Anthony B. Robinson

Tony is a writer, teacher, speaker and ordained minister (United Church of Christ). He served as Senior Minister of Seattle’s Plymouth Congregational Church for fourteen years. His newest book is Useful Wisdom: Letters to Young (and not so young) Ministers. He divides his time between Seattle and a cabin in Wallowa County of northeastern Oregon. If you’d like to know more or receive his regular blogs in your email, go to his site listed above to sign-up.

Right to Die: How to Decide?

Right-to-die legislation is being expanded in Canada. But might they also be a way of allowing the rest of us, and society as a whole, to neglect our neighbors in need?

How Non-Denominational Churches Are Remaking Protestantism

“If ‘nondenominational’ were a denomination, it would be the largest Protestant one, claiming more than 13 percent of churchgoers in America.”

Postcard from Mexico

This park, about two blocks from us, is maybe ten acres. The other day we hung out there, watching the after-school basketball practice of perhaps 60 kids in four different age groups (ages 5-15, I’d guess).

Why Christians Should Oppose Christian Nationalism

Christian Nationalists view themselves as having lost their place of cultural dominance in America, and even as persecuted for their faith in contemporary American culture.

Weighing the Worst: The Undermining of Democracy

Elections only mean something if people are free to vote as they wish and the voting process has integrity.

Happy Halloween, Sorta

Me? I’m up with Halloween. Give room for the dark side! Be the monster you sometimes, secretly, are. Candy for all!

Politics in the Pulpit: Danger or Courage

Churches need to help us become more patient, rather than less so, with one another.

What’s Behind Those TV Ads Proclaiming of Jesus, ‘He Gets Us’?

The campaign implicitly challenges the identification of Jesus with Republican politics and U.S. nationalism.

How Ukrainians are Defending the Values Americans Claim to Hold

As dark and battered as Ukraine is, it casts a revealing light on the shadowed condition of the rest of the world, America in particular.

Fixer Upper, Church Edition

Such buildings are both too expensive to maintain and too static for the kind of mission contemporary congregations envision for themselves.