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 […]
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 ...
“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 ...
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 […]
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, […]