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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Reflections On Our [Trans]Formation Retreat

As I was planning the [trans]formation retreat, I received many calls wondering what exactly it was going to be like – what would one take away from the experience? That’s a valid question, but since we had never done anything like this before, I found I had a hard time answering it. However, on the […]

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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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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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