What's Tony Thinking

Careful, We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet

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January 21, 2021 — A friend rejoiced in the Biden inauguration, celebrating, “The end of a wretched era.” I get it. As noted in my previous post, I breathed a very big sigh of relief with Trump’s going and Biden’s coming. But we’re not out of the woods yet — not by a long shot. I don’t only mean... Read More

A Humbled Nation Rejoices (or at least breathes again)

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January 20, 2021 — As we watched, the evening before the inauguration, the memorial service for the lives of those lost to the pandemic, my overwhelming feeling was, “We can breathe again.” There was dignity, decorum and decency. What a relief. It wasn’t all about one person (whose name shall not mentioned). It wasn’t being politicized. It was about... Read More

A Profile in Courage

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January 19, 2021 — I listened the other day to the New York Times “Daily,” a podcast. This particular episode, from Friday, January 15, 2021 featured a brand new member of Congress from Michigan, Peter Meijer. Meijer, a Republican, holds the seat once held by Gerald Ford. He is veteran, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He wants to... Read More

Can Anything Good Come Out of Imbler?

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January 16, 2021 — From today’s gospel lesson, John 1: 43 – 51 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”... Read More

Curious Minds Want to Know

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January 16, 2021 — In her blog of yesterday, the historian Heather Cox Richardson asked a question that has been on the minds of many. ” . . . why Trump seems so desperate to stay in a job he clearly has no interest in doing.” You may remember during the 2016 campaign the many commentators who said that... Read More

Maybe It Was the W.W.E. Insurrection?

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January 13, 2021 — As more horrific details about the mob attack on the Capitol last week continue to emerge, there’s something very weird about this whole thing. It’s as if the insurrectionists were performing in some reality TV show. A couple days ago, I asked here, “Was this a ‘Christian’ Insurrection?” because a lot of the participants seemed... Read More

Yes, I Was Hacked

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January 13, 2021 — Dear Friends, You may have received an email purportedly from me asking you to buy an Amazon gift card or some other form of financial request. It is not from me. It was bogus. A scam. My email was hacked. Since then I’ve changed all my passwords and am trying to get the word out... Read More

Was It a “Christian” Insurrection?

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January 11, 2021 — We Christians have to face a hard question. Was this a “Christian” insurrection? That’s what David French, a Never-Trumper and evangelical Christian, called it in his Sunday blog, The French Press. He used that terminology in deep sadness and with anger. He went on to argue that only the church can overcome a “christian insurrection.”... Read More

Humbled

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January 10, 2021 — Well, by now, you and I have read a whole raft of commentary and opinion on this week’s “insurrection” in Wednesday in D. C. I’ve even written some of it. But there’s something I’ve been trying to figure out how to say that I haven’t quite been able to get my head around. Let’s start... Read More

Do the Right Thing

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January 9, 2021 — I have been asking myself what should be done in the wake of Wednesday’s riot and attack on the Capitol. I’m sure you have too. Do we ride it out until January 20th, hoping Trump does nothing worse? Should the 25th Amendment be invoked, removing him from office by a vote of the cabinet? A... Read More