From Stress to Strength

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In this unprecedented season of stress, anxiety, fear, and so many other emotions, we believers earnestly implore the Lord asking for a Divine Exchange.  We yearn for, reach for, claim, and proclaim that our God is real and that He not only sees, but cares. We reach out to Him in our sincerity and offer Him our frailty for His strength, our weakness for His empowerment, and our fear and anxiety for His peace.  

In our confidence, and yet to our surprise, He offers to give us that Divine Exchange and we step into His very Presence and go from stress to strength in a moment that leaves us in breathless astonishment of the good and gracious God that we love and serve.  We cease to grasp for control that so obviously is out of our reach. We cease to be the proverbial Commander of the universe and put our concerns back into His trustworthy hands. In that moment we find ourselves residing, no longer in turmoil, but rather in peace, surrender, and resolve.  We allow Him to be Lord once again, just as He was, is, and will always be. Hence, somewhere in the process of surrender there is a tumultuous, yet serene, journey that takes us from stress to strength moment-by-moment, hour-by-hour, and day-by-day.

James 1:2-6a (NIV) tells us that trials will come. “(2) Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, (3) because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. (4) Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (5) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (6) But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt..(12) Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

We learn at least four things from this passage:

  1. Stress is certain to come.  James says, “when,” not “if.”
  2. It can come suddenly. James says, “when you fall into,” fall, not crawl or walk.
  3. It can come in several ways.  James refers to “various trials.” Your stress may be more about financial provision than it is about this pandemic, or health more than your singleness, or social connection more than homeschooling your ‘littles’ so suddenly, or it may be all of these various trials all at one time.
  4. When we persevere, we will be blessed. James does not say that we should be joyful for the stress/trials, but rather in the stress/trials.  A godly perspective of joy and faith releases heaven’s perspective.  It helps us to see beyond the stressful situation into God’s perspective through His eyes.

The Greek word peirasmos, which is testing, trial, or temptation, has an expanded definition here. It means ‘a testing that is directed towards an end, and the end is that he who is tested should emerge stronger, purer, and more godly from the testing.’

While Satan tempts us to question God’s goodness, or to give into hopelessness and our own solutions, God allows stress, pandemics, difficulties, and challenges to come into our lives to make us strong through it all. Yes, in the middle of it all, we must come to a resolve that we are either in God’s hands or we are not.  If we are in His hands, then we have this solid hope and belief on which we can stand, kneel and bow, that God is God and we can trust Him and come out of the trial stronger than when we went into it. If we are not in His hands, we are destitute and left to our own designs alone. God has given us sound minds on which we can come to practical wisdom, but ultimately, our trust must be in His guidance, His touch, His wisdom and direction.  

James says in verse three, depending on the translation you read, that the “…testing of your faith produces perseverance/ patience/endurance.”  He tells us that the aim of the testing is to purge us of all impurity.  If we meet this testing in the right way, it will produce hupomone.  The English word “patience,” or even perseverance, is far too passive to describe what the Greek word means here. 

Hupomone is not simply the ability to bear things; it is the ability to turn them into greatness and glory.  

I doubt that our world will ever be the same again after this pandemic.  This season has tattooed an indelible mark on history. It will be remembered along with other great plagues, wars, and Great Depressions.  When the stories of people begin to pour in about how God turned this challenge into greatness and how His glory was revealed through it all, we will never see Him in the same way again.

Hupomone is also the quality which makes a person able, not simply to suffer things, but to vanquish them.  They give you the strength to bear still more and to conquer still more challenging battles in the future.  

Just as anerobic exercise tears and then rebuilds the muscle tissue to make it stronger, so trials come so that we might become stronger, vanquish them, and be better prepared for the next challenge.  I can only imagine that, even as science works hard to catch up with the ever-increasing strength of viruses today, this generation will become stronger in wisdom and in the spiritual realm and will be well able to vanquish trials and turn them into greatness and glory. 

In all of this, I would like to humbly offer some practical tips to consider:

  • Discern what is the most important thing in life to you and prioritize accordingly.

