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Sex, Lies & Recovery

January 30, 2014 --

from Multnomah University News

I can still hear Dr. Pamela Reeve’s words: “You have a serious issue. You’ll need to stay out of ministry for at least a year.” These were not the words I wanted to hear when I was four months from graduating from Multnomah Biblical Seminary with my MDiv. I had been grappling with sexual sin for almost two decades, and I had just confessed it all to Dr. Reeve. Now, more than 14 years later, God has turned my story into one of sexual redemption and hope.

I want to personally invite you to a very unique chapel series on sexuality. Multnomah University students understand what God’s Word says about the behavioral aspects of sexual sin. But many Christian leaders don’t understand the impact of their own sexuality deeply and practically. If this is true, then how are they able to shepherd others struggling with sexual brokenness?

I have found that pastors are rarely equipped to walk with people on the long journey out of sexual addiction issues. This is one of the reasons God has called me to lead Pure Life Alliance. We are an intra-church organization that helps people wrestling with sexual sin. We partner with churches in the Portland area by equipping their men and women to lead groups focused on issues of purity.

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Seahawk becomes national inspiration

January 29, 2014 --

Seahawk first ever deaf NFL player
By Faith News Note

Seattle Seahawk running back, Derrick Coleman, has become a huge national symbol of inspiration. His Super Bowl entry only magnified the fact that he is the NFL’s first ever deaf player. He made news again when a 9-year old girl, who also is deaf, wrote him a touching letter. Derrick Coleman even took time to respond.

See below
1. The girl’s letter
2. Colemen’s inspirational video
3. Coleman’s TV ad

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UofP hosts screening of award winning pilgrimage film

January 27, 2014 --

By University of Portland

UofP hosts screening of award winning pilgrimage film

University of Portland offers free screening of popular documentary “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago,” set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29
A free screening of the popular documentary “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Bauccio Commons on the University of Portland campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.

This multiple award winning film has been selling out screenings around the world. It concerns six individuals driven to follow the 1,000 year old tradition of walking the 500 miles across northern Spain, using the famous pilgrim path to Santiago de Compostela. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with UP Spanish professor and film director Kate Regan, and Garaventa Center co-director Karen Eifler, with Lydia B. Smith, the Portland-based director and producer of the documentary.

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Church & Jewish Community host open house for marriage measure

January 25, 2014 --

bhloccFrom Lake Oswego United Church of Christ & Beit Haverim

Lake Oswego United Church of Christ (LOUCC) and Beit Haverim (BH) in collaboration with Oregon United For Marriage will hold an open house on February 9, 2014. The open house is part of the LOUCC and BH series which aims to raise awareness and reach out to the community to promote personal and spiritual growth, deepened relationships, and collaboration to make a difference.

Oregon United for Marriage is a broad coalition of individuals and organizations working to win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Oregon. LOUCC and BH are proud to partner with the coalition in bringing this event to the public to raise awareness in time for the November 2014 ballot.

On February 9, guests will be able to view the Oregon United For Marriage traveling photo exhibit which features the experiences, stories, and perspectives of clergy, parents of gay children, and LGBT couples of faith who support the freedom to marry. Through audio interviews and photos, people from a variety of Jewish and Christian traditions tell their own stories. The intention is to share with our community how persons from a wide spectrum of Jewish and Christian faith traditions support freedom to marry and how their faith informs this support.

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Archbishop war of words with NY Governor

January 24, 2014 --


By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue comments on the response by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s spokesman to criticism over his statement about “extreme conservatives”:

Governor Cuomo continues to give legs to the controversy over a remark he made last Friday on the radio. Instead of apologizing, he has dug himself in deeper.

In the radio interview, Cuomo was speaking about New York Republicans who voted against the SAFE Act, a gun control law. Here is what he said: “Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

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Beaverton Forum: Hindu, Atheist & Christian

January 23, 2014 --

By Evergreen Presbyterian,

A Beaverton Religion Forum Discussion: A Hindu, Atheist, and Christian Answer

On Sunday, January 26 at 5:00 p.m. Evergreen is hosting a Discussion: “How is Your Religious Community Good for the World?” Our three presenters will each take three minutes to answer the question. Ramesh Krishnamurthy will offer a Hindu answer. Bernie Dehler will answer from the Atheist perspective, and Nathan Lewis will provide a Christian response.

Probably everybody believes that they should do something good for the world. But what do they consider to be a “good” work? Is propagating our own belief system a “good work” (examples such as Billy Graham and Richard Dawkins); or is “good works” only those things that help people physically (such as feeding the hungry)? And what is our motivation to do good works? By comparing and contrasting the viewpoints from others of different belief systems, it may help us to understand our own belief system better. For this discussion, we hear the views of a Christian, Hindu, and an atheist. The structure of the program is designed to facilitate discussion among the panel members and also include an intensive audience Q&A time.

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State faults Gresham Bakery in same-sex wedding cake case

January 22, 2014 --

courtOregon Faith News Note: Last year a Gresham bakery business, Sweet Cakes owned by Aaron & Melissa Klein,  was approached with a customer who requested a cake to be made for their same sex wedding.   The owners refused and the issue was brought before the Bureau of Labor and Industries as a discrimination case.   Below are quotes on the latest developments on the Gresham Bakery same-sex discrimination cake case.

From KATU-2 & KBOI Salem,
  The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said Friday that the Gresham bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, violated the civil rights of a same-sex couple when it denied service to them.The state labor department said it found during its investigation “substantial evidence of unlawful discrimination” when the bakery refused to bake a wedding cake for the couple.The department said private businesses are not allowed to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation.

From BOLI statement
“Under Oregon law, Oregonians may not be denied service based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The law provides an exemption for religious organizations and schools,but does not allow private business owners to discriminate based on sexual orientation, just as they cannot legally deny service based on race, sex, age, disability or religion. The investigation concludes that the bakery is not a religious institution under law and that the business’ policy of refusing to make same-sex wedding cakes represents unlawful discrimination based on sexual Orientation.”

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Seahawk Football & faith expressed

January 19, 2014 --

By Randy AlcornRussell Wilson, Russell Okung
Eternal Perspectives Ministry,
Sandy Oregon

It’s playoff time in the National Football League, and there were some great games last weekend. I find myself praying for those players and coaches I know to be brothers in Christ. God has given each of us a platform to use for our Lord, with our own unique sphere of influence. Same with these guys.

There are athletes who are Christ-followers on many professional sports teams. The National Football League has a significant number. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of them, including Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left tackle Russell Okung, free safety Chris Maragos and long-snapper Clint Gresham. I recently had the opportunity to talk and pray with these guys and others the night before a game. They met Nanci and two of my grandsons and were very kind to them, and it was great for my grandsons to pray with team members. Here’s Chris Maragos with Jake and Ty:

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2014 Top Religion Headline predictions

January 17, 2014 --

by Institute on Religion and Democracy

Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy,

Below are IRD’s predictions for what religious news stories have potential to make headlines in the coming year.

Polygamy will gain as an issue in religion and society. With a court ruling in Utah and increasing public fascination with polygamous unions, accommodation of the practice — and debate over its consequences for women — will spread.

Church attendance will increase in major cities. Ongoing success of young churches in New York and Washington paired with economic revitalization of inner cities will result in an increased number of churches in dense urban cores.

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Blazer in N. Korea dictator snafu

January 15, 2014 --

Portland’s former Trailblazer Cliff Robinson went to Korea to spread the good news of basketball and fun. What he didn’t know was that he played on the day of North Korea’s President’s birthday which is a highly symbolic event. Watch the brief interview below.

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