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October 20, 2005 | Scott Martelle
Coming soon to a church near you: Hollywood. Producers of the "Left Behind" movie series plan to screen "Left Behind: World at War" in 3,000 churches in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, bypassing theater chains before Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases it Tuesday on DVD. The church-focused marketing campaign is reminiscent of the pamphleting and advance-sale tickets that preceded the theatrical release of the Trinity Broadcasting Network-funded "The Omega Code" six years ago.
August 26, 1989 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Saying that prohibitive land prices are squeezing out small churches, members of a new Orange County religious coalition this week announced plans to seek zoning requirements for churches and nonprofit groups that would put them on a par with schools, parks and open space.
October 12, 1991 | From Associated Press
Halloween is the witches' night out, a feast of death when spirits roam the Earth. Even as some real witches prepare to reconcile themselves with the dead in secret rituals on Oct. 31, there is a growing concern among some Christian groups that the road to satanic cults may be paved with cultural celebrations that take lightly witchcraft practices that are forbidden in the Bible. "It's a very real thing to a lot of people and it's growing," said the Rev.
November 13, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $10,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest of vandals who desecrated 11 Lancaster churches, some of which were covered with anti-Christian graffiti. The reward offer came as sheriff's investigators announced they had no suspects in the incidents, which occurred on the evening of Oct. 29 and the early morning of Oct. 30.
February 25, 2001
Re the planned expansion of Our Lady Queen of Angels School and Church in Newport Beach: This neighborhood is already saturated with auto traffic from the schools, churches and residential density. Students at Our Lady Queen of Angels School are dropped off and picked up, resulting in hundreds of individual daily trips into the neighborhood. Corona del Mar High School has a student population of 1,791. Staff and students drive cars in and out of the neighborhood daily, adding to the congestion.
June 23, 1990 | From Times wire services
The Reformed Church in America has launched a program that calls for creation of 98 new congregations by 1998. The program, called "98 by 98," was adopted at the 200,000-member denomination's 1990 General Synod, which just met.
March 15, 2006 | Arin Gencer, Times Staff Writer
With the Los Angeles Marathon just days away, area church leaders on Tuesday urged race organizers to hold next year's event on a day that does not conflict with any religious group's Sabbath. "Not just Sunday, but Saturday and Friday afternoons represent the special days for the major religious and faith traditions that are part of the Los Angeles community," said the Rev. Dr. Clyde W. Oden of Bryant Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Twenty years ago, the Simi Valley families of Pastor Lyle Miller and Dale and Betty Johnson were close. They camped and spent vacations together, and by 1973, Miller had started young Jeff Johnson toward confirmation at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. But as much as it personally pains him because of past ties, Miller--now a bishop presiding over Lutheran churches in Northern California--is refusing to ordain seminary graduate Jeff Johnson, 27, to the ministry.
March 4, 2006 | From Reuters
Three Israelis set off firecrackers inside a key Christian shrine in Nazareth on Friday, sparking panic among worshipers and a mass brawl outside. One police car was torched as protesters in the Israeli Arab town tried to surge past officers into the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation to get at the perpetrators -- a man and two women. Local television showed police using batons and stun grenades to keep protesters back. Police later took the three Israelis away for questioning.
February 14, 1992 | From Associated Press
A drifter diagnosed as a schizophrenic has been indicted in 20 church fires in Florida and Tennessee, a prosecutor said Thursday. U.S. Atty. Ken Sukhia would not discuss a motive or what evidence linked Patrick Lee Frank, 41, to the fires. Many small Florida churches had hired guards or installed alarms amid a rash of 50 unsolved fires, which began in April, 1990, and ceased after Frank's Nov. 13 arrest in Ocala on unrelated trespassing, loitering and prowling charges.
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