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Posted by Adam Phillips 2 weeks 5 days ago
While much of the country was receiving election returns and news of a red tide sweeping across the nation, here in Oregon we have more of a white, black, and brown problem.One way to look at Oregon was that the “progressive” blues all won — our Democratic incumbents were all re-elected for U.S. Congress and governor, and statewide measures to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana sailed to an easy victory.So, from a distance it looks like the dream of the Bill Clinton 90s is still alive in Portland.I’ve been here more than a year now, planting a church and beginning to work with neighborhood partners, and have come to realize that the dream for truly “progressive” values — like immigration reform and bridging the gap in ever increasing income inequalities — is more like a bad dream that won’t go away. 
Posted by Adam Phillips 27 weeks 4 days ago
To a Dying Church,Guess what? It’s not that bad.You just have to get it together a bit.Seriously, like yesterday. I mean, we have time. But, seriously, we’re all waiting for you to get it together.You have the means. You have the ability. You have the know-how.Actually, you don’t have to do that much. You just have to realize that Jesus has done it all and there is a current of immense possibility right under your feet.Tap into it. Remember it. Root down.This happens every so often. We are cyclical people. Every once in a while we forget.But this time you’ve really done a doozy on your own health by chasing after insane supplements and growth hormones. And you’ve also picked some really lame fights. In the race to grow you’ve forgotten your way a bit and now you’re bloated and punch-drunk in the streets swinging at anyone that’ll ask a sensible question.Stop it. You’re better than this.
Posted by Chris LaTondresse, Adam Phillips 2 years 1 week ago
Adam Nicholas Phillips: Chris, tell us a little bit about yourself.Christopher LaTondresse: As the son of American evangelical missionary parents, I spent several formative years living in the former Soviet Union — Novosibirsk, Russia to be exact — smack dab in the middle of Siberia. My family is originally from Minnesota, so I was convinced that they were trying to find the one place on the planet colder than our home state to do missions work.Growing up as a missionary kid, my parents taught me to take my faith seriously, to take Jesus seriously, no matter what the cost. Their example — leaving the trappings of an American middle-class lifestyle behind to pursue something they believed in — sticks with me to this day. The major lesson: There are things in this life worth making exceptional sacrifices for, especially things close to the heart of God.I guess this is really what informs who I am, and animates my work today. True, I’m not a full-time missionary, but I’ve tried to devote my life to playing a role, however small, in what God is doing in the world. For my parents this was about planting churches and, to use the language of the Navigators (the missions organization that sent them) “making disciples”. For me it’s about taking Jesus seriously when he said, “What you do unto the least of least, you do for me.”
Posted by Adam Phillips 2 years 51 weeks ago
The news is hopeful. We have seen both progress and proof:New data shows that an HIV-positive person on treatment is 96 percent less likely to pass HIV on to others.It only costs, on average, $335 for AIDS treatment through PEPFAR (down nearly 70 percent since 2004!).22 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have reduced new HIV infections by 25 percent.Clinical trials show that voluntary male circumcision reduces the risk of new HIV infection in men by roughly 60 percent.Yesterday was truly a momentous occasion. Looking at all the progress we have made, especially in the last 10 years, it is a moment for us to not only celebrate, but in the words of President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, “recommit ourselves,” to end the fight against AIDS totally.
Posted by Adam Phillips 3 years 6 weeks ago
Adam Phillips is a Evangelical Covenant Church minister and director of faith mobilization for the ONE Campaign, www.one.org.This video is the latest installment in an ongoing series at God's Politics where we've asked leading clergy, writers, scholars, artists, activists and others who self-identify as "evangelical" to answer the question, "What is an Evangelical?"
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After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ...
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