BANNED in Brentwood, MO

The good folks of Brentwood Christian Church (DOC) and National Avenue Christian Church (DOC) in Springfield, MO brought me out in summer 2011 to share a little bit about my own faith story, how the BANNED QUESTIONS book series came about and how I see the books fitting into the current conversations about faith, the [Read More...]

Meeting Hitler in Heaven

I get asked all kinds of questions when I go to speak to groups about faith. One of the most common has to do with my understanding of Hell. So I tell them a story about a monkey. The story goes that if you put something inside a jar that a monkey wants, they’ll reach [Read More...]

An anti-emergent manifesto & my response

In my previous blog post, I laid out Kevin DeYoung’s (co-author of Why We’re Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be)) criteria for being an emergent Christian.I’m not sure why exactly he compiled this list, other than to help promote his anti-emergent book. But I found the whole list very entertaining. And a lot [Read More...]

Interview with Christian Piatt – Crazy Liberals…and Conservatives

    Here’s an interview I did recently with Zachary Bailes of the website, “Crazy Liberals…and Conservatives.” We talked about the State of the Christian Left and much that faces organized religion in a challenging century ahead. Listen as I interview Christian Piatt author of Banned Questions About the Bible and forthcoming book Banned Questions About Jesus.We discuss the power [Read More...]

Two Friars, a Fool, a Book and a Beer

Many thanks to Two Friars and a Fool for sharing their own thoughts on BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE. These guys are an unruly band of theologians who enjoy pub-style discourse over all things faith-related. When they asked me to share something about the new book for their forum, I was naturally happy to oblige. [Read More...]

Can Christians Ever Cheer for Death?

Can people of faith cheer for death? Smells Like Sprit By Christian Piatt (Originally published in PULP) Ding, dong, the wicked witch is dead. Or something like that. News spread like a Pueblo West brushfire that Osama Bin Laden, America’s longtime Public Enemy Number One, had been killed in a firefight with Delta Force and [Read More...]

Book offers answers to “Banned” Biblical Questions

By LORETTA SWORD | lroettas@chieftain.com Local author and musical pastor Christian Piatt’s latest book delivers answers to questions many Christians likely have pondered but never asked anyone aloud. “Banned Questions about the Bible” shares responses from more than a dozen contributors — a recovering consumer, a religious satirist and a seminary president among them — [Read More...]

Which is it? Eye for an Eye or Turn the Other Cheek? (BANNED QUESTIONS)

How do we reconcile the Old Testament command for vengeance (eye for an eye) with Jesus’ command to turn the other cheek and love our enemies? (Order BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE, now available at Chalice Press and other booksellers.) Becky Garrison: Our hatred of the “other” is nothing new. At the time of Jesus’ [Read More...]


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