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Study: Most pastors face financial troubles

April 29, 2016 --

churchmoneyBy National Association of Evangelicals,

Research released from the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) this week shows that the majority of evangelical pastors in the United States serve in small churches with significant personal financial challenges. Pastors also report that they are not familiar with resources to help them and do not confide in anyone outside their household about financial stress.

“The vast majority of pastors do not have their own radio or TV show, robust church staff, or megachurch attendance,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president. “Rather they faithfully serve in small churches and face financial challenges stemming from student debt, low salaries and medical expenses. And sadly, they often feel they have no one to turn to for help.”

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Honest talk on religious liberty, discrimination

April 27, 2016 --

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

We need a more honest conversation about discrimination and religious freedom, wherever our sympathies lie. Only when we get clear about our intentions and their ramifications—and the other side’s, too—will we be able to advance the debate.

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest provides a good example of how we twist the truth to minimize the offenses we perpetrate and exaggerate the affronts we face as we debate LGBT rights and religious freedom. Forest denies any discriminatory purpose behind the controversial law recently passed in his state, which blocks cities and counties from protecting LGBT people from discrimination. “Our bill does not discriminate against anybody,” Forest insists.

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Another NW church vandalized,trashed

April 25, 2016 --

Another NW church vandalized,trashed
By Oregon Faith Report News Note,

This last weekend a Seattle church,the Curry Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal, was hit hard by vandals. Several racial attacks were spray painted on the walls. This came on the 66th anniversary of the Church in the community. Another NW church was hit with arson just a few weeks ago Read — NW church hit with arson, pattern developing. Read more about the Seattle Curry Temple attack here on KGW-TV 8 News.  Photos below.

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NW Christian florist-gay wedding case on appeal

April 20, 2016 --

NW Baptist Convention,

The highest court in Washington state has agreed to hear the appeal of florist Barronelle Stutzman found guilty of violating state laws and the constitutional rights of a gay couple when she refused to arrange flowers for their wedding, citing religious beliefs.

The Washington Supreme Court will hear the appeal of Stutzman, a 70-year-old Southern Baptist grandmother who owns Arlene’s Flowers in Richmond, possibly as early as its spring 2016 session beginning in May, according to the court’s official website.

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Local students help rescued women overseas

April 18, 2016 --

From Corban College, Salem

A small group of Corban students have launched a project to provide for the material needs of women “rescued” after the Papuan government shut down a brothel in the village of Jayapura.

The women and their 47 children were left homeless and destitute. Corban Papuan student Miké Toam and four other students wrote up a sustainable and transferable plan that can be used not only in Jayapura, but also in other villages and towns across Papua.

The students are leveraging an assignment from Dr. Allen Jones in their Fall 2015 Feminism and the Bible class. Jones encouraged students to find a project that specifically ends the injustice of women.  

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Singer Katy Perry in convent battle

April 15, 2016 --

Singer Katy Perry is trying to buy a former convent in California. The nuns are on her side but the local archbishop is not. Below is the Fox News clip.

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NW faith author take on Trump

April 13, 2016 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon

Please visit his blog

I promised myself I wouldn’t endorse any presidential candidate in 2016. I’m sticking with that. But I never would have believed I’d have to write what I feel the Lord compelling me to. (This isn’t to blame God for everything I say!)

This is WAY longer than my normal blogs, three times longer, but I don’t want to follow up with another, so this is all of it. Four years ago I wrote seven election related blogs; not this time.

This isn’t really a blog, it’s a long article, more of an essay—only for those with time and interest. I’m including many links to show I’m not making these things up (some will want to check them out), though I suppose it’s inevitable there will be a few inaccuracies.

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NW church hit with arson, pattern developing

April 11, 2016 --

KGW-TV News reported on a church that was hit with arson. The Church of Latter Day Saints had the hymnals and pulpit set on fire.

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Animal activist disrupt church over Easter

April 8, 2016 --

By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue comments on the invasion of St. Patrick’s Cathedral:

Six young people invaded the noon Mass on Easter Sunday. With a bullhorn in hand, a 23-year-old North Carolina teacher screamed, “Only the devil” could create “animals capable of love and joy just so humans can make them suffer and die.” Many in the congregation thought that the camera that was strapped to his chest was a bomb.

Others held signs and pictures of animals, shouting, “Easter is a time for love! No more shedding animal blood!” The police and security moved quickly to restore order.

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Rev. Graham speaks to Oregon pastors

April 6, 2016 --

cnnw-logoBy Christian News Northwest
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Despite the multitude of serious threats and problems facing America, God can still turn things around in a big way, and evangelist Frankln Graham’s Decision America tour could well spark that desperately needed change, about 75 pastors and ministry leaders were told here last month.

At a special promotional luncheon March 9 for Graham’s upcoming tour stop outside the Oregon State Capitol at noon on Tuesday, June 28, three people passionately spoke of the importance of the rally they are helping coordinate.

The luncheon took place at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.

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