What's Tony Thinking

More on Chicken Little

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February 26, 2024 — As I mentioned in my Saturday post, I thought David Brooks current article in The Atlantic especially timely and helpful. Brooks names a pervasive spirit of pessimism that has settled like a heavy fog over the land, red and blue alike. And like a dense fog, this makes it difficult for us to see clearly; for us... Read More

At the Week End, February 23 – 24

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February 23, 2024 — Taking comfort where you can find it. Earlier this year the login at Constant Contact changed such that it now starts with a screen that says, “Click here . . . Verifying you are human . . . this may take a moment.” Most days I login whether to write a blog or check to... Read More

Pass the Baton?

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February 21, 2024 — Several of you asked what my take was on Ezra Klein’s podcast/ column of February 19, which is titled “Democrats Have A Better Option Than Biden.” Well, I thought it was very good. For a couple of reasons. He was very positive about Joe Biden and his presidency. He indicated how much he liked Biden... Read More

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