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OHA in violation of the Hyde Amendment

December 27, 2017 --

OHA Admits to Violating Federal Abortion Law, OHSU May be Next

Oregon Right to Life

On November 17, Pat Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), issued a letter to the governor’s office detailing significant financial problems with the agency. According to The Oregonian, Allen revealed that OHA erroneously made close to $150 million in overpayments of federal Medicaid funds.

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The sexual counterrevolution

December 20, 2017 --

It’s time for a sexual counterrevolution

By Tom Krattenmaker

After radio host Garrison Keillor was dumped from his media throne for sexual misconduct, a friend of mine quipped on Facebook, “Are there any old famous dudes who haven’t been sexually gross?”
They are fewer by the day. With idols falling fast in media, politics and entertainment, The New Yorker’s Masha Gessen writes that a new “sex panic” might be upon us.

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Has evangelism left us

December 18, 2017 --

Abandon the Evangelical Ship or Evangelical Idols? Reflections on the Prophet Jeremiah

Paul Louis Metzger

In a recent blog post, I mentioned that a student asked me why I still call myself an Evangelical Christian. On account of all the conflicted positions and associations politically and culturally, many people connected with the movement are now abandoning the label. Should we abandon ship, or abandon the idols of power, wealth, comfort and privilege that serve as stumbling blocks to right relationship with God and others? In this post, I will consider the prophet Jeremiah as well as other prophetic voices, and what import they might have for our situation today.

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Happy December and other holiday errors

December 13, 2017 --

By M. Martin
Oregon writer

I was reading the Portland Tribune and I came across a local realtor ad that featured Mickey Mouse wishing everyone a Happy December. Just when you think society can’t water down or move away from Merry Christmas even further, out comes Happy December. That is the most sanitized and unwelcome greeting I think I have ever heard.

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Giving life

December 11, 2017 --

Portland Man Donates Kidney to Save Stranger’s Life

Oregon Optimist

When Jen Feldman of Portland, Oregon, discovered she needed a kidney transplant and she first reached out to her family and friends, hoping they might qualify as organ donors.
None qualified.

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Jerusalem the eternal

December 8, 2017 --

Jerusalem is Capital of Israel

Christian Newswire

President Donald Trump affirmed that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and promised to begin the process of relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. “President Trump’s affirmation that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel represents a significant and long overdue shift in U.S. policy,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel, and Founder and Chairman of Covenant Journey.

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Are we loosing our religious freedoms

December 6, 2017 --

Is religious freedom bent beyond repair in this country?

By Tom Krattenmaker

If you’re secular or a progressive religious person, you might be thinking “yes”—especially in view of a high-profile case that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday (Dec. 5). Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission pits the anti-gay-marriage beliefs of a cake baker against the rights of a same-sex couple to live and marry free of discrimination.

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Music for the soul

December 4, 2017 --

Medicine and Music: Meet the Providence Hospital Stage Band

by Helen Cook

The Oregon Optimist

Working in the medical field is certainly stressful and reducing the strain of saving lives is much needed by doctors, nurses, and other such workers. Most will turn to the average stress relievers such as exercise and reading; however, a certain group of doctors joins together once a month to blow off steam in in a much more nonconventional way: through a band called the Providence Hospital Stage Band.

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Christmas haters out in force

December 1, 2017 --

Offensive Christmas Fare Explodes

Bill Donohue

Catholic League

It’s not even December, and the Christmas haters are already out in force.

In addition to those who want to censor Christmas, such as the D.C. Metro Area Transit Agency, there are those who prefer to trash the Christian holiday by using obscene sex-themed depictions.

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