Fancy Newsletters

October 2019- A City moving toward an Outward Mindset

Years ago, Matt Boda gave me a book.  I had hit a few speed bumps with our growing team at SLF and—as a good friend, pastor and board member—Matt was often of sage counsel.  He gave me a book called Leadership and Self-Deception.  Not only did it help me during that...

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Sept 2019-Church Invests in Neighborhood Revitalization

Perhaps you saw the article in the Statesman Journal a couple Sundays ago.  It chronicled Salem Alliance Church’s role in the renaissance of the Grant-Highland district, although an unfortunate headline put a negative spin on a positive story.  It is, nevertheless, a...

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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...

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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...

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April 2019 – The Ripple Effect: Brothers of Valor

Sometimes it’s helpful to have fresh eyes and ears.  Our new colleague, Alexis Hughes, came to us via New Jersey/Oklahoma/Indonesia …  for 20 years she was a teacher and principal in Jakarta.  She has deep wisdom, experience and discernment.  She also has fresh eyes...

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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...

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