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.

Why Tara Henley, a Liberal Newsie, Asks: What Is Going on at the CBC?

"To work at the CBC in the current climate is to embrace cognitive dissonance and to abandon journalistic integrity. It is to sign on, enthusiastically, to a radical political agenda that originated on Ivy League campuses in the United States and spread through American social media platforms that monetize outrage and stoke societal divisions."

Hey Democrats! You’re Going About Fighting Threats to Democracy in the Wrong Way

The risk the Democrats are running is not only that they are putting the emphasis on the wrong leg of the three-legged stool of elections, but that they will be perceived as trying to control the electoral process from the top-down, through federal legislation.

Jonathan Franzen’s New Novel and the Unsuspected Down-Turning of the 1970s

It is, in retrospect, as if we came to a crossroads in our nation’s life. One way leads to life as we had known it. Another way is marked “Here be Dragons.”

Mind the Gap: The Case for “Mediating Institutions”

Libertarians tend to emphasize the role of “mediating institutions” as a bulwark against the state. But I think they also serve, and perhaps are even more needed, as a bulwark against very large, concentrated, global corporations.

Why Young People are Leaving the Evangelical Church

What if people don’t leave the church because they disapprove of Jesus, but because they’ve read the Bible and have come to the conclusion that the church itself would disapprove of Jesus? That’s a crisis.”

What, Me Happy?

Yuval Levin writes: “A fuller understanding of flourishing would see it as achievable not by a proper sequencing of solitary choices but by a proper layering of embedded commitments to others."

When Bigger isn’t Better: Welcome Back the Mini-Church

While small congregations can fight an inferiority complex, the truth is they can and are doing real ministry even if they are small, maybe because they are small.

BC’s Perfect Storm: Housing Prices Jump And Homelessness Comes to a Small Town

The colliding factors include a very rapid rise in housing prices, up 31 percent in the “Comox Valley” this year. What had been an affordable area for people fleeing the sky-high cost of housing in metro-Vancouver has now affected small towns and rural areas.

Apocalypse Wow: How to Deal with Climate Depression

Catastrophic or apocalyptic thinking poses its own dangers, undermining hope and action, as well as our capacity and willingness to invest in the future. That willingness to invest in a future, one that we shall not ourselves see or see only in part, seems to me an essential part of what it means to be human.

Are We Asking the Wrong Questions About Homeless Encampments?

The author of a new book writes: "Encampments provide a community for users, creating the kinds of environmental cues that the USC psychologist Wendy Wood finds crucial in forming and maintaining habits. They are often places where addicts flee from treatment, where they can find approval for their meth use.”

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