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Meet the NW cowboy church

April 30, 2010 --

Central Washington church meets needs of cowboys
By Sheila Allen
NW Baptist Convention, Witness Newsletter

TOPPENISH, Wash. — Like any affinity group, cowboys have special needs that would benefit from a tailor-made ministry approach. Such a ministry has become a reality under the direction of Dave Shepard since he began a cowboy ministry that has recently formalized into a church.  Shepard was not born into the cowboy world but grew up in a logging family in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. It was not until the age of 38 that he began taking his children to Sunday school and stayed himself.

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Supreme Court sides with public cross case

April 29, 2010 --

Legion Leader Hails Supreme Court Decision on Mojave Cross as Victory for Common Sense

WASHINGTON, April 28  — The national commander of The American Legion today hailed the 5-4 decision of the Supreme court reversing a lower court decision that could have required the removal of a cross that has stood in the Mojave National Preserve for more than 75 years.  “I commend the court for its decision that finally restores common sense that will enable this symbol to stand proudly as intended — a tribute to honor American soldiers who died in World War I,” said National Commander Clarence E. Hill. “This is a landmark decision that not only preserves the Mojave Desert cross, but also helps protect all memorials to our fallen heroes.”

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Do feelings violate Oregon discrimination laws?

April 28, 2010 --

Oregon Faith Report News Note:

An Ashland family with two toddlers has raised an interesting question on how far reaching Oregon anti-discrimination housing laws go.  At the center of the debate is an Ashland family with kids who are renting out a cottage behind their house.  The law says they must accept the first qualified person.   It appears that personal feelings could manifest greater problems with the law.  This comes on the heels of a local study showing discrimination occurring in Ashland.   Hannah Guzik of the Ashland Daily Tidings reports.

“..According to fair housing laws, the Campbells are required to select the first qualified renter who applies for the $600-a-month cottage, said Moloy Good, executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon.”Landlords need to not discriminate,” he said. “There are no exceptions, even the ‘I had an icky feeling’ one.”

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New Catholic channel joins Comcast


New Catholic channel joins Comcast

BOSTON — CatholicTV® (, America’s Catholic Television Network(TM), has announced that it has signed an affiliation agreement with Comcast Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communication services in the country.

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Debate over Franklin Graham-Pentagon disinvite

Book: No More Christian Nice Girl


No More Christian Nice Girl:
When Just Being Nice-Instead of Good-Hurts You, Your Family, and Your Friends

By Paul Coughlin, Oregon Author
and Jennifer D. Degler, PhD

Minneapolis, MN-Too often people, and women in particular, equate being Christian with being nice. As a result, they bend every which way trying to accommodate everyone, suppressing thoughts, opinions, and emotions. “A lot of what people call nice behavior is really fear, cowardice, and even sin in disguise,” say Paul Coughlin and Jennifer Degler, authors of No More Christian Nice Girl. “Many women are nice, not because they truly care about other people, but because they fear conflict and rejection.”

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Tiananmen Square Leader embraces Christian faith

April 25, 2010 --

Tiananmen Square Leader Chai Ling Embraces Christian Faith and Freedom

BOSTON, April 22 /Christian Newswire/ — More than 20 years ago, a young woman named Chai Ling mourned the death of political and economic reformer Hu Yaobang, a symbol of freedom and hope for the forward-thinking students of China. Hu’s funeral, held on April 22, 1989 seven days after his death, was attended by 50,000 students.

Chai Ling, then a 23-year-old top-ranking national honors student at “Bei Shi Da” Beijing Normal University, became a galvanizing force in the Tiananmen Square Student Movement, rallying thousands of hopeful students, and later becoming the top leader of the protest movement.

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Family-Faith Film Review: The Losers

April 24, 2010 --

Family-Faith Film Review: The Losers
By Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting

The Losers—This slick action comedy about a unit of ex-special forces soldiers (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short and Oscar Jaenada) who are betrayed by a fiendish spymaster (Jason Patric) holds itself in much higher regard than its deprecatory title and flippant tone would suggest — or than the disposable project as a whole deserves. Director Sylvain White applies a music-video sensibility to the comic-book source material, and the stylized violence, though considerable, is never explicit, while the jocularity is more juvenile than offensive. A moderately explicit nonmarital sexual encounter, some profanity, at least two instances of rough language, a steady stream of crude and crass verbiage, frequent bloodless violence and some sexual innuendo and banter. L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (PG-13) 2010
Full Review

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Family-Faith Film Review: The Back-Up Plan

April 23, 2010 --

Family-Faith Film Review: The Back-Up Plan
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

The Back-Up Plan—In this dull and predictable romantic comedy single pet store owner Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) conceives twins through artificial insemination, and seems blissfully happy until Mr. Right appears in the form of cheese maker Stan (Alex O’Loughlin). Zoe falls hard, but when she confesses her condition to Stan, he freaks. Despite a “happy” ending, director Alan Poul’s film presents a thoroughly warped view of love, marriage and parenthood, and contradicts Catholic moral teachings on the necessity of maintaining the connection between the punitive and procreative aspects of marital love. Morally skewed treatment of human sexuality, graphic premarital sexual activity, rear and partial nudity, scenes of defecation, much crude language, graphic gynecological exams, and a gruesome water birth scene.  O — morally offensive. (PG-13) 2010
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Sympathy for Bill Gates?


Oregon Faith Report Survey,

It turns out that there is sympathy and lots of it for Bill Gates for the work he is doing.  Oregon Faith Report asked their readers this question last month.  Question: Bill Gates was ranked this year as the second richest person in the world at a net worth of $53 billion. Gates has been very high profile in the billions he has given to charity. What best represents your feelings about Bill Gates and his money? ANSWER choices: Not impressed…because he still has $53 billion or “A role model for other billionaires” .

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