This is the second of a two-part exposé on consumerism and Christianity in Cascadia. You can read part one by clicking here. Churches will try just about anything to stay relevant. From music to mochas, countless attempts are made by churches to appeal to culture, especially the next generation. Don Draper, the famous advertiser from […]
This is the second of a two-part exposé on consumerism and Christianity in Cascadia. ...
“Millennials are leaving the church!” “Young adults don’t believe anything anymore!” “The church has ...
Traffic. Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, and even my hometown of Tacoma are all struggling with it. ...
Why do people change their minds? In the classic work by Thomas Kuhn, The Structure ...
Cascadia is a progressive paradise with a race problem. The genius and self-awareness of ...
“Millennials are leaving the church!” “Young adults don’t believe anything anymore!” “The church has lost its voice in a wayward culture.” These dire headlines describe the reality of faith and church for today’s young adults, often referred to as “millennials.” The hasty exit of millennials from the church is well documented, with Cascadia’s young […]
Traffic. Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, and even my hometown of Tacoma are all struggling with it. The urban centers of Cascadia are growing at an exponential rate as thousands more move in each and every year. As traffic worsens, debates between drivers and cyclists quickly become enflamed. Is the solution more lanes for cars or bikes? […]
Why do people change their minds? In the classic work by Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Kuhn suggests that one does not change one’s mind until one has a good reason to do so. That apparently banal observation is nonetheless critical to the consideration of why Christianity is so hard to commend to […]
Cascadia is a progressive paradise with a race problem. The genius and self-awareness of the television show Portlandia clashes with our region’s secret history of covert racism. If we look at Portlandia’s representations of regional culture, we’d think we live in white country! The truth, however, is much more complex. The journal Christ & […]
“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 […]
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 […]