An Opportunity for Grace in the Face of Hateful Protest

There’s little in this world that gets me going more aggressively and quickly in life than someone yelling at or denigrating my wife. Yesterday, a pair of fire-breathing evangelists did both. Fortunately, my wife isn’t me. I was down the street preparing for a lecture I was doing this week. Rather than taking their emotional [Read More…]

When Radical Welcome Gets Messy

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…]

From STOP signs to POOP Signs: Ahh, Portland

It’s true that Portlanders pride themselves on being a different strain of weird. But for the most part, it’s a creative, whimsical sort of weirdness. It’s also pretty funny a lot of the time. Such was the case, at least in my view, when this story aired on the local news last night about vandals [Read More…]

When All the Church Can Say is “I’m Sorry”

Two weeks after we arrived in Portland, Amy (my wife and new senior pastor at First Christian Church in downtown Portland) decided she needed to do something meaningful to express her voice as a person of faith in the community. There already were the folks handing out tracts down on the campus of Portland State [Read More…]

The Piatts are Headed for Portland

It’s nice to be able to talk publicly about this after several months. My wife, Amy, has been called to serve as the new senior minister of First Christian Church in Portland, Oregon. I’ll be on staff part-time as well, heading up growth and development. My title is still a work in progress, but basically, [Read More…]