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The Church Scattered

Posted by Wayne Williams on

Well, these are certainly historic days we are living through! This COVID-19 crisis is more world-wide than either of the world wars of the last century. Our grandchildren will be telling their grandchildren about it. But would you mind terribly if I didn’t say too much more about the...

Going Viral

Posted by Wayne Williams on

I caught the virus last week. No, no, no, not the new and potentially fatal coronavirus (COVID-19), but the much more common and not dangerous GKID-5 virus. Paulette and I spent the week caring for five of our grandchildren while their parents were traveling and I came home with a cold. Had I...

Anticipation and Perspective

Posted by Wayne Williams on

I know I’m not alone in this, but I for one am very glad that Greg Lunsford has joined us as our Lead Pastor. With each step in the process, the candidating, the church’s strong vote of approval, our invitation to come work with us, and Greg’s enthusiastic acceptance of that...

Party Time

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Posted by Wayne Williams on

The theme of this third week of Advent is JOY! It’s time for Christmas celebrations to kick into high gear. I hope you’ve got some big and/or small celebratory events (Parties!) planned and that you let yourself revel in the wondrous truth that the Creator became one of us so that he...

Clearview Chess Club

Posted by Wayne Williams on

I appreciated our good friend, Dick Middlebrooks’, heart-felt message from a couple of weeks ago about how each of us have a responsibility to tell others about Jesus. It’s a lifestyle, not a program. A couple of days after that message, another of our good friends, Joel Michaelson...

Milestones

Posted by Wayne Williams on

We are approaching another milestone in the history of our church, the welcoming of a new Lead Pastor. Although he has yet to be confirmed by congregational vote, it appears very likely that Pastor Greg Lunsford will be stepping into that role by the first of the year. As a church, we have...

The Jesus-Bond in SW Portland

Posted by Wayne Williams on

I have been fortunate over the years to have visited several other countries and to have had the opportunity to worship with Christians of different languages, cultures, traditions, and practices. Whether it was a congregation in the Philippines, Spain, Jordan, South Africa, Tajikistan, or on a...

Jesus Is Our True Leader

Posted by Wayne Williams on

Well just déjà vu! With Pastor Jay’s departure, we are entering a new chapter in the life of Greater Portland Bible Church…again. We should be pretty good at new chapters by now, having had four of them in the last nine years, not counting several associate staff...

Learning Abroad

Posted by Wayne Williams on

Strange. No one has yet asked me what I learned on our recent pastoral visit to a few of our Global Partners. I’ve volunteered a bit of what I learned to some, but here’s my chance to answer the un-asked question.  I learned, first, that our Global Partners are, without...

Why Not Here?

Posted by Wayne Williams on

I’ve been taking the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course for the last few months. It’s an important part of becoming competent in my new role as Global Partners Director for our church. One of our beloved Global Partners told me I had to take...