“I didn’t know we were going to do all of this. They said a hike, I didn’t really read the thing…I want to go home.” Only a few miles into day one of a six day Mt. Baker Ascent adventure for a group of teens from the Tacoma Rescue Mission, one participant had reached his […]
“I didn’t know we were going to do all of this. They said a hike, ...
Among sociologists, it has become conventional wisdom to label the Pacific Northwest – or “Cascadia” ...
Called to Love Neighbor and Care for Earth It is an astounding moment in history ...
Do you remember Battle in Seattle? Don’t worry. It made no lasting mark at the ...
Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight Friesen have recently released their new book, “The New ...
Among sociologists, it has become conventional wisdom to label the Pacific Northwest – or “Cascadia” – as a “secularized” region, a religious desert – a spiritual “none zone.” I should know. I did it myself in this book. But, as a sociologist and a Christian, I have become increasingly convinced that these labels are, in […]
As he presented to a church leaders forum in 2004, the then Dean of Seattle Pacific University’s School of Theology, Colin Greene, asked,“What Has Seattle to Do with Jerusalem?” I would extend his vision to our whole region, and ask “What has the Pacific Northwest to do with the world of the apostles?” How is […]
For more than two centuries the Pacific Northwest has been a difficult place for Christians effectively to share their faith. As any church planter or evangelist knows or quickly learns, understanding the history and context of this region requires the understanding of multiple cultures. In some ways Pacific Northwest culture, though often spiritual, is not […]
The truth is simple but hard: we can draw tens of thousands of marchers to New York to register a warning about climate change, and yet how closely is Washington D.C. listening? While here in the Pacific Northwest, at least in the area we call Cascadia, there is general agreement, step outside of our blue […]
Called to Love Neighbor and Care for Earth It is an astounding moment in history to be people who serve the God revealed in Jesus. The gifts from this God shake the foundations of life as we know it: The first gift is God’s love. God – the creating, liberating, healing, sustaining Source – loves […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]