“The secret is priorities.  If you can get your priorities straight, you have the foundational tool you need to control the pressures and tensions in our life and to prevent stress from becoming overwhelming and debilitating.”  Dr. Kevin Leman, Say Good-bye to Stress

We are tri-dimensional beings; spirit, soul, and body, and should consider what our highest priority is in each.

  • What are your spiritual priorities?  Make sure these fit your spiritual temperament.

(i.e. If you best connect with God when you are outdoors, get out and walk. If you best connect with God when you are sketching or painting, start doing that.  If it’s through playing an instrument or singing, let God hear you. If it’s reaching out to someone in need, go for it.) Figure out what you do in your relationship with God that brings you the most peace and joy and go do it. 

  • What are your emotional priorities?  Make sure these fit your personality. How do you recharge and restore energy to your soul?  You may not be able to hug someone right now, but you can still connect relationally and meaningfully through social media. 
  • What are your physical priorities?  Make sure that these are enjoyable as well as physically profitable.  Exercise releases endorphins needed to reduce stress, as well as having other health benefits.
  • Discern the root cause of your stress and face it honestly & tenaciously.  Assess your stress.
  • Group your stress/fear/anxiety into two categories:

–One-time stress, such as a pandemic

–On-going stress, such as chronic health issues

  • Is your stress, fear, or anxiety level harmful to your health?

Is it beginning to affect your health, joy, peace, or sense of well-being?

-Is it causing you to lose interest in your favorite hobbies?

-Is it causing you to constantly feel rushed?

-Are you making more mistakes than usual, or are you performing at a level that is less than your best?

-Do you feel constant fatigue, lack initiative, feel generally unwell, having muscle & joint aches, a pounding heart, and perspiring without exercising. Are you having stress symptoms, connected to, but unrelated to COVID19?

  • Categorize your stress/anxiety:

–Stress factors you can change now. 

–Stress factors you can work on over time, but cannot fix right away

–Stress factors that are totally out of your control

–What are you most afraid of?

*Finances – daily, educational, or retirement provision

*Relationships – family, work, friendships

*Health – major, chronic, low-grade concerns

“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed.  If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God, you’ll be at rest.”  Corrie Ten Boom

  • Prayer
  • Personal Prayer Effectiveness – Flow with your Spiritual Temperament (See Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas)
  •  “Prayer is as necessary as the air, as the blood in our bodies, as anything to keep us alive – to keep us alive to the grace of God.”  Mother Teresa
  • “When faith ceases to pray, it ceases to live.” E.M. Bounds
  • “The wonderful thing about praying is that you leave a world of not being able to do something and enter God’s realm where everything is possible.  He specializes in the impossible. Nothing is too great for His almighty power. Nothing is too small for His love.” Corrie Ten Boom
  • Prayer Partners/Friends – Who are the people in your life that you really trust to pray?

There is power in agreement.  Mt. 18:19,20 NIV 

–Give a prayer and ask for prayer

  • Health Evaluation – Although I am not a medical professional, from research I have done, many professionals suggest that these health tips help in stressful times.
  • Honestly evaluate your Diet & the effects is has on your health and make the appropriate changes needed.

–Caffeine:  Research suggests that caffeine raises cortisol, the stress hormone.  Chronically high cortisol levels can damage immune health. Cortisol can make handling pressure difficult.  Skipping a caffeinated drink can immediately help regulate this hormone and it’s short and long-term effects.  On the other hand, some caffeine, in moderation, may help your mood. 

–Complex Carbs: All carbs prompt the brain to make more serotonin.  For a steady supply of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical, it’s best to eat complex carbs, which take longer to digest.  Good choices include whole-grain breads, pastas, and cereals, including old-fashioned oatmeal. Complex carbs also help you feel balanced by stabilizing blood sugar levels.

–Simple Carbs:  A little of these carbs is okay but avoiding a large intake of them is helpful in avoiding stress.  They are digested quickly and lead to a spike in serotonin, then a sharp decline. These include sweets and sodas. 

–Vitamin C: Studies suggest that Vitamin C can curb levels of stress hormones while strengthening the immune system.

–Spinach & other Green Leavy Vegetables:  These vegetables provide magnesium which lowers blood pressure and eases anxiety, among other health benefits.

–Fatty Fish:  Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish such as salmon & tuna, can prevent surges in stress hormones and may help protect against depression as well.

