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.

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.

Happy Halloween, Sorta

Me? I’m up with Halloween. Give room for the dark side! Be the monster you sometimes, secretly, are. Candy for all!

Politics in the Pulpit: Danger or Courage

Churches need to help us become more patient, rather than less so, with one another.

What’s Behind Those TV Ads Proclaiming of Jesus, ‘He Gets Us’?

The campaign implicitly challenges the identification of Jesus with Republican politics and U.S. nationalism.

How Ukrainians are Defending the Values Americans Claim to Hold

As dark and battered as Ukraine is, it casts a revealing light on the shadowed condition of the rest of the world, America in particular.

Fixer Upper, Church Edition

Such buildings are both too expensive to maintain and too static for the kind of mission contemporary congregations envision for themselves.

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.