Monday, December 20, 2010

Why Portland Is Awesome

(Image by littleputbooks)

You've probably already watched the hilariously awesome Dream of the 90's is Alive in Portland video, which is an introduction for Portlandia, a new series coming out in January. I am excited about this show because, quite simply, I love Portland and embrace the oddities that make it always entertaining. The fact that I can look out the window and see a guy riding a segway wearing a Darth Vader mask and a trenchcoast in the middle of June, and not be completely shocked by it, is amazing.

There are many things Portlanders should be proud of like the enormous variety of food carts, the alternative sports scene (hello hiking, biking, ultimate frisbee), and the fact that we are a hub for creativity. The national recognition Portland's received over the years stands as a testament of its awesomeness.

Despite being considered one of the most "godless" cities, there are a lot of big things happening within the body of Christ, like the Compassion clinics, and efforts to fight human trafficking. Mentoring, partnering, and being the hands and feet of Jesus are core values of many churches in Portland. God is doing great things amidst this quirky place. Perhaps its because God likes using the oddballs to dumbfound the wise and put-together.

Every time I drive through I-5 across the river and look at the downtown skyline, I am taken by the beauty of this city. Also when I drive down I-84 and see the beauty of the gorge. Clearly I'm not the only one - there are several CD's devoted to songs about Portland. And a whole line of clothing representing the glorious 503.

We have a lot to be proud of and a lot to laugh about.

What do you love about Portland?

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