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Lisa is getting better!

Every six months we go to NYC to see Dr. Nick Gonzalez. His protocol, and the prayers of so many friends all over the world, seem to be working their magic: Lisa is markedly improving. Here it is in her own words… watch?v=Z2CrD390Qgw&feature=youtu.be Even the Portland oncologist who first told us, “this is going to kill you, Lisa” has acknowledged Lisa’s continued good health. We saw him s
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My Turban went to Durban…

True, my turban went to durban. Here’s what my friends, the Comries, had to report about our time together. Nicodemus aka Steve Johnson in Durban On the 19th November the Durban Church was given the opportunity to host Steve Johnson as Nicodemus. It was a last minute decision to use his last night in South Africa and have him visit Durban after his show in Johannesburg. With two weeks until the show, we still d
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Keep Jesus Weird

  People of Portland…c’mon! ¬†Last year we fell behind New Orleans, Sante Fe, and Austin…lousy fourth place…for the honor of being the weirdest city in America. Sure, we beat San Francisco, but Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day can do that with one drunk arm tied behind its back. So we stole the bumper sticker idea “keep portland weird” from Austin, who cares! We just need to
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Made it to Joburg!

And listening to music, enjoying grapetizers with Justin…
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Tests of Friendship

Tests of friendship are unintentional; anything else isn’t something a real friend would ever do to a friend. Real friendships don’t demand testing, though trials, hardships, and painful experiences will, of course, reveal who the real friends are in your life. I was riding through Montana, returning from Canada with one of my best friends (i’ll offer my definition of ‘best’ in a minute)
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when men are sweet…

way back in the 1900s, for all of our wildness in the liberating 60s, we were still a pretty uptight race of men and if you were a 16 year old boy and fond of another male you’d best be careful how you displayed that affection. you’d have to have been up all night at some teenage campfire singing kumbaya and watching the sun come up before you’d ever tell another guy, ” i love you, ” and
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my buddy the nature photographer…

this week’s supply of doug hommert’s pictures taken at lone elk park near st. louis, mo. he caught an osprey, which aren’t usually hanging around that part of the midwest. into the sun, from a distance, doug still manages to catch a cool shot of something that maybe no one has ever seen in lone elk park…  
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10 year anniversary…

in 2003 i drove over 60,000 miles in four months going from chicken farm to chicken farm trying help farmers clean the water they were feeding their chickens. my happiest poultry adventures often lent occasion for me to visit a little church that just started meeting about a year before, the savannah church of christ. they didn’t have a preacher so sometimes they acted like they enjoyed me visiting as much as i
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Joey and Chelsea

i’m writing this mostly to remind myself that i have a job to do today: pick up joey and chelsea at the airport. it’s not at all that their forgettable. as i age it doesn’t take much for some real important things to slip by me. forgetting to not pack more than a thimble full of fluids before i go through airport security is one thing; forgetting to let the dog out of the back of the car…for t
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Carleen and James…

One of my favorite people in the world is Carleen. She’s been a sister and friend since we moved here to Portland and has always been a huge source of encouragement for me. Recently, in addition to all the things she’s done to serve our congregation, she’s taken on the management of our church website at http://www.portlandchurch.org/and is about to reveal a new, much needed facelift of our church s
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