Everyone’s Got a Story

For some people, Christmas season is a part of their story they like to remember. But not for others. Christmas can surface a wide variety of thoughts and emotions. For me, Christmas and the entrance of a New Year were pivotal in my life. Although there are lots of details left out, I hope you […]

Recognizing Messiah

1) Abraham’s family will bless the WORLD. Genesis 12:2,3; 22:18 What NATION(s) descended from Abraham and have they blessed the world?    2) Messiah will be of THE Seed of Abraham. Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:16 Who is the most FAMOUS Jewish person (descendant of Abraham) in history? 3) Messiah will be from the tribe of JUDAH. […]

Questions are KING!

You can never ask or answer too many questions! The following questions are adapted from the evocative book “The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus: A Clear and Simple Explanation of the World’s Best Seller”. JUSTICE a)  Do you believe that systemic injustice exists? b) If so, what is right and just? and what is […]

Does God Exist?

Does God exist? Or is the material universe all that ever was and shall be? One answer to this question is the Cosmological Argument. Whatever began to exist has a cause. The universe began to exist. Therefore, the universe has a cause. Believing that something exists without a cause is like believing in magic. Why? […]

Exploring Our Worldview

Hey Neighbor, We live close by and want to talk with you about something important to both of us. In my academic career (Alex) I’ve been privileged to take a degree in intercultural studies. That journey allowed me to travel and be exposed to people all over the world. Part of that years-long process was […]

Take the POLITIAL ASSESSMENT Quiz!

Your thoughts about America’s political challenges are important. Answer the following questions to better understand your own political feelings. Learning where you stand politically will also help you evaluate where you are in relation to the current political climate. AFTER (note, after) you take the assessment, you’ll NEED and MUST watch the 7 minute video […]

QUESTIONS EVERYBODY’s GOTTA ANSWER

· What is real? · What‘s true? · What, at the end of the day, is good? · Who am I? · Where did I come from? · Did the earth have a beginning? · What should I do? How must I live? · What’s wrong? What’s right? Why? · What is acceptable/unacceptable behavior? What are my basic/primary assumptions about life? (What are my […]

Oh So Lonely

I didn’t understand it as a kid, but I was so lonely as a child. Looking back now, as an adult, it makes perfect sense. Of course I was lonely, I had not bonded with my mother. My father died when I was six. My siblings were years older than me and my extended family […]

We Were Nomads – Aaron’s Story

Hi, my name is Aaron. I was born in the mountains of Thailand without nationality, as my family escaped the war-torn regions of SE Asia. We came to the U.S. in 1991 through a UN-sponsored Refugee Program.  I now live in southeast Portland in Oregon. My native language is Mienh, a Chinese dialect. My family […]