Without Saying a Word, the Gospel Gets a Hearing in Bellevue

  There are advantages to being a Christian and a pastor in the decidedly unchurched Northwest. It forces us toward more creative forms of ministry and deeper theological reflection. We cannot just do church as usual, and that’s a blessing. I pastor a church in Bellevue, Washington. When people hear “Bellevue” they think of an affluent suburb, which it is, but it also has a lot of poverty, gang activity, and a host of other issues associated with urban settings. It is a place of enormous religious syncretism, where bits and pieces of eastern philosophy, and Judeo-Christian thought mix...

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