–Black Tea: This tea helps to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

–Nuts:  Pistachios, walnuts, almonds, or other nuts & seeds, are good sources of healthy fats. They help lower cholesterol, ease inflammation in the arteries of the heart, make diabetes less likely, and protect against the effects of stress.  

  • Honestly evaluate your Exercise Routine

Some research studies say that a 12-minute walk improves mood and helps eliminate feelings of boredom and dread.

-According to the National Institute of Mental Health in 2017, “thirty minutes of daily, gentle walking can boost your mood and reduce stress.”

–Exercise also has immediate effects on blood sugar, minimizing energy peaks and valleys throughout the day.

  • Honestly evaluate your Sleep Routine

–The American Psychological Association in 2017 reported, “Sleep is so crucial that even slight sleep deprivation or poor sleep can affect memory, judgment and mood….Many report that their stress increases when the length and quality of their sleep decreases.  When they do not get enough sleep, 20% of adults report feeling more stressed.”

–Top 7 Sleep Tips:

1. Schedule 7-9 hours for a full night of uninterrupted sleep. Some people need only  5-6 hours; some need as much as 10-11 hours. The majority need 7-9 hours of sleep.

2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine.

3. Do not watch TV, use the computer, or focus on bills before going to bed.

4. Avoid coffee, chocolate, caffeinated soda, or nicotine in the evening.

5. Make sure your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet.

6. Use your bedroom for sleeping, relaxing & intimacy only.

7. Exercise regularly, but not too close to bedtime.

  • Relationships

–Stay away from or reduce the amount of time that you spend with negative, toxic people in especially stressful times like these. Toxic people add to stress.

–Forgive those who have offended you and release yourself from the tension of trying to please them.  Do not continue to put yourself into their negative, hurtful atmosphere.

–Studies show that married people in a trusting relationship, who engage in consistent sex, have less anxiety.

–Reach out to others.  You are not alone. We are in this together.  Don’t get disconnected. In times like this pandemic, we may have physical distance, but we do not need to have relational distance.  Stay connected through social media, the phone, or any avenue possible at a 6 foot distance. Lean into, not away from, others.

–Edify others with your gifts and talents.  Share words of encouragement, songs, photo-art, calligraphy, poetry, humor, etc.  Mow a lawn or offer to get groceries for a Senior citizen. Sew a face mask for a First Responder.  Give a smile or take a photo of yourself smiling or something that makes you smile and post it for others to see.

  • Focus on the Positive – Be grateful.

–You may not be able to change your circumstances or stop a pandemic, but you can adjust your attitude.

–A grateful spirit relieves tension and relieves stress.  Start a Gratitude List. Write what you are thankful for each day.  Let gratitude be your focus.

— IN whatever circumstance we find ourselves, we can thank the Lord that He is with us. (1 Thess 5:18)

Let me now close with a few simple thoughts of wisdom, blending the spiritual and practical together.  In doing so, I propose that God does not waste any trial that comes into our lives, whether it is a pandemic or the results of one.  He always uses it for our good and for the sake of others, that we might run this race with hupomone and turn it into greatness and glory.

Eph. 1:17-23, Jer. 31:3, Psa. 138:8

  1. Stop.  Remember who you are. You are a son or daughter of the King of kings.  He has called you by name and you are His.  He loves you with an everlasting love.
  2. Look.  Look to Him. You’re not God; He is.  You can’t be all things to all people, and you can’t be everywhere all the time.  When you try to be everything everywhere, you’ll burn out, stress-out, and melt down.  You can only do successfully what He enables you to do. Psalm 121
  3. Listen.  Meditate on Him.  Hear His voice.  Offer praise in the silent times.  Phil. 4:6-8 
  4. Proceed.  Go where He wants you to go and do what He wants you to do in faith……. ON Social Media and without spreading the virus. Mt. 6:25-34, Pro. 3:5,6 

Today, call on the Lord and then go with the strength that He gives to you.  Trust in Him. Remember, you are not alone; we are in this together. Today, we stand on our balconies and wave to our neighbors.  We sing Happy Birthday from our front porches. Today, we light our Christmas lights early to proclaim to the world that Hope has come; there is reason to go on. Today, we do what we can with a six-foot distance between us physically, but a heart to embrace within us.  Today, we grieve the loss of friends; we carry the burdens of others. We may be weak, but He is strong. Today, as those realities saturate our souls, we cry out to the living God. Today, we stand in the strength that only He so generously gives.  

