Trolls, Avatars and the Convertible Effect

I remember when I first learned about the atrocities of the Holocaust in school. I could not imagine the type of person who could do such things to another person. I remember one particular story about an SS Soldier who would return home after a day of putting Jews in the ovens, kiss his children [Read More...]

Rob Bell Leaves Mars Hill: Bad Idea?

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When Rob Bell, a bestselling author and pastor of one of the most prominent churches in the country, decides to leave the pulpit, it’s big news. Bell’s most recent book, “Love Wins,” has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, and the suggestion in its pages that God’s salvation is universal hasn’t gone over well with [Read More...]

To medicate or not to medicate?

My seven-year-old son, Mattias is amazing. I know, everyone thinks their kid is special, but Mattias baffles most adults he meets. He’s been going through a lot of tests over the last nine months because of some behavioral and emotional challenges he deals with, and there really is no consensus about his issues. Most experts [Read More...]

Grace in the Face of Violence

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Two recent stories struck an emotional chord with me that I’m still trying to sort out. First involved the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia, where he was accused of killing a police officer. Second had to do with the arrest of several Amish men for refusing to comply with local traffic safety laws in [Read More...]

Doing a new thing

Okay, so I copped a bit of scripture from Isaiah for the blog title. But it kind of fits. Although my blog is the same content-wise, it’s now hosted, as of today, on Patheos. I’ve been working with Deborah Arca, the Progressive Christian editor at Patheos, for a couple of week on the move, and [Read More...]

Killed by a Castle

We spent a few days in Pagosa Springs, one of our favorite getaway spots in Colorado. Although there’s not much in the way of nightlife, we wouldn’t have much use for it anymore even if they did, seeing as how we have one-plus kids in tow. The highlight of Pagosa is the hot springs, which [Read More...]

A Greeting Message for Dallas Event

I’m excited abut heading to an event in Dallas at the end of the month. East Dallas Christian Church is bringing me for a pub night on September 27th at the Bryan St Tavern with special music guests, HOYOTOHO. The next night we’ll be at the church for another gathering where we’ll wrestle with all [Read More...]

System Failure: Reflections on RAISED RIGHT

System Failure By Christian Piatt There are plenty of criticisms offered against today’s American youth and young adults. And despite the fact that I turn forty in a few weeks, I still consider myself among them: a kindred spirit of cultural orphans, still sifting through the detritus of an evaporating American Dream to figure out [Read More...]


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