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Surprise! You don’t have to be married to adopt

November 30, 2015 --

By Holt International
International ministry headquartered in Eugene

So many children are growing up around the world without the love and care of a family. And so many hopeful parents — singles and couples — are waiting with love to give. At Holt, our mission is to bring you together — regardless of your marital status.

“A lot of single applicants are concerned about their ability to adopt,” says Emily Lund, who as Holt’s primary adoption counselor often fields questions from hopeful adoptive parents. “The good news is that many of our country programs permit single applicants to adopt.”

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What happened to the Christian Syrian refugees?

November 27, 2015 --

ird-institute-religion-democracyInstitute for Religion and Democracy,

“Why are so few of these refugees Christians, particularly given that they are among the most persecuted of groups in Syria?” — Faith McDonnell, IRD Religious Liberty Director

Christians and other religious minorities in Syria have been targeted for death, sexual slavery, displacement, cultural eradication and forced conversion by ISIS.

Many of these persecuted Christians hope to escape to the United States. They have been largely excluded, with the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration admitting to officials at The Barnabas Fund, a Christian relief agency, “There is no way that Christians will be supported because of their religious affiliation.”

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Roseburg: Faith not worth dying for isn’t worth living for

November 25, 2015 --

VigilBy Paul Louis Metzger
professor at Mutnomah Biblical Seminary

The fatal, tragic shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon highlights how vulnerable we all are. We should not take people’s lives for granted, even though many question today if life has any real meaning or value. As I watched the footage last night and grieved the horror, I thought to myself: what a senseless waste of precious life!

What made sense to me were individuals who confessed faith in Christ in the midst of the tragedy. No doubt, even when facing tragedy, they believed Christ brought meaning out of despair. This morning in my theology class, one of the students shared how the gunman asked for Christians to identify themselves. When they did, he shot them dead (See the following article: “Oregon gunman singled out Christians during rampage”). My student reminded me of something I said weeks ago in class: a faith not worth dying for is not worth living for.

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Catholic documentary suffers from bias

November 20, 2015 --

By Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

Bill Donohue comments on a story in the Boston Globe

On the front page of the Metro Section in the Boston Globe, there is a story about the movie “Spotlight” that smacks of bias and gullibility; the former is driving the latter.

Lisa Wangsness relies on Terence McKiernan of Bishop Accountability for her data. She writes that he told her that “the bishops could have agreed to make lists of abusive priests available nationwide.” Referring to him again, she writes that “More than 2,400 abusive priests nationwide have never been named.”

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NW Author: Apostle Paul comic book hero

November 18, 2015 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon

Please visit his blog


The Apostle
is my second graphic novel, and is based on the epic life and missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul. I’ve included, with painstaking accuracy (though having to condense), most of what the Bible tells us about Paul, while adding fictional details and dialogue to make the story work as a graphic novel. For instance, based on Paul’s fondness for his friends, it was only natural to portray them talking and joking together.

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Ex-strip club becomes church

November 16, 2015 --

By Faith News Note:

The former Black Cauldron strip club in Portland is targeted for a new church. The club advertised itslef as a “dark vegan playground” and a place of “Sexy nude bewitching beauties”. See the KOIN-TV video news clip below.

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Blazer chaplain challenges students

November 11, 2015 --

aleggblazerchaplainCorban University,
Salem, Oregon

Al Egg, chaplain of the NBA Portland Trail Blazers, challenged Corban students during Friday’s chapel to cultivate a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Egg has served as the Trail Blazer’s chaplain for over 30 years and is also involved in ministry at Portland State University.

“How do you know you are a Christian?” Egg asked. “Just being at a Christian university does not make you a Christian.”

Egg identified three different types of people who come to chapel or any church service: seekers, believers and followers.

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Debate over local sex-ed program

November 9, 2015 --
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by ParentsRightsinEd

Oregon School District Endorses Controversial Sex Education Curriculum While Battling Ethics Complaints

The rural Oregon Gervais School District (GSD), known both statewide and nationally for proposing a policy of distributing condoms to students as young as 6th grade, is once again riddled with challenges. While facing two separate ethics complaints submitted in August 2015 to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission and directed against board members Molly McCargar and Brent LaFollette, the GSD is also currently recommending controversial sex education curriculum deemed “in compliance with Oregon’s required health education standards”.

The proposed GSD curriculum includes: My Future My Choice and Flash. Superintendent Matt Henry stated in his July 30, 2015 blog, that the GSD “has already aligned the health standards…and has provided the [high school] curriculum [¡Cuidate!, which] they currently use”. ¡Cuidate!, according to Advocates for Youth, is “culturally adapted” from Be Proud! Be Responsible!.

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Rise of the “none” voter

November 4, 2015 --

Krattenmaker-tomBy Tom Krattenmaker
 Award-winning Portland-based writer
Recent book: The Evangelicals you Don’t Know
Tom’s article also featured in New Haven Register

On a recent Sunday in New Haven, a few blocks from the Yale campus, two-dozen people listened intently as a political scientist from Washington gave his expert perspective on the role of the religiously unaffiliated in U.S. politics today.

If you’re thinking “no role” it would be understandable, especially in view of the fact that none of the more than 500 members of Congress identify as atheist, and all the major candidates in the presidential race tout some or a lot of religiosity. And, as was discussed at this recent edition of Humanist Haven — a public, non-church Sunday gathering hosted twice a month by a nonprofit called the Yale Humanist Community — the religious unaffiliated are not an organized voting bloc or political force.

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Multnomah students in Day of Prayer, Outreach

November 2, 2015 --

Multnomah University

The sky was blue and full of sunshine on September 29 as the busyness of the day unfolded.

On Multnomah’s campus, about 30 graduate and seminary students were gathering for Day of Prayer. Off campus, 150 undergraduate students were serving the neighboring community for Day of Outreach.

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‘A great connector’

Once every fall and spring, undergraduate students volunteer at several locations in the Portland community. A volunteer site can be anywhere: a nonprofit, a community center, a school. Even a MAX station. MU cancels classes for the day so students can devote their whole morning to service.

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