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.

No Winners: Zero Sum Thinking

More for them means less for us. A win for me requires a loss for you.

Does Liberalism Make People Depressed?

The gist of it is that liberal/progressives have adopted ways of thinking that contribute to depression.

Ungovernable Cities: Is Seattle One of Them?

Is big-city Seattle ungovernable, or is an entrenched Democratic/Progressive establishment dominated by activists and unions just not up to the job?

How Worried Should We Be About Christian Nationalism?

Today, for example, many who self-identify as “Evangelical” do not attend a church nor are they biblically literate. Religion, as with Donald Trump, sanctifies a political agenda allowing authoritarian politicians to exploit religion language and people.

What’s Really Causing Our Epidemic of Gun Violence?

The unending shootings may drive us to despair — “nothing works,” “there’s nothing we can do.” That simply isn’t true.

“Getting” Jesus in the Super Bowl Ads

The overall Super Bowl extravaganza is entertainment, arguably the biggest show of them all. Does it work to sandwich Christianity in there?

The Urge to Help: Getting out of the Problem/Solution Paradigm

Giving advice has a double-whammy. It can make the recipient feel even more alone (you’re “telling the person you don’t get it”), and, that it can also sound like judgment.

Has Identity Politics Had Its Day?

Solzhenitsyn and Havel were right. The Bible too. The line between good and evil passes through each human heart.

The Rise of “Habitual Loneliness”

There is, it seems likely, some correlation between “wandering alone,” and “relationships severed and never reestablished” and church decline. 

Reflecting on a Larger Culture of Tradition and Manners

Paul Theroux writes: "I think of myself in the Mexican way, not as an old man but as most Mexicans regard a senior, an hombre de juicio, a man of judgment."