enough when Christians sit silently by while LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) folks are marginalized, ridiculed, abused, raped or even killed for who they are. It’s another when Christians actively engage in the exclusion of people based on their identity or orientation. And then there’s John Piper. It seems Piper has [Read More...]