Radical Theology: The New “White” Religion?

Slavoj Zizek

I’ve experienced some strange extremes lately. First, I attended – and spoke at – the Subverting the Norm conference in Springfield, MO, where we took some time to consider how, if at all, so-called “radical theology” could exist within today’s religious systems. Then I got home and found my latest TIME Magazine, with a cover [Read More...]

Should Christianity (as we know it) Survive?

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There’s been an interesting discussion going on about the future of Christianity in America. Though there have been arguments back and forth about who is worse off – liberal or conservative Christians – for some time, the dialogue has become more concentrated as of late, following the Episcopal Church’s decision to bless same-sex unions. This, [Read More...]

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

Worship service at a drive-in church in Florida

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...]

Confessions of a Prayer-Averse Minister

I’m sitting in the airport as I write this, halfway between home and Philadelphia, where I’m joining dozens of other author/speakers at Tony Campolo’s Red Letter Christians retreat. Frankly, I was shocked I was even invited, particularly when I browsed the list of invitees. Bruce Reyes Chow, Tony Jones, Peter Rollins, Rachel Held Evans, Gareth [Read More...]


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