What's Tony Thinking

Thank you Readers

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April 14, 2020 — Thanks for being a reader of this blog! I know you have a lot to choose from on-line these days and that certainly some days you feel overwhelmed by it all. So I just want to say thanks for being a reader of “What’s Tony Thinking?” (a.k.a. in the family as, “Is Tony Thinking?”) Sometime... Read More

Where Is God in All This?

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April 13, 2020 — Early on in this pandemic and experience of social distancing I took a crack at what some regard as the domain of crack-pots. I explored whether this social and health crisis might have some theological meaning, or more crudely, is the pandemic God’s will? Because such questions are so often the realm of mean-spirited and... Read More

Encouraging Words in this Crisis

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April 11, 2020 — Peggy Noonan has a good column today about how well we Americans are doing during the COVID crisis. She checked in with Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist, and author of The Righteous Mind, to see what he was observing. Here’s Haidt: “The key concept everyone has to understand is hardship generally makes people stronger. Fear, challenge, threat—unless... Read More

Good Friday

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April 9, 2020 — Last evening, outside our window at the little viewpoint park across the street, a young couple spread their blanket and had a picnic. It is such a small and heavily used park (runners, walkers, dog walkers, photo snappers) that picnics are rare, which may be why it struck me. It was a simple scene, but... Read More

Preaching this Easter

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April 8, 2020 — Preaching on Easter Sunday is always a challenge — at least it was for me. You’ve got the same basic story every year, but you need to hear it fresh and help others to hear it fresh too. Then there are (at least until now) the anticipated crowds, offering an opportunity that doesn’t come every... Read More

The COVID/ Climate Connection

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April 7, 2020 — Is the COVID-19 crisis the shot across the bow of coming global devastations? Is this but the first of world-wide disasters to come, the others as a result of climate change? Or is this the wake-up call that will finally get our attention and lead to radical steps to avert the worst of climate change?... Read More

Kate Bowler to the Rescue

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April 6, 2020 — Kate Bowler, prof at Duke Divinity School, historian of American religion, and patient living with incurable cancer, offers some great counsel for “living in the face of fear.” I’m a big Bowler fan. Here she is on “staying positive” in this crisis. Q. What do you make of the idea that we should all just “stay... Read More

Weather Report, April 4

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April 4, 2020 — Today is a mix of clouds and blue sky. The temperatures remain lower than normal for us, in the 40’s during the daytime. Though it was on the chilly side, I paddled my kayak up Salmon Bay to the Great Blue Heron rookery (nesting area) that is southwest of the Locks in Ballard. It’s nesting... Read More

They’re (Not) All the Same

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April 3, 2020 — Yesterday I had a response from a reader in the mid-west that I want to build on for this post. This brother, whom I respect for reading my writing though we disagree with some regularity, pleaded, “Please Tony, stop the Trump and Hannity and Right Wing bashing. The ‘shouting’ you mention . . . comes... Read More

The End of the World?

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April 2, 2020 — There’s an excellent piece in today’s New York Times on apocalyptic thought and theology in several religions, including Christianity. As the author, Elisabeth Dias, rightly points out the original meaning of the Greek word apokalypsis is “unveiling.” All that has been hidden shall stand revealed. (Today’s photo: cloudy, apocalyptic sky from Seattle’s Discovery Park). “It’s not just... Read More