“The Santa Atheist” and “Amy Had a Little Lamb” (Audio Stories)

I’ve published the videos of our kids reading their Christmas stories previously, but Amy and I did our own as well. Since we’re not nearly as fun to look at as the kids, we did ours as MP3s. Click on the links below to hear each of our sordid tales of Christmas past. The Santa [Read More...]

The Human Cost of Blogging

“I got my reasons to live. I worked hard to figure out what they are. I’m not just handing them to you. Okay? You want a reason to live, have a drink of water and get some sleep, wake up in the morning and try again like everybody else does. It’s not your life. It’s [Read More...]

Matisyahu’s Naked Face: Religious Exodus?

Matisyahu with his beard

When I shaved my head and posted photos on my Facebook page, I got about a dozen comments. Reviews were mixed, but the reality was that my follicles were giving up the fight whether or not I went along with their surrender. When Hasidic Jewish reggae star Matisyahu shaved his beard this week, it literally [Read More...]

Tim Tebow: The Mile High Messiah

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You don’t have to be from Colorado these days to hear about the so-called “Tebow Mystique.” An adoration for the new Denver Broncos quarterback that borders on hero-worship or even idolatry, the praise he is enjoying is, in itself, newsworthy. And yes, though the winning streak led by Tebow has been buttressed by a generally [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...]

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...]


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