Day: July 22, 2013

“What We Talk about When We Talk about God” by Rob Bell

“What We Talk about When We Talk about God” by Rob Bell, read by the author c.2013, HarperAudio $14.99 / $16.99 Canada 4-1/2 hours, 4 CDs   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER For most of your life, you’ve had a good relationship with God. He’s a close personal friend, in fact, and you talk to Him often. He even lives nearby; so close, that you visit Him often. He’s a good listener, too. But is the God you know the same God your friend knows?  Can the reality of God mesh with science, nature, and culture? In the new audiobook “What We Talk about When We Talk about God,” written and read by Rob Bell, you’ll see how we’re at the very edge of a whole new way of answering those questions. Turn on any news channel or pick up the paper, and it seems like everybody knows what God wants. The thing is, says Bell (a pastor for more than twenty years), “we have a problem with God.” That is, two people who talk about Him are talking about “two extraordinarily different realities while using the exact same word.” When we talk about God, “we are all over the place.” And yet – people want to talk about Him: what they were taught, what they believe, and what makes them hopeful. Even when in a group of atheists,...

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Soccer fields at Claggett not a fit

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes So much for turning the field at Claggett Creek Park into a club-level soccer field. In April, Jim Parent with Keizer Soccer Club (KSC) submitted proposals for a soccer field at Claggett Creek, as well as a soccer field at Keizer Rapids Park. Parent talked about both fields during a Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. At Claggett, plans called for a new 70 yard by 120 yard playing surface ready for competition, with soil being moved to level the field and sprinkler heads being removed to avoid injuries to players. However, city staff discovered a problem: the field wouldn’t fit into the space. Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, gave an update during last week’s Parks Board meeting. “The soccer field project at Claggett Creek is dead,” Lawyer said. “It’s in the floodplain. Mr. Parent also looked at it. To build a field big enough, it just won’t fit. Everything we tried to get it to fit, it just doesn’t fit.” Lawyer said the field width would have to be cut down to about 55 yards in order to fit. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 19 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25...

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Police chief search in next phase

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There are 33 people vying to replace Marc Adams as Keizer’s next police chief. Only one is an internal candidate. Captain Jeff Kuhns confirmed last week he is the internal Keizer Police Department candidate. Earlier this year, Adams announced he would retire as police chief – a job he’s held since 1997 – at the end of 2013. In May, Adams changed his mind and announced he would retire at the end of that month. He did so, but agreed to come on board as the interim chief until the end of August. Machell DePina, Human Resources director for the city, said the recruitment process closed on July 5. “There are 33 applicants, one of which is internal,” DePina said. In May, DePina hoped to start interviewing candidates just after the 4th of July holiday for the position, expected to pay between $90,480 and $118,040. The hope at the time was to make a final offer Aug. 2, with the new chief on board Sept. 2. The timeline has since been pushed back slightly. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 19 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the...

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