December 27, 2017 - OHA in violation of the Hyde Amendment

OHA Admits to Violating Federal Abortion Law, OHSU May be Next Oregon Right to Life On November 17, Pat Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), issued a letter to the governor’s office detailing significant financial problems with the agency. According to The Oregonian, Allen revealed that OHA erroneously […]

December 20, 2017 - The sexual counterrevolution

It’s time for a sexual counterrevolution By Tom Krattenmaker After radio host Garrison Keillor was dumped from his media throne for sexual misconduct, a friend of mine quipped on Facebook, “Are there any old famous dudes who haven’t been sexually gross?” They are fewer by the day. With idols falling […]

December 18, 2017 - Has evangelism left us

Abandon the Evangelical Ship or Evangelical Idols? Reflections on the Prophet Jeremiah Paul Louis Metzger In a recent blog post, I mentioned that a student asked me why I still call myself an Evangelical Christian. On account of all the conflicted positions and associations politically and culturally, many people connected […]

December 13, 2017 - Happy December and other holiday errors

By M. Martin Oregon writer I was reading the Portland Tribune and I came across a local realtor ad that featured Mickey Mouse wishing everyone a Happy December. Just when you think society can’t water down or move away from Merry Christmas even further, out comes Happy December. That is […]

December 11, 2017 - Giving life

Portland Man Donates Kidney to Save Stranger’s Life Oregon Optimist When Jen Feldman of Portland, Oregon, discovered she needed a kidney transplant and she first reached out to her family and friends, hoping they might qualify as organ donors. None qualified.

December 8, 2017 - Jerusalem the eternal

Jerusalem is Capital of Israel Christian Newswire President Donald Trump affirmed that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and promised to begin the process of relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. “President Trump’s affirmation that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel represents a significant and long […]

December 6, 2017 - Are we loosing our religious freedoms

Is religious freedom bent beyond repair in this country? By Tom Krattenmaker If you’re secular or a progressive religious person, you might be thinking “yes”—especially in view of a high-profile case that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday (Dec. 5). Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights […]

December 4, 2017 - Music for the soul

Medicine and Music: Meet the Providence Hospital Stage Band by Helen Cook The Oregon Optimist Working in the medical field is certainly stressful and reducing the strain of saving lives is much needed by doctors, nurses, and other such workers. Most will turn to the average stress relievers such as […]

December 1, 2017 - Christmas haters out in force

Offensive Christmas Fare Explodes Bill Donohue Catholic League It’s not even December, and the Christmas haters are already out in force. In addition to those who want to censor Christmas, such as the D.C. Metro Area Transit Agency, there are those who prefer to trash the Christian holiday by using […]