• Christ is Born EP

    On an unassuming night over two thousand years ago, God appeared; not as a heavenly warrior, or an intangible spirit, or a terrifying force of nature, but as a baby. A small, frail, human baby … Read More
  • Ending Sex Trafficking with EPIK Project

    You might have heard rumors about EPIK Project, an anti-sex trafficking organization that lives up to its name, determined to dissolve the commercial sex industry by aiming straight at the source—demand. Our partnership with EPIK started … Read More
  • Care for Refugees in Portland

    The current refugee crisis has forced millions of people around the world to flee their homes, and the number grows daily. The quota for refugees entering the United States started over on October 1, so … Read More
  • Spokane Church Plant

    The vision for Spokane started about six years ago on a bus. God spoke to Matt Karsh as he was riding through the city, and said “There is going to be a church here.” And … Read More
  • Bend Church Plant

    Bend is all about a lifestyle. It’s about year-round outdoor adventure. It’s about cuisine and beer and coffee. Therefore, Bend is attracting a wave of millennials who want to experience a piece of … Read More
  • Why Embracing the Unknown Can Be Awesome

    You have probably asked the question at some point in your life during a major transition, and it’s not always easy to answer. “Well, now what?” Westside couple Mike and Linda wondered just that after … Read More
  • Why is God Silent?

    Have you ever gone through a season when you’re not hearing from God? You pray, but the heavens are still. You read Scripture, but the words fail to connect with your life. You worship, but … Read More
  • The Dangers for New Mothers in Haiti

    Haiti is about an hour and a half flight south of Florida in the heart of the Caribbean. It sounds like a dream to visit (um, the Caribbean!) but in reality there is a visible … Read More
  • Heaven and Earth in Nicaragua

    I want to be known as a holy and blameless son; one who loves because he knows he is loved. I want to live within the tension of the now and not yet of the … Read More
  • A Prayer for Northwest Portland

    Jesus, Thank you for the beautiful neighborhoods of Northwest Portland, also known as the Alphabet District. As long as you know your ABCs you can never get lost. Thank you for the parks on every other … Read More
  • When Friends Become Family

      Last year, Dustin and his wife Michelle found out they were pregnant—again. With a four-month old child and now another on the way, they had the thought that many young couples do: Should we move … Read More
  • A Prayer for Beaverton

    Papa, Thank you for pouring your love over the people of Beaverton. You saw us as we were being formed. You are both ahead of us and behind us. There is no lonely space. What … Read More
  • Refugees in Portland

    Imagine living in constant fear for your life, and for the lives of your family, that your only choice is to run. Portland is beautiful. People take such pride in living here. It is safe. It is … Read More
  • Two Dangers To The Church

    The church is meant to thrive. It should be filled with life and vitality and animation and Spirit. Considering the Corinthian church, they had all sorts of problems and issues, but they were a church where … Read More
  • A Hope for Abused Children

    I had never seen innocent children so terribly abused, neglected, and forgotten. I grew up in a home that followed Jesus. I went to Sunday School and Awanas, and as I began high school I traveled … Read More
  • 8 Principles for Emotional Health

    As a church, we have always been strongly focused on making disciples of Jesus and maturing in spiritual growth. This, of course, is vital to the life of the church. However, we have recently discovered … Read More
  • A Prayer for Southeast Portland

    Jesus, we are so fortunate to live in such an amazing city. Each district has its own unique charm and culture. We pray for Southeast Portland. It is exciting to see this corner of the … Read More
  • 5 Ways to Better Hear from the Spirit

    How does the Holy Spirit lead today? And not just today, but in our everyday. Day in, day out, does he guide us? And does he actually want to communicate with us? If so, how? … Read More
  • Vancouver Church Plant

    When Bridgetown first began the tectonic shift from an inward-focused church to a collection of missional communities outwardly focused on the city of Portland, it was compelled by a relatively simple line of thinking: The end goal … Read More
  • Is One Sin Worse Than Another?

