Why I’m in New York City

Soon the nation will hear about the Paid in Full Oregon story. Right now, I am in New York city to tape an interview with national radio talk show host Eric Metaxas. I am not sure when my interview with him will air, but it will reach more than 1,400 stations nationally! I will let…

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God’s amazing blessing!

The Paid in Full Oregon fall banquet happened on Saturday night, November 9. It was a great blessing to me, and I hope it was to all of the attendees as well. I felt God’s presence in a powerful way as Rey Reynolds, a Vancouver police officer inspired us in song, as Dr. Amit Bhatia,…

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Breaking chains this Saturday

If you’ll attend the banquet this Saturday night, you’ll be thrilled to meet my good friend Burl Cain. God has used him in an incredible way.  When he became warden of the Angola Prison in Louisiana, it was the most violent prison in America. And when he left that job, 24 years later, Angola Prison…

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Like an oasis in prison

As I stood outside the gatehouse at the Oregon State Correctional Institution last Friday, there was a woman with a big smile and tears flowing down from her eyes. She was the mother of Jason, one of our students, who had experienced deep sorrow over her son’s criminal history and incarceration. But, this was a…

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Classes begin!

Gustavo was 20 years old when he made the biggest mistake of his life. Now, he’s serving a life sentence. But this week marks a new chapter in his life and the lives of 24 other student inmates. Classes started yesterday in Oregon’s first of its kind bachelors degree program in its prison system. Everyone…

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What does GOD call a prisoner?

What does GOD call a prisoner? FORGIVEN! This week we saw a dramatic example of how the power of forgiveness in Christ grabbed the headlines. A Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, was sentenced for the shooting death of her unarmed neighbor in his apartment, and at her sentencing, the victim’s 18-year-old brother Brandt Jean publicly…

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What do YOU call an inmate?

What do YOU call an inmate? Prisoner? Criminal? Offender? Throwaway?  These and many other names label men behind bars. The Department of Corrections is officially changing the designation of “inmate” to “adult in custody,” AIC. But those who will start their bachelor’s degree program in two weeks are thrilled to be given a new name:…

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