What's Tony Thinking

Do You Get Too Keyed-Up About Football? Go To a Game

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December 31, 2019 — Perhaps this is not a deep topic, but I’m the kind of guy who thinks about things and tries to make sense of them. So, now we turn to pro-football. Laura, our daughter, and I went to the Seahawks final game of the season on Sunday against the 49er’s. She’s a big Hawks fan (working... Read More

Hope at Year’s End

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December 30, 2019 — I play a little catch up here in the holiday hiatus. Catching up, that is, on reading of magazines like The Christian Century which tend to pile up on my desk. In a December 4 issue I found a piece by Debie Thomas, “Hope sits in darkness,” that was to me deeply moving. It is powerful... Read More

Number One in 2019

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December 28, 2019 — In my last post I reviewed my most popular posts of the year. I included numbers 5 through 2. Now it’s time for numero uno. Two quick notes before going there. This is based on numbers of readers, i.e. “clicks.” That is, it’a quantity, not quality, based assessment. Some of my own favorites don’t make... Read More

The Year in Review/ Most Read Posts

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December 26, 2019 — As a “Year in Review” piece I thought I would share with you the five most read and “shared” of my blogs of the past year. I’ll take them in the old Letterman style, though limiting it to the top 5 instead of the top 10. In this post, I will countdown from 5 to... Read More

A Few Thoughts on Gifts and Gift-Giving

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December 22, 2019 — I’ve been thinking about gifts and Christmas presents, which is pretty natural — if not unavoidable — at this time of year. One of the things I have both experienced and observed is that a sense of disappointment seems almost always to shadow these rituals. No matter how large the mountain of gifts beneath the... Read More

Leading Evangelical Magazine Calls for Trump’s Removal

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December 20, 2019 — This is significant. The magazine, Christianity Today, founded by Billy Graham in 1956 and the leading magazine of evangelical Christianity, has done something it doesn’t often do: address current politics. Moreover, it has taken a position that puts it at odds with the majority of white evangelicals. CT has said Trump must go. Here’s CT... Read More

Praying for the President

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December 18, 2019 — Yesterday Donald Trump sent a letter to House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, in which — among other things — he accused her of lying when she said that she, “prays for the President all the time.” Trump wrote in yesterday’s letter, “Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually... Read More

Is Impeachment DOA?

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December 16, 2019 — Two wise, older political writers that I pay attention to are Elizabeth Drew and Peggy Noonan. Drew covered the Watergate hearings and impeachment for The New Yorker and often appeared on PBS. She now appears occasionally in the pages of New York Times. Peggy Noonan was a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan. Her weekly commentary appears in the... Read More

A Sweet Thing

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December 15, 2019 — A dear friend showed up for dinner the other evening with a twinkle in her eye and a surprise in her bag. “Look at this,” she said. She pulled out a printed copy of one of my sermons. It was dated 1995. We did not know each other then. In fact, we did not meet... Read More

Immigration: A Different Perspective

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December 12, 2019 — As I read Tom Edsall’s most recent column on voter attitudes about immigration I recalled an earlier piece by Andrew Sullivan at New York magazine.  Both Edsall and Sullivan draw from the work of London based scholar, Eric Kaufmann, a Hong Kong born Canadian and author of Whiteshift.  Edsall quotes Kaufmann, “Immigration attitudes are the fulcrum... Read More