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Reflecting Beauty in the Emerald City

Reflecting Beauty in the Emerald City

A letter to a young pastor about ministry in Seattle.   Editor’s Note: We’ve asked five seasoned Seattle pastors to write a letter to a young pastor in the city on what they’ve learned over the course of their ministry. This first piece comes from Richard...

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Do Black Lives Matter in Seattle?

Do Black Lives Matter in Seattle?

We shouldn’t ignore calls for racial justice, even when we don’t like the way they sound.   At a now infamous Bernie Sanders rally in August of 2015, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement collided with Seattle progressives in dramatic fashion. Labor activists and...

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Housing and the Peace of the City

Housing and the Peace of the City

Vancouver is routinely named one of the best cities in which to live. Yet, optimism is quickly shattered by the cost of actually living in Vancouver. Where one headline reads, “Best city to live” another quips, “Most unaffordable city.” The reality is that the cost of...

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A Pastoral Case for Bike Lanes

A Pastoral Case for Bike Lanes

Traffic. Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, and even my hometown of Tacoma are all struggling with it. The urban centers of Cascadia are growing at an exponential rate as thousands more move in each and every year. As traffic worsens, debates between drivers and cyclists...

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Book Review: “The New Parish”

Book Review: “The New Parish”

Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight Friesen have recently released their new book, “The New Parish.” Parish… really?  Why are these three, by all accounts intelligent and insightful writers, dragging out this long-ago-discarded, dusty antique...

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Sister Willamette: Co-Lamenting with My River

Sister Willamette: Co-Lamenting with My River

"But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!" Amos 5:24 The Willamette River flows by my hometown. She flows by, but we’re like strangers. We’re more like acquaintances, like a friend of the family I might wave at and...

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Transplants and Exiles in the Pacific Northwest

Transplants and Exiles in the Pacific Northwest

The church plays a unique role in the life of the Pacific Northwest. This particular coffee appointment wasn’t all that unlike the twenty or so other similar coffee appointments I’d had in the last five years. As a church planter, I suppose I’m to blame. When you’ve...

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Future Emphasis of the Church in the Pacific Northwest

Future Emphasis of the Church in the Pacific Northwest

  With the acknowledged anti-institutional paradigm shift of religiosity in the Pacific Northwest, people from all avenues—ministerial, sociological and historical—are curious as to the future expressions and allowances of faith given the Sacro-Egoistical (radical...

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Sola Fide: Sowing Seeds of Unity in Newberg

My salvation has been questioned more times than I’d like to relate. The last time, the knee-jerk reaction had to do with my apathy toward a particular theory of atonement. For that, my conversation partner resigned me to some corner of hell. I’ve always...

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