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.

How Small Town Life Breaks Down the Fear of “Others”

Life in a smaller community does tend to operate on a thousand little interactions, brief exchanges, and passing on of the news while checking out at the grocery store.

Searching High and Low: How Your “Life Doctrine” Shapes You

The trouble with a high anthropology is that when you don’t achieve the extraordinary, and your life isn’t totally amazing, you may feel as if you’ve failed.

Why Rules Matter

What people tend not to see as they cheerfully dismiss their own rules of the road is the way that this empowers bad actors.

Loan Forgiveness: What Would God Do?

The Bible is actually pretty clearly in the debt-forgiveness camp.

Stirewalt’s Warning: How Media Outrage Divides Us

"Politicians, popular culture, the news media, and leaders of major institutions speak in a language of anxiety, and did so long before our now-receding pandemic began."

Mending, Not Just Rending: The Case for ‘Solutions Journalism’

The impact of a steady stream of “deficit reporting” is to encourage cynicism (“everybody’s a crook”) and despair (“there’s nothing you can do”). Sharing news about things that are working seems pretty basic.

Fukuyama’s New Book: Standing Up for Classic Liberalism

By “liberalism” Fukuyama means “the doctrine that emerged in the second half of the seventeenth century that argued for the limitations of the powers of governments through law and ultimately constitutions, creating institutions protecting the rights of individuals living under their jurisdiction.”

A Less Christian Nation…

A generation, perhaps two, have grown up without the trappings of a Christian culture.

Chief Joseph’s Nez Perce Tribe Comes Home

Across the country Native Tribes are an increasingly significant player on many fronts.

Leadership Lessons from the Incredible Streaking Mariners

Seattle, these days, is not a city marked by leaders of note. Perhaps the M’s leadership has something to teach the rest of their hometown and its leaders?