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Journalism’s fate

January 17, 2018 --

A Q&A on journalism’s future

Tom Krattenmaker

I was pleased to have the opportunity to do an interview on media trends and the future of journalism for the 2018 issue of Barna Trends. With permission of the Barna Group, I am publishing the text of that interview. All my thanks to the Barna Group for extending this opportunity and giving me permission to reprint the interview on my website.

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Meet the 100 year old philanthropist

January 15, 2018 --

Meet Orville Rogers, 100-Year-Old Jesus Follower, Generous Giver, and Athlete

By Randy Alcorn

Eternal Perspective Ministries

One of the great highlights of the illumiNations event I attended last year was talking with Orville Rogers, who serves Jesus with all his heart, and hearing from him as he was interviewed on stage.

On November 28, 2017, Orville turned 100 years old. In WWII he flew the largest military airplane, the B29 bomber. Over his career as a commercial airline pilot he made $1.5 million total wages.

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Christian baker ruling spurs reaction, even a hoax

January 10, 2018 --

By Faith News Note:

The owners of a Gresham bakery must pay $135,000 for illegally discriminating against a lesbian couple, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 28 in upholding the state labor commissioner’s decision.

The courts: The Appeals Court unanimously sided with Avakian, who heralded the decision as “a strong signal that Oregon remains open to all.” The Bowman-Cryers, through their attorney, said the ruling upholds “the long-standing idea that discrimination has no place in America.”

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Tigard schools to debate contraceptive hand-outs

January 8, 2018 --

By Faith News Note:

The Tigard-Tualatin School district is considering programs involving providing contraceptives to students.   The Tigard-Tualatin School Board will be discussing this issue on tonight’s agenda (Monday January 8th).   Provided for the agenda discussion is this 21-page information packet by the Oregon Health Authority on School Health Clinics and information surrounding parental consent.   The information packet goes into great detail about how complex this issue is for schools.

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He gives us what we need

January 7, 2018 --

The Deadly Life of Ease

Randy Alcorn

Eternal Perspective Ministries

Jesus isn’t our gofer who exists to run our errands. Rather, He is our Sovereign who gives us what we need while sometimes denying what we want.

We want deliverance from suffering. We want our loved ones to be protected. We don’t want economic crises, natural disasters, job losses, car accidents, or cancer. Our prayers and often our expectations boil down to this: Jesus should make our lives go smoothly. That’s what we want in a Messiah. But it is not what God wants.

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Pastor’s terminal brain cancer journey

January 3, 2018 --

Joel Royce prepares for Sunday worship at First Baptist Church of Castle Rock, WA. Pastor Royce leads worship and preaches, while undergoing treatment for cancer.
By NW Baptist Witness,

On a routine trip to the grocery store Joel Royce first remembers feeling numbness in his face and right arm. First responders at the fire station initially diagnosed the 36 year old with a stroke and rushed him to the hospital. Several hours later the pastor of First Baptist Church of Castle Rock, WA, learned he had glioblastoma, the most common cancer that begins in the brain. But cancer does not define Royce, nor do other challenges faced in his life.

“I was raised in a United Pentecostal church and my dad was ordained,” said Royce, who remembers feeling pressure to come forward in repentance and speak in tongues every Sunday. “But when my dad returned after being deployed in Desert Shield, our life was never the same and my parents divorced when I was 15. I lost respect for him and religion.”

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