What's Tony Thinking

2020: The Hinge Year

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February 20, 2024 — Last night we went to a meeting of Seattle friends and acquaintances interested in doing field work (voter registration, door-belling) in swing states for the upcoming 2024 election. We went to a similar meeting, in the same home in fact, in 2016. It led to my trip in October of 2016 to Ohio, where I... Read More

Grey Goose in the Courtroom, Unicorns in Church

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February 16, 2024 — Tribute to Navalny. At The Free Press Bari Weiss offers a tribute to the Russian dissident, Alexei Navalny. Here’s a bit of that fine piece: “The life and death of Navalny insists on the following: there is a free world and an unfree world. There is right and there is wrong. There is better and worse,... Read More

The People of Fear

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February 15, 2024 — I am reading Tim Alberta’s new book, The Kingdom, The Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicalism in An Age of Extremism. It runs nearly 500 pages, but reads well. Keeps you turning the pages. Still, it’s tough reading. Why? Because it portrays just how frightened, gullible, manipulated and lost are those Evangelical Christians who have... Read More

May Yours Be a Blessed Lent

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February 13, 2024 — Ash Wednesday today, also Valentine’s Day. There’s a mash-up! More creative minds than mine are finding connections between the two, I’m sure. Thanks to reader Reynolds Shook for the graphic! A few Ash Wednesday/ Lent thoughts. Often people think Ash Wednesday is mostly about mortality. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” “Dust you are and... Read More

Talking ‘Bout My Generation and Other Notes at the Weekend

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February 10, 2024 — You’ll miss us when we’re gone. Maybe. The British writer, Mary Harrington, took the occasion of King Charles’s cancer diagnosis to reflect at UnHerd on his (and my own)  oft-maligned generation, the boomers. Harrington — who is not a boomer — swims against the stream of negative critique of boomers writing, “But there are boomers... Read More

Judge Others, Lest You Be Judged

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February 9, 2024 — I remember when everyone was against “judgment.” “This is a ‘judgment free zone.'” Or “Hey, no judgement!” People would say what they couldn’t stand about church and church people was “all the judge-y-ness,” which is kind of judgment, but well never mind. Prayers of confession were out — too judgmental. “I come to church to... Read More

Election Or Exorcism?

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February 5, 2024 — Last week I posted a blog in which I confessed my deep quandary about how people can possibly support Donald Trump when the guy ridicules those who serve in the U.S. military, even or especially those have been wounded or killed. He calls them “suckers” and “losers.” Same guy who refused, as President, to be... Read More

Groundhog Day and More at Week’s End

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February 2, 2024 — Looks like spring is on the way. At least if you take the Groundhog’s predictive capacity seriously. No shadow when the little guy crawled out (or was pushed), so spring will come early. And here in Seattle it looks like it. Almost balmy weather and sunshine after a very grey and very wet January. Crocuses are... Read More

Live With Fleming Rutledge

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January 31, 2024 — Fleming Rutledge, author of the book Epiphany: Season of Glory, joined the conversation this week in our webinar on her book where we focused on the chapters, “The River,” and “The Wine.” Here’s the link to the video. While I started reading Fleming in the 1980’s, it was not until 2008 that we met and... Read More

I Don’t Get It

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January 30, 2024 — Yesterday Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke about the three U.S. soldiers who were killed in an Iran-sponsored attack in Jordan. Here’s what he had to say, as cited in the newsletter from historian Heather Cox Richardson. “At a press conference today with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Washington, D.C.,... Read More