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January 2020- 68 Tons of Apples for Christmas!

Even though I’m the grey beard (literally) at SLF, I’m not the only one deploying our methodology of bridge-building.  After 23 years it’s very gratifying to see how our Staff (and our Board!) practice hospitality, ministry entrepreneurship, problem-solving,...

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Dec. 2019- Fear Not! Christmas According to Linus

Jennifer used to work in the Nordstrom corporate offices, and it was kinda cool to get perspectives on the storied Seattle retailer from ‘behind the curtain’.  Among many creeds, lore and traditions was the case of the lady who returned (and got a refund for!) a set...

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November 2019- Jacks of All Trades

We get to have a lot of fun here at SLF.  Our chief program is to help the programs of other nonprofits, schools and ministries be successful.  Even though each member of our SLF team personally serves (we call them “immersion experiences”), our work is not geared to...

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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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