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Pastor finds community in local coffee shops

The Shop is one of my most favorite neighborhood hangouts and it’s undergoing another transformation due to the new owners re-imagining the space. I’ve been visiting off and on over the last few weeks, anxiously awaiting the ‘shoe to drop’ and see what they do with the space. Granted, it …

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Spokane’s religion wrap-up: sex, end times, soup, oh my

Relationships and sexuality will be the topic of discussion next weekend at Victory Faith Fellowship. Jim Anderson, author of “Unmasked” will be leading a conference there March 30 and 31. His book is about sexual sins in today’s culture. More info on the free event can be found here. There’s …

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Dealing with death

Facing death in a faith community is always a difficult experience, especially in a culture where death is both trivialized and avoided with a false sense of reality. People today are flooded with a commercialization of death avoidance that oppresses the aging and lies to the young. This multibillion dollar …

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BRIEF: Church presents “The Seven Last Words of Christ”

The  Chancel Choir of Central Lutheran Church will present a Lenten Cantata, “The Seven Last Words of Christ” on March 28. The cantata, written by Theodore Dubois, portrays Jesus’ finals hours. Soloists are Shannon Baker, Matt Johnson and Chuck Zimmerman.  Paul Brueggemeier will be conducting and Alice Hostetter will be …

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‘Blue Like Jazz’ film aims to be Christian, not ‘cheesy’

Do not confuse the upcoming film “Blue Like Jazz” with Christian market movies like “Fireproof” or “Courageous.” “A Christian movie genre has formed. Our first goal with this movie is that we didn’t fit into this genre,” said director Steve Taylor. Author Donald Miller, who wrote the 2003 best-selling book …

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Church prays, petitions gay marriage legislation

Fourth Memorial Church will host a prayer gathering on March 29 in support of Referendum 74 and Initiative 1192, which petition Washington’s new gay marriage legislation. The event is sponsored by Protect Marriage Washington. Guest speakers will be Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Gubernatorial Candidate Shahram Hadian …

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