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John Droz

America absolutely needs outside expert review of climate claims used to oppose fossil fuels

Should the United States conduct a full, independent, expert scientific investigation into models and studies that say we face serious risks of manmade climate change and extreme weather disasters?

As incredible as it may seem, US government climate science has never been subjected to any such examination. Instead, it has been Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

Artis Breau is 84 years old, is the widow of a vet, and is about to be thrown out into the street. Her crime? Leading a Bible study.

Her husband served in the Merchant Marine and then in World War II as a member of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. He also served in the Air Force in the Korean War. Artis herself served in the Pentagon during the Korean conflict as a civilian in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army. Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

Greed, unrestrained ambition, arrogance, pride, revenge, rage, and ruthlessness. Sounds like the evening news. I found them in the Bible’s short book of Esther. An orphaned Jewish girl raised by her cousin Mordecai [more-dah-kie], Esther becomes queen of Persia about five centuries before Christ.

Haman is the villain of the story. He is a narcissistic man who craves the honor of others. When Mordecai doesn’t express honor or fear, Haman is outraged. Learning that Mordecai is a Jew, he hatches a plot to annihilate every Jew throughout the Persian empire. (Haman was the Hitler of his time.)

Mordecai encourages Esther to ask the king to rescue her people. He reminds her that God placed her in the position of queen for just “such a time as this.” Esther knows that approaching the king without being invited can result in death, so she calls for every Jew in the city to fast for three days and Continue reading

James Buchal, Multnomah County Republican Chair

Multnomah County Republican Party Chairman James Buchal announced that he has filed suit on behalf of Portland parents with students in the Portland Public Schools (PPS) for violations of their First Amendment rights arising from the massive anti-gun demonstrations PPS organized a year ago tomorrow.  “Every parent with children in the Portland Public Schools should download and read a copy of the Complaint (available here),” said Buchal, “because it demonstrates the extraordinary degree to which PPS officials have misused scarce educational resources for narrowly partisan and political objectives.” The suit is based on thousands of documents recovered through a Public Records Act request made to PPS shortly after the demonstrations.  (Exhibits to the Complaint are available here (Exhibits 1‑21), here (Exhibits 22‑37), and here (Exhibits 38-51).)

The documents released by PPS demonstrate that the District organized and promoted partisan, anti-gun positions on a massive scale, with close coordination between the School Board, the Superintendent, the Portland Association of Teachers, outside anti-gun groups and even local anti-gun politicians.  Highly misleading propaganda, coupled with emotional manipulation of 50,000 Portland schoolchildren, allowed PPS to create political theater Continue reading

Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

Fake news is bad, but no news is even worse. Across the world, across the country, across the state, and across our communities, we are witnessing an obliteration of local news media. In Oregon, local newspapers are struggling and shuttering while TV and radio outlets focus more and more on national news fed by wire services.

Research soon to be published by the Journal of Financial Economics finds that when a local newspaper closes, local government wages and employment increase, municipal borrowing costs go up, as do county deficits. The authors argue local newspapers hold their governments accountable. When a community loses a paper, it loses some of that accountability. Continue reading

Jim Kight, The Northwest Connection

Shea and her kids

There was a large expanse of green, well maintained lawn, recently mowed. In the background was a building three stories high that almost covered the width of the property. It had all the architectural features of a building that was constructed in the 30’s. As it turned out it was built in 1938 as a home for the elderly. Attractive and inviting even for a large building.

I grabbed the front door knob but it was locked. To the left was a door bell. I looked through a metal grill protecting a glass enclosure and rang the bell. They spotted me and let me in. Security is important.

After brief introductions I was escorted to a conference room upstairs. As I passed several rooms I noticed an odd device on the floor—beige in color, about the size of a small round soup pan with a wire coming out the back and going under the door. Some doors had two or more on the floor. Curiosity sparked my interest. What are these things? Turns out they are noise devices so you can’t listen into conversations on the other side of the door. Confidentiality is very important. Continue reading

It can turn your life upside down. We sleep in a California King-sized bed. As I write that it seems weird. Why is it called that? California is not a bed – nor does it have a king! For some reason it must have something to do with its size. At any rate, that is a description of our bed. Husband weighs two of me – so he is always too warm. I am always barely above frozen! The solution was a heated mattress pad with dual controls. This worked great for a long, long time. I loved getting into a nice warm bed and “sleeping like a teenager” according to husband.

However, came the morning when instead of a “number” to turn off I saw “KB,” as in kicked bucket, on the dial! I was cold. There was no long illness with this mattress pad. It was over and done with and cold. Now you would think, replace it, right? Well, BB and B (local mattress pad store) was all out. In fact, so was Continue reading

Randy Alcorn, Eternal Perspectives

Philip Yancey, a writer I often appreciate, wrote an article about his own struggle to carve out focused attention for reading, and how his own personal experience reflects our culture at large. The decline in reading books is something I feel strongly about, as those who aren’t dedicated readers most likely won’t be dedicated readers of God’s Word.

Here’s an excerpt from Yancey’s article:

I am going through a personal crisis. I used to love reading. I am writing this blog in my office, surrounded by 27 tall bookcases laden with some 5,000 books. Over the years I have read them, marked them up, and recorded the annotations in a computer database for potential references in my writing. To a large degree, they have formed my professional and spiritual life. Continue reading

Pastor Bill Ehmann, Wood Village Baptist Church

One of the amazing examples of Creator God’s handiwork is on display in Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is called “Balanced Rock.” I grew up about 80 miles from there. On occasional day trips to the area, we always stopped to admire this huge rock that seemed to have so little foundation under it.

As a child, I viewed it as a statement about the wonder of nature. Today, it reminds me of the balance in God’s nature as displayed in all of His Creation. A quick review of the first two chapters of Genesis reminds us of the wonder of a universe filled with balance and Planet Earth as a balanced environment.

The Garden of Eden was filled with balance. The two humans who lived there did not try to dominate one another. All of the animals got along – there was no evidence of death. One can imagine how different life would be on this planet today if that pattern had continued. Continue reading

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