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The last words said by my dad before he died

June 29, 2015 --

by Rick Johnson
Better Dads Ministry,
Gresham, Oregon

“I love you, too” were the final words my dad would say to me before he passed away. Can greater words ever be spoken amidst the knowledge that a final hour was drawing near?
I am one of the blessed ones. Not all have had such an opportunity. Many of my friends either never knew their father or wished they had never met their father. For them, my heart breaks.
Dad was forty years older than me. In comparison with most of my friends, he came from another time. His time was the time of many of their grandparents.

To me, he was simply dad.

Certainly his taste of music was from another time as well. Jazz was always on, especially that of the big band era. We used to sit and talk with the jazz playing all day long.
Nobody and I mean nobody could tap their finger to the beat of jazz like dad could.

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Congressman starts Faith-it-Forward campaign

June 26, 2015 --

rndyfrbsBy Congressman Randy Forbes

Congressman Randy Forbes, Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, announced a new initiative on Tuesday, June 23rd.

The purpose of the initiative, called #FaithitForward, is to unite the country around celebrating the positive impact of faith in local communities. Members of Congress across the nation are participating by highlighting inspiring stores of how people of faith in their districts are a force for good in their communities.

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Church shooting exposes ugly truths

June 24, 2015 --

Krattenmaker-tomBy Tom Krattenmaker
 Award-winning Portland-based writer
Recent book: The Evangelicals you Don’t Know
Tom’s article also featured on USA Today

Charleston slaughter demands we heal our sick society

Let this awful moment open our eyes and galvanize our action. After the hideous murders of nine black worshipers in a Christian church in Charleston, S.C., there can be no denying the malignancy in our country. And no denying that the impact of this sickness is hitting not just black people but churches, too — and, in truth, all of us who want to live in a decent society.

With an African-American in the White House, and other blacks in highly visible leadership positions, it is tempting for many Americans to view racism as a solved problem. If the wildly disproportionate rates of black incarceration have not put the lie to this theory, or if the string of black men killed by police have not convinced us of its falsehood, let’s consider what the alleged perpetrator of the Charleston murder spree said as he paused to reload.

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Mt. Hood topped for cancer challenge

June 22, 2015 --

Below is a KATu-2 news story on nine climbers who made a bold challenge in both achievement and money raised.

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Hollywood mogul vows to fight anti-semitism

June 19, 2015 --


By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue comments on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s remarks condemning anti-Semitism at a Simon Wiesenthal Center awards dinner on March 24:

“We’re gonna have to get as organized as the Mafia,” Weinstein said. “We just can’t take it anymore. We just can’t take these things. There’s gotta be a way to fight back.” He was given the Humanitarian Award by Christoph Waltz, who praised him for making movies that made Jews proud of their heritage.

I join Weinstein in condemning anti-Semitism. But before I am prepared to issue a joint statement with him, he needs to first condemn anti-Catholicism and pledge not to contribute to it again.

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Oregon ruling forces taxes on priest homes

June 17, 2015 --

Oregon-tax-newsOminous Oregon Tax Court Decision Seeks Property Taxes on Church Property
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation,

Oregon is somewhat unique for adding unique layers of government not often replicated in other states. In addition to Metro Regional government in the Portland area, Oregon also sports a Tax Court that has a Magistrates Division. The Magistrate’s Division is supposed to serve as an easier venue for taxpayers to resolve disputes with the Oregon Department of Revenue and other taxing bodies. It’s one Oregon innovation that has worked well.

A recent decision by Magistrate Dan Robinson, however, ought to make Oregonians sit up and take notice. In siding with the Clatsop County Assessor, Robinson held that a Catholic Church’s Rectory (that is, the home of the Priest) was not tax exempt.

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Father’s Day national campaign — Don’t Buy the Tie!

June 15, 2015 --

dontbuythetieCelebrate Father’s Day in a new way this year – “Don’t Buy the Tie”!
The Mentoring Project,
Mentoring ministry based out of Beaverton, Oregon

On June 1st, The Mentoring Project launched its fourth annual “Don’t Buy the Tie” campaign for Father’s Day. Instead of buying another tie or meaningless gift for Father’s Day, TMProject is inviting people to invest in a fatherless or at-risk youth in need of a champion.

“It’s an epidemic. Boys and girls without role models are more likely to drop out of school, be depressed and end up in the prison system,” says TMProject President John Sowers. “This Father’s Day we’re asking people to stop the spending and play a role in helping these kids get mentors, which will turn their lives around.”

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Faith film on Amazing Grace creator & slave biopic

June 12, 2015 --

The ground-breaking Christian film, ‘Freedom,’ from Writer/Producer Tim Chey, which hit select theaters this Friday, June 6 and Video on Demand through Time Warner. The film looks at two stories, one of them on the early life of John Newton, the former slave trader who wrote ‘Amazing Grace.’


“I’m thrilled the audience will finally get another look at John Newton’s life,” says Chey. “His story is so profound that it’s actually saved many wretches. We’re all truly wretches without the blood of Christ.”

It took Chey eight years to research and write the script and nine years to bring the project to the big screen. The film stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, and Sharon Leal.

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Rep. Weidner: Little known newborn killer needs attention

June 10, 2015 --

weidner-newborndWeidner bill would start pilot program to screen for fatal Krabbe disease
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation,

Rep. Jim Weidner is working on a bill to start a pilot program to screen newborns for Krabbe disease. Unless the disease is caught very early, it is fatal. The parents of 5-year-old Marshall Wilson, who is dying of the disease, urged Oregon legislators to include Krabbe testing for all newborns. The Wilsons are working on legislation with the Hunter’s Hope Foundation, founded by NFL player Jim Kelly after his infant son was diagnosed with the disease.

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Race, Faith & Justice in the Ferguson Age

June 8, 2015 --

By John Lussier
New WineSkins,
Oregon Blog


Warner Pacific College and The Portland NAACP with The Portland YWCA, Impact NW, and A Common Table present RACE, FAITH, AND JUSTICE IN THE AGE OF FERGUSON AND BALTIMORE

Race, Faith, and Justice will take place at Warner Pacific College 2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland, OR 97215in McGuire Auditorium on Monday, June 29th at 7pm to 9pm.  Featuring keynote speaker Rev. Sekou (activist, public theologian, author from Ferguson) and a panel discussion from:

  • Rev. Sekou (Fellowship of Reconciliation and Scholar in Residence at the Martin Luther King Papers Project at Stanford University
  • Dr. Daymond Glenn (Warner Pacific College)
  • JoAnn Hardesty (Portland NAACP)
  • Eric Knox (Imago Dei Community)
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