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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 […]

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 […]

PDX Tiny Lofts: a proposal

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An Affordable Housing Proposal from Tony Kriz A Uniquely Portland Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis The Problem: Portland has grown by almost 30,000 households since the year 2000. The Housing Bureau says we need 24,000 new units to be built yesterday to meet the demand. This influx has caused an escalation of rents in […]

Save a River, Heal a People

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It is a story of good cheer.  It is a story of marginalized people in a forgotten corner of the world.  It is story of love overcoming power.  It is a story of those who tend to critters coming together with gift-giving travelers.  It is the story of a dream… a dream of a better […]

SLOW CHURCH, an interview with John Pattison

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I filmed this interview for a graduate level course I was teaching for Warner University in Florida.  The class was on innovation in ministry.  They read John’s book, “Slow Church,” and sent me questions for the author.  John was kind enough to give us some of his valuable time. John is, as always, delightful.  I […]

Why Do We Listen?

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Yesterday, in a great offering from #OffTheHighway guest, Jon Huckins, we were treated to a discussion on listening.  Not just listening but the presence and power of listening within a missional life in the neighborhood.  Priceless. Now, only the biggest of piss-pots is going to say that listening is bad.  Right?  What kind of a […]