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

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“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...]

Further Thoughts on Mars Hill and the “Angry Queers”

There’s been some interesting discussion following my recent post about the vandalism of a Mars Hill satellite church by a group calling themselves the Angry Queers. Most of it has been on the Sojourners site, where the article was reposted. It’s a complicated enough issue that I thought I might continue my thoughts, particularly in [Read More...]

Drive-Thru Prayers to Drive-In Church: Is Religion Lost?

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Author and theologian Diana Butler Bass shared a video recently about where she saw for the future of the church. She shared an interesting story about a priest who went out onto a busy street corner on Ask Wednesday in full vestments to offer ashes and a quick prayer to passersby. Several people stopped with [Read More...]

My Interview on the Third Great Awakening (Pittsburgh Morning Sun)

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I’m speaking at an area assembly in Pittsburgh, Kansas, next week and the local paper called for a piece they were writing about it. Nice to get these ideas out there, and good to find attentive advocates in the media. PATRICK’S PEOPLE: Christian Piatt hopes for spiritual awakening By NIKKI PATRICK The Morning Sun Posted [Read More...]

Christopher Hitchens, Diana Butler Bass and the Third Great Awakening

Everyone who calls me to speak somewhere, it seems, wants me to address the issue of declining church membership, and particularly how to connect with younger adults. The problem is that sometimes the invitation is built on a false premise. It’s the hope of many churches that if they can find a way to connect [Read More...]

Who Would Jesus Glitter Bomb?

For starters, I’ll apologize for not including my usual images and links. I poured an entire glass of red wine on my laptop last night, and so I am blogging from my iPad. Yes, I know, a true yuppie problem. So you’ll get text-only today AND LIKE IT!!! Now that I got that out of [Read More...]

Something in the Blood

Usually when I hear people talk about finding the good in the midst of a difficult situation, my cynical radar goes up. I picture the scene in Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” where Brian and the two thieves are being crucified while whistling and singing “Always look on the bright side of life.” Yeah, right. [Read More...]

Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill: A Case for Accountability

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I wrote a piece recently about Mark Driscoll, his Mars Hill Church in Seattle, and their practice of disciplining members. A number of bloggers have responded with our concerns about how the situation was handled, and recently Mars Hill issued a brief response to criticism of their handling of the matter (thanks to Ian Ebright [Read More...]


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