On a recent sizzling Saturday in early August, more than 325 volunteers representing at least 25 North Portland churches came together in an outstanding display of care for our community for the first ever Compassion North Portland event. Working together on a wide range of teams, (including hospitality, finance, food & refreshment, childcare and social services just to name a few), neighbors shed their denominational identities and graciously took on the roles of servants. The result?
This is the first blog in a three part series. I’m processing through my thoughts after completing Russell Moore’s “The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective”. I’ve pulled out three thoughts that caught my attention and which relate to the work of Compassion Connect.
This book is a thorough work on the various perspectives throughout history and today about the Kingdom of God. It does a wonderful job of communicating the historical differences between dispensationalists and covenant theologians. It also does a great job of drawing us into a healthy middle ground where we can see the practical and powerful implications of the Kingdom of God today and the future hope, not that we were ever really missing that but the “not yet” could benefit from a fuller understanding of the “now.”
In this first part I want to address, briefly, the role of the church in reflecting the Kingdom of God.
At the beginning of this year, I joined two vice squad Portland police officers on their night shift. Beyond observations from my first blog, “Night Ride,” this journal outlines additional impressions from that night and from further research into the seamy world of human trafficking.
Alicia, who lives in one of the Apartment mission sites, shares with us the internal wrestling match of loving the undesirables. She points to that reality in all our hearts: its easier to love those who are like us than those who make us feel awkward. Neverthless Jesus calls us to a higher love.
After spending a night in a squad car, observing Portland police officers assigned to the sex trafficking division, I became more acutely aware of the plight of sex slaves, especially those below 18 years old. Because of this experience, I feel compelled to present my own perspective on this blight in our community.
Compassion Connect executive director shares his thoughts on a local business in his neighborhood. The Pitiful Princess is a strip club that screams in our faces, as neighbors, that women are items to be taunted and flaunted in the 21st century. What if we didn't settle for status quo in Portland, OR in 2012?
Over the last few weeks one of those Youtube sensations has taken place. Only this time it raises some interesting questions about Christianity and its witness to the world. One spoken word author creates a massive following by hating on religion but loving Jesus, while another responds back with why he loves both.
Both men are talented and speak truth, but thats not my concern. I'm wondering how the world sees our bickering about these profound truths. Our division; does it speak more clearly than the truth?
Watch the Youtube hits and read a poem entitled "Why I hate Division"
For Dr. Cyndi Romine of “Called to Rescue”, life’s calling was a life-changing event within the misty jade contours and waterways of Asia. Read how that fateful event changed her life and set her on a course to dynamically fight Human Trafficking here in the U.S. and around the world. Life’s calling may sound like a whisper or a shout. As we respond with action, we too can make a significant difference.