Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?


(Join Christian in his year-long quest to better understand what we mean when we claim to follow Jesus at Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of bloody, violent sacrifice? If so, [Read More...]

Day Two of My Jesus Project: Are We Done Yet?

My new and Growing Jesus Shrine. Got something to add? Let me know.

First, the good news: After four months of preparation, I have officially started my year-long quest to more seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus, AKA “My Jesus Project.” And now the bad news: After today, I still have 363 days left of this. Turns out, Jesus stuff is hard. It’s not even that I’ve [Read More...]

Five Reasons Churches Need to “Come Out” on LGBTQ Rights

Our entire family, including my wife, Rev. Amy Piatt, and my two kids, took part in the Portland Gay Pride parade this weekend. We stood on a float in the rain and waved to thousands of people lining the streets, from the park blocks to the riverfront. It truly was a joyful day, but of [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “In-Your-End-O” Edition

There's a shot for that.

Sometimes words fail. Especially on church signs! [Read more...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Tax Free” Edition

We say "tax free" but it's really more of a flat tax kind of thing. You know, like, give us one tenth of everything you make and you don't have to pay taxes on it. What a deal!

I actually kinda like tax day. It’s the one time of year when choosing writing as a career actually sort of pays off. Being broke rules!!! [Read more...]

Does Postmodern Theology Risk Becoming What It “Hates?”


I’ve been getting ready to head out to speak at the Subverting the Norm conference this past week or so, and in preparing, I’ve been talking though my presentations with my wife, Amy. Basically, the conference is a dive into the roiling waters of postmodern theological thought, with the aim of addressing the question of [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Big Bone” Edition

They have to change the sign in the winter. yaknow, on account of shrinkage and all.

This week, we’re celebrating the time-honored tradition of accidental (we hope) innuendo. Kinda like the time in high school when I said “boobs” instead of “hypotenuse” during trig class. So embarrassing. VIDEO Church Sign Epic Fails “Papal Happy Hour” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Show Me the Money” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Apocalypse Now” [Read More...]

My Son, The Holy Heretic


I’m taking an early Spring Break this week and will be running a guest blogger series featuring some of my favorite writers. Today meet retired business woman, writer and my mom, Linda Brendle.                     Christian sometimes says he’s the product of an atheist and a Southern [Read More...]