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Seek the Welfare of the Suburbs

Seek the Welfare of the Suburbs

 They may not be seen as exciting, but the ‘burbs need a Christian presence, too. Suburbs are the place not to be. In conversations around creative cultural engagement, I’ve noticed suburbs are viewed as boring, a kind of anti-culture to be avoided if at all possible....

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It’s Not About the Coffee

It’s Not About the Coffee

 How I went from training employees to shepherding people. My wife and I are the owners of the Dutch Bros. coffee locations in Spokane, Washington. In the early stages of running Dutch Bros., my management approach was pretty typical: train staff to do their jobs...

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New Churches in the None Zone

New Churches in the None Zone

What do church plants in one of the most post-Christian cities in the nation have to teach us? While national headlines herald the decline of Christianity in the United States, scarcely heard are stories from the thousands of new churches and new forms of church that...

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Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner?

Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner?

Northwest Christians are caring, conscientious, and friendly. So why won’t they invite you into their homes?   I’m a bit of a Nomad. I was born in Alabama, raised near Detroit and, since leaving Michigan at 19, I have lived in many places from Florida to Alaska,...

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Tapping Into Community

Tapping Into Community

Christians have heard all about the dangers of alcohol but what about the benefits? Imagine something for me. Think of two young Christians doing their best to seem intellectual. They’re college students meeting a group of atheists from the same school. We all know...

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Theory Matters in Ministry

Theory Matters in Ministry

What I learned lecturing to Asian American Pastors.   Early in March 2016, I was invited to Seattle Pacific University (SPU) to do one of the most terrifying things for a Christian layperson to do: teach pastors how to do ministry. Technically, the course fell...

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Does Vancouver Have a Soul?

Does Vancouver Have a Soul?

Religion reporter Douglas Todd discusses faith and culture in British Columbia’s largest city. Interview by David Warkentin   There aren’t many people, if any, who have spent more time reflecting on religion and culture in Cascadia than Douglas Todd. As a...

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Love Your Buddhist Neighbor as Yourself

Love Your Buddhist Neighbor as Yourself

We’re not called to merely tolerate the religious minorities in our midst. “Coexist” bumper stickers abound in Portland, where I work. Like car bumpers that provide cushion from crashes, these stickers signify a desire to cushion people from religious intolerance. We...

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Bringing Sanity to the Gay Debate

Bringing Sanity to the Gay Debate

How a new book by an evangelical theologian and his gay son models Cascadian Christian family values. Space at the Table: Conversations Between an Evangelical Theologian and His Gay Son (Zeal Books, 2016) is a powerful book with a transformative message. But before I...

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You Have Died of Dysentery

You Have Died of Dysentery

Encountering non-religious pilgrims along the Oregon Trail. “You have died of dysentery.” Those ominous words, one might recall, were the worst words any eight-year-old could read on the screen while playing The Oregon Trail—that folkloric, now ancient video game...

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The #ManInTree and the Way of the Cross

The #ManInTree and the Way of the Cross

What can we learn this Holy Week from one marginalized man’s peculiar actions? No one is quite sure if the man was homeless or mentally unstable, but it is possible that all he wanted when he climbed the giant sequoia tree in downtown Seattle on Tuesday was to be...

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