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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. Currently he serves as the Director of Acquisitions and Author Development for CrowdScribed, and as the Director of Growth and Development for First Christian Church (DOC) in Portland, OR.

Christian is the creator and editor of the Banned Questions book series, which include Banned Questions About the Bible, Banned Questions About Jesus and Banned Questions About Christians. He co-created and co-edits the WTF: Where’s the Faith? young adult series with Chalice Press, for which he also co-edited the book Split Ticket: Independent Faith in a Time of Partisan Politics, and contributed a chapter to Oh God, Oh God, Oh God!: Young Adults Speak Out About Sexuality and Christianity

Christian has a memoir on faith, family and parenting called PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date. His most recent release (and his first book for Jericho Books), is called postChristian: What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care? and was published in 2014.

Find me on the web

Christian maintains a blog at Patheos, which he updates regularly with content from My Jesus Project and other topics related to Christianity.
Christian is a regular contributor to HuffPost Religion. You can subscribe to his Huffington Post RSS feed, here.
Find Christian’s articles at Red Letter Christians.
The Homebrewed Culture Cast is a podcast on the Homebrewed Christianity network, featuring discussions on pop culture, politics, sports, and random minutiae from an irreverent Christian perspective. You can find us on Facebook and iTunes.

Stay up to date on my progress as I attempt to follow Jesus, for real.

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Check out some of my books, featured below.

postChristian

It's the end of Christianity as we know it. But it's not a catastrophe-it's an opportunity.

Thousands are walking away from the church. Christians are grappling with their faith. And both believers and nonbelievers wondering-what's coming next?

Blood Doctrine

The girl issued a piercing, mournful cry as a growing pool of blood oozed from between her legs.
“I don’t think you understand,” said the doctor. “This woman needs more specialized care. We need to get her to a hospital.”
“No, it’s you who doesn’t seem to understand,” said the man. “When you agreed to do this, it was on the condition that no one else would be called in.”
“But she could go into shock...”
“Get the baby out of there,” said the man. “Save the girl if you can, but the baby is what matters.”
“Christ, she’s hemorrhaging. She’s got to have a transfusion.”
“Doctor. The child, please.”

Banned Questions About Christians

When I was younger, I had a Bible thrown at my head during a Sunday school class for asking too many questions. Granted, I was probably even more provocative than your average adolescent, but I really did have a lot of legitimate questions about God, my faith, Jesus, and the Bible. The message I got at the time was that church isn't the place for such questions.

Banned Questions About Jesus

  • Did Jesus ever have sex?
  • Was Jesus ever wrong?
  • Do people have to choose to follow Jesus to go to heaven?
Ever get the feeling that you can't ask those kinds of questions at church?

Banned Questions About the Bible

When I was a teenager, my youth minister threw a Bible at my head for asking questions. Too often, for various reasons, people don’t have the opportunity to ask the hard questions they have about faith, religion, salvation and the Bible. And when questions are left unanswered in communities of faith, people either seek answers elsewhere or lose interest all together.

PregMANcy

"Screw it." These two words are what started the baby ball rolling in the Piatt household back in January. After months of counseling, discernment, weepy nights, and sleepless mornings, I submitted, succumbed, and caved in like the roof of a Geo convertible. I know "screw it" is an ironic choice of words, considering the circumstances. I also think it's sadistically ironic that we men are biologically tuned to love sex so much, yet we're usually the ones who freak out the most about the by-product.