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Gallup poll & the liabilties of non-religious

February 27, 2015 --

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By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue comments on a Gallup poll released yesterday that details how the states vary on church attendance:

Gallup’s latest effort on measuring religious practices is drawn from its daily tracking interviews in 2014. It sought to tap how often Americans in each state attended church, synagogue, or mosque.

The study found that ten of the top 12 states with the highest religious attendance are in the South, along with Utah and Oklahoma. The least religious part of the nation is found in New England and the Northwest, with Vermont leading the pack.

Mormons are the most practicing of any religious group and they dominate in Utah; Baptists and blacks are also known for their church-going; this explains the high numbers in the South. New England and the Northwest are regions that are heavily secular.

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Stop bullying with mom’s phone App?

February 25, 2015 --

Better Dads,
Gresham, Oregon

Today’s guest post is from  Paula G.  She participates in a volunteer action against cyber bullying. You can reach her at her Twitter or Google+ profile.  
 Our increasingly connected world created a new platform for bullies to harass our children. This type of bullying is called cyber bullying. It is pretty much the same as the traditional bullying most of us experienced at school. But this type is even more radical: children no longer use physical assaults or pick on other kids at school–now they have social media, emails and text messages. Although you won’t find bruises or scars on your child’s body it certainly doesn’t mean that he/she is not affected. Below, we listed top facts, statistics and ways to prevent cyber bullying.

  •         Over 60% of teens report to experience cyber bullying.
  •          33% of bullying victims report they received text messages with threats.
  •         95 percent of children admit to witness cyberbullying and ignored it.
  •          80% of children agree that online bullying is easier to get away with than traditional bullying.
  •          Only 2 in 10 victims will inform their parents about online threats they receive.
  •          Girls are about twice as likely to get bullied online.
  •          Cyber bullying victims are 3-9 times more likely to think about committing suicide.
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OSU Debate: Atheist author & Christian prof.

February 23, 2015 --

By Oregon State University Socratic Club

The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a debate between an atheist and a Christian on the topic, “Is Christian Belief Conducive to Doing Good Science?” on Tuesday, February 24, in the Construction and Engineering Auditorium of LaSalles Stewart Center on the OSU campus at 7 p.m. The speakers are Edward Davis and Bernie Dehler.

Does Christianity strengthen or weaken the scientific enterprise? Historian of science Edward Davis will argue that Christian faith often complements the picture of the world coming from the sciences. It helps us to achieve a deeper understanding of the way the world is and how we should go about understanding it, while providing a powerful motive for investigating nature. Bernie Dehler will argue that the various Christian theologies hurt the cause of science because they are nothing more than superstition. Modern science and philosophy have falsified the existence of the Christian God. The best arguments for the existence of God still rely on incorrect scientific information and logical fallacies.

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Holocaust survivor to speak in Portland

February 20, 2015 --

irvignrothIn one of history’s most horrific chapters,during the Jewish people’s most dire hour of need,the silence of the Western world was deafening. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear a firsthand account of how the Holocaust happened . . . and how one man survived with his heart and hope intact.

Irving Roth
Holocaust Survivor, Author, and International Speaker
Monday, February 23, 7:00 PM
Western Seminary
5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97215

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Yoga pants sets off modesty debate

February 18, 2015 --

vrncaCentral Oregonian’s vow not to wear leggings, yoga pants sets off national debate
By Oregon Faith Report,

Central Oregonian Veronica Partridge posted on her blog that she would no longer wear tight-fitting leggings or yoga pants in public because they inspire lust. Her post went viral with more than 82K shares on Facebook. She was even interviewed on “Good Morning, America.”   It also made international news on a London newspaper. “I’m in no way trying to tell people what they can and cannot wear,” she wrote. “I’m just sharing my personal story.” She made her decision after her husband told her that he tries not to look when a woman is wearing leggings, but, he said, “it’s hard not to.”

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50 Shades of Grey: Danger to God’s design

February 16, 2015 --

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

There are innumerable pressures put upon us by society, especially through the media, to abandon God’s blueprint for sexual purity. The new movie Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the bestselling book by the same title, is the world’s latest attempt to make appealing and “normal” what God says is sin.

