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College takes faith look at “Dawn of the Dead” film?

October 30, 2012 --

By University of Portland

The film “Dawn of the Dead” will be featured Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:15 p.m. as part of the series called “Bringing Eyes of Faith to Film.” The event, free and open to the public, will be in Franz Hall, Room 223 on the University of Portland campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.

Each of the distinctly non-religious films presented during the semester are introduced with brief comments inviting viewers to see two themes of grace, transcendence, and finding meaning in one’s life. Movie snacks will be provided.

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Local church reopens after teen arson attack


The Living Savior Lutheran Church in Tualatin reopened to its first service after being set afire back in March. Two 13-year old boys were convicted in that fire. It is believed that the teens obtained keys to the church from their involvement of charity groups using the meeting hall during the week. See the KATU-TV video below.

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Portland bomber planned exit to Yemen

October 29, 2012 --

Portland bomber planned to leave country
Oregon Faith News Note:

Mohamed Mohamud planned to flee to Yemen after he detonated a 1,800-pound bomb at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square during the 2010 Christmas tree lighting ceremony, government prosecutors allege. Thankfully, the bomb never exploded, and Mohamud was arrested for attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction. In his pocket, FBI agents found an email that contained an address and phone number in Yemen from suspected terrorist Amro Alali.

The bomb that Mohamud tried to detonate by dialing a cell phone number never exploded because it was a fake supplied by FBI undercover agents who developed a relationship with Mohamud, posing as terrorists.

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Jewish groups split with Christians over Israel

October 28, 2012 --

by Institute on Religion and Democracy


“These denominations have a history of being anti-Israel in their pronouncements over the past three decades.”
-Mark Tooley, IRD President

Washington, DC—Several major Jewish organizations have cancelled participation in the next meeting of a Christian-Jewish Roundtable after the Christian groups sent a letter to the U.S. Congress. The letter asks Congress to re-evaluate U.S. military aid to Israel.

The withdrawing groups include the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and Conservative and Reform Jewish movements.

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Video debate over celebrating Halloween

October 27, 2012 --

Liquid Church hosts a forum on celebrating Halloween.

Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor of the non-denominational Christian church, Liquid Church in NJ, addressed the question many Christians are asking this fall about Halloween. In 2012, sales of Halloween-related goods nationwide are expected to exceed all previous years, with retail sales of ghoulish costumes, decorations and candy expected to top $8 Billion (up from $7 Billion last year according to National Retail Federation). On his web show,, Lucas explains what the Bible has to say about the subject and whether or not a Christian family can participate in the secular holiday that tends to celebrate ghosts, gore and the ghastly. The web show video episode was sent to the entire congregation which has weekly attendance of nearly 2,500 people as well as bring distributed across the Internet on YouTube and the web show’s video site.

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Catholic radio ads blast ‘Asylum’ show

October 26, 2012 --

By Catholic League for Religious and civil rights

Bill Donohue explains how the Catholic League is responding to the bigotry and censorship of Hollywood elites:

On October 17, FX will air the first episode of the series, “American Horror Story: Asylum.” It depicts an evil Catholic home for the criminally insane where a promiscuous nun—in habit, of course—beats inmates; a Catholic doctor tortures them.

When I submitted a full-page ad [click here] to be run that is critical of the show, I was turned down by The Hollywood Reporter’s publisher, Lynne Segall: she said the ad “was not appropriate.” She did not say the show “was not appropriate.” I then submitted the ad to Variety where it met the same fate, this time because of the alleged “mudslinging” title, “FX Trashes Nuns.” No one at Variety said the show was guilty of “mudslinging.”

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Ex Oregon quarterback gets national Christian honors

October 25, 2012 --

Fellowship of Christian Athletes:

Neil Lomax, an assistant coach at Roosevelt High School who set multiple NCAA passing records as a quarterback at Portland State University before embarking on an All-Pro career in the National Football League, has been elected to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions.

FCA is the world’s largest Christian sports ministry.

Lomax is in his fourth year as a volunteer assistant football coach at Roosevelt, assisting head coach Christian Swain with a Roughriders program that has improved from back-to-back 0-9 seasons in 2008 and 2009, respectively, to a 7-4 mark in 2011. But Lomax’s impact on the team has reached far beyond the gridiron.

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A higher call for political manners

October 24, 2012 --

By Tony Kriz
New Wine Skins
A program of Multnomah Biblical Seminary.

Election seasons divide people.  They do so almost by definition: positions taken, votes collected, ideological-bases solidified (and polarized).

I fear that there is little to no hope.  Maybe for this one season, we need to accept that we live inside a high school debate class.  Tables are pushed to the edges of the room.  Two teams, defined by opposing views, are delegated.  And each of the teams retreat to their separate corners to refine their arguments and further fortify their philosophical faith.

On the other hand…

I gave a radio interview to a man who referred to himself as “a nationally known apologist for biblical truth.”  He had heard about the theme of my new book, Neighbors and Wise Men and wanted a half hour of my time.  I thought we were going to have a discussion.  I quickly learned he wanted a debate.

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McMinnville church targets unreached tribes in Africa

October 23, 2012 --
Church adopts unengaged people group in West Africa
By Sheila Allen
By NW Baptist Convention

Members at Valley Baptist Church in McMinnville, Ore., intend to prove a lone church can make a difference in the world, one mission trip at a time.

Pastor Ronny Cooksey was struck by the emphasis of Tom Elliff, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, when he spoke of “unreached, unengaged people groups” at the Southern Baptist Convention last summer.

A former IMB missionary to Japan, Cooksey has a long history of ministering to the nations, but for his congregation it is a newer endeavor.

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Local students join millions at flag pole prayer

October 22, 2012 --

By Faith News Note,

On September 26, 2012, about 40 Christian students gathered at the at McMinnville High School flagpole to participate in a “See You at the Pole” (SYATP) prayer meeting. The News-Register reports that students at Yamhill-Carlton, Dayton, and Newberg high schools also participated in this annual global event.

“Our country isn’t what it used to be, so it needs prayer,” McMinnville student Ady Garlinghouse told the News-Register.

Although prayer in the schools has been declared unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, in 1968 the Court in the Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District ruled that the First Amendment right of free speech applied to students in public schools. The ruling protects the students’ rights to gather for prayer before or after school hours as long as the meeting is not sponsored by the school. The SYATP meetings are all student-organized and student-led.

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