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Friday, April 9, 2010

Confessions of a Portland Church Planter

Church planting is considered by many to be an insane calling.  In fact 8 out of 10 church plants fail within two years.  Lesson?  Be called, be humble, and repent - a lot.  We'll save the "calling" and "humble" posts for another time - this is all about repentance.

So - I've decided to start a blog series called "Confessions of a Portland Church Planter" to prepare me to be a useful instrument for God to use in the city of Portland as we prepare to launch hopecity church in 2011.

Confession #1.  I've lived in the city of Portland for almost 11 years, and I have yet to have a Voodoo Doughnut.  It's simply unacceptable and borderline sinful to call yourself a local and yet not know the world famous creative flavors of what some people liken to heaven on earth.

Not only is this a confessional...but it's a promise as well.  By next Friday, I will have done due diligence and allowed my tastebuds to partake in what is long overdue.  The only question is...which Voodoo shall I choose?

Here are a few options...
  • Grape Ape: (raised doughnut with vanilla frosting and grape powder)
  • Dirt: (raised doughnut covered with vanilla glaze and oreo cookies)
  • Arnold Palmer: (cake doughnut covered with lemon and tea powder)
  • Butter Fingering: (Devils food, vanilla, and crushed Butterfinger)
  • Neapolitan: (chocolate doughnut with vanilla frosting and strawberry quick powder)
  • Triple Chocolate Penetration: (chocolate doughnut, chocolate glaze, and cocoa-puffs)
  • Voodoo Doughnut: (voodoo doll doughnut)
  • Dirty Snowball: (chocolate cake doughnut covered with pink marshmallow glaze and surprise filling)
  • The Memphis Mafia: (chocolate chips/banana/ peanutbutter/glaze big!)
  • Portland Creme: (raised doughnut filled with creme and covered in chocolate with two eyes)
  • Nyquil Glazed and pepto-bismol (currently on hold)
  • VEGAN: (thats right, vegan doughnuts! assorted flavors, come in and eat many)
Ok, Portland purists!!! Help me out.  Text me, facebook me, give me a tweet, or simply reply here.  What is your favorite VOODOO?  May I bear the fruit of repentance this next week.


Patricia Barberis said...

maple bacon xxxx

JeremyRBennett said...


Ryan Davis said...

Go with the maple bar at Joe's in Sandy, legit-ness right there!

dan black said...

I have to be honest and say that I have never been. I have lived in the Portland area for around 10 years. Yes I know what people might say. I just need to take the step and go down and grab a few Maple Bacon donuts and mark it off my list of places to go.

Thanks for the stats on church planting.