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The tyranny of safety

In the era of school shootings and terrorism it is understandable that safety has become a priority. But has it also become an obsession? Are…

2014’s #1 Most Read: Inside Mars Hill’s massive meltdown

A recent outpouring of accounts by former church members of Mars Hill, Seattle's own homegrown megachurch, are painting a picture, both fascinating and horrifying, of…

Seven things to know about the Christmas story

This time of year we are awash in Christmas stories. There’s “A Christmas Carol” at ACT Theatre, “A Christmas Story: The Musical” at the Fifth…

Peter’s coat: a Christmas story

On Nov. 12 the weather was icy, with warnings about frozen pipes and news of homeless shelters adding extra beds. Walking back from the store,…

Pets in paradise comment not from Pope Francis

Correction: The quote "Paradise is open to all creatures" was mistakenly attributed to Pope Francis. It was in fact spoken by his predecessor, Pope Paul…

Holidays: A season for grown-ups

Perhaps you’ve noticed, these days we tend to think of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and New Year’s as one thing, one season (or perhaps one…

Seattle’s new Sunday Assembly Church is no Mars Hill

For years Mars Hill Church treated the University of Washington as a field of young souls ripe for harvest. Pastor Mark Driscoll courted on-campus audiences…

Death with dignity can be a natural process

“We don’t call it that anymore,” said the social worker from the hospice agency. She had been talking in a vague and confusing way about…

Seven tips for embracing retirement

I was visiting with a friend not long ago who confessed to a fear of retirement. “I’m just not sure what I’ll do," he told…

The origins of life and the question of intelligent design

"I Origins" contemplates the argument for and against the concept of intelligent design by telling a story of science, love, loss and speculation. It is first…

The missing angle in the Hobby Lobby debate

The Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision ignited a storm of debate over the general concept of religious exemption from the law. It has also…

Viral Video: Mars Hill in its own words

The Crosscut articles that exposed the “massive meltdown” within Seattle’s homegrown Mars Hill megachurch make for fascinating reading. Misogyny, narcissism, shunning, shaming and co-founder Mark…

A big hole in NW diversity

After all these years, it is still somehow an unnexpected miracle, a rich soul-feeding surprise. “Summer Fishtrap: A Gathering of Writers” held its 27th year…

I’m a recovering Mars Hill true believer

This article was originally posted on the author's personal blog, MikeyAnderson.com. Have you ever sat next to a bug zapper on a warm night, and…

Inside Mars Hill’s massive meltdown

A recent outpouring of accounts by former church members of Mars Hill, Seattle's own homegrown megachurch, are painting a picture, both fascinating and horrifying, of…