December 2, 2012 |
Despite the increasing number of those who hold other faiths or no faith, Christians still wield substantial influence on our nation's cultural and ethical norms. After all, 73% of Americans still identify as Christian, according to a 2012 Pew Forum Study. So the fact that many churchgoers have changed their views about gay civil rights in recent years is one of the major under-reported reasons why same-sex marriage is now legal in nine states. It is also one of the reasons that the constitutional challenge to Proposition 8, which took away gay Californians' right to marry, may get a hearing in the Supreme Court this term (an announcement is expected on Monday)
November 30, 2012
Re "Church family loses court ruling," Nov. 27 Crystal Cathedral founder Robert Schuller and his family will receive "only" about $700,000 from their bankrupt ministry, an amount Schuller's daughter calls a "travesty. " Matthew 6:20 states, "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. " Mark Stephen Mrotek Carson ALSO: Letters: Wastewater isn't 'waste' Letters: Exporting hate to Uganda Letters: On the other hand on Deasy
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November 26, 2012 |
With her chiseled features, 1940s-style black dress, retro sunglasses and lacy black parasol, tour guide Karie Bible strolls the 60 acres of Hollywood Forever Cemetery looking as if she might be a wayward mourner from the funeral of Tyrone Power or another Tinseltown luminary. She answers the obvious questions that, yes, her name really is Karie Bible, and, yes, she really was born on Halloween, saying, "I can't make this up. " Being a cemetery tour guide may seem an unlikely avocation.
October 29, 2012 |
Parents give us life. In return, if chronology is respected, we watch them die. Out of this human trial, Bill Cain, author of "Equivocation" and "9 Circles," has created an autobiographical drama about the last year of his mother's life. A time of illness, old family grievances, a mountain of love and the challenge of coming to terms. It's not easy to criticize a play like "How to Write a New Book for the Bible," now at South Coast Repertory in a production directed by Kent Nicholson and starring SCR favorite Linda Gehringer as the dying matriarch.
October 18, 2012 |
KOUNTZE, Texas -- The cheerleaders of Kountze High School are free to wave their Bible verse banners at football games, at least for the rest of the school year, after a judge granted a temporary injunction Thursday preventing school officials from enforcing a ban on the signs. In a case that has ignited a national controversy over religious freedom, Hardin County District Judge Steve Thomas said the cheerleaders had “raised some relatively complex...
October 4, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- Texas is football country, and in the small town of Kountze, about 85 miles north of Houston, that means many of the roughly 2,000 residents gather at the public high school on Friday nights to watch the show: the coaches, the players and of course the cheerleaders toting their homemade Biblical banners, or “spirit signs.” “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens! Phil 4:13.” “If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31.” “But thanks be to God which gives us Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
September 15, 2012 |
Why would comedian Jeff Foxworthy, a devout Christian, initially turn down an offer to host a TV game show about the Bible? The answer is his eternal salvation. "I didn't want to be the guy standing in line in hell saying, 'It was the game show, right?'" Foxworthy said. "I told my wife I didn't think I should do it. " He soon reconsidered, stepping into the role of emcee for Game Show Network's "American Bible Challenge," which has been billed as a show "3,400 years in the making," and now thinks he's probably in the clear come Judgment Day. The show broke ratings records at the cable network with 5.3 million cumulative viewers in its first week and, equally important to Foxworthy, earned a thumbs-up from the God-fearing community.
August 4, 2012
Chaim Friedman of LeChaim Tours is superb at helping his clients plan trips to Israel. He is incredibly knowledgeable of Israel's geography and history, both modern and ancient. He also is a wonderful Bible scholar who made its stories come alive for my family. He can also document your trip with photographs. My family's experience was one we will never forget. LeChaim Tours, (347) 568-3090, 011-972-54-566-5090. http://www.lechaimtours.com . Madeline Jason Sherman Oaks
July 22, 2012 |
TERYAYEVO, Russia - As she tried to remove the priceless Bible from its glass case, Moscow University professor Irina Pozdeyeva could barely lift the almost 2,000-page book. The gray-haired scholar ran her fingers through the meticulously stitched and restored leaves of the Bible, produced in 1581 by Ivan Fyodorov, father of Russian printing. Pozdeyeva said she never fails to experience a surge of emotion when she handles the book, one of 350 surviving copies of the first Bibles printed in Russia in the old Slavonic language.
July 16, 2012 |
Is America ready to get their Bible lessons from Jeff Foxworthy, king of the redneck joke? It's about to become reality as Game Show Network has released the first look at its original game show"The American Bible Challege. " Game shows have tackled everything from the private lives of newlyweds to deepest fears of average Americans, so offering up the Good Book as the basis for frantic competition and fabulous cash prizes seems like the next logical step. They have rock bands and coffee bars in churches now, so it's not as outlandish as it may seem at first.