Tomorrow, we will not be the same.  Tomorrow, we will walk, we will run, we will embrace, and we will share the love that our Heavenly Father has so generously given to us in abundance.  Tomorrow, we will be changed. We will be a little more aware of our neighbor, young or old, healthy or infirmed. We will be more aware, and we will care.  We will help one another find jobs, finish wedding plans, and attend funerals of those lost in this storm. Tomorrow, we will reach out and we will be a little more attune to the needs of those around us. We’ll be better stewards of those around us.  We will be changed for the good; we will be better than we were before. Tomorrow, we will go forward. We will step into the future with clean hands and brave hearts.  

Let us go forward in faith into the future together, arm-in-arm with each other and with our precious Heavenly Father.

Image: Understanding our Sexual Identity

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At Portland Bible College, we study the Bible. The eternal, never-changing Word of God. So it would be easy to think that our curriculum hasn’t changed and our classes look the same as they did back when we started in 1967.

While the Bible itself doesn’t change, the culture in which we live sure does! What our students are facing today, the students of 50 years ago would have never been able to imagine. What we teach about the Bible stays the same, but every progressive generation needs to wrestle with how to apply biblical truths in their current context.

About a year ago, professor Lanny Hubbard took a poll in one of his classes. His poll included one question which read,

What do you think is the largest or most significant social problem
faced by young adults at this time?

The answers were varied but there was a commonly recurring theme: sexual identity. You see, the first word of our name is Portland because that is the city where we are located. And Portland has been a leader in the LGBTQ+ movement, tracing their roots all the way back to the native inhabitants and their Two-Spirit Collective. Confusion about sexual identity is not something our students merely read about, it is something that they are confronted with every single day as they make their way through the community that surrounds them.

In discussing it as a class, they found that while many believed it to be the most significant social issue of their generation, a good percentage of the students did not know enough about the topic to allow them to discuss it in an informed manner. Instead of telling them what to think, professor Hubbard set them to a research project to investigate the issue and discover their own opinions on the topic.

As a class, they spent a day brainstorming the issue to determine what areas they felt the least qualified to talk about. They listed out several aspects of the topic that they felt should be investigated. The students then divided into study teams based on which aspects were of most interest to them. Once the different teams were formed, captains were assigned to each team to oversee the students’ research and to help finalize the finished product.

That one simple question started a discussion. The discussion uncovered a blindspot in the students’ lives. So, like the Bereans of Acts 17, they turned to the Scriptures and research to seek out the truth of the matter. They researched the topic and compiled their findings into a booklet that they titled “Image.”

“Image” is solely a product of the student’s work. They designed it, wrote it, and laid it out. Since the topic is one that affects their generation profoundly, it turned into a great learning exercise to discover, for themselves, what they believe about the topic.

Now, we would like to make their booklet available to you. Read it and enjoy it as a gift from the young adults of Portland Bible College about an issue that is tearing their generation apart. You can click on the link below to download the .pdf version of “Image.”

 

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Perpetual: The Secret to Finding God in Your 7 Life Seasons by Howard Rachinski

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Portland Bible College Board Member, Howard Rachinski, founder of CCLI and member of GMA’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame, has released his first book, Perpetual: The Secret To Finding God In Your 7 Life Seasons. Published by Starpraise Publishing and available through Amazon, Perpetual chronicles the seven life seasons that everyone experiences.

Much more than an autobiography, Howard examines his own personal tragedies and victories through the lens of Scriptural principles, specifically focused on the life of Jacob. There are four “Calling” seasons—Preparation, Productivity, Transition and Impartation—and three “Character” seasons—Despair, Famine and Refreshing.

Howard states, “Seeing the beautiful order of seasons in life turned my chaos into clarity.”

