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...]

Why Young Adults Avoid Church (Part 1 of 2)

My grandparents were farmers in west Texas much of their lives. They told stories of “shaking peanuts” during every daylight hour, and recalled the gatherings at the family barn with neighbors on weekends to share music and a meal. It was a hard life, but they managed because everyone leaned on one another. I’ve heard [Read More...]

THE NINES: Vote for your favorite speakers

Got this groovy widget that allows me to share this list on my blog. Pretty cool! If you’re not familiar with it, you can read more about THE NINES here. Basically it’s a completely FREE web based conference coming up in a little more than a month about leadership within and among faith communities. The [Read More...]

Cursed with perfect memory

My son, Mattias, started second grade last week. He wears a uniform of khakis and polo shirts to school, and on Wednesdays, he wears a button-up shirt and tie. He looks like a little Alex P. Keaton, the aspiring young Republican from Family Ties. This morning he was stirring his Rice Krispies with his index [Read More...]

Jesus the Breadmaker

Jesus the Breadmaker By Christian Piatt “Look daddy,” my two-year-old daughter said on Sunday, pointing to the communion table, “Jesus gave us more food again.” I don’t write nearly as much about little Zoe as I do about my boy, Mattias. First of all, he’s seven. He has a little more living under his Garanimals [Read More...]

BANNED in Brentwood, MO

The good folks of Brentwood Christian Church (DOC) and National Avenue Christian Church (DOC) in Springfield, MO brought me out in summer 2011 to share a little bit about my own faith story, how the BANNED QUESTIONS book series came about and how I see the books fitting into the current conversations about faith, the [Read More...]


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