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 We Are Angry: The Dangers of Relentless Happy-Talk

I blame this anger on The Great Disjunction, by which I mean the yawning abyss between the world as narrated to us by public relations, advertising, and the imagery of consumerism, and our actual reality.

Keys to Success? The Liberation of Low Anthropology

A more realistic assessment of the human condition leads to compassion not only toward others but toward yourself.

Rise of the “Nones” How Americans Turned Away from Religion

A new book helps explain how in the memory of people my age (boomer) we went from Christianity being as much part of the fabric of American society as baseball to having a much more tenuous and contested status.

Roses and Horses: Christmas in Mexico

Lots of roses everywhere yesterday, including banks of roses in the churches. Such a festival also means continuous ringing of church bells and fireworks all day and all night.

Countering Anti-Semitism, Neighbor by Neighbor

Picture a tidy residential street in an American suburb, ending in a cul-de-sac, lined with ten or fifteen attractive houses. Most of them are gentile homes, but one is Jewish.

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.