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May
01

Happy Birthday to the Church that Jesus Builds

Steps leading to Upper Room.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE CHURCH THAT JESUS BUILDS[1] By Tim Smith I have been involved in churches since I was born 54 years ago, but I have NEVER heard of or seen a birthday celebration for the church. There are great reasons to celebrate the church’s birthday. I was in Israel in 2012 on Pentecost…
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Apr
17

The Gift of Roots and Wings

Birds with wings expanded.

The Columbia Classic was a 15 kilometer race which follows the historic Columbia River Highway from the Women’s Forum viewpoint to the foot of Oregon’s famous Multnomah Falls. I ran the race with my son, David, thirteen years ago. Although the Columbia Classic is no more, memories of that race linger with me. It was…
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Jan
09

4 Kinds of Fake Faith and How to Spot Them

mountain through the fog

Many years ago while visiting New York City, a friend and I were approached by a guy selling Rolex watches… for forty dollars each. My friend bought one. The watch kind of looked like the real deal. Although it wasn’t very heavy and the second hand didn’t move smoothly, it could fool the casual glance.…
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Dec
15

5 Ways Pastors Can Outmaneuver Holiday Stress

Christmas Crisis

Want to see a volcanic eruption? No need to visit Hawaii, take a flight to Japan or pitch a tent near Mt. Saint Helens – just ask a pastor to do one more thing between  Thanksgiving and Christmas and then take a few steps back and enjoy the show. Truth is that some will respond…
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Dec
10

Remembering Dr. Earl Radmacher

Dr. Earl Radmacher

By Dr. Jim Sweeney When word came Tuesday morning that Earl Radmacher had passed from this life into the presence of Christ the day before, I felt that quick stab of pain/joy that is experienced uniquely in God’s family in such an instant. Two deep, conflicting emotions that rarely keep company. A dear, dear friend…
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