Articles By: Christian Piatt

Christian Piatt is an author, editor, speaker, musician and spoken word artist. He co-founded Milagro Christian Church in Pueblo, Colorado with his wife, Rev. Amy Piatt, in 2004. Christian is the creator and editor of the Banned Questions book series, which include Banned Questions About the Bible and Banned Questions About Jesus. He co-created and co-edits the “WTF: Where’s the Faith?” young adult series with Chalice Press, and he has a memoir on faith, family and parenting being published in early 2012 called Pregmancy: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date. For more information about Christian, visit www.christianpiatt.com, or find him on Twitter or Facebook.

A Scientific Case for the Human Soul?

A Scientific Case for the Human Soul?
  Quantum Theory is still in its relative infancy within the entire discipline of science, although it finds its roots as far back as Plato and Descartes. But if some of the notions being pursued by contemporary scientists prove true, it may result in a convergence of science, art, philosophy and...
November 5th, 2012 | Featured | Read More

Anwar Al-Awlaki: Eye for an Eye, or a Third Way?

Anwar Al-Awlaki: Eye for an Eye, or a Third Way?
  I’ve been reflecting on the  killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an Al Qaida leader operating from Yemen, by American forces. A friend asked me if the fact that al-Awlaki was American-born had any impact on how I felt about his death. Those who have followed the story likely realize that this...
August 7th, 2012 | Social Justice | Read More

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

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...
July 13th, 2012 | Essays | Read More

Did Jesus Really Die for Our Sins?

Did Jesus Really Die for Our Sins?
  One of the most pivotal concepts in contemporary Christianity has to do with whether Jesus died for the sins of humanity. For many, this is a central tenet of their Christian faith; for others, the very idea that a God would require the spilling of blood — let alone that of his son —...
April 17th, 2012 | Essays | Read More

Be A Man: Faithful Responses to Violence

Be A Man: Faithful Responses to Violence
  I wonder, both as a parent and a follower of the way of Jesus, how to even go about defining violence, and what my call as a Christian is – or for that matter, simply as a member of the human species – to do about it. I remember when I took wrestling in grade school and I pinned Andrew,...
April 11th, 2012 | Essays, Family, Social Justice | Read More

PregMANcy: The Pee Stick

PregMANcy: The Pee Stick
On April 1st, Chalice Press will release my first memoir, titled PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date. I wrote it back when Amy was pregnant with our second child, Zoe. As you can tell from the chapter below, it took a while for me to warm to the idea of having a second kid.   Basically,...
March 28th, 2012 | Books, Essays | Read More

Preacher or False Prophet?

Preacher or False Prophet?
My first job in a church was as a music minister. I loved the senior pastor I served with, as did the congregation we faced every Sunday morning. He taught me a lot about worship, preaching and how to connect with people. One time we were at lunch, reflecting on the previous week’s service, when he...
March 26th, 2012 | Featured | Read More

On Asperger Syndrome and Broken Hearts

On Asperger Syndrome and Broken Hearts
  Our son, Mattias, is eight years old. Everyone thinks their kid is special, and in a lot of ways, he’s just a regular kid. He loves fart jokes, enjoys riding his scooter and is obsessed with video games. But we’ve known he was different from a very early age.   Mattias started reading...
March 19th, 2012 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Attending Your Own Funeral

Attending Your Own Funeral
I’ve been writing this week about inspired vision and embracing radical change even in the face of the death of present systems. But the experience is different when applying the same principles to our own lives. The following is taken from my upcoming memoir, PregMANcy, due out in a few weeks. The...
March 5th, 2012 | Essays, Featured | Read More

System Failure

System Failure
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...
November 30th, 2011 | Books, Featured | Read More