March 31, 2009 - Randy Alcorn: Insights from the Christian Book Expo

Randy Alcorn, Eternal Perspective Ministries, Blog Oregon author of Heaven Sunday night Nanci and I returned from the Christian Book Expo in Dallas where I did a number of book signings, and was involved in three upfront presentations/panels. One was with Alex and Brett Harris, authors of Do Hard Things […]

March 30, 2009 - Federal Judge: Small Oregon Church Can use Hallucinogenic Tea

By Traci Scott, An Ashland church can import and brew a hallucinogenic tea for its religious services, according to a U.S. District Court ruling.  Judge Owen Panner issued a permanent injunction on March 26 barring the federal government from prohibiting or penalizing the Church of the Holy Light of the […]

March 28, 2009 - United Church of Christ Promotes Contraceptive Distribution in churches

Weekend National Religion News Focus: Institute on Religion and Democracy — According to the HIV and AIDS Network of the United Church of Christ (UCC), Condoms should be distributed at places of worship. The March 19 statement, issued at a presentation to the UCC Wider Church Ministries Board, also called […]

March 28, 2009 - Books aim to solve famous Atheist Easter Challenge

Weekend National Religion News Focus: Idaho Pastor Claims Successful Answer to Famous Atheist’s Easter Challenge. MEDIA ADVISORY, Mar. 24 /Christian Newswire/ —   Dan Barker was once a preacher and writer of popular Christian songs, but in 1984 he told friends he did not believe in God any longer and walked […]

March 27, 2009 - How do you define Christian art? Should you?

An upcoming conference “Faith and the Arts” merges creativity with the creator along with many probing questions By Kelsi Johns, New Wineskins Ministries, Portland What Makes Art “Good”? This is a loaded question for the Christian community.  The appreciation of art does not rely solely on aesthetic properties, or on […]

March 26, 2009 - The doctor from Bend who saved 100 lives a day

Bend physician’s medical mission a success By Medical Teams International Tigard, Oregon Dr. Randy Jacobs cared for thousands of Congolese refugees; now ready to talk about experiences.  Dr. Randy Jacobs, a Medical Teams International volunteer, helped save 150-300 lives a day for a month in southwest Uganda. This emergency room […]

March 25, 2009 - Conference challenges a rethink on how we worship

By Sheila Allen NW Baptist Convention “I believe that a lot of times our worship ‘service’ is more of a barrier to God than a bridge to God,” said Tim Brown, pastor of First Baptist Church in Clovis, Calif. Brown and Ken Hendrix, worship and financial pastor at First Baptist, […]

March 24, 2009 - Portland pastor reflects on ethnic division and reconciliation

A Reflection on Ethnic Division and Reconciliation Within the Church Kevin Rogers Pastor of Community, Imago Dei Community, Portland, Oregon Witnessing Racism I’ve witnessed racism. I’m sure of it. I’ve had in-laws drop racist jokes in my lap and been faced with the awkward scenario of whether or not to […]

March 23, 2009 - 425,000 Hear Luis Palau During Historic Guatemala Festival

By Luis Palau, Palau Ministries, Beaverton GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, Mar. 17 /Christian Newswire/ — On the heels of a 10-day, region-wide evangelistic campaign that brought international evangelist Luis Palau face-to-face with Guatemala’s top leadership, the two-day Guatemala Festival at Parque de la Democracia (March 13-14) proved just as historic — […]

March 22, 2009 - Mob Brutally Attacks Missionaries

CARROLLTON, Texas, Mar. 19 /Christian Newswire/ — A large mob of anti-Christian extremists brutally attacked two Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries in Himachal Pradesh, India, on Saturday, March 14. After stripping them naked and beating Murari Jay and Atul Rajesh, the vicious group burned all their belongings and then had the […]