In one of the forewords, Grammy-winning CCM artist Michael W. Smith says,

“Thankfully, for readers, Howard kept good notes for each season. Those notes capture all the glorious, and sometimes gory, details of how our Father deals with those whom He loves.”

In the other foreword, Darlene Zschech, worship leader and writer of “Shout To The Lord” reflects, “…There is NO ONE who walks through life unaffected by certain seasons. We each have a choice as to how we respond to each season we find ourselves in. Howard pours his heart out, holding nothing back as he walks through his journey of finding purpose through the pain.”

In 1988, while serving as the Worship Director of Mannahouse Church (known as Bible Temple at the time), Howard founded Christian Copyright Licensing International, Inc. (CCLI) which now serves the music licensing and resource needs of over 250,000 churches and ministries in over 30 countries. Howard is recognized as an experienced seminar leader and contributing editor in music copyright law issues. His experience also extends to the local church, serving as an associate pastor and music minister. Howard is also recognized as an enthusiastic conference speaker and specializes in teaching on worship, music culture and leadership. In 2016, Howard was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to Christian music.

PBC celebrates Howard’s accomplishments and is blessed to have him as a friend and counselor; who has and continues to faithfully serve and support our school for many years.

Students Emcee Sessions at MFI

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This month hundreds of pastors and leaders from churches all over the world gathered together at the Mannahouse Rocky Butte campus for the recent MFI Conference. Ministers Fellowship International, established in 1987, is comprised a network of pastors and churches that gather annually for a time of community building, and inspiring sessions that encourage and refresh the leaders that attend.
This year our students had the opportunity to facilitate some of the sessions, introduce the speakers, and put into practice many of the skills that they learn while attending Portland Bible College. It was an opportunity to build connections with pastors and leaders, and glean from their wisdom on leadership, church planting, and team work. Students were so grateful to have the chance for a hands-on learning experience as they emceed for the sessions.Ana Julia, a Junior at PBC emceed for one of the sessions, and mentioned how MFI Conference impacted her life this year more than ever before. Ana and all of the students that attended the conference felt like they were part of what God is going all over the world, and were honored to represent the PBC community.

“To Women Called by God…Please Don’t ‘Go Home'” by Bryan Davis

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If you’ve been online or talked to any leaders at all in the last few days, you’ve likely heard the recent comments made by John MacArthur telling Beth Moore to “Go home”. This has stirred up a number of different opinions and emotional reactions regarding the idea of women in ministry. Now, I can appreciate that as leaders we may land on different sides of the fence theologically, but when we make it our aim to demean, criticize, belittle and devalue another leader or those from either gender, then we are not operating in a God-honouring way. In fact, we are doing quite the opposite. We are attacking the very image and nature of God expressed through His creation.

WHY IT HURTS

Honestly, as a male leader and pastor, I may not always personally feel the tension of this issue. In my mind and the minds of the leaders I serve with, our Father clearly created men and women in his image and commissioned each and every one of us to “Go and make disciples…” Period. End of story. Let’s go do this.  So when I heard the comments, I shook my head, didn’t even give them any credence, and could have simply moved on. But then I saw how the words affected my wife, the woman I pastor with, admire, lean on for wisdom, and live out this God-calling with. I thought of my own daughter, who at a young age, already has a strong and wonderful call of God on her life. I thought of my three sons, who I pray would never try to demean any other person called to have a voice out of fear that it might diminish their own voice. And I thought of the women I know who are mighty and skilled leaders and preachers in my own church and churches around the world…and the pastor in me could not stay silent.

I love the church. It is God’s plan to spread the good news and proclaim redemption to mankind. So any attempt to devalue half of that mankind created in God’s own image is an attack on the very plan of God and the church. And this is why I am grieved.

JESUS SAYS “COME HOME”

Though this short blog post doesn’t lend itself to fully developing a doctrine of women in ministry, it is important to note that Jesus’ regard for women was much different than that of the contemporary culture of his day. He regarded them as beings made equally in the image of God (Genesis 1:27 Matthew 19:4), and addressed them as such. He spoke publicly with women throughout His ministry (John 4, John 8, Luke 7, Luke 8, and Luke 11 are just a few examples). He gave them worth and value in a culture that regarded them as second-class citizens.

The language of Jesus’ ministry here on earth was COME.

