Category Archives: writing

Between the World and Me: a Review

By | December 8, 2015

Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates 163 pages Spiegel & Grau, July 14, 2015 So this is a beautiful, phenomenal, hard-to-read, engrossing, painful, tender, honest, raw, careful book. It is a letter penned to the author’s son about what life is for Americans, when said Americans are Americans-on-probation, Americans who are not really… Read More »

We Americans and Our Violence

By | December 5, 2015

Someone posted recently that “we Americans” demanded that Muslims in America speak out against violence because “we Americans” were terrified of them here in America. My response: Speaking as a Christ-follower, I see “my people” hiding in plain sight and attacking Americans and American soil. I see Dylann Roof and Robert Dear, both people in… Read More »

Who Are the Good Guys and Who Are the Bad Guys

By | December 4, 2015

Are all Muslims terrorists? Are any Christians terrorists? There are somewheres around 2B Christians in the world, and 1.2B Muslims. There are perhaps around 1B Hindus and maybe the same number of Buddhists. Sikhs, Jainists, Animists, Jews, various “pagan” religions, and non-religious or agnostic round out the rest. There is no litmus test to be… Read More »

Paris, Beirut, Japan, Kenya,…

By | November 15, 2015

It’s been a world of hurt lately, and yet it always is. It is always true that the poor are with us, that evil men and women plot against us to do us harm, from the personal level to the national. We can be fearful and aggressive and return hate for hate, fire for fire,… Read More »

Do I Have Privilege?

By | November 3, 2015

The short answer is “Yes.” The longer answer is more nuanced, because of course I don’t see or experience my privilege. It just is, because I live in a society and culture that by default caters to me and my own identity and my own sense of belonging here. There is a great paper written… Read More »

Christ-follower in All Things

By | October 30, 2015 I don’t get it that Christians claim they need guns to “protect” themselves in America. We aren’t in Somalia or Burma or North Korea where the state has direct animus against us or the citizens are terrorized on the street by anarchy and a government that can’t govern. We live in arguably one of… Read More »

Snoqualmie’s Bad Hire Puts North Bend at Risk

By | October 26, 2015

Officer Nicholas Hogan of the Snoqualmie Police Department was hired by Snoqualmie after being fired by the City of Tukwila due several payouts (totaling $425K) which resulted from his violent actions against civilians. Per the Seattle Times article of October 25, 2015 (, the police commander of Tukwila questioned why any police department could hire… Read More »

What About ‘Those People’? Why Don’t They Fix Their Own Lives?

By | September 26, 2015

“Why don’t ‘those people’ fix their own lives and culture instead of rioting all the time?” I hear this question a lot. Do you want to know the answer? First of all, ‘those people’ are exactly like you. People, humans, Americans, who lives lives, like you, largely unrecognized. They are doing what they’re doing without… Read More »