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.
For CRT, it’s all about, and only about, power. This results in some pretty reductive readings. Don’t bother reading the Bible for truth about God. It’s all about the social construction of power. Same for Shakespeare, and God help “the canon of western literature.”
"Today’s rich, their wealth largely preserved through the Great Recession and the Covid-19 pandemic, have opposed reforms aimed at tapping their resources to fund mitigation policies of all kinds. This is a historically exceptional development."
Restraint I admit it is unlikely, but it might just be Israel’s secret weapon at this point. Continued bombing of Gaza is a loser in the media war. And full-scale invasion would likely end up as Colin Powell said back then, “you break it, you own it.”
Hamas is not identical with the Palestinian cause or its search for greater justice and peace for Palestinians living in Israel. And yet exactly that identification is being made by pro-Palestinian activists, demonstrators, and media here in the U.S.
I’ve been away from Seattle for a time this summer. On returning, one of the things that is noticeable is how bad actors enact a big toll on the rest of us. Here are some examples of things I noticed after my being gone for a couple months.