I am a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle’s Central District. When I was a high school student in the late 70’s and early 80’s I would get up early in the morning and drive my old VW bus to swim practice. After parking, I would walk up the big stairs to go through […]
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24 ...
We who live in the Pacific Northwest are graced with some of the most ...
The church plays a unique role in the life of the Pacific Northwest. This particular ...
With the acknowledged anti-institutional paradigm shift of religiosity in the Pacific Northwest, people from ...
I am a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle’s Central District. When I was ...
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24 The Willamette River flows by my hometown. She flows by, but we’re like strangers. We’re more like acquaintances, like a friend of the family I might wave at and say hello to if I saw her in the grocery store, […]
We who live in the Pacific Northwest are graced with some of the most spectacular geography in the world. There are few places where one can ski in the morning, run a forest trail in Cascade foothills in the afternoon, and finish the day sailing on Shilshole Bay as the sun drops beneath the […]
The church plays a unique role in the life of the Pacific Northwest. This particular coffee appointment wasn’t all that unlike the twenty or so other similar coffee appointments I’d had in the last five years. As a church planter, I suppose I’m to blame. When you’ve planted a church, incoming church planters are likely […]
With the acknowledged anti-institutional paradigm shift of religiosity in the Pacific Northwest, people from all avenues—ministerial, sociological and historical—are curious as to the future expressions and allowances of faith given the Sacro-Egoistical (radical individualism) embrace in modernity. The study and research done during the Knox 2007 McMinnville Project provided some evidence and clues to […]
My salvation has been questioned more times than I’d like to relate. The last time, the knee-jerk reaction had to do with my apathy toward a particular theory of atonement. For that, my conversation partner resigned me to some corner of hell. I’ve always been perplexed by how some of my more minute theological convictions […]
I really don’t like twilight. I’m not talking about the vampire series that made the Washington rain forest famous to teenagers and adults alike from Finland to Japan. Seriously, teens from places like Reykjavik are dragging their parents to middle of nowhere, Forks, WA, to swoon over Bella’s rusty truck. But I digress. What […]
Transformational Possibilities and Congregational Realities Contrary to what some scholars such as Steve Bruce have suggested, people are not discarding the idea of God. Post-moderns in the Emerging Church have not abandoned God nor Jesus or the Bible, per se. Nor have they given up meeting in community with other Christians of like mind. True, […]
Post-1960, Western Society has been undergoing a slow shift from conservative traditionalism, with its policed protection of permitted norms of behavior and religiosity to experiential individualism, which provides more permissiveness within and without church walls in the self-focused choices of people (and kinder judgments upon those actions). This evolution has involved the acceptance of alternative […]