Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Good News This Week…December 20

Sharing the good news because I'm sick of the bad.

Sharing a Moment: 

My week of guest hosting Rose City Forum on KKPZ 1330 is finished for now. What an amazing experience I never knew I'd have. The best part, hands down, was the chance to ask questions from people I admire greatly. If you missed any of the episodes, here are the links via iTunes podcast:

Sharing Stories:

…and also tears to anyone who reads about it.

Kids aren't the ones with hang-ups.

Little Girl pretty much schools the ignorant, conceited, yet handsome Disney villain.

If you listened to the radio program Friday night, you heard a clip from this fabulous business idea. If you didn't listen, read this.

Whether or not these volunteers were Christian, what an amazing testament to how Jesus taught us to live.

Sharing a Video Clip:

These events have been making me cry, so for Jon Stewart to confront angry news channels in ways that make me laugh, I am grateful. 

Hoping something here brought a smile to your face.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Call Me

Cornelia and me

I've been having a ton of fun interviewing guests during my hosting gig at KKPZ 1330 AM's Rose City Forum show. When else do I get have one on one time with high-profile folks and the chance to ask them anything I want? (Answer: nowhere)

While I've been given the opportunities for conversation Monday-Wednesday, today and Friday are a bit different. 

Here's where you come in:

I need you to help me with show content. 

Tonight I'll be speaking about Christmas traditions. What are the things you do each Christmas that just wouldn't seem like Christmas if you didn't do them?

Tomorrow I'm discussing good news. Did something really awesome happen recently? Let me know and I'll share it on the air. 

I'll be live from 6:00-7:00 pm Pacific Time. If you live in the Portland area, you can tune into 1330 am. Or, if you are like me and like to listen on devices, log onto and click on the live stream. TuneIn is also an ap for your phone so you can listen to your favorite stations wherever you are. 

Will you contact me? There are options:

  • Call the studio at 503-242-1330 during the hour.
Or anytime... 
  • Come to Facebook and enter your answer in the thread on my page or Rose City Forum's. 
  • I can be reached on Twitter, too, @andeezomerman or answer with #KKPZ and I'll find you.
  • Of course, you can always comment below on this post. I'd love to share what you have to say.

The more of you who participate, the easier my job will be! Really, no one likes hearing me talk to myself. Just ask my family. They'll tell you.

Looking forward to hearing all about your holiday traditions and sharing in your good news!

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Book Which Brought Me Peace This Advent

Have you ever had a person influential in your life, yet you’ve never met? For me, this is Pastor Rick McKinley of Imago Dei Community Church in Portland, OR. I started listening to his podcasts when we still lived in California. When he introduced The Advent Conspiracy to his congregation, we were all in - our Decembers have never been the same. Even the church we helped to plant took a lot of the ministry in community ideas from Pastor Rick. 

As this year ends, there is one book I’ve read bringing peace to my Advent. It’s no surprise Rick Mckinley is the author.

The Answer To Our Cry: Freedom to Live Fully, Love Boldly, and Fear Nothing reminds me of who God really is; not a being of legalism, but a Father of love and compassion. 

McKinley writes about what it means to be truly free - a freedom he describes as “not controlled by fear or insecurity. I want to live the life God made me for.” 

The book clearly states freedom in God does not mean a life without suffering, but it does mean a life without being afraid. A life where we can give generously without holding back. A life where we are strong in fighting injustice, because we are loved so fully and unconditionally, we want freedom for everyone. A life not of safety, but of security.

I’ve been quite frustrated with the actions and attitudes of some Christians lately. I don’t understand how those who claim to share the love of Christ can be so mean, judgmental and closed minded. It just doesn’t make sense to me. 

McKinley says, “Most Christians I talk to are compelled by guilt, not by love. And I think we’re compelled by guilt because we don’t believe in the love of Christ.”

