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June 21, 2013 | Anh Do and Kate Mather and Joe Mozingo
Exodus International started in Anaheim 37 years ago as a small ministry to help those struggling to reconcile their homosexuality with the Bible's teachings. It grew into the leading practitioner of the controversial "gay cure" movement, with 260 ministries around North America. While Exodus claimed to have purged thousands of people of sexual urges that tormented them, its leaders recently began expressing doubts about the mission. Last year, its president, Alan Chambers, renounced the idea that homosexuality could be "cured.
August 20, 1989 | ITABARI NJERI, Times Staff Writer
It was a Sunday. Through the crowd of departing parishioners, the pastor eluded her through one door; she chased after him through another. Her voice was quiet, firm and full of fury. "I demand to be counseled," Ruth Bryant White told the Rev. Tom Wolf, pastor of The Church on Brady in East Los Angeles, one of the city's most ethnically diverse Baptist churches. The preacher already had spoken to her future husband, Steve White.
March 8, 2011
A match made in heaven? Re "Gingrich courts the religious right," March 3 Newt Gingrich is twice-divorced. He was carrying on an extramarital affair while going after Bill Clinton for doing the same. He has "practiced" three separate religions, presumably one at a time. In spite of his not living in Iowa, he was instrumental in punishing three state Supreme Court judges who decided in favor of marriage equality for Iowans. His campaign against marriage equality has to hurt his half-sister, who is a lesbian, as he advocates denying her the right to marry the person she loves.
August 24, 2005
The headline "Grooming Politicians for Christ" (Column One, Aug. 23) has a telling and chilling subhead: "Evangelical programs on Capitol Hill seek to mold a new generation of politicians who will answer not to voters, but to God." This is the form of government that Iran espouses and that we are hoping does not prevail in the new Iraq. It's called a theocracy, and it is far from a democracy. In order for this to happen in this country, the evangelicals will have to take over the courts and do away with the whole concept of an independent judiciary.
February 13, 1985
Harold John Ockenga, a well-known evangelical Christian leader and co-founder of Pasadena's Fuller Theological Seminary, has died at his home in Massachusetts, it was learned Monday. He was 79 when he died Friday of cancer. Ockenga, president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts at his death, also had served for 33 years as pastor of historic Park Street Church in Boston.
January 31, 2004
Re "The Politics of Prayer," Opinion, Jan. 25: Tony Quinn is correct when he says that religion is driving a paradigm shift in American politics. But he seems to imply that this shift comes from the will of the "deeply religious" American people, and that if the Democrats can't get with the new program by behaving more like Republicans, then they should step aside and let a one-party system take hold. Our society's primary upheaval during the first half of this century will come not from terrorism but from the struggle between those who want to make this country into a Christian nation with laws based on the Bible and those who believe in the Constitution and its time-tested separation between church and state.
September 27, 1997 | From Religion News Service
Christian academic and activist Ron Sider's first book, published two decades ago, has sold nearly 350,000 copies, a rare accomplishment for a title that's not an inspirational novel or a "how-to" guide on losing weight or finding wealth. "Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger" (Word, $15.
June 1, 2011 | Tim Rutten
Things being what they are these days, and with Mitt Romney currently the front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, it's not too surprising that objections to the former Massachusetts governor's Mormon religion would resurface, particularly in Iowa, where evangelicals wield so much influence in the Republican caucuses. Romney was the target of both left- and right-wing Mormon-bashing in the last presidential campaign, proving once again that vulgar religious prejudice is one of the few areas of our national life where true bipartisanship still prevails.
April 24, 2005 | Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writers
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will draw a chorus of amens tonight when thousands of evangelicals across the nation hear his call to put more conservative judges on the federal bench. But even as the Tennessee Republican addresses "Justice Sunday" -- a 90-minute simulcast to conservative churches that enthusiastically backs a Senate rule change to speed judicial confirmations -- the leader faces apprehension from another key GOP constituency.
After John Wimber stopped working as a music arranger for the Righteous Brothers to become a pastor, he began leading a small prayer group in Yorba Linda 13 years ago, preaching from the Gospel of Luke about healing the sick and casting out demons. For 10 months the fledgling church repeatedly prayed over the sick without seeing one person healed or a single demon expelled. Many people left in disgust. Wimber was about to give up when he was asked to pray for a woman with a high fever.
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