July 2019 – A Warm Tribute to Oregon’s Mom

“Sam, get over here quick.” Bill McClain’s voice was filled with urgency and excitement. “What’s up buddy?” I asked, using the nickname Bill, Denny Thompson, Paul Miller and I had immortalized on the Saxon basketball court in 1975. “I’ll explain, just get here.” In a...

May 2019-Can Video Gaming be a Good Thing?

I had a 10-foot pole out.  Computer gaming and ministry?  I don’t think so … Jamie Harris was making an announcement at the monthly CaN (Churches as Neighborhood) Centers lunch.  That month we were meeting at Evergreen Presbyterian, birthplace of The NW Hub bicycle...

March 2019- The Best “No” Ever

In 23 years, it’s one of the best affirmations a donor-partner has ever shared with me.  “Sorry Sam, we aren’t going to be able to help support the YEM (year-end match) this year.”  That’s not a typo.  It was a flat “no.”  I will confess there was a time when that...