This resonates. Do we believe IN Christ, but not the LOVE of Christ? That may make a huge difference in the way we show Jesus to others. As for me, I’m going to go ahead and rest without fear, knowing we are LOVED by God: the Father, the Son, the Spirit. 

Join me tonight when I interview Pastor Rick on KKPZ 1330AM at 6:00pm pacific time. We’ll chat more about his book and his quest for everyone to live in freedom. If you don’t live in the Portland area, log on to the live stream at If you miss the time altogether, find the podcast under Rose CIty Forum in iTunes. 

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Good News This Week…December 13

Sharing the good news I found on the interwebs because I'm sick of the bad.

Sharing a Moment:

It's not MY moment, but you need to see this. Our friend, Robyn, asked Sparkles, the Elf on a Shelf, to keep an eye on her son. Well, Sparkles gets into a LOT of trouble and really isn't considerate at all. At first her son was okay with the elf's antics, but this week, Sparkles went too far:

Sparkles better get her act together.

Sharing Stories:

A Dyslexic-friendly font - Huffington Post
One of those things that seems like such a great idea, you wonder why it's taken until now to develop.

Andre Johnson plays Santa Claus - Good News Network
NFL players are usually in the news for something bad, but this is something really, really good.

Sony World Photography Awards
I love photographs from places I will probably never visit…or at least won't in the near future. These are stunning.

A Meditation for Advent, by Becca Stevens
Because I'm trying to take it slow this season, I'm loving these online reminders.

She said "Yes"
This photo went crazy on my Facebook wall. I love learning the story behind it. Oregonians are so cool. I may be a tad biased.

Sharing a Song:

C'mon. If you're a woman with kids, you've felt this way, yes?

Hope something here brought a smile to your face!

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and for the rest of this week, catch Rose City Forum on KKPZ from 6:00-7:00pm PST. I'll be guest hosting and get to chat with some pretty impressive people.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Dream I Didn't Know I Had Will Come True

RCA Victor 8X71 AM-FM Radio
Photo:Flickr Alexkerhead

Remember that radio gig I had the night before Thanksgiving? The interview I had with Rose City Forum on KKPZ 1330 AM? 

There's more.

The host from the Portland Christian talk radio program moved away and I've been asked to fill in as guest host next week, December 15-19. I'm thrilled.

And just so you know, my radio experience consists of:
I've listened to the radio all of my life.

However, I do believe I am qualified because...
  • I love to talk.
  • I love God.
  • I love to talk about God.
  • I love to talk to other people about their relationship with God.
  • Also, I love to talk about pretty much everything in general.

Really, do I need to know anything else? I guess we'll all find out together.

I am most totally, uberly, completely looking forward to the men and woman I get to introduce you to next week.

Monday, December 15 - Rick McKinley
Tuesday, December 16 - Cornelia Seigneur
Wednesday, December 17 - Ken Wytsma

Seriously. When else in life would I get to talk to these people for a good chunk of time and ask them anything I want to ask?

Thursday, December 18 - We'll be talking about Christmas traditions
Friday, December 19 - We get to share the good news of the week with each other. I'm a little giddy thinking about it. If you have good news to share that evening, call or post on Facebook and Twitter with #KKPZ.

Being a radio talk show host is a dream come true. Although until last week, I didn't even know it was a a possibility to dream it.

God is funny that way, huh?

So next week from 6:00-7:00 pm Pacific Standard Time, whether you are driving, cooking dinner, or just zoning on Facebook - tune into 1330AM to join in the conversation. Non-Portlanders and people without radios can log-in at and listen live. If you are totally busy that hour, visit iTunes later and subscribe to the Rose City Forum podcast. 

I can't lie. I am a little nervous. I suppose whatever happens, as long as I do better than Chris Farley I'm ok, right? 

I meant what I said about joining the conversation. I will be posting ways to interact via Facebook, Twitter, and the good, old-fashioned telephone. I'm looking forward to experiencing this new venture with you.