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...]

Distance makes the heart grow harder

I was turning into the parking lot of the pharmacy this morning when I had one of those moments than change the course of your whole day for the worse. The parking lot entrance was two lanes wide, and I was in the left lane. Another car was ahead of me in the right lane [Read More...]

Point of Grace cheapens the word “Grace”

A church called Point of Grace in Iowa that was renting off-site office space to a day care center has taken a rather radical turn. Ironically, it appears they’re offering anything but grace to those who toe the moral line. The Church administration that owned the property abruptly called staff and parents of Happy Time [Read More...]

Boat Builders or Jesus Followers? (Video)

First of two keynotes I offered at the Upper Midwest DOC Region’s School for Congregational Learning in Des Moines, Iowa in August, 2011. The title of the message is “Boat Builders or Jesus Followers?” [Read more...]

When We Were Ten (Spoken Word – Video)

Kick-off of my first keynote at the School for Congregational Learning in Des Moines, Iowa in August, 2011. [Read more...]

Meeting Jesus’ Doppelganger

Hollywood has done a lot to tarnish the reputation of Jews in popular culture when it comes to Jesus. Yes, Mel Gibson, I’m looking at you. It was Hitler who, after seeing the famous passion play acted out in Oberammergau in the 1930s who wrote about the fact that the same Jews who cried out [Read More...]

Why young adults avoid church (part 2 of 2)

I was asked in a workshop I led recently on young adult spirituality about what kind of program this woman’s church should start up to meet these needs of the coveted young adult group. My answer was not to start any more programs. The problem isn’t a lack of programs; it’s a lack of trust [Read More...]

What are your BANNED QUESTIONS about Christians?

I’m working on the proposal for book three in the BANNED QUESTIONS series, BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTIANS, and I need your help. Check out this survey I created to allow anyone to add their own question, and then vote on their favorites. This list will be very influential in helping decide which questions make it [Read More...]


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