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Are we to blame for rape culture

November 22, 2017 --

10 ways we’re to blame for Hollywood’s rape culture

By M. Martin

Oregon writer

I have listed the ten cultural milestones that define America’s tolerance and celebration of sexual exploitation that created the conditions for widespread sexual harassment in Hollywood and every facet of American life.

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Then new genocide

November 20, 2017 --

Graphic Abortion Display Evokes Volatile Reactions, But God Is Always at Work Behind the Scenes

Randy Alcorn

Eternal Perspective Ministries

Recently a prolife group at Portland State University (not far from my hometown of Gresham, Oregon), hosted a mobile display for the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP), a project which shows images of aborted children next to victims of historical and contemporary genocides and other injustices. It also includes a large banner with the words, “Abortion is genocide.”

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Representative introduces parental rights bill

November 17, 2017 --

Amendment on Parental Rights Introduced in U.S. House

Christian Newswire

Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL) introduced legislation in the U.S. House to propose a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Hultgren’s House Joint Resolution 121 had 15 original cosponsors at its introduction on Thursday, November 16. A parallel resolution, SJRes. 48, was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Lindsey Graham in August.

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Simply “Christian”

November 15, 2017 --

A suggestion for younger evangelicals: Lose the label

By Tom Krattenmaker

My unsolicited suggestion for younger evangelical Christians and those young in spirit: Time to lose the label “evangelical.”

As a veteran communications person and a writer who has done copious research on evangelicals, I am convinced that “evangelical” no longer means what it once did. And for the Jesus-following religious people it’s supposed to describe, it’s doing more harm than good.
That original and intended meaning, of course, was “good news”: the good news of the gospel and the life-transforming power of Jesus. Those who promoted and embraced the term were motivated in part by the desire to separate themselves from the scowling visage of the fundamentalists, who in no way lived up to the “fun” in their name.

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The church is not powerless

November 13, 2017 --

No Persecution, Including Shootings, Will Silence the Church

By Randy Alcorn

Eternal Perspective Ministries

I don’t agree with everything Søren Kierkegaard wrote, but I do agree with this: “The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.”

Napoleon Bonaparte is also not my go-to guy for great quotations, but he made a great point when he said, “It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.” Some people die for what’s misguided. Others die, even without forewarning, in the normal pursuit of what’s true and good.

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Mainstream media’s blackout of killers atheistic views

November 10, 2017 --

Media Lowball Killer’s Atheism

Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on how the media have covered the news that Texas shooter Devin Kelley was a rabid atheist.

The media have had plenty of time to discuss Devin Kelley’s atheism and the role it may have played in gunning down the faithful during a religious service in a Texas church. But few have shown much interest in doing so.

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Finding happiness in sorrow

November 8, 2017 --

“I Felt My Soul Rejoice”: The Christ-Centered Happiness of David Brainerd

Randy Alcorn

Eternal Perspective Ministries

David Brainerd (1718–1747) served as a missionary to the Delaware Indians of New Jersey. He was orphaned at fourteen, and in college he suffered from debilitating tuberculosis. Having endured great suffering while serving in a fruitful ministry, he died at age twenty-nine. His biography inspired many, including pioneer missionary William Carey as well as missionary martyr Jim Elliot. During Brainerd’s final illness, he was nursed by Jonathan Edwards’s daughter Jerusha, who may have contracted tuberculosis from him. She died four months after he did. Depressing story, right? But in fact, the story involved much happiness.

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Hollywood Transit Center to get permanent memorial

November 6, 2017 --

Memorial Put up at Hollywood Transit Center

by Helen Cook

Oregon Optimist

On May 26th, two people were killed and one man was wounded while protecting two women who were being verbally assaulted by a man on the MAX in Portland. Now, the brave actions of Ricky Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, and Micah Fletcher will be honored by the city of Portland.
Now, several months later, TriMet announced on Thursday plans to create two tributes to the two victims: one permanent memorial and one temporary. The tributes, according to TriMet spokeswoman Robert Altstadt, will also honor the women verbally assaulted.

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Chaplains offer comfort following deadly attack in New York

November 3, 2017 --

Terror in New York City: Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains Offer Comfort Following Deadly Attack

Erik Ogren

Christian Newswire

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are on the ground in New York City following Tuesday’s terror attack that resulted in eight deaths and injured several others before the assailant was shot and apprehended by authorities. The attack is being called the deadliest in New York City since Sept. 11, 2001.

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Your faith and pot

November 1, 2017 --

Should Christians Avoid Business or Personal Connections with the Marijuana Industry?

By Randy Alcorn

Eternal Perspective Ministries 

Recently, a strong Christian friend, who owns a business here in my home state of Oregon, asked my opinion about his doing work that would either directly or indirectly facilitate the legal growing and selling of marijuana. I’m sharing my edited response to him because this is a subject that is relevant for many, and will only become increasingly so as more states legalize marijuana.

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