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School ministry responds to Portland attacks

July 30, 2014 --

childevangelismStatement Concerning Child Evangelism Fellowship Mission Trip to Portland, Oregon
Child Evangelism Fellowship Warrenton, MO

Child Evangelism Fellowship is a historic ministry that believes God loves both children and adults, and He wants to give them a spiritual and moral foundation for life. Children are mentioned about 100 times in the Gospels, and Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me.” For nearly 2000 years, Christians have been spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to adults and children alike, and for nearly 75 years Child Evangelism Fellowship has been telling children around the world about the love of Jesus.

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Portland hosts International Praise event

July 29, 2014 --

ntlprzfsvtlInternational Praise Festival

IP Fest is an International Praise Festival promoting unity among body of Christ through different cultural presentations, foods, family fun activities and a very good message of Jesus Christ. August 9th, 2014, 11am to 6pm.

Join us for an AWESOME day of:

– Praise Music
– Cultural Dance/Music
– Family Fun Activities
– Community Resources
– and a Very Good Message of Hope in Jesus

It’s a community-wide event for the city of Portland to celebrate many different churches, yet ONE in CHRIST.

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16 Day Prayer Vigil for Columbia River

July 28, 2014 --

By The Center for Environmental Law & Policypryrvglclmbrvr

On 16 consecutive days in August, prayer vigils will be held on the banks of the Columbia River.

These will be 1-2hr events with safe river access (preferably a park or natural area) with adequate parking for all participants. Local religious leaders and indigenous people from all faiths will be invited to share a prayer for the River.

The prayer vigil comes at an important time when both President Obama and Prime Minister Harper are considering proposals to modernize the Columbia River Treaty to restore the river to health and return salmon to ancestral spawning waters. Each event should promote the vigil as an opportunity to pray, tell stories, play music and project positive energy towards the Columbia River. (A salmon lunch/dinner must be provided at each vigil).

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Vote fails over anti-religious rights bill

July 25, 2014 --

By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue comments on the Senate vote held on the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act:

The assault on religious liberty lost as the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes necessary to advance this bill. While the outcome is welcome, the fact that a majority of Senators, almost all Democrats, are still bent on eviscerating the religious liberty rights of Americans is very disturbing. It seems they will stop at nothing to trample on our First Amendment freedoms.

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Group protests after-school Bible class

July 23, 2014 --

schoolGroup fights after-school Bible classes in Portland’s schools
Faith News Note:
Guest opinion.

Protect Portland Children is organizing a campaign to stop after-school Bible classes from meeting in Portland public schools. The Bible classes, called Good News Clubs, are sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship. In partnership with 30 Portland churches, the CEF is working to expand into the Portland area schools this fall.

Robert Aughenbaugh, a co-founder of Protect Portland Children, is hoping to persuade parents not to allow their children to participate. He particularly objects to the CEF’s teaching that all people are sinners, an idea he thinks is inappropriate to teach children because it makes them feel fear and shame.

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UofP $182 million nearly breaks college record

July 22, 2014 --

By University of Portland

University of Portland RISE Campaign raises nearly $182 million, making it among the largest funding campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university
University of Portland has successfully completed its RISE Campaign, raising nearly $182 million and exceeding its goal by almost $7 million, making it one of the largest funding campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.

The campaign, which began in 2007 and was publically launched in 2010 with a goal of raising $175 million, had more than 19,300 donors and raised money for such essentials as annual and endowed scholarships, faculty grants and development, construction of buildings and major renovations.

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Dinosaurs in the afterlife

July 21, 2014 --

Dinosaur toy photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc / corners rounded from original

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon
Please visit his blog

Someone wrote to me, “My children are hoping extinct animals will be in Heaven, maybe even dinosaurs.” Is this merely a child’s fantasy? I think it’s a question based on a rational conclusion. Were dinosaurs part of God’s original creation of a perfect animal world? Certainly. Will the restoration of Earth and the redemption of God’s creation be complete enough to bring back extinct animals? Will extinct animals be included in the “all things” Christ will make new? I see every reason to think so and no persuasive argument against it. I think we should fully expect that extinct animals and plants will be brought back to life. By resurrecting his original creation, God will show the totality of his victory over sin and death.

It’s apparent that the Curse that fell on the earth resulted in some species dying out. But God promises, “No longer will there be any curse” (Revelation 22:3). And because it seems that the Curse will not merely be nullified but reversed, it seems likely that God might restore extinct animals and plants on the New Earth.

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Faith film stars Clint Eastwood’s son

July 18, 2014 --

By Heidi McDow,

Clint Eastwood’s son and rising Hollywood star Scott Eastwood (“Gran Torino,” “Flags of Our Fathers”), Rachel Hendrix (“October Baby”) and Cheryl Ladd (“Charlie’s Angels”), star in the Christian film, “The Perfect Wave,” which is set to open in select theatres on July 11. “The Perfect Wave” follows the true story of Ian McCormack, who grew up surfing the waters of New Zealand.

The film, which was shot on location in South Africa, Australia, Bali, Mauritius and New Zealand, opened in South Africa earlier this year and is already receiving positive reactions from U.S. audiences.

“The Perfect Wave’ is a strong witness to the redemptive power of Jesus Christ,” said Jim Young of Crossroads Church UMC in Jacksonville, Florida. “It is excellent for youth groups, college and career, as well as the whole family.”

In “The Perfect Wave,” Ian (played by Eastwood), yearning for adventure, sets out on a journey with his best friend to surf some of the most famous and challenging destinations throughout Australia, Southeast Asia and Africa in search of the mythical “perfect wave.”

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Religious exemption in George Fox transgender case

July 15, 2014 --

By George Fox University

It has been reported that the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has closed and effectively denied a complaint against the university filed by a local attorney/activist on behalf of a transgender student. George Fox never received the complaint nor received official confirmation of its dismissal.

On May 23, 2014, the DOE granted George Fox University a religious exemption from the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972, specifically the provisions related to housing and facilities. The university sought this exemption to preserve its right to draw on its religious convictions to handle situations related to students experiencing gender identity issues. Other colleges have received similar Title IX exemptions in the past.

Contrary to some reports in the media, George Fox continues to offer the student an on-campus single apartment, which was originally declined by the student.

Providing appropriate housing for transgender students continues to be a challenge at religious and non-religious institutions across the country.

Further Clarification

What is the university’s housing policy?

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Messiah complexes & White Man’s Burdens

July 14, 2014 --

By Paul Louis Metzger

Multnomah University Professor
New Wine Skins Ministry

Have you ever met people with messiah complexes? Such individuals are scary. They often end up making a mess of things as they throw their good will around.

Unfortunately, I am often tempted to cultivate such a complex. I have to catch myself trying to help people who appear to be weaker and who seem to possess less resources than I, but yet who have not asked for my help. I am often blind to the fact that they are often relationally richer than I am and could help me in significant ways. Instead of trying to solve their problems for them, I need to share life with them, if they will take me.

No doubt you have heard stories of charitable endeavors where projects were started overseas but to no or negative effect. An African friend, Michael Badriaki, shared with me a story of how a European country provided genetically modified seed for African communities to use, even though they were told by the Africans that the seed would not grow, and it did not. Michael also shared with me how Westerners have built latrines in African communities, even though they were told the latrines would not be used because of uncertainties and fears regarding where the human waste would end up. The latrines have since gone to waste. The Westerners should have listened to the tribal peoples to see what they themselves claimed that they needed.

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