What's Tony Thinking

Does God Exist?

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May 23, 2024 — Funny the things you remember. In the waning weeks of my ministry at Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu, an older couple in the congregation, Kimiko and Bunichi (more than half the congregation were Japanese American), took us out to dinner. Kimmie had a question that she wanted to ask, but doing so was a... Read More

Bird Behavior

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May 21, 2024 — We’re in the Wallowa Mountains in Northeast Oregon, the ancestral homeland. It is our first, post-winter, visit of the year. We call it “opening up.” Water and power get turned on. We check for winter damage and rodent incursions. We clean gutters, mow the lawn and chop wood. Generally thaw the place out after a... Read More

A Commencement Address You Won’t Hear

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May 19, 2024 — ‘Tis the season for commencement addresses. Here’s one from a prof at University of Virginia who took on what is the pervasive ideology on elite college campuses these days. Professor Robert Parham first expresses a concern for the spiritual/ mental health of his students, who are deeply pessimistic about the world and the future and... Read More

The Blessings of a Long Friendship

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May 14, 2024 — Had lunch, and a pint, the other day with my longtime friend, Rob Wall. We first got acquainted in the late ’70s, when I invited Rob to be a speaker for the first ever church retreat of Tolt Congegational Church, in Carnation, Washington. My first church post Union Theological Seminary. Several years later, when I... Read More

Go Stormy!

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May 11, 2024 — The expert legal commentators have told us that however engaging the courtroom testimony of Stormy Daniels was this week, it is not really at the heart of the case and probably won’t have much effect in a trial that is, in the end, about fraudulent business practices. They may be right. But on the larger... Read More

Grace on the World’s Largest Cruise Ship

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May 9, 2024 — The Atlantic magazine fronted the cost of a suite ($19K) for writer Gary Shteyngart to make the maiden voyage on the world’s largest cruise ship, “Icon of the Seas.” It was a one week cruise on the newest of the “Royal Caribbean” fleet. The “Icon of the Seas” can accommodate 7,600 passengers, but for the... Read More

Both Sides Now

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May 7, 2024 — In one recent blog I wrote that the extremes on left and right, which command the attention of the media and therefore much of our attention, have a lot in common. Both are off their respective deep end. Oddly enough, both too, are playing identity politics. Only on behalf of different groups/ tribes. In another... Read More

Some Things That Spoke to Me

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May 5, 2024 — Happy Cinco de Mayo. In Mexico Cinco de Mayo isn’t a thing, or so I was told. It’s more of a U.S./ gringo day than it is one in Mexico. Still, enjoy your margarita! Doing a little bit of catching up with magazines and journals that piled up while in Mexico. I came across a couple... Read More

A Few Thoughts From Mexico Now In Seattle

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May 2, 2024 — It’s been a lovely time to return to Seattle. Full spring. Everything so green and lush. We’re getting to some things that had been put on hold while we were out of the country as well as reconnecting with family and friends. Good to be away. Good to be home. Last week this time we... Read More

Returning to the U.S.

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April 30, 2024 — My two months serving a church in Mexico are at an end. We’re in the process of traveling back to Seattle from San Miguel de Allende. Actually, we’re in the midst of six-hour layover in the Houston  Airport. Traveling today can be pretty awful. You reach the end of one long line only to move... Read More