RSS

Category Archives: Oregon

Has the world gone mad?

The headlines of the week loudly proclaim the schizophrenic world we live in:

Washington State celebrated tolerance as same sex couples were allowed to be married and marijuana was legalized. While couples lined up outside Seattle’s City Hall to obtain a marriage license, others smoked pot beneath the Space Needle.

A few miles further south, an armed gunman walked into the Clackamas Town Center in Portland, OR, and started shooting. Were it not for his gun jamming, more people might have died.

On the other side of the country, a gunman walked into an elementary school in Connecticut and took the lives of several children.

On the other side of the world, the Ukrainian parliament meeting turned into a brawl while trying to elect a new speaker. The conflict reflected the divisions between the Russian-speaking West and the Ukrainian-speaking East.

Tolerance and violence. The right to do what I want and the right to bear arms. Morality legislated by popular opinion reflects an amoral world where individuals determine their own definitions of right and wrong.

We desperately need to hear the message of Christmas. It needs to be loudly proclaimed in a world that has stopped up their ears to the truth.

In Luke 2:10–14, we read the message announced to shepherds many years ago.

10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Our schizophrenic world desperately needs a savior. We desperately long for peace on earth. But we cannot have the latter without the former. There will be no peace on earth until there is peace between heaven and earth. There can be no reconciliation between individuals until God and man are reconciled. There can be no peace of mind until the peace of God reigns in our hearts. Until we acknowledge our sin and receive forgiveness from our savior, we cannot make peace with those who we feel wronged us.

The savior who was born in Bethlehem must be born in our hearts. Until this occurs, schizophrenia will remain unchecked.

 
 

Road trip – OR/CA

Today’s journey took us from Portland, OR, to Stockton, CA. Carol, Mittens, and I went from the green of the Pacific Northwest to the heart of California’s agriculture. Along the way, we saw Mt Shasta, Lake Shasta, groves of olives, pistachios, and grapes, and fields of rice.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on July 29, 2012 in California, Oregon, Photos

 

Road trip to Beaverton

Leaving Sammamish, we headed south to Oregon to visit Carol’s sister and family. John & Ruth Jordan reside in Beaverton, OR, along with their children. Like any good bibliophile, we made a pilgrimage to Powell’s City of Books. We also enjoyed a visit to the Party in the Park, Beaverton’s International Festival and Classic Car Show. We capped the day by enjoying the Dark Knight Rises with John, Ruth, and Michelle.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Family & Friends, Oregon, Photos

 

Beware the heresy caravan

Last week, my wife and I were motoring through Portland, OR, on our way to Sunriver for a retreat. We came upon a caravan of four RVs all decorated with the same message and paint scheme. Each vehicle contained the same simple message, The world will end on May 11, 2011. “The Bible guarantees it!”

Carol and I had three reactions to the message. Our first thought was, “When the world ends, you can bet it won’t be on May 11, 2011. Mark 13:32 says that no one knows the day or hour, not the angels, not even Jesus, only God himself.” Our second thought was, “Can we buy your house on May 10? You won’t be needing it.” Our third reaction was, “It figures, they have California license plates.”

After returning home from our retreat, I decided to visit the website listed on their RVs, familyradio.com. I was dismayed to read the heresy taught on their pages and the misuse of Scripture to back up their positions. They use a convoluted math formula based on an obscure prophecy to arrive at setting May 11, 2011 as the beginning of judgment. When questioned about the verse, no one knows the day or hour, they misinterpret Jesus’ response to the question in Acts 1:7 and say that only applied to the disciples. Misusing Ecclesiastes 8:5 as a prooftext, they claim they have the wisdom to understand what God’s plans are.

Based on reading the message on their vans and doing a cursory reading of their website, I am dismayed by their heresy. Granted, I have not talked with them personally. But I am bothered by both the content and the tone of their message. One, they are misusing and twisting Scripture for their purposes. Two, their message is one of judgment rather than of grace. Third, they tend to turn people off rather than attract them to the gospel. Fourth, they convey an attitude of pride and secret knowledge. Didn’t the apostles Paul and John warn against that very attitude?

We need to preach the truth of Scripture (2 Timothy 4:2), but we need to handle it accurately (2 Timothy 2:15).

 
2 Comments

Posted by on November 21, 2010 in Oregon, Scripture, Theology

 

Dreaming of white stuff

Mt. Bachelor, near Sun River in Central Oregon, is not open for skiing yet, but that didn’t stop some die hards from getting in some early season practice.

img_0995

img_0997

img_0998

img_0999

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 8, 2008 in Oregon

 

Sun River, OR

Carol and I attended a Pastor’s & Wives Retreat at Sun River, OR, this weekened, hosted by the Pacific Northwest District of the Evangelical Free Church of America. We had a beautiful view outside our room.

img_0989

img_0988

img_0990

img_0991

img_0992

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 8, 2008 in Oregon