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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a cast iron skillet or baking sheet with butter or coconut oil.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, salt, and baking soda.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and pour in the buttermilk. Mix the dough with a spoon or your hands until the dough comes together in a crumbly, sticky ball. Add more buttermilk if it seems too dry.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, shaping it into a ball. Don't knead it too much. Just form it into a ball.
Place the ball of dough into the greased cast iron skillet or onto the baking sheet you prepared earlier. Press the dough, flattening it a bit with the palm of your hand, into a 1" thick round. Make an "x" in the top of the dough (about 1/2" deep) with a sharp knife.
Place the skillet or baking sheet into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until crust is browned. Tap the bottom of the bread to see if it's done. It should sound hollow when lightly tapped.
Remove from oven. Let bread cool on a cooling rack before slicing.