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.

Scary: Christian Nationalists with All the Answers

If you want to turn Jesus into the lead guy for the forces of vengeance and retribution, you really have to distort him beyond all recognition.

The Biggest Thing in Town: Old Theatre Finds New Life in a Small Town

Because of competition from streaming services and struggling local economy, the O.K. had shut down as the town (and county’s) only movie venue.

Time to Lower the Heat in the Post-Roe Commentary

If the SCOTUS decision is the beginning, not the end, of the debate, we will need a lot more thoughtful commentary. Here are some examples.

Is America Falling Behind?

Visiting our near neighbor reminds this on-edge American that it really doesn’t have to be this way.

Gun Ownership Rates Do Not Correlate with Gun Violence

Americans own 120 guns per 100 people. No other nation comes close. But there are many nations with higher homicide rates, including nations with small fractions of America’s rate of gun ownership.

The Problem with “Golden Age” Myths: Time for the Old People to Move Aside

Somehow the narrative of 1950s America, refracted through the prism of westerns, became the norm for “the real America.” As such, it has a hold on us that may be crippling.

Remembering: No Innocence

It’s not that there haven’t been murders, tragedies and hideous injustices in the past. There have. But were they so “normalized” as they seem now to be?

Of Victim Narratives and Radical Honesty

Seeing ourselves only as helpless victims is seldom true and never helpful. Accepting responsibility is actually empowering.

Mass Shootings: Something Important has Changed

If something has changed in the terrible evil of these mass shooting and gun violence — a move from the psychologically troubled to the politically/racially motivated and radicalized — something hasn’t changed at all.

How ‘The Prince of Lies’ Has Split and Infected Evangelical Churches

There is a demonic power that is at work in our country today. And at work in some “churches.”