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Oregon hosts 40 different ‘Prayer Day’ events

April 30, 2014 --

day-of-prayerOregon hosts 40 different ‘Prayer Day’ events to honor the National Day of Prayer Thursday May 1st.

Listed below by city…

* ALBANY *
National Day of Prayer Celebration

5/1/14 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Linn County Courthouse Steps
ALBANY, OR

Music 11:45AM, Prayer at Noon-1PM
300 Fourth Ave
ALBANY, OR
97321
www.hopc.us

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Ore. ministry praises Senate torture-interrogation vote

April 28, 2014 --


By Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

EMO praises bipartisan senate vote to shed light on U.S.-sponsored torture Clergy urge president to lead declassification process After more than five years of urging the U.S. government to publicly air the truth about its use of immoral interrogation tactics (including torture), “The religious community applauds the Senate Intelligence Committee for voting to seek declassification of the executive summary of its report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program,” said Rev. Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), an organization representing more than 300 diverse religious organizations across the country, including Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EM O).

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Awarded film ‘Tears’ open for Church movie night

April 25, 2014 --

Veil of Tears: Hope Is on the Way“, the successful and award-winning film that shows the oppression of millions of women in South Asia, is now available as a free “Movie Night” Kit for churches and small groups.

“Veil of Tears,” which was released in limited theaters nationwide last month, tells stories of infanticide, dowry deaths and widow abandonment — and powerful examples of restoration and empowerment. During its three week run in theaters, the documentary film remained strong, with multiple sold-out shows and overflow crowds in many cities. It impressively outperformed the mega-budgeted, epic film “NOAH” in the per screen average attendance during the past two weeks.

Veil of Tears Movie Trailer from Gospel for Asia on Vimeo.

The free movie kit includes a DVD specifically designed for churches and small group screenings, movie posters to advertise the free showings, conversation cards that also help with promotion, and wristbands with engraved messages: “I Helped Rescue a Woman” or “She Is Loved.”

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Oregon Catholic Conference weighs in on Marriage lawsuit

April 23, 2014 --


By Portland Archdiocese
The Oregon Catholic Conference Welcomes the National Organization for Marriage’s Legal Motion in Support of the Oregon Constitution’s Definition of Marriage as One Man and One Woman

The Oregon Catholic Conference strongly supports the motion by the National Organization for Marriage to intervene in the federal district court challenge of Measure 36, the 2004 state ballot measure affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

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God at Portland comic convention

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By Randy Alcorn
Jesus with superheroesEternal Perspectives Ministry
Sandy Oregon

I had nine hours of exhausting but fun interaction Saturday at the Portland Wizard Comic Con, where EPM had a booth. We sold some Eternity graphic novels but gave away a lot more, and handed out Heaven and If God Is Good booklets.

Wonderful EPM staffer Julia Stager was there Friday and Sunday, and we had some great volunteers—Amy, Erin and Dave. Thanks to all of them. (Be sure to read Julia’s great comments that follow mine; they’re better

In superheroes we see a secondary and dim reflection of Jesus, who is the Primary, the Light of the world. When superheroes “save the world from evil,” it’s that dim reflection of Jesus the Rescuer intervening to redeem His people.  (I can’t find who to credit for this cartoon with Jesus, the Hulk, Spider Man and Captain America, but I like the point it makes.)

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The Cross & the NIKE Swoosh

April 20, 2014 --

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By Paul Louis Metzger

Multnomah University Professor
New Wine Skins Ministry

I wonder at times if we have replaced the cross with the Nike swoosh symbol on our church buildings. Just so you know, this post is not about the church if we mean by church those hypocritical people over there; no, I am talking about the hypocritical people who dwell in you and me—or at least me. After all, I am called to take the redwood forest out of my own eye before I take the toothpick out of yours. So, I admit that ingrained on my heart is a scarlet swoosh.

When I think of the cross, I think about “Just be it.” When I think of the Nike Swoosh symbol, I think of “Just do it.” Alternatively, we might say, “Just fix it.” If someone has a problem, fix it—fix him—fix her. I don’t think of Jesus coming to fix us, but to heal us relationally. However, Jesus’ model of engagement takes time. One does not heal relationally with a quick fix of “just do it.”

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New heaven film disputed by critics

April 18, 2014 --

Below is a video trailer of the new Heaven is for Real film followed by a skeptical theologian.

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White Horse Media Press Release

The real-life story behind ‘Heaven is for Real’ seems so encouraging. 4-year-old Colton Burpo, during emergency surgery in 2003, has a near-death experience, exits his body, visits heaven, sees Jesus, angels, and deceased relatives (including a dead sister), and lives to tell about it. His father, Pastor Todd Burpo, turned his family’s drama into a New York Times bestseller in 2008. Widely considered by Christians as an evangelistic opportunity, the film version hit theaters April 16, four days before Easter.

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Ore. students protest with “No Gay Day”

April 16, 2014 --

KPTV-12 Portland did a news report on four Oregon City High School students who wore “No Gay Day” to school during a Day of Silence event designed to raise awareness of gay bullying. Please watch the video below for more details.

KPTV – FOX 12

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CEO champ hosts Good Friday Event

April 15, 2014 --

Open Arms International,
Portland, Oregon

The Portland Good Friday Breakfast is an uplifting community event that brings together leaders from the religious, business and civic communities to hear an inspirational message on the day which marks the historical death of Jesus Christ.

This year, we tackle some of our most challenging questions . . .

How can I be happy?
Where am I going?
What is my purpose?

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Abortion petition tries drive-thru

April 13, 2014 --

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Press release by Oregon 2014 Petition Committee

Churches across the state are loaning their parking lots to the petition effort to stop taxpayer-funded abortion. On Tuesday, April 15 —Tax Day —motorists will be able to drive-through and sign the petition without leaving the driver’s seat. Just don’t ask for French fries.  “It’s pretty simple,” says chief petitioner Jeff Jimerson. “You’ll drive your car into the parking lot, and a volunteer will pass a clipboard through your window with a petition sheet ready to sign. You won’t even need to unbuckle your seat belt.”

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