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The Upside-Down View

By: on October 12, 2018

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”[1]                                                                – Mark Twain Arriving in Hong Kong is a bit like…


Mary Walker

By: on October 8, 2018

Mary Walker lives in Amity, Oregon in the beautiful Willamette Valley. With her wonderful husband of 42 years, Steve, she helps to manage four businesses. Mary and Steve have four adopted children and seven grandchildren. Visiting with the grandchildren is one of the chief delights of her life. She also loves reading, gardening, and cooking.…


To Know the Place for the First Time

By: on September 12, 2018

The end of all our exploring  Will be to arrive where we started,  And to know the place for the first time. —TS Eliot This has been a year of intense spiritual exploration and discernment for me, and as I continue to walk the road on which I am walking, the feeling is that of…


Old and New in Cape Town, South Africa

By: on August 26, 2018

 My Personal Interests At the Advance in Cape Town I was interested in seeing how life is for South Africans since apartheid was declared illegal in the 1990’s. It was interesting to compare the situation to the United States. I am old enough to remember the segregation of the mid 20th century. How are the…


The mountains are calling…

By: on August 25, 2018

Jean grew up in Northern Ohio, which is essentially Midwest living at its best – corn fields, dairy farms, pond swimming and ice skating, and the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians.  It was a good and simple life…school, church, family, and community.  She was fortunate to have two spirit-filled parents who instilled Christian values, encouraged…


Where the streets now have names

By: on August 11, 2018

As a generation influenced by Bono and U2, my understanding of Apartheid was limited to what might fit on a poster slogan or synopsis under a picture in a history book. The depth of abuse, racism, misunderstandings, sinfulness that can be seen from all sides is enough to make me want to crawl in a…


Global Perspectives

By: on August 4, 2018

Dave Watermulder is Presbyterian minister seeking to bridge a life of faith with a love for the world. As a “preacher’s kid”, he saw the importance of a strong church community, especially in times of trouble. He grew up seeing the church as a place that could make a real and meaningful difference in people’s…


Pleased To Meet You…Let Me Introduce Jason

By: on August 2, 2018

Pleased To Meet You…Let Me Introduce Jason Jason Turbeville was adopted from a Catholic orphanage at the age of one month in Birmingham Alabama. He grew up, as most military kids, moving every three to four years, Denver, El Paso, Augusta, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth. He played football and baseball but loved being an offensive…


Stand Firm

By: on July 29, 2018

        Twenty years ago, in a gunfight lasting less than 30 seconds one police officer was wounded, two brothers were killed, and a second a police officer was shot and died at this student’s feet.   While serving as the Police Watch Commander that night this student was charged with maintaining public safety,…


Kyle Chalko

By: on July 27, 2018

Kyle is in his sweet spot when he is training and launching leaders into vocational ministry. Having been in full-time ministry since he was 17, and ordained by the Assemblies of God at the age of 23, Kyle spent the first decade of his ministry experience working in youth ministry. Serving in Pendleton Oregon for…


Jenn Williamson, Enchantée

By: on July 23, 2018

On a trip to Paris to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary, God called Jenn Williamson and her husband David to move to France. While they had never dreamed of becoming missionaries, Jenn and David embarked upon a journey that would change the course of their lives. After spending two years raising support, they left their…


Visual Ethnography – Cape Town Advance 2017

By: on July 21, 2018

Pain is an odd companion. It demands your attention, but seems to increase the more attention it is given. Because of this, a common theme I hear from people in pain is that they have “gotten used to it.” The reality is that pain becomes the filter through which days are evaluated. As Cavanaugh puts…


Year in Review: well on our way

By: on July 17, 2018

I would not say I entered my first year in Portland Seminary’s Leadership & Global Perspectives (LGP) program timid, as those who know me know I’m certainly not that. But rather, perhaps, tentatively, not quite sure where I wanted to go with the program, but certain that, wherever I went, my LGP studies would be…


Webb: Year-in-Review

By: on July 15, 2018

DMIN728 Year-in-Review Story Blog Post The purpose of this post is to reflect on the past year as a George Fox University (GFU) Leadership and Global Perspective (LGP) student and review, summarize, and analyze how my academic experience integrated into my area of research and impacted my personal ministry. The following questions serve as the…



By: on July 13, 2018

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”[1] This phrase, etched on a piece of wood for some kitschy church art, caught my eye every month when our leadership board met. I would occasionally consider what things I might be putting off or pondering that needed to be initiated in my life.…


Jay Forseth Year-in-Review

By: on July 11, 2018

From Montana to the world! That’s how I would summarize my first year in the Portland Seminary at George Fox University DMin LGP8 program. I am thankful for the opportunity to expand my horizons, and feel like this first year has been worth every sacrifice and investment. It’s about people! Yes, this is academic, but…