Where Does Faith Fit in Uncertain Times?

balloon dog

This is another piece in the series I write for First Christian Church, Portland. I respond to questions about faith and theology in (hopefully) simple, straightforward terms. If you have a question you’d like me to take on, email me and I’ll do my best. Where does your faith fit in times of chaos and [Read More...]

The Trouble with Being Salt and Light

salt light

There was a time when calling someone “salt of the earth” was a compliment. It suggested a strong work ethic, moral integrity, and someone whose priorities were in proper order. Today, it seems like more of an insult than anything else. When surveyed about what they wanted to be when they grow up, the most common [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic WINS, “Gosford Anglican” Edition

radical inclusivity

This church consistently hits them out of the park. Good for them. [Read more...]

V-Day Bourbon Corner (CultureCast Mini-sode)

sinatra bourbon

What goes better with Valentine’s Day than a nice glass of bourbon? Forget the chocolates and frilly cards; join us for a glass of your favorite whiskey and catch up bourbon value buys, bourbon tasting and a bit of bourbon culture and history. Christian Piatt and Patrick Don Vito break it down this week over [Read More...]

Why I Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day

valentine meme

I’ve done the Valentine’s Day thing in the past. And with two school-age kids, I still make the annual pilgrimage to the card and candy aisles in the grocery store to buy sufficiently benign greetings for them to hand out to every kid in their class, whether they like them or not. But my wife, [Read More...]

Acts 29, Driscoll and New Faces on the Same Old Faith

Illustration by Scott Murry

I was interviewed recently by Barry Thompson, a writer for an alt-weekly in Boston called Dig. He was doing a sort of investigative profile on these churches in the Boston area that are very independent and “hipster” in feel (beer and coffee, pop culture references galore, current music, dressed down, groovy beards), but are actually [Read More...]

When do you know something is a calling from God?

god calling

(Following is from a column called “Christian’s Queries” that I’m doing for our church newsletter at Portland First Christian Church. My focus is to try and take on questions that many people, but especially young adults, wrestle with. Got a question you want to see me take on? Email me at “christian at fccpdx dot [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Clothes Fall Off” Edition

Interestingly, it happens in increments. She just smelled it and, POOF, no socks!

Knock knock. Who’s there? Tequila. Tequila who? Tequila is awesome! Until it’s not anymore. [Read more...]


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