 “Come to Me, all of you who work and have heavy loads. I will give you rest. Follow My teachings and learn from Me. I am gentle and do not have pride. You will have rest for your souls.” Matt. 11:28-29 NLV

“At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’” Luke 14:17

 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Mark 1:17

The heart of His message was “COME HOME.” Come, be who you have always been called to be. Come, live on mission and be part of my glorious story. Come, and let me breathe life on those dreams I have put in your heart. Let me stir up the gifting and anointing you have to bring others home. Come Home. This is the heart of our Father. I grieve to think that women would hear any other narrative and disqualify themselves from coming to the one place that can truly set them free. Come Home.

So today, I celebrate and honour the call of God on every woman in the kingdom of God! You need to know that we can’t do this without you. You may have been silenced in the past, but that day is no more. Rise up and fulfill the call of God on your life to lead, to preach the gospel, to bring others to Jesus, to train and equip, to prophesy and pastor. There are too many lives at stake for us to discount anyone from walking out what God has called them to do.

You are home.

Bryan Davis
http://localchurchleader.org/to-women-called-by-god-please-dont-go-home/

Bryan Davis is a graduate of Portland Bible College (BTh ’06), lead pastor of LifeSpring Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and author of the Local Church Leader blog.

“The Ordination of Women” by Lanny Hubbard

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The subject of ordaining women into positions of church authority is one of varied opinions and deep emotions. Many women see the traditional model of male leaders as one that has contributed greatly to the oppression they have experienced. In order to eliminate much of that they are striving hard to promote the concept of gender equality into many areas of leadership structure. The force of this endeavor is now putting great pressure on the Church to adjust its traditional understanding of church government.

When debates on women in church government occur, the final word for many people rests on a few key passages in the New Testament. These passages, viewed by themselves outside their literary and historical context, appear to offer a clear-cut argument that women can not hold authoritative positions within the Church. It is on these passages that the traditional male lead model has rested. Many, however, are beginning to challenge the methods of biblical interpretation that have fueled these models, seeing them as incorrect and in need of reconstruction.

The three most used sections of scripture used to restrict women from positions of leadership are 1Cor 11:3-13, 1Cor 14:33-36, and 1Tim 2:11-14. As was stated earlier however, most of the time these passages are used they are quoted without a consideration of their historical or literary contexts. When they are studied in light of the time, geography, and culture in which they were written they do take on a different emphasis.

In reading through the whole book of 1Corinthians, it is obvious that Paul is laying out directives that will help the church of that city function the way it was supposed to. He makes some clear points. First, every member of the Body of Christ is to contribute what God has given them for the benefit of the other members of the church. Second, God pours out various gifting on people according to His will. And finally, everything done with these gifts is to have the intended goal of edifying all the other members of the assembly. Paul never limits gifting to males alone, but gives permission for women to pray and prophecy as long as it is done in an edifying way.

1Timothy also addresses situations that were present in the environment of the Ephesian Church. False teachings, marital conflicts, and competitiveness were all part of that city’s characteristics. The new believers coming into the church already had these in their lifestyle and thinking. As a result, the atmosphere within the church was affected by what they brought with them. Paul has to address these issues in order to help maintain a peaceful, orderly quality within the church gatherings.

Both the passages in 1Corinthians and 1Timothy appear to be addressing specific problems that had arisen in the Christian assemblies of two great cities. The directives that Paul gives in these passages also appears to be addressing specific problems in these two cities and not just general statements meant to be enforced in every congregational setting. A statement that Paul would make to a particular local problem in one geographical setting can only be applied to a church in another location if the same particular problem existed in that congregation also.

My conclusion is this. Paul’s restrictions of women functioning in authoritative roles within a church congregation are directed at the specific ways the gifts were being used in specific local congregations. Once women ceased to function in a manner that would lead to conflict or confusion, they were free to function in a way that would edify the church. The prohibitions in these passages are not against women functioning, but against women functioning improperly.

Lanny Hubbard

To read Mannahouse Church’s full doctrinal position paper on this issue, please click here.

