Author Archives: Kent Harrop

About Kent Harrop

I am bi-coastal...I was raised in New England (Rhode Island) and for twenty years 1994 - 2014 served as pastor of First Baptist Church McMinnville, Oregon. In May 2014 I moved with my wife Tricia back to New England and serve on a team of ministers at the First Baptist Church in Beverly, Massachusetts. I love the beauty and geographic breadth of Oregon and the north shore of Massachusetts. A growing edge for me is the integration of the contemplative and prophetic life. Tricia and I enjoy gardening, camping and kayaking on rivers and ocean. We have two grown daughters who are strong, smart and adventurous. The purpose of the blog is to explore the relationship between faith and the wider culture. The views expressed here are my own.

The Spirit of Christmas: Kent’s Perspective

Finding the Spirit within Christmas isn’t easy.  Crass commercialism would have a cynic believe that it is nothing more than a means for making money. Hallmark movies and greeting cards offer a sanitized version of families gathering around the table, … Continue reading

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Prayer, Fact or Folly: Kent’s Perspective

Joe has written an honest and insightful reflection on prayer.  What he thinks it is and isn’t.  He shares from his personal experience,  so I’ll share from mine. When I was a kid growing up in Rhode Island, most of … Continue reading

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Character, Citizenship and Leadership: Kent’s Perspective

Growing up who were your role models?  My role models were many.  My Dad modeled a life of quiet decency.  He never raised his hand and rarely raised his voice when angry.  He was dependable and kind.  As a building … Continue reading

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In Praise of Character: Kent’s Perspective

In the aftermath of a contentious presidential election the bar keeps being lowered as to what is permissible. Inflated statements and unfounded accusations are dressed up as ‘alternative-facts’. Facts deemed unwelcome are called ‘fake news’. Character assassination via Twitter are considered … Continue reading

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What Gives Life Meaning: Is There a Cosmic Power in the Universe? Kent’s Perspective

On Super Bowl Sunday there were many in Patriot’s Nation who believed that a Cosmic force had rained down grace and blessing upon the faithful.   How else to explain coming back in the later part of the third quarter from … Continue reading

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Under Penalty of Death: Kent’s Perspective

Joe, the career police officer and my co-blogger puts it this way: “There are some people in the world we cannot fix. Dylan Roof is just one more example of damaged goods. But I wonder if we do more damage … Continue reading

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The Tradition of Christmas: Kent’s Perspective

My friend Joe, a former Catholic and now atheist, is right. Christmas to a significant degree has been coopted by commercialism. He’s right too that we Christians inserted our traditions/beliefs into the pagan culture of the time. Jesus being born … Continue reading

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