Have a Little Faith: The Movie

I’ll admit I’m a little biased since my brother-in-law, Patrick Don Vito, edited this movie, but I think it merits spreading the word. It’s based on Mitch Albom’s book of the same name. Personally, I appreciate Mitch Albom’s rather open-ended approach to faith. So yes, the Piatts will gather around the TV next Sunday night [Read More...]

We, the Pharisees

I was asked to read and reflect on a portion of Matt Woodley’s new mediation book, “The Gospel of Matthew: God With Us” by InterVarsity Press. I’m always wary of such requests, partly because of my more heterodox approach to scripture. But this latest addition to IVP’s Resonate Series left me with some meat to [Read More...]

PETA Porn: Humans are Animals Too

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Most people I encounter on a daily basis recognize People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as pretty “out there” at least in their methods, if not their message. I respect the group’s passion for animal rights, though I don’t agree with all of their arguments, and like many advocacy groups, I think their [Read More...]

Three Cups of Lies: How Much Do Facts Matter?

Greg Mortenson’s bestselling book, “Three Cups of Tea,” made tremendous waves when it hit bookshelves. The heartening stories of reaching across cultural and national lines to give hope to Pakistani children in the form of new schools was the stuff of Hollywood screenplays. Mortenson became a celebrity. Unfortunately, recent light has been shed on some [Read More...]

A Talk with “BLUE LIKE JAZZ” Film Director Steve Taylor

While I was at Soularize in San Diego, Amy and I had the chance to sit down with the guys from the Homebrewed Christianity podcast, as well as Phil Shepherd (AKA The Whiskey Preacher) and Burnside Writers Collective’s Jordan Green to chat with Steve Taylor, renowned musician and director of the film version of Donald [Read More...]

When Legislating Morality Falls Short

I was doing my daily browsing of blogs, catching up on the news and opinions of the day, when I came across a piece with which I found some real resonance. Morgan Guyton, a Methodist pastor, wrote a reflection on why the recent “personhood amendment” failed in, of all places, Mississippi. Anyone who follows politics [Read More...]

Be A Man: Ethical Responses to Violence

I wonder, both as a parent and a follower of the way of Jesus, how to even go about defining violence, and what my call as a Christian is – or for that matter, simply as a member of the human species – to do about it. I remember when I took wrestling in grade [Read More...]

PODCAST: All Things Christian and Taboo

A while back I did an interview with Cliff Zier and Roger Noriega from NDB Media on Blog Talk Radio about my Banned Questions book series. We get into some pretty interesting discussions about hell, Biblical literalism, homosexuality and all that good stuff religious folks usually would rather not talk about. Check it out. Christian [Read More...]


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