Sadly, many people, possibly including some Christians, will go to watch the movie—and in the process, be amused and entertained by what offends a holy God. Scripture tells us, “To fear the LORD is to hate evil” (Proverbs 8:13) and “sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints” (Ephesians 5:3)

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Christian date film wins praise

February 13, 2015 --

Reviews are in for Christian Mingle: The Movie, which released on DVD January 13, and audiences agree the new romantic comedy starring Lacey Chabert (Party of Five, Mean Girls) provides the perfect Valentine’s Day entertainment:

 

The Dove Foundation called this movie a “sweet romantic comedy” and Ted Baehr, publisher of movieguide.org, said it had “great heart” and was “laugh-out-loud funny.” Focus on the Family’s Plugged In gave it 4.5 out of 5 and said, “there’s a clear and unforced Gospel presentation.”

Taking viewers on a laughter-filled adventure to discover love and happiness, Christian Mingle: The Movie stars Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls, Party of Five) as Gwyneth Hayden, a 30-something marketing executive with a top-notch career, killer wardrobe, dream apartment and great friends – she thinks the only thing missing is a man. In a moment of inspired desperation, she fills out a profile on the dating website ChristianMingle.com hoping to find Mr. Right, “God’s match” for her. However, Gwyneth’s attempts at impressing her dream guy end in disaster when he calls her out on her “faux faith.” In an honest realization, she sees her superficial life for what it really is, which leads Gwyneth down a path toward fulfilling the true desires of her heart with “life-changing” love.

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Pastors to rally at Ore. Capitol steps

February 11, 2015 --


By Christian News Northwest
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One of the nation’s most prominent Christian public policy agencies is sending one of its leaders to Oregon this month to call pastors and Christian leaders to take a stand for faith and righteousness.

Randy Wilson, national field director for church ministries for the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council, is traveling throughout Oregon Feb. 9 and 16. He will be joined by Denny Stahl, pastor of Calvary Chapel Grants Pass, and also at some of the events by Wilson’s wife, Lisa.

“We will be calling pastors and leaders to join us on the steps of the State Capitol building in Salem at noon on Saturday, February 14th – Oregon’s 156th anniversary of statehood — to call out pastors and leaders to return exactly one year later, Sunday, February 14, 2016, to ‘Take A Stand’ and make a proclamation that calls upon this state to return to faith in God, and faithfulness to His Word,” said Stahl.

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The misery of lottery winners

February 9, 2015 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon

Please visit his blog

While many people may believe the statement “money can’t buy happiness,” nearly everyone would like to put that theory to test! People will almost always believe wholeheartedly that they would become immensely happy if only they had more money.

As I write this, 130,000 Powerball tickets are being sold each minute. And though they know their chances of winning are remote, gamblers stake their hopes on them. Yet the track record of happiness for lottery winners is shocking.

After a group of co-workers won $450 million in 2013, Willie Seeley took the microphone at a press conference. Beaming, he said, “We are very happy, happy, happy.” He and his wife appeared on NBC’s TODAY show, where he said he was going to fish, hunt and do as he pleased.

When I saw the video six months after it happened, I thought, “I wonder how long that lasted?” I’d read too many stories to believe the happiness would hold.

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Rise in assisted-suicide bills

February 6, 2015 --

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Bill Donohue comments on the spike in assisted-suicide bills:

On New Year’s Day, I told EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo my prediction for 2015: doctor-assisted suicide would become a raging moral issue. Looks like my prediction was on target: California, Maryland, New York, and Colorado are all considering bills that would legalize it.

A few weeks ago, California lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow a patient to request life-ending medical assistance if he has six months or less to live. Lawmakers in Maryland are introducing a similar bill this week. Some doctors and terminally ill patients in New York are in court today suing over a law that prevents doctor-assisted suicide; a bill to reverse the law has been proposed. Colorado is weighing its own bill, one that does not require doctors to screen for mental problems.

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