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The Basketball Nun of March Madness

March 31, 2018 --

Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt has become a March Madness celebrity in short order. Sister Jean is a chaplain for the Loyola Ramblers men’s basketball team. Sister Jean is also religious sister of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Watch the video to hear about her celebrity fame on the above video.

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Religious liberty victory in court over health care

March 30, 2018 --

By Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a very important federal court ruling on religious liberty:

The Obamacare Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate forcing Catholic non-profits to provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization, was dealt a lethal blow by U.S. District Court Judge David Russell.

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Church leaders restart gun ban petition

March 29, 2018 --

First 1000 plus signatures turned in for Petition #43 the Oregon gun ban petition
By Oregon Faith News Note,

Three Oregon church leaders submitted the first 1000 signatures for a statewide imitative petition (petition #43) to ban assault rifles in Oregon and require current owners to register the ones they have with the state. To start a petition the state requires the submission of 1,000 sponsor signatures. The campaign turned in 3,443 and if certified by the Secretary of State the petition will go through a ballot title review process and following that the petition will be ready to circulate.  Over 80,000 signatures will need to be gathered by early July to qualify for the November 2018 ballot.

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How cell phones impact our family, thinking

March 28, 2018 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministry
Sandy, Oregon

One of my favorite bloggers, Tim Challies, linked to a fascinating article in his daily A La Carte feature: Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down⁉ Here are some notable sections from it about the impact smartphones are having on our lives and minds:

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Rethinking mission-mindset after amazing travels

March 26, 2018 --

By Corban University
Salem, Oregon

“How do you travel so much?” people often ask Sarah Seibert (’12). Anyone who casually follows Sarah on Instagram probably wonders the same thing.

One minute, she’s in Kenya, gingerly grasping a dead chicken by its feet, which somehow isn’t incongruent with her flip-flops, colorful headband, and expression of surprise. The next minute, she’s sporting dreads and sunglasses, kissing a doe-eyed giraffe on the nose. And if you were to scroll down a little farther, you’d see her in Indonesia, hair piled high above sunny cheeks, tropical waves in the background.

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Faith Film ‘Imagine’ breaks top 5 record

March 23, 2018 --

I Can Only Imagine film breaks record
By Oregon Faith News Note,

The Film I can only Imagine was just released and in one week broke into the top five highest grossing faith-based films of the last 50 years.

The film is based on the story of the Christian music band, MercyMe’s song “I can only imagine”. This song itself broke records as the most played contemporary Christian song of all time. The film focuses on the songwriter’s family history which was abusive and full of trials. The film’s tagline is “The song you know about the story you don’t”.

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3 clergy start gun ban petition

March 21, 2018 --

By Faith News Note,

Three Oregon clergy members have started a petition to ban certain rifles and hope to gather 88,000 signatures by mid-summer to qualify for the 2018 November ballot. W. J. Mark Knutson, pastor of Portland’s Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland told the Portland Tribune, “Now is the time. We can’t wait any longer. Given the momentum and energy and the networks we have, both interfaith and secular, we are ready to roll. It will be a tight timeline, and there will be opposition, of course, but we are going to make an incredible effort.”

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Oregon Judge suspended for declining same-sex marriage

March 19, 2018 --

By Faith News Note,

A sitting judge accused of letting a felon play with a firearm and refusing to marry a same-sex couple had been suspended from his position for three years. The Oregon Supreme Court took the unusual action Thursday when it suspended Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day of Salem after finding he committed “willful misconduct” and made “willful misstatements” to investigators. It’s the longest suspension handed down by the court in more than 35 years.

Day, appointed to the court in 2011 by then-Governor John Kitzhaber, was elected to a six-year term in November 2012. The suspension means he will be unable to run for re-election in the fall.

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Massive evangelism effort planned for Portland

March 14, 2018 --

Christian News NW

PORTLAND — Chris Overstreet is the kind of person who wants to be in on the action, especially if God is involved. That’s why he and his family are moving near the Rose City this summer, because he expects big — very big — things to happen here, and an event he has planned is designed to play a key part.

Currently an outreach pastor and evangelist based out of Bethel Church and the School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, Calif., Overstreet firmly believes the next great American spiritual awakening will soon begin — and he is just as convinced that this God-given revival will start in Portland.

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