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...]

Can Alcoholics Anonymous Save the Church?

I’ve heard several peopled involved in Twelve Step work say that the Twelve Steps are AA’s gift to the Church, and that the Twelve Traditions are the Church’s gift back to AA. To clarify, the Twelve Steps are tools an individual uses to help them find recovery in dealing with an addiction. The Twelve Traditions, [Read More...]

Nailing Down the Nature of Sin

A group at our church has been going through BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE, and the question we took on last Wednesday led to a great discussion, but one that left me wondering: Are some sins worse or better than others? Most of the responses leaned toward “yes,” but that wasn’t the interesting part. When [Read More...]

Meeting Hitler in Heaven

I get asked all kinds of questions when I go to speak to groups about faith. One of the most common has to do with my understanding of Hell. So I tell them a story about a monkey. The story goes that if you put something inside a jar that a monkey wants, they’ll reach [Read More...]


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