    We all have questions. While some questions can be answered, others can’t — and still others are fuzzy at best. One question that seems to comes up from time to time is, “Is one sin worse than … Read More
  • Are Marriage Vows Irrelevant?

    The couple stands facing each other, holding hands, surrounded by a pastor, their family and friends, as they utter sacred words of binding love: “for better or worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and … Read More
  • Releasing the Framework

    The intention for what you’re about to read is profoundly simple. God’s been at work in both creation and humanity since day one. Unlike some parents who leave after starting a relationship with their son … Read More
  • The Mission of God

    If you’ve been around our church for any amount of time you’ll notice that we often visit Genesis 1 as a starting point for many of our teachings… Why is that? Well, for one, the … Read More
  • Acts: Square One Recommended Reading

    Sunset Church & Westside Church are currently working through the book of Acts. Each week, they explore the early church movement and discover how the Holy Spirit will continue to shape our church family. As … Read More
  • Foster Parent’s Night Out

    Foster Parent’s Night Out (FPNO) is a monthly outreach to foster kids in partnership with DHS and multiple host churches across the Portland metro area.  Many Missional Communities are coming together to serve foster … Read More
  • Marriage: Think Small

    It’s Valentine season again, that wonderful time of year when so many husbands and wives attempt to recapture in one big moment all the missed little moments of the previous year—like one large deposit to … Read More
  • A Contagious Hope

    Nichole slows her words down and her eyes grow big.  “I gave my first tithe yesterday,” she says, choking back tears.  “That is the first time I’ve ever been able to do that.  It is … Read More
  • Sticks and Stones Marriage

    I like reading. I read good. Goodly. I spelle goodly, too. But I hate it when you’re reading and you come across the expression, “one thing led to another.” What kind of lazy writing is … Read More
  • Bible Reading Plan

    We believe the Scriptures are inspired and authoritative. The Bible is not a rulebook. It’s more than principles for a better life. It’s better than simply a manifesto for the Kingdom of God. Read More
  • Hear the Cry: Nicaragua Fish Farm

    This year for our Hear the Cry giving catalogue we are putting a huge focus on child/student sponsorship. Throughout the Christmas season we’ll be highlighting each organization we work with here on the … Read More
  • Hear the Cry: Loving Hearts Babies Home

    This year for our Hear the Cry giving catalogue we are putting a huge focus on child/student sponsorship. Throughout the Christmas season we’ll be highlighting each organization we work with here on the … Read More
  • Hear the Cry: Happy Home for the Handicapped

    Over the past decade, hundreds of children have found a home at Happy Home for the Handicapped. What started as a ministry to disabled children, God has grown into a beautiful manifestation of the gospel … Read More
  • Hear the Cry: Sponsor a Child in Iraq

    Want to make a huge impact on the kids in Iraq? Engage one of the students at our school and sponsor the cost of their education. This will allow us to continue providing a safe, … Read More
  • Hear the Cry: Engage Somalia

    This year for our Hear the Cry giving catalogue we are putting a huge focus on child/student sponsorship. Throughout the Christmas season we’ll be highlighting each organization we work with here on the … Read More
  • Hear the Cry: Restore Iraq

    While in Iraq, we were able to spend some time at a refugee camp made up of 20 families who fled their village just hours before ISIS took over. They traveled by foot to another … Read More
  • Hear the Cry: Uganda Girls Safe House

    This year for our Hear the Cry giving catalogue we are putting a huge focus on child/student sponsorship. Throughout the Christmas season we’ll be highlighting each organization we work with here on the … Read More
  • Hear the Cry: Sponsor a Child Through Remember Nhu

    This year for our Hear the Cry giving catalogue we are putting a huge focus on child/student sponsorship. Throughout the Christmas season we’ll be highlighting each organization we work with here on the … Read More
  • Hear the Cry: These Numbers Have Faces

    This year for our Hear the Cry giving catalogue we are putting a huge focus on child/student sponsorship. Throughout the Christmas season we’ll be highlighting each organization we work with here on the … Read More
  • Hear The Cry: Christmas Justice Initiative

    This year for our Hear the Cry giving catalogue, we are putting a huge focus on child/student sponsorship. For many of the countries we work in our primary focus is on children. Food, shelter, family, … Read More
  • Four Questions to Ask Before You Confront Someone

    People say stupid stuff. People are rude. Many of the followers of Jesus I know are a far cry from selfless. You know it, your friends know it, and yet when we see it, it still … Read More
  • Are missional communities an impossible ideal?

