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

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…]

Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill: A Case for Accountability

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…]

On Asperger Syndrome and Broken Hearts

Our son, Mattias, is eight years old. Everyone thinks their kid is special, and in a lot of ways, he’s just a regular kid. He loves fart jokes, enjoys riding his scooter and is obsessed with video games. But we’ve known he was different from a very early age. Mattias started reading almost as soon [Read More…]

Re-Membering: the Heart of the Gospel

One of my favorite things about being part of a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) community is that we observe communion every time we participate in worship. I know for some the frequency poses the risk of draining the ritual of its significance. But for me, it’s my favorite moment, pretty much every time. There [Read More…]

A Love Supreme (Spoken Word)

I’ve been exploring the practice of Theo-poetics for the past few years, and here is one of my favorite pieces I’ve come up with so far. In addition to the text, I’ve included a recording of the piece I did with a free jazz duo some time back. 02 A Love Supreme I’ve recorded an [Read More…]

Advent Blog Challenge & Free Gift

As most of you know, I have my blog hosted at Patheos, a wonderful interfaith site for thinkers, writers, readers and activists to come together and wrestle with any number of faith-related topics. Recently, Deb Arca (our Progressive Christian Portal editor) and Tony Jones (a noted blogger for the same section) invited several of us [Read More…]