CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 |
Chelsea McInturff and Samantha Curley were eager for a public conversation about film, gay sexuality and Christian life, but they weren't sure whether it was the right time - or the right place. They stood nervously inside an auditorium at Pasadena's evangelical Fuller Theological Seminary last spring, worried the drama they were about to screen - - about a teen coming out as lesbian - would end up offending an audience of students and professors who didn't necessarily approve of its story line.
October 17, 2013 |
Make no mistake: "I'm in Love With a Church Girl" is no wholesome romance with benign faith-based themes. It is wholesome - more so than it wants to be, what with its sterile attempt at portraying a gangsta lifestyle - but it's aggressively evangelistic, peddling a specific strain of Christianity espoused by writer-producer Galley Molina, on whose life the film is based. Nearly every conversation in the film didactically centers on returning drug trafficker-turned-concert promoter Miles Montego (Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins)
August 8, 2013 |
Some say it will take a miracle for Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform. That miracle may be in the making, helped along by Christians who want to put their faith into action. On July 25, 300 evangelical Christians from 27 states had 110 meetings with their mostly Republican representatives on Capitol Hill to ask them to let personal faith replace political fear. Republican leaders told us we represented a "new factor" in the debate on immigration, a grass-roots constituency for reform that can influence the political right.
July 29, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - He kissed seemingly countless babies hoisted to his popemobile. He exchanged white beanies with people in the crowds and caught the soccer jerseys, flags and who-knows-what-else hurled his direction. He scolded the Brazilian elite, both ecclesiastic and secular, on the many ways they are failing their people. Pope Francis, first pontiff from the Americas, has been both grandfatherly icon and stern cajoler, combining charm with serious teachings, in a weeklong pilgrimage to the world's largest Roman Catholic country, which wrapped up Sunday.
June 16, 2013 |
As the same-sex marriage debate continues throughout the U.S., another front in the battle over gay rights has emerged thousands of miles away in the East African nation of Uganda, where in 2009 a bill was drafted that would impose the death penalty for certain homosexual behavior and prison time for anyone failing to report gays to the authorities. In Uganda and throughout parts of Africa, many believe homosexuality to be an imported Western evil, part of a so-called gay agenda.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 |
A North Hollywood theology professor ordained just two years ago after the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America dropped its ban on same-sex ministers was elected Friday as the church's first openly gay bishop. The Rev. R. Guy Erwin won a six-year term to the Southwest California Synod, which encompasses the greater Los Angeles area, according to church officials. The historic vote came Friday during a three-day assembly of the synod held in Woodland Hills. FOR THE RECORD: Lutheran bishop: An article in the June 1, 2013, LATextra section about the election of an openly gay bishop in Southern California incorrectly described the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as the largest denomination in the United States.