Macklemore the Prophet?

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 […]

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Future Emphasis of the Church in the Pacific Northwest

  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 […]

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Sola Fide: Sowing Seeds of Unity in Newberg

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 […]

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A Little Light for Lent

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 […]

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Religious Radical Individualism in the Modern World

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 […]

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Life Together in the Land of Lewis and Clark: Reflections on Donald Miller and the Northwest Church

The Pacific Northwest is known in many circles as the land of Lewis and Clark. These two men were rugged trailblazers, progenitors of rugged individuals, and risk-taking entrepreneurs. Their spirit is in the air and  the variety of scents and tastes in cafes, bistros, tearooms, and micro-brew pubs. We even find their entrepreneurial spirit alive […]

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What’s Trending?

What’s trending? It was months prior to entering the Twitter world when I was asked that question for the first time; understandably it was a confusing question to the unenlightened pre-Twitter soul. Since then, my life’s been flooded with a new vernacular of at symbols (@) and hashtags (#). Trends are the new trend in […]

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A Place at the Big Table

  Freelancing as a restaurant critic while he was a Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor, Kevin Finch built relationships with those in the food service industry. He started hearing their stories of addiction, stress, and need—stories that caused him to ask, “Who’s caring for these people?” Concerned enough to conduct research, he discovered the answer: apparently […]

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