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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Revisiting “Battle in Seattle”: A Personal Reflection on the Pros and Cons of Protest

Do you remember Battle in Seattle? Don’t worry. It made no lasting mark at the 2007 box office, and reviews were (deservedly) mixed. I’ve finally seen it — seven years later, two months from the fifteenth anniversary of Seattle’s historic WTO protests. And (surprise!) it held my attention throughout. It was a timely viewing choice, […]

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Book Review: “The New Parish”

Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight Friesen have recently released their new book, “The New Parish.” Parish… really?  Why are these three, by all accounts intelligent and insightful writers, dragging out this long-ago-discarded, dusty antique of Christendom?  Today, we live in a world of sleek laserjet printers and they want to drag a Heidelberg Windmill […]

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Book Review, Tongues and Trees: Toward a Pentecostal Ecological Theology

  As a freshmen at the University of Oregon I was immersed in two seemingly disparate worlds–Pentecostalism and Ecology. The first sermon I heard in my Pentecostal campus ministry was, “The Kingdom of God is all about relationships” — a phrase I would have normally dismissed as mere sentimentality but for their actually living this […]

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