PBC Alumni, Faculty and Friends Visit Israel

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This year’s Alumni, Faculty and Friends trip to Israel was a monumental experience for each one of the people who joined. Here are a couple of testimonies from their perspectives:


“Since graduating from PBC over 9 years ago, my degree has been foundational to me as a follower of Jesus and in my work as a church planter and pastor in Vermont. When I prayerfully decided and was supported by my church to travel to Israel with PBC staff and alumni, I had no doubt it would be a meaningful time; adding to the foundation laid during my 4 years at PBC as a student. My specific prayer for the trip was that it would be formational to me as an individual disciple of Jesus and that it would somehow be a blessing to my local church community. 

The time was incredibly formative for me. My biblical imagination was expanded — even more than seeing much of the landscape and geography of the Biblical narrative — I got to experience and know Jesus in new ways. One place in particular comes to mind as an example, Caiaphas’ house in Jerusalem where Jesus would have been held as a prisoner prior to his trial before Pilate. Ken led us in a prayer and reading Psalm 88 in the pit/cistern cell where Jesus would have been held. As Ken did so, the presence of God was very palpable and we were able to enter into a moment of the crucifixion narrative that many of us had never really imagined or thought of before… Jesus in a dark pit, alone, likely praying for all of us, as he waited his trial, torment, and crucifixion to come. There were many other moments like that on our trip, I bring it up as an example of an expanded biblical imagination and a simultaneous drawing nearer to the person of Jesus.”

-Ian Bailey, class of  2010


“I’ve been told by one of his students that the esteemed professor John Sailhamer refused to visit Israel because he did not want his personal experience to sully his understanding of Scripture as a God-inspired literary whole. I find that charming—in a “that’s good for you” sort of way. But there’s something about seeing firsthand the very settings of the passages I’ve taught for years. Of course, it didn’t add to the “meaning” in the text; but it certainly added depth to my understanding of that meaning. 

In class, I teach on the Apostle Paul’s imprisonment in Herod’s palace. But in Caesarea, I taught the same material with the ruins of Herod’s coastal palace right behind me. I could touch the stones, smell the sea, and imagine Paul testifying before the Roman officials. I teach a course on the Tabernacle of Moses. But at Shiloh, I walked on the dirt where the tabernacle stood for hundreds of years, with an archaeological excavation going on around us. Sacrifices were offered there every morning and evening for centuries. The boy Samuel was called there. And afterward I had the opportunity to share with our group my thoughts on the significance of the tabernacle. In class, I teach about Jesus walking on water to meet his disciples in the boat. What a privilege it was to teach that material as we drifted on the Sea of Galilee in a tour boat. 

My experience of Israel was priceless. It inspired me, but it also equipped me to present the text of Scripture with more color and clarity.”

-Professor Travis Arnold, class of 2007

Where Are They Going?

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The class of 2019 will be greatly missed! We are so proud of their accomplishments and are excited for everything God has for them. Want to see where some of them are going and what they will be doing?

Lindsey Rightmire is getting married and will be heavily involved in worship at the 217 campus of Mannahouse.

Danielle Allen is staying in Portland and TA-ing in our music classes.

David Evans and Crystal Ramirez are getting married.

Mayumi Fukuta is moving back to Japan.

Jacob Hanson is moving back to Maple Valley and getting married.

Alyssa Kienbaum is starting her own business in Idaho.

Michael Lianto is moving back to Indonesia.

Ryan Linton and his wife are having a baby.

Matthew Martin is working full time at a pest control company.

Jaasyel Monroy and Carlis Salomon are  getting married and are part of the admin staff of Mannahouse.

Thais Oliveira is on staff at Living Hope church in Hillsboro, OR.

Cameryn Phillips is moving to get involved in the new Eugene campus of Mannahouse.

Cole Pyne is moving to Bend to become a fire fighter and is getting married.

Ricardo Rangel is moving back to Tri Cities to help at his parents’ church, will be working at a car dealership and is getting married in the fall.

Josh Ross will pursue an MBA with George Fox University and will continue to be involved in our Rocky Butte campus.

Kameron Truett will be serving at Rose Church in Portland.

Lauren Van Ouwerkerk is moving back home to Ventura.

Kenneth Nsamba is on staff at Life Church Uganda and will be teaching and training other leaders.