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Anthony B. Robinson

Tony is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. He is the author of thirteen books, including the best-selling Transforming Congregational Culture and the award-winning What’s Theology Got To Do With It: Convictions, Vitality and the Church. He is a frequent contributor to The Christian Century as well as other publications. He writes for the “The Daily Devotional” of the United Church of Christ. He has served four congregations, most recently Seattle’s Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC.

Evangelical Churches Create Celebrities, While Mainliners Get Shy. Why?

"We cannot imagine being proud to see one of our mainline authors, from our subculture, on the shelf at Walmart. In many ways, our objections to celebrity are a veiled way of talking about class.”

Live Or In Person: Is The Sports Experience Better On The Couch Than At The Stadium?

While you are watching (or trying to ignore) TV commercials at home, everybody in the stadium is spending that time waiting. The players stand around. Some stroll off and back on the field. They have enough time to order a pizza or call their wives. Quarterbacks walk over to the sidelines to confer with coaches.

The Religious Basis for Pelosi Saying She Prays for the President

It will not come as a surprise to Christians who know the Bible that Pelosi would pray for the President and would invoke her religious upbringing in this regard. Christians are instructed to pray for “kings and all who are in high positions,” in Paul’s letters to Timothy.

Why Do Christian Evangelicals Support Trump And Not Buttigieg?

"If mainstream media figures believe that Mayor Pete speaks the same Christian language as Trump’s Evangelical base, they need to think again. He’s a sincere proponent of a faith that is very different from theirs.”

Heroic Civil Servants And The Tribe That Doesn’t Care

Our political identities and affiliations have become our definitive, ultimate identities. There was a time when politics was serious but not ultimate. It was the realm of compromise. Now, politics and political loyalties have taken on a quasi-religious quality.

Pass Me The Subpoena Colada! And an Essay Book.

While incarcerated McDowell has been given a writing assignment by the judge. He is to write four essays on the following topics: “Finding Meaning in Life Other Than Committing Crimes,” “Principles of the Declaration of Independence and How Your Behavior Undermines Them,” “Importance of Respecting the Rule of Law,” and “Importance of Respecting Property Rights.”

Dem Debates: The Leftward-Ho March Is Slowing

And Joe? God bless him. He must be related to George W. Bush. The English language is not, apparently, his native tongue.

‘Unhappy the Land That Needs Heroes’

Leadership expert Ron Heifetz is fond of saying, “Leadership is disappointing people at a rate they can stand.”

Reflections on Seattle’s North-South Divide After a City Council Debate

My own take is that the “North gets more, South gets less” is bunk. My non-scientific impressionistic view, based on living in both, is that there were more community centers, parks, recreation facilities, public transit, and so on in the South End than up here in the north.

Three Major Misgivings About Impeaching Trump

Impeachment won’t move anyone out of their tribal camps. It will cause those already encamped to dig in more deeply, while those not in one camp or another pay even less attention.

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You’re Served: Standing Up To Sheriff Jimmy Clark In The 1964 Deep South

Dispatched to Selma with a summons and complaint, I was instructed to con my way into Clark’s office and serve him with the papers.

Review: “Evgenyi Onegin” – Pain! Passion! Poetry! (hold the irony . . .)

I suddenly realized how lucky we are to have it at all. If the poet who created the story and the composer who set it to music 40 years later had ever actually met, they would probably have disliked each other enough to make collaboration impossible.

Advice to Democrats: Vive Les Cafes!

France is working on a rural agenda, and Democrats in America could borrow some of the ideas for reviving cafes and hang-out places.

All Jumbled Up: The Shifting Politics Of Trade In The China And NAFTA 2.0 Deals

While both Trump and Democrats have been politicizing the trade issue, the President not bashing China and Democrats voting in favor of his USMCA are encouraging. I sense a growing realization that trade wars are not good for the economy.

Two Jeers for ‘The Two Popes’

As history, the Netflix film 'The Two Popes' is baloney on steroids. It’s also brilliantly acted, sometimes amusing, and occasionally moving.