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August 6, 2013
The Internet can be a source of information and illumination, but for some it's also a cause for worry, and in some cases, a loss of faith, as one Mormon man discovered. Hans Mattsson, a "solid believer" in his faith, began to have doubts after friends emailed him about websites that contained information about Mormonism that contradicted the church's official history and teachings. Mattsson began looking deeper into the contradictions and discovered evidence of historical anomalies in the Book of Mormon, among other things.
NEWS
December 12, 2001
Karen S. Kim GLENDALE -- Dorothy Exum prays over each piece of religious jewelry she creates. And it's produced some strange results, she said. For example, Exum's aunt had been unable to speak after a car accident landed her in the intensive care unit of a hospital. But when she wore a bracelet Exum had made, prayed over and anointed with oil, Exum's aunt began to speak and even walk around, Exum said. "I don't say these have any miraculous powers, but it's just through faith," she said.
FEATURES
March 17, 2007
A new Pew Research Center for the People & Press poll finds that nearly four in 10 people say they would be more likely to vote in a candidate for president if he/she is Christian. Should a candidate's religion or faith play a role in voters' choice of candidate for the presidency? As for a candidate's personal faith, should it matter? I want to say no, and in a perfect world I would say no. But we don't live in a perfect world, so I guess I'm forced to say yes. At the same time, just because someone is a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim or an atheist, the public has no way of knowing how that person of faith or non-faith is going to vote on any particular issue.
FEATURES
July 27, 2006
Researchers Elizabeth Marquardt and Norval Glenn at the Institute for American Values studied how divorce affects a person's faith. Their four-year survey studied 1,500 young adults between 18 and 35, whose parents divorced. They found, among other things, that children of divorced parents are less religious than their peers, though many of them turned to God as a father figure in life. From your experience, how does divorce affect the faith of a child whose parents divorced?
FEATURES
March 8, 2008
A survey released last week by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life said that Americans are switching their religious affiliations, or simply abandoning a faith, at greater numbers than ever — at a rate of 44% — and that Protestants are on the edge of becoming a minority faith, with 51% of Americans identifying themselves with the faith. How do you react to this? Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the preacher and theologian who was executed by the Nazis near the end of World War II, said one time that we are moving toward having no religion at all. Perhaps what is happening with mainline American Protestantism is part of the process that Bonhoeffer was describing.
FEATURES
March 31, 2007
I n a recent debate, Daniel Dennett, a professor at Tufts University, argued that religions are like genes, the most successful ones survive not necessarily because their ideas are true, but because they have succeeded as the "fittest" religious arguments through the years. Since not all religions can be true, he suggested that other reasons must be at play in perpetuating them — such as the idea that mankind may be genetically predisposed to being religious. What do you think of this notion?
NEWS
By Patrick Caneday | April 10, 2010
I can be a creature of habit. I set my slippers in the same place every night to easily put them on first thing in the morning. I buy my steaks only at the Handy Market. I drink mai tais only when I’m at Damon’s. And each Sunday morning at church I sit in the same pew in the same spot (so long as no one has gotten there before me, which I take every effort to prevent). I’ve gotten used to this seat. It’s a place where I’m comfortable and not distracted by any new things or people around me. In fact, I find that most people sit in the same place in church.
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NEWS
November 13, 2013
Approximately 360 members and friends attended a dedication service at Burbank First Presbyterian Church recently, celebrating completion of its major renovation project. The project included work on the main sanctuary, courtyard and youth ministry areas to better facilitate the church's many ministries, including Sunday school, middle and high school groups as well as the Travis Weaver Children's Center. New audio/visual, climate control, and lighting systems were part of the project, as was making the church more accessible to people with disabilities.
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NEWS
September 27, 2013
A pair of scientific reports released in recent weeks are related to life on Earth: One raises the possibility that the planet was jump-started by a comet, and the other calculates that Earth will end in 1.75 billion to 3.25 billion years. Q: How do these reports fit in with your teachings or beliefs? There's a joke about some scientists who tell God that he's no longer needed because they believe they have the knowledge to make a man just as God reportedly did in the Bible.
