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George Fox: NASA astrophysicist on ‘Universe of Wonder’

January 30, 2017 --

NASA astrophysicist speaks on ‘Universe of Wonder’ at George Fox University Feb. 9
George Fox University,

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is latest speaker in Dalton Lecture Series

Astronomer, author and speaker Jennifer Wiseman, PhD, a senior astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will present the seventh annual Dalton Lecture at George Fox University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the school’s Bauman Auditorium. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Wiseman’s presentation, titled “Universe of Wonder: Galaxies, Stars, Planets and Life,” will discuss what modern telescopes are revealing about the universe, where galaxies and stars support planets and, at least on one planet, life. She will investigate what new discoveries are revealing about the cosmos and the significance of life in a dynamic universe.

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Does the White House need a chaplain too?

January 27, 2017 --

The following is submitted by Wiley Drake:
Congressional Prayer Conference

January 23, 2017 we will begin our efforts to ask our New President to Establish an office of Chaplain of the White House.

– We have an office for Chaplain of The U.S. Senate, and for the House of Representatives.

– We now need an Office of Chaplain for The White House.

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100 students apologize for bullying

January 25, 2017 --

The Protectors,
Medford based ministry

More than 100 Students Apologize for Bullying in January Alone

At the end of The Protectors freedom-from-bullying presentation, we give students the opportunity to give the gift of Vitamin A: an apology. More than 100 students apologized for bullying last month alone. Three of those apologizes were given to teachers.

The first apology usually takes the longest since it takes a lot of courage and humility to stand up, face your target, and ask for forgiveness. But after the first one, a floodgate of goodwill pours open, and a wave of forgiveness sweeps across the gym.

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Mike Huckabee coming to Portland

January 23, 2017 --

2017 Oregon Freedom Rally
By Oregon Liberty Alliance,

Portland, OR: Oregon Liberty Alliance member organizations are hosting the 4th Annual Oregon Freedom Rally on February 25th, 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center. Join with fellow conservatives from around Oregon to show your support for Life, Common Sense Governance, Family Values, and our 1st Amendment Rights.

Hear from Governor Mike Huckabee, Congressman Scott Taylor, Star Parker, and Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson as they address today’s most pressing issues from a conservative perspective. Also, enjoy a catered lunch, book signing opportunities, and networking with hundreds of conservatives from around the state.

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Trump’s spiritual advisor to give prayer

January 20, 2017 --

Paula White is the Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida and host of the TV show Paula White Today. She will be giving the inauguration invocation. NBC News interviewed her in this video clip.

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Seattle’s first transgendered cop

January 18, 2017 --

Oregon Faith News Note,

The Seattle Police Department has made news with their first transgendered police officer. The Officer, Tori Newburn said of his personal story, “I didn’t come out to my co-workers for quite some time. I put a lot of thought into it. People don’t look at me and automatically know that I’m transgender. Like most people don’t know at all unless I tell them.” KGT-TV News has this news clip on Tori Officer Newburn below.

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School renamed Portland Seminary

January 16, 2017 --

By George Fox University

George Fox Evangelical Seminary has a new name: Portland Seminary
A little more than 20 years since a merger with George Fox, the seminary is beginning a new chapter with a revamped curriculum and new moniker

Two decades after a merger that resulted in the creation of George Fox Evangelical Seminary, that same entity is undergoing a name change in an effort to strengthen its regional presence and better expand its national outreach.

Beginning on Jan. 9, 2017, George Fox Evangelical Seminary will be known as “Portland Seminary.” It will remain associated with George Fox University and continue to offer six graduate-level degrees at its Portland Center location, although the names of two of those degrees will change and there will be some modifications to the curriculum.

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HBO’s new Pope film

January 13, 2017 --

By Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights,

Bill Donohue comments on the new HBO series, “The Young Pope,” which debuts January 15:

Most normal men and women will be watching the Packers-Cowboys game on Sunday. Owing to the fact that Monday is a federal holiday, the party goers will have had their fill of beer by the time the game ends around 8:00 p.m. This guarantees that none will tune into HBO’s “The Young Pope” at 9:00 p.m.

This is HBO’s first mistake: real men and women watch football and drink beer—they don’t get their jollies watching an ideologically driven flick about some tortured pope who has “power-mad dreams.” But perhaps I am too harsh: the target audience never threw a football, much less watched a game on TV.

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Parent-edited films in legal jeopardy

January 11, 2017 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon

Please visit his blog

Nanci and I have been using VidAngel for a few months. It’s been amazing, by our choice in checking off some boxes and not others, to mute blasphemy and the f-word and skip sexually explicit scenes in every movie we watch. (We do permit kissing, though we notice many kissing scenes are suddenly cut short, in light of what else we’ve said we don’t want to watch.)

Ever since Clean Films was sued out of existence some years ago by Hollywood, we have wished we could do what we did back then: watch movies edited as we prefer. Movies on network TV and airplanes are routinely edited, so if the technology exits and others are allowed to use it, why can’t individuals in the privacy of their own homes have the right to say what they do and do not want to watch in a movie? I don’t presume to tell Hollywood directors how to make their movies. But I don’t expect them to tell me how to watch them.

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The cure for partisan fear & loathing

January 9, 2017 --

Metzger-RickBy Paul Louis Metzger
Multnomah University Professor
New Wine Skins Ministry

Repulsive. Reprehensible. Disgusting. These are words that convey an omnipresent emotion or sentiment in America today. One of the problems with this sentiment besides it being so, well, repugnant, is that we are generally torn along partisan political lines. In the run-up to the recent U. S. Presidential election, the term “disgusting” or its equivalent was tossed back and forth like a hand grenade with explosive, dehumanizing intent.

The social psychologist Jonathan Haidt weighed in on the topic in a TED Talk.

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