    Whether it’s cliché or not, it seems clear from the beginning of time that God was in favor of community and mission. When Adam walked the earth in intimacy with God, what was God’s reply? He … Read More
  • Carry Your Name

    We believe worship is a response to who God is. Yahweh has revealed himself in the person of Jesus, and has given us his Spirit to guide us through our lives. His Spirit has … Read More
  • Sweatshops, Justice, and the Way of Jesus

    On November 12th, Bridgetown Church hosted the lecture, Sweatshops, Justice, and the Way of Jesus, given by Dr. Gerry Breshears and Josh Porter. The lecture is now available via the Bridgetown podcast. Today is a … Read More
  • Marriage and Generous Grace

    I’ve sometimes wondered, what would the Apostle Peter’s wife say about their marriage? You probably knew the fisherman-turned-Apostle was also a husband. But we also know that he was brash, arrogant, insensitive, demanding, loud, and … Read More
  • Serving Together

    Lindsay and Tony Martinez partner with White Shield’s Parenting Program, a nonprofit extension of Salvation Army, which gives adolescent girls, 12 – 18, a safe and secure home during pregnancy and parenting.  For over … Read More
  • Missional Community: Meeting needs within the family.

    Jodi Stilp and her husband, Curt, are a part of a missional community in Newberg, Oregon, which attracts many young families and college students from nearby George Fox University. In this post Jodi shares … Read More
  • Hear The Cry: Haiti

    I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I kissed my husband goodbye at the airport then left to spend a week in Jacmel, Haiti. I was going with a … Read More
  • Reclaiming the Market

    Entrepreneurs Chris and Liz Perry saw an opportunity to rebuild their local farmers market.  With the help of families, churches, and community leaders, the Wilsonville Market is a thriving summer market bringing vendors and the … Read More
  • Others

    The apostle John makes it pretty clear that loving God is contingent on loving other people. “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or a sister is a liar. Read More
  • How do we decide on a mission?

    Whether you have been meeting consistently with a group of people who have yet to get on board with a “mission,” or are just now deciding to start a Missional Community, having a mission … Read More
  • God, why is this happening?

    Have you ever read through the story of Job? It’s a tough one to get through, much less enjoy. But even still, I was reading it again recently and felt like God wanted … Read More
  • Dignity for the Homeless

    A small, young woman holds a cardboard sign outside Voodoo Doughnuts. She’s asking for money to buy a bus ticket. Instead of ignoring the woman, Jenna Forstrom points to the lit-up, big, red letters that spell … Read More
  • A View From Then

    “Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly.“ -George MacDonald What will the story of your marriage be 50 years from now? How would you like … Read More
  • A time to feast and a time to fast.

    Every year, dozens of churches across the greater Portland area come together for seven days of prayer and fasting for our collective cities. Prayer, for the most part, we can wrap our minds around. We … Read More
  • Why a church blog?

    Leaf through our website for a couple of seconds and you’ll discover that we’re big on this whole “on Earth as it is in Heaven” thing. Not only was this the prayer … Read More
  • The Persecuted Church In Iraq

    Hey Jesus Church Family, A couple weeks ago, I gave a message called ‘His Cross, Our Shame.” Towards the end of that message we spent some time talking about the persecution that is happening to … Read More
  • “Afraid” is not bigger than Jesus.

    As young people, we set the challenge at the start of this year to read through, soak up, and enjoy the entire story God gave us in the Scriptures; we’re doing this by reading through … Read More