NEWS
September 13, 2013
President Barack Obama this month asked Congress to authorize punitive military action in Syria. He made the request in response to the Assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus. Q: How would your faith and/or worldview guide you in such a decision? In the late 1930s, in spite of atrocities being perpetrated against the peoples of Europe and Asia, the United States was reluctant to become involved in European/Asian affairs. The U.S., like the rest of the world, was reeling from worldwide depression.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | September 5, 2013
BURBANK - It was hard to tell who was more nervous, as the Providence High girls' volleyball team opened its season Wednesday with a nonleague match against Faith Baptist. While the Pioneers' players might have experienced some jitters in their first competition of the campaign, coach James Jimenez was also feeling the pressure. Jimenez was coaching his first match back after once heading the Providence program and leaving four years ago, "Being gone four years and this being my first game back, I think I was more nervous than the girls," Jimenez said.
NEWS
August 6, 2013
The Internet can be a source of information and illumination, but for some it's also a cause for worry, and in some cases, a loss of faith, as one Mormon man discovered. Hans Mattsson, a "solid believer" in his faith, began to have doubts after friends emailed him about websites that contained information about Mormonism that contradicted the church's official history and teachings. Mattsson began looking deeper into the contradictions and discovered evidence of historical anomalies in the Book of Mormon, among other things.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | May 2, 2013
BURBANK - It was a battle of the Liberty League's top two teams, as well as the two most potent offenses in the league, when the Providence High softball team took on Faith Baptist on Thursday. While the Pioneers entered the contest averaging a league-best 19.5 runs in four games, the Contenders averaged nearly 16 runs in five games. However, while there wasn't a big discrepancy in the team's offensive numbers, the defensive numbers were vastly different, as Faith Baptist surrendered only two runs in its five games and Providence gave up 27. The Contenders' ability to limit their opponent's offense came into play Thursday when they held the Pioneers to just one hit. That helped Faith Baptist earn a 10-0 victory against Providence at Olive Park.
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By David Laurell | November 20, 2012
“Whatever our vocation in life, we can sow the seeds of faith by how we conduct ourselves and by keeping God present in our daily lives,” said St. Finbar Parish's pastor, Father Albert Bahhuth. “Our honorees serve as great role models for us.” Those honorees - Auxiliary Bishop of the San Fernando Region, the Most Reverend Gerald Wilkerson and Dr. Raul Mena, who serves as the director of the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center - were presented with 2012 Harvester of Faith Awards at the 10th annual Harvest Ball held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center last week.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lynne Heffley | July 1, 2012
“Good mornin', ma'am. Are you saved?” That question, delivered by a newly minted Christian proselytizer to an elderly devout Catholic, opens a seriocomic theological can of worms in “The Savannah Disputation” at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. In the Los Angeles premiere of Evan Harris' humorous and thought-provoking exploration of faith and the underlying complexities of human need that fuels it, Melissa is a young woman with a mission: to convert Catholics to her splinter fundamentalist Christian church.
NEWS
By Mario Aguirre | May 18, 2012
CANOGA PARK — In reflecting back on its recently-concluded season, the Providence High softball team is perhaps least likely to remember a 16-0 road loss Wednesday to Faith Baptist in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Division VII playoffs. That's because, despite yielding 14 hits and committing 10 errors, the Pioneers started the season with a slate of newcomers to the sport, yet still managed to finish as the Liberty League runner-ups while clinching an unlikely playoff berth.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Laurell | November 1, 2011
For the ninth year, parishioners and supporters of the Saint Finbar Parish School gathered to bestow the Harvester of Faith Awards at their Harvest Ball fundraiser held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center this past Friday evening. This annual event, that raises funds to help the families and children of Saint Finbar Parish School who are in need of tuition assistance, also recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary leadership, inspiration, motivation, compassion and dedication to the school and the parish community.
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