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CNN: New video explains Pro-lifer, Native American stand-off

January 21, 2019 --

By Jim Miller, Oregon

The story is still unfolding but has changed dramatically over the past few hours. CNN has the best analysis so far.  CNN shows that a third group, Hebrew Black activists, as a key part of the event who were extremely provocative.   This represents three different religious orientated groups that run into each other at the steps of the nation’s capital — a metaphor? a mess? a teaching moment?   With shifting naratives it seems that we may not know for a while.

Also revealing is a statement from the student at question (Nick Sandmann) behind the much headlined story of a Pro-life marcher Catholic school student with a MAGA hat who is confronted by a Native American activists (Nathan Phillips).

Nathan Phillips story here. (Washington Post)

Nick Sandmann statement is below.

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MLK, depression and a New Year’s hope

January 20, 2019 --

Paul Louis Metzger
Multnomah University professor,
Director of Institute for the Theology of Culture

As is well-documented, many people dread the holiday season. The close of one year and the beginning of another is supposed to be a time of great joy, but it can often be the occasion for isolation with accompanying sadness, even severe depression. Such depression can spill over into the new year. In reflecting on this subject, I came across some articles that chronicled Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s severe struggles with depression. In the midst of his various struggles, he was still able to inspire those who follow after him with his call for revolutionary empathy, creative nonconformity, and creative maladjustment. My hope is that the following sober reflections will encourage us to move forward with courage and constructive creativity in the new year to overcome depression and pursue just peace and equitable unity for all.

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Suffering: From why me? to Why not me?

January 19, 2019 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries,
Sandy Oregon

There was a time when I could not fully accept any explanation for evil and suffering that didn’t make sense to me, start to finish. However, over the years, and through the process of writing my book If God Is Good, I’ve come to trust my own understanding less, and God’s Word more.

I find a strange delight in being swallowed up by the immensity of God’s greatness and by the divine mysteries that once disturbed me. Know­ing that I’ll sit before God’s judgment seat—not He before mine—I choose to trust Him. And the more I do, the more sense the story makes to me.

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Abortions rate plummets worldwide

January 16, 2019 --

Nicholas Comerchero
Oregon Optimist Blog,

More American women are choosing life for their children than ever before, according to the latest government data on abortion.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the US abortion rate fell 26% between 2006 and 2015 to reach an all-time low. Further, the national abortion ratio–which weighs abortions against live births–also declined to record lows. In 2005, 233 abortions occurred for every 1,000 live births. In 2015, officials documented only 188 abortions per 1,000 live births.

According to other research, America’s abortion rate has fallen concurrently with global abortion rates. Across Europe and North America, infanticide has become gradually less prevalent in developed nations. The trend extends back to the 1990s: during that decade, 45 out of every 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 had an abortion. By the early 2010s, just 27 out of every 1,000 women obtained abortions in developed countries.

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Church event hosting Malcolm X daughter

January 15, 2019 --

Martin Luther King Day Honor Event:

Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church of Portland will be having the “Empower the Dream” service and the keynote speaker is Ambassador Attalah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz. Donations of $25.00 for this event to help defray the expenses of the speaker.

Date:January 20
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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5 Saudi students in Oregon escaped their trials

January 14, 2019 --

By Jim Miller:

The Oregonian has now uncovered five different Saudi Oregon students who have vanished after they were charged for various crimes.  They are believed to have received help from the Saudi Arabia government in their escape from America. These escapes were uncovered by reporter, Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, and were featured prominently as full front page news in the Sunday Oregonian (Please read full story here).  The case has made international news.

Here are the details in case you may know of details of the suspects whereabouts or escape:

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Dating site’s new Catholic dating videos

January 11, 2019 --

By Catholic Chemistry,, a new Catholic dating website, launched a series of humorous videos that parody awkward dating situations familiar to Catholic singles, already garnering tens of thousands of views.

“Underneath the humor, I think these videos are resonating with single Catholics because they both validate their frustration with the dating experience and affirm them in their desire to hold to standards,” says Chuck Gallucci, owner and lead developer at Catholic Chemistry. “That’s part of our goal at to encourage our members to embrace their faith while also taking off the pressure many feel while searching for a spouse.”

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Top religion rights lawyer coming to Oregon

January 9, 2019 --

By Oregon Liberty Alliance,

Kristien Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Freedom will be a keynote speaker at the 2019 Oregon Freedom Rally February 9th at the Holiday Inn airport in Portland.

Kristen K. Waggoner serves as senior vice president of the U.S. Legal Division with Alliance Defending Freedom. Waggoner oversees the U.S. Legal Division, a team of 100 attorneys and staff who engage in litigation, public advocacy, and legislative support. Since she assumed this role, ADF has prevailed as lead counsel in eight U.S. Supreme Court victories, including Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which she argued at the Supreme Court and won.

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Teddy bear honoring soldier who died stolen

January 8, 2019 --

By Faith News Note,

Lt. Mitchell St. Clair served in the Navy for 13 years before dying of pancreatic cancer in 2017. His mother made a teddy bear out of his uniform. It was recently stolen from her storage locker in Tacoma. Watch the video below for more.

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Who hurts the most from the big shutdown?

January 7, 2019 --

Paul Louis Metzger
Multnomah University professor,
Director of Institute for the Theology of Culture

Who pays or suffers most for the government shutdown based on the wall erected between the White House and Congress?

Based on one of his tweets, it would appear President Trump believes he is suffering for the shutdown. He tweeted “poor me” as he stayed at the White House in Washington on Christmas rather than depart for his luxurious Florida estate:

“I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security. At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about. Crazy!”

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