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Why Are We Begging You for Help

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A famous theologian once said to me, “When we look into the eyes of the poor, we are looking into the eyes of Jesus.” He was merely taking a literal interpretation of Matthew 25:40, “As much as you have done it to one of the least of these, you have done it unto Me.” What […]

Triple Your Impact

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If you haven’t already heard, we are trying to raise $20,000 to help finish a hospital in Guatemala for malnourished and sick infants. Learn more here:  www.classy.org/infanthospital Well, we have incredible news: This campaign has 2, yes TWO, you heard me… TWO matching contributions.  The Hall/Kriz families are matching every dollar AND a second, anonymous […]

Help Us Build a Hospital for Malnourished Infants

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Hey friends, We just got home from 2 weeks in Guatemala with Julie and Sean Hall and their family.  What a great time!! While there, we worked with a non-profit called “God’s Child Project” (www.godschild.org).  We built a house, distributed food AND… We learned about an incredible opportunity to rescue hundreds of sick and starving […]

Option Two: Keep Tax Exemption & Draw Parish Boundaries

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Over the weekend the Oregonian published an article in which I suggest that the American Christian Church should consider giving back her tax exemption to heal one of society’s great wounds, like child hunger or health care.  I wrote a follow up to that article here. The suggestion stirred some great discussion (2000 shares  and over 500 comments […]

Church, Give Back Tax Exemption: Missing the Point

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Over the weekend the Oregonian published an article in which I suggest that the American Christian Church should consider giving back her tax exemption to heal one of society’s great wounds, like child hunger or health care. As of this morning, oregonlive.com has received over 500 comments on the article and over 1800 shares on […]

Humans: Integrated or Isolated?

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I sit on the light-rail train traveling through my beloved Portland at rush hour. Every seat is occupied and half as many more stand. I glance around the jostling compartment at each face, dozens in total. Not one smile. Almost zero eye contact… the few that do quickly refocus twenty feet beyond me as if […]

The Cathartic Cathedral

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If you have been around me very long, you have probably heard about my affection for the NPR show, RadioLab.  It contains masterful storytelling. Another thing you need to know about me… we lost our young nephew to cancer three years ago.  It seems that Ransom is never far from our minds.  We miss him. […]