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Top 10 Oregon religion headlines 2018

18 surprising survey trends in 2018

December 28, 2018 --

By Abigail Geiger
Pew Research Center,

Pew Research Center takes the pulse of Americans and people around the world on a host of issues every year. We explore public opinion on topics ranging from foreign policy to cyberbullying, as well as demographic trends, such as the emergence of the post-Millennial generation and changes in the number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States. Here are 18 of this year’s standout findings, taken from our analyses over the past year.

1. Post-Millennials – today’s 6- to 21-year-olds, also known as Generation Z – are on track to be the most racially and ethnically diverse generation yet. A bare majority of post-Millennials are non-Hispanic white (52%), while a quarter are Hispanic. And while most post-Millennials are still pursuing their K-12 education, the oldest members of this generation are enrolling in college at a significantly higher rate than Millennials were at a comparable age.

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Porch pirate Grinch caught on tape

December 27, 2018 --

By Jim Miller,

The increase in online ordering has given rise to increased cases of thieves stealing items off people’s front porches upon delivery. Thanks to new affordable homer surveillance technology many neighbors are capturing the culprits on video. The video helps law enforcement see the criminals and provide clues.

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Church security enters new age

December 26, 2018 --

By Sheila Allen
NW Baptist Witness,

With attention on violence in public spaces increasing, including incidences at places of worship, the Northwest Baptist Convention sponsored a “Church Security in the 21st Century” conference that drew more 75 attendees to three locations in recent weeks.

“Church security is not a heavy-handed, offensive approach,” said Mike Gurley of Teamworks Consulting. “We are not the TSA of the church, but are there to observe and react as another layer to let other ministries perform.”

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Second full-page Christian ad debuts

December 24, 2018 --

By M. Martin,

In the Sunday Oregonian, December 23 2018, the second full page Christian ad of the year made its appearance.  This ad featuring a Nativity scene of Jesus in manager along with the messiah Bible verse Isaiah 9:6 was placed by Hobby Lobby stores which recently began opening stores in Oregon.  These ads are rolled out nationwide and can be seen here.

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Weinstein God-bashing ‘Mary Magdalene’ film flops

December 21, 2018 --

By Catholic League for religious and civil rights,

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the fate of the movie, “Mary Magdalene”:

“Mary Magdalene” made the big screen in the U.K. and Australia, but it never made it to the U.S. That’s largely because the film was left in limbo when the Weinstein Company, the movie’s American distributor, crashed following the arrest of Harvey-the-predator-Weinstein. The movie also didn’t get the most raving reviews.

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China’s escalating crack down on Christianity

December 19, 2018 --

By M. Martin,
Oregon writer

Things are getting worse for all people of faith in China. First we had the news that China had built large scale re-education camps for Uighur and Kazakh Muslims in the far Western part of China. The BBC reports that hundreds of thousands of Muslims are separated from their families and forced to attend retraining classes. Secondly, we had the news that China began passing new stricter laws on church registration this year which negatively impact all areas of church life. Now we have reports this fall of China’s government closing churches and removing public crosses.

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Mystery plants used to block homeless

December 18, 2018 --

By Faith News Note,

Concrete pots with newly installed plants are showing up in Portland around sidewalk areas popular among the homeless. The plants block the homeless from sleeping on the sidewalk under bridges and other areas. The interesting fact is that no one is taking credit for the plants and no one seems to know who is doing it. Watch the KATU-2 video for more information.

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Raising kids to be givers in a gimme age


By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministry
Sandy, Oregon

The next generation is growing up amid—and inheriting—vast wealth. Even many children in Christian families don’t see their parents give and are not taught and encouraged to give themselves. So they become keepers and accumulators, and essentially self-preoccupied materialists. They see the world as about themselves and expect to receive more and more things, appreciating them less and less.

With no vision for the joy of giving and of investing in eternity, they can’t see that God’s purpose for prospering them is not so they can live in luxury, but so they can help others, support their churches, aid the poor, and reach the lost with the gospel.

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Xmas vacation helping caravan asylum seekers

December 17, 2018 --

Oregon mom finds a way to help out the caravaners seeking asylum. Watch the KATU-2 news above.

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