Below is a news video about a court case involving a Marine who was asked to remove Bible versus from her work area.
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By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon
Several months ago I was asked by World Magazine some questions about religious persecution. Here are my responses.
There’s a lot of talk in evangelical circles about the likelihood of increased persecution of believers in the years ahead. Do you think that forecast is on target?
Yes. However, I don’t believe we should live in fear and dread of persecution, but realize that God tells us to expect it (2 Timothy 3:12) and not to be surprised by it (1 Peter 4:12). He promises to use it to increase our perseverance and build our character (Romans 5:3-5), and increase our happiness in Christ (Luke 6:22-23). God will use persecution, as He always has, to thereby strengthen His church and extend the Gospel message, not destroy it. Persecution in America will probably never be as extreme as it has been in countless places throughout church history and as it is around the world today.
In 2015, the Corban University baseball team made history by traveling to Caimanera, Cuba on a Mission Trip, becoming the first Americans to enter the city in more than half a century. In 2016, the Warriors returned to Caimanera to play baseball and share the gospel while making a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.
“God is using baseball to draw a community to see the manifestation of Christ,” said Cuban born Pastor and Corban trip leader Glenn Wilson. “This an opportunity for you to be light – shining the light all around this community. Opportunities are going to arise all around us. Just let Christ use you as light in this place.”
Dr. Tim F. LaHaye , the son of a Detroit autoworker who grew up to become a respected pastor, international best-seller and prominent evangelical leader, died July 25, 2016 in a San Diego area hospital, just days after suffering a stroke. Born in Detroit, Michigan on April 27, 1926, he was 90 years old.
Dr. LaHaye, an Air Force veteran, is perhaps most noted for his blockbuster best-selling book series “Left Behind,” which he co-authored with Jerry B. Jenkins.
The Lake Oswego pastor who spent $3,000 of church funds to buy a gun at a raffle in order to destroy it — now may be facing criminal charges regarding violating Oregon’s new gun transfer law.
Pastor Jeremy Lucas, of the Christ Church Episcopal in Lake Oswego bought 150 tickets at a local softball fundraiser. His intent was to handily win the top prize of an AR-15 rifle in order to destroy it so it could never be used in a crime.
By Multnomah University,
This is the second post in a series of articles on global ministry trends and issues presented by Dr. Greg Burch, Director of the Master of Arts in Global Development and Justice program and Chair of the Global Studies Department. You can read more articles from Dr. Burch on his personal site, The Burch Blog.
Recently while traveling in a creative access country (generally a country where missionary and evangelism activity is restricted), I was reminded of the importance of not using terms like missions and missionary. The use of these words in some contexts can land a Jesus-follower in jail or even worse. While traveling throughout this country, I spent some time considering the use of these terms in our world today.
The pastor at Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego, Jeremy Lucas, bought 150 raffle tickets for a local softball fundraiser. Rev. Lucas had his sights on winning the rifle in order to destroy the rifle and get it off the streets. KGW_8 has more below.
Oregon Faith News Note,
In a telling sign of America’s discord, we are witnessing more controversy and protest occurring in a once sacred space and neutral ground in politics — the invocation. Earlier this summer, a moment of silence in the U.S. House of Representatives following the Orlando shooting, saw several lawmakers walk out in political protest. This week we witnessed the opening invocation prayer at the Democratic Convention being interrupted by boos and chants from the crowd. See video below:
This could have been any adoptee. Any adoptive family. That’s the messages adult adoptee and adoptee advocate Emily Kessel wants to convey in regards to the Adoptee Citizenship Act, a bill that was introduced into the House in June. “My adoptive parents naturalized me,” Emily says, “but there are thousands of international adoptees who were adopted by U.S. parents who don’t currently have citizenship.”
Over a decade ago, the Adoption Bill of 2000 granted automatic citizenship to all international adoptees, but inadvertently omitted adoptees who were over the age of 18 at the time of the bill’s enactment. This oversight left thousands of adoptees, adopted by U.S. citizen parents, vulnerable to deportation, and prohibited them from many rights granted to U.S. citizens. “But they are really Americans to the core,” Emily says. “They should be treated as first-class Americans, not second-class citizens.” If passed, the Adoptee Citizenship Act will provide automatic retroactive citizenship to internationally adopted individuals who were never naturalized when they were adopted or were not granted automatic citizenship in the 2000 bill. “It’s been over a decade, and we need to get this bill passed,” Emily says.
Oregon Faith News Note,
Below are two videos; (1) the trailer for the new Citizen United film, Torchbearer, featuring the narration by Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson and (2) an interview of Phil Robertson on this new film by Fox News while Phil was at the Republican Convention. Please watch below:
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