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Is it true that no one has ever seen God?

Karin, I was reading the Gospel of John and came across verse 18 that says, “No one has ever seen God.” Is this true? It is confusing me because I thought that in Genesis it said that Adam and Eve walked along side God and talked with him. And in …

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Catching up with Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter was president for four years, but his new book is based on a role that he's held for nearly 70 years: Sunday school teacher. “Through the Year with Jimmy Carter: 366 Daily Meditations from the 39th President,” offers advice for Christians and provides insights into his life as …

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Holiday season is a sacred time for Buddhists, too

By BloggerPearce Fujiura This week many Buddhists are celebrating the Mahayana New Year. However, because it’s from a different cultural tradition than my own, it’s not an event that I celebrate. I am a Japanese Buddhist, specifically Nichiren. My family and I celebrate Shogatsu, which is celebrated at the same …

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Welcoming the stranger

Today we will examine the Christian church's compassionate and informed role as we “Welcome the Stranger” to our land.   How is the issue of immigration affecting the church? Demographers tell us thatimmigrant churches are the fastest growing segment of evangelical churches in the U.S.In fact, some researchers predict the …

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Celebrating Epiphany by bringing light to West Central

Many residents may think West Central Neighborhood is disadvantaged. A 46-year-old man was shot to death there a month ago. Neighborhood Scout labeled it as low-income, and there are 19 registered sex offenders living within a 5-block radius of Salem Lutheran Church. Rev. Liv Larson Andrews, however, doesn't see it …

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Gays welcome: local church becomes open and affirming

It's been a long and difficult conversation. For two decades the Pacific Northwest Conference United Church of Christ tabled the gay issue. Should homosexuals be welcomed into the church? Should they be allowed to marry? Participate? Be ordained? Until last year no one could agree. Rev. Linda Crowe, of Veradale …

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