When Radical Welcome Gets Messy

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It’s easier to guide the vision and mission of a church you start. It’s another thing to help a 135-year-old congregation re-imagine what it means to be a downtown urban church in a world that has changed dramatically all around it. At Milagro, the church we founded in our living room some nine years ago, [Read More...]

Pastor Terry Jones is No Match for the Beatles’ LOVE

Many will remember pastor Terry Jones as the champion of the “Burn a Quran Day” event, intended to fan anti-Islamic rhetoric on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Though many shouted him down and criticized his motives, he continues to have somewhat of a national platform for his agenda. In this video produced by the [Read More...]

What Does Communion Mean Without Atonement?

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I am part of a small denomination called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and I always have to explain that, yes, the parentheses are actually part of the denominational name. Long story. Just trust me on this. Our denomination is known for being very non-credal, which basically means we don’t tell churches what to [Read More...]

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...]

What is Church 2.0? (Video)

Here is a condensed version of a workshop I offer on the concept of “Church 2.0.” I talk in it about the popularity of things like the “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus” video and Mark Driscoll’s Acts 29 Network of churches. But while we can learn something from what these kinds of voices [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...]


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