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NIKE, Michael Jordan create jersey for Portland charity

May 30, 2018 --

NIKE Press Release,

June 14, 1998; Salt Lake City, Utah: Michael Jordan’s jumper with 5.2 seconds remaining seals a Bulls victory over the Utah Jazz and with it a title, a legacy and a legend.

Twenty years later, MJ’s Chicago finale will be commemorated with a forthcoming 10-part ESPN Films and Netflix documentary series, “The Last Dance,” and a special-edition Michael Jordan Bulls jersey.

The jersey, which releases May 31, comes in three versions: an Authentic away (as worn for the last shot) as well as Swingman versions of the Bulls’ home and away looks. Each jersey is equipped with NikeConnect technology, which will unlock access to select “The Last Dance” content prior to the series premiere in 2019.

The Authentic will come in a soft touch box with a clear window and magnetic closure and will retail for $400. The two Swingman jerseys will sell for $120.

“The Last Dance” will chronicle one of the greatest icons and most successful dynasties in sports history, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, with never-before-seen footage from the team’s last championship run in the 1997-98 season and interviews with Jordan, other key figures from the Bulls’ championship teams and luminaries from basketball and beyond.

The special-edition Bulls jersey also celebrates Friends of the Children, a national nonprofit that selects the most vulnerable children aged 4-6 from high-poverty schools and the foster care system and pairs them with a salaried, professional mentor who stays with them from kindergarten through graduation.

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This man’s family political divide represents America’s


By Tom Krattenmaker

Oregon writer
Featured often in USA Today, Religion News Service

If you’re worried about the extreme polarization in America, the case of Kevin Nicholson and his parents might be your new Exhibit A.

Politics junkies know Nicholson as a rising-star GOP Senate candidate in the fiercely contested state of Wisconsin. Analysts call him a dream candidate: youthful, photogenic, an ex-Marine and, as seems to be required of Republicans, outwardly religious.

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False Alarms

May 25, 2018 --

Christian Newswire                                                                                                                               Catholic League president Bill Donohue

The American Academy of Arts and Letters took out a full-page ad in the May 24th edition of the New York Times. Here is what it said (in its exact format):

This is not the time to be silent.

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Rev. Graham, Jeremy Camp Oregon tour nears

May 23, 2018 --

By Oregon Faith News Note,

This August Franklin Graham will hold one-day evangelistic prayer events in Oregon and Washington as part of his Decision America Pacific Northwest Tour, an ongoing campaign to urge Christians to pray earnestly for America and lead lives rooted in biblical principles.

After finishing 10 events in California, Graham will speak Aug. 1 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Medford, followed two days later with an event at Christian Life Center’s Life Amphitheater in Bend. The Oregon tour concludes at the Clackamas County Exposition Center in Canby Aug. 5.

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Royal Wedding ‘Love’ preacher goes viral

May 21, 2018 --

By Faith News Note,

Bishop Michael Curry of the U.S. Episcopal Church gave a powerful wedding sermon on love during the Royal wedding for Pricne Harry and Meghan Markle.  It gained notional attention and the Guardian newspaper dubbed that “It was a sermon that will go down in history”.

You can watch the video or read the text below.

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Justin Bieber’s mom shares faith, suicide story

May 18, 2018 --

Christ For All Nations Press Release,

The 2018 Light The Fire Again (LFTA) gathering in Toronto, Canada pulled together an unprecedented line up of leaders from revivals of the recent past: John Kilpatrick, Claudio Freidzon, Lou Engle and many, many more. But, one on-stage guest stood out less for her involvement in one of those moves of God and more for the unique fruit that came out it: a Christ-following pop star.

Pattie Mallette is Justin Bieber’s mom. As she testified at Light the Fire again 2018, she gave her life to Jesus in Toronto hospital room after a failed attempt to take her own life. The Christian couple who took her under their wing were themselves discipled by none other than John and Carol Arnott, the leaders of the Toronto Blessing.

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Former abortionist to help petition effort

May 16, 2018 --

By Christian News Northwest,
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With the help of two more nationally known pro-life speakers, concerned Christians who want a statewide vote on halting state funding of abortion are making their final two-month push to meet a critical deadline.

Coming to Oregon to each speak at two special Speak Life events this month and next for Corvallis-based Oregon Life United’s initiative campaign are Gianna Jessen, in Corvallis May 20 and Bend May 21, and Abby Johnson, May 31 in The Dalles and June 1 in Lake Oswego. The two will tell their personal stories of what drew them into the pro-life movement. They also will encourage their audiences to do all they can to help Oregon Life United secure at least the required 117,578 valid signatures of registered Oregon voters by June 30 to place the initiative on this fall’s ballot.

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“Our Lives Are Worth Living, Too”

May 14, 2018 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministry
Oregon based ministry

Years ago, the television series “Life Goes On” portrayed a teenager named Corky who had Down syndrome. The starring role was played by a young man with Down syndrome, and many people were touched by his winsome performance. Critics raved. But many of the same critics favor the killing of these children, just like Corky, before they are born.

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American Idol star issues ‘Unreached’ challenge

May 11, 2018 --

Alliance for the Unreached release,

A global appeal on behalf of the more than 2 billion people around the world who have yet to hear the gospel is to ring out May 20 when supporters mark the Third Annual International Day for the Unreached (IDU, ).

The challenge for greater involvement in efforts to share the good news of Jesus is to be made from Focus on the Family’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., and live-streamed around the world from the organizing Alliance for the Unreached’s Facebook page (

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Thoughts on the Bible MIA/POW debate

May 9, 2018 --

By Tom Krattenmaker

Oregon writer
Featured often in USA Today, Religion News Service

The usual adversaries are at it again in the ongoing war over the place of the Bible and Christian faith in the U.S. armed forces. On behalf of 26 military families, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is battling with the Navy over a POW/MIA display at the naval hospital on Okinawa, Japan.

At issue: the placement of the Bible alongside the POW/MIA and American flags with a placard that says: “The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded one nation under God.” Since the Okinawa news hit the media, the MRFF says it has received complaints from 31 other U.S. military installations that have the Bible included in their “missing man” displays.

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