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April 11, 2014
A recent poll conducted Pew Research Center revealed that many people worldwide, particularly those who live in poorer countries, are of the opinion that one must believe in God to be a moral person. According to the Pew report that was issued in late March, more people in North America and Europe agree that one can be an upright person whether or not they are religious. Q: What is your take on the various views across the globe linking morality to a belief in God? What is "moral"?
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January 31, 2014
According to a study by the Public Religion Research Institute, "football fans are more likely than other sports fans to report praying to God (33% vs. 21%). They also are more apt to believe their team has been cursed (31% vs. 18%), and to perform rituals before or during games (25% vs. 18%). " Q: With the Seattle Seahawks battling the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl this weekend and fans on both sides sending up prayers, do you think God will have a say in the outcome?   It's ridiculous to think that the religious actions of the fans would affect the outcome of a football game.
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By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN | January 7, 2006
It is the first week of 2006. Take a moment to consider this. Another year of our lives has come to a close. I myself prayed about what to write in today's column. How can God use me to encourage you all? It is with this prayer in mind that I type. The beginning of every new year brings with it a time to reflect, a moment to renew, an occasion to resolve issues in our lives; hence the new year's resolutions. The close of any year brings with it an instance to pause and wipe the slate clean, to gain encouragement that you can perhaps do better this new year.
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By Rachel Kane | August 4, 2007
Adam and Eve knelt before God, their hands clasped together and heads bowed, on stage Thursday evening in the John Burroughs High School auditorium. In the first act of the choir's summer presentation, "Children of Eden," God, Christian Salazar, 18, of Burbank, had just created the heavens, the Earth, night, day and man. First-time summer choir directors Sam Saletta and Kim Hidalgo tried to create some harmony between the orchestra and the actors. It had been only four weeks since rehearsals began on the musical, based on the story of Adam and Eve, creation and the great flood resulting in Noah's Ark. The 35 cast members, all in high school or entering high school, had 43 songs to learn for the production, along with choreographed dance moves in just a month.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | January 13, 2014
When Daniel Roebuck was cast in a Glendale holiday production, it set off a chain reaction of changes for a Burbank theater company. Roebuck had committed to playing Scrooge at Glendale Centre Theatre, so he had to find another director for the Saint Francis Stage Company's annual play, which he has co-directed since its inception seven years ago. But things have fallen into place and the show will go on, continuing at the company through Jan....
FEATURES
September 20, 2008
In a recent study, 57% of randomly surveyed adults said God’s intervention could save a deathly ill family member even if physicians said treatment would be futile. However, just under 20% of doctors and other medical workers said God could reverse a helpless outcome. Given this gap, how can someone discuss God with their physician?   Talk to your doctors with confidence. They are experts in medicine; you are an expert in what you believe and what God has done for you. As you “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” you will develop boldness and trust in the Lord that will direct your decisions and flow out in your conversations with others.
FEATURES
April 15, 2006
Several years back, I found myself being led to pray for a couple who are dear friends of ours. We had worked for several years together in the ministry. I could not shake the feeling that they were going to go through something likened to in the Old Testament book of Hosea. I kept getting this picture that the husband was going to have to love his wife like Hosea did. Shortly thereafter, the husband described to us some marital problems. Since we were so spiritually intimate with this couple, I shared the vision I was getting during my prayer time for them.
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By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN | June 21, 2008
What is a Christian to do when it seems that evil men are consuming them? Let me give some examples. Are you working faithfully at a job only to have a non-Christian boss constantly find fault with you? Does it seem harassing? Do you have an unbelieving spouse who ridicules your faith or good deeds? Is there a more serious issue such as even the law not protecting your children in the way they should and you are left helpless, without recourse? In moments like this, we may feel that God is not there, that He is not defending us.Sometimes all we have is prayer, and those prayers can feel weak when no help is in sight.
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NEWS
April 11, 2014
A recent poll conducted Pew Research Center revealed that many people worldwide, particularly those who live in poorer countries, are of the opinion that one must believe in God to be a moral person. According to the Pew report that was issued in late March, more people in North America and Europe agree that one can be an upright person whether or not they are religious. Q: What is your take on the various views across the globe linking morality to a belief in God? What is "moral"?
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NEWS
April 3, 2014
Having recently made legal claims to historical gas and mineral rights under vast tracts of British land, the Church of England has taken a position against those who oppose hydraulic fracturing, or fracking - the process of breaking up rock formations underground in order to extract natural gas. A spokesman for the church says the issue is an economic one and compares opponents of the process to anti-vaccine activists, claiming that the poor “suffer...
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March 27, 2014
Fred Phelps, the founder the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. who was known for his fire-and-brimstone anti-gay public protests - as many as 53,000 of them since 1991, according to church officials - died March 19 at the age of 84. Q: What do you think will be his legacy, or impact on religion in 21st century America? Fred Phelps was a man who had zero positive impact to the history of Christendom. His unpalatable brand of Christianity was valid fodder for critics of any organized religion.
NEWS
January 31, 2014
According to a study by the Public Religion Research Institute, "football fans are more likely than other sports fans to report praying to God (33% vs. 21%). They also are more apt to believe their team has been cursed (31% vs. 18%), and to perform rituals before or during games (25% vs. 18%). " Q: With the Seattle Seahawks battling the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl this weekend and fans on both sides sending up prayers, do you think God will have a say in the outcome?   It's ridiculous to think that the religious actions of the fans would affect the outcome of a football game.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | January 13, 2014
When Daniel Roebuck was cast in a Glendale holiday production, it set off a chain reaction of changes for a Burbank theater company. Roebuck had committed to playing Scrooge at Glendale Centre Theatre, so he had to find another director for the Saint Francis Stage Company's annual play, which he has co-directed since its inception seven years ago. But things have fallen into place and the show will go on, continuing at the company through Jan....
THE818NOW
December 28, 2013
Earlier this month a controversy arose after a tongue-in-cheek column written by Aisha Harris, a woman of color, was published online at Slate.com , suggesting maybe it's time that Santa Claus is no longer depicted as a white man. A Fox news host, Megyn Kelly, commenting on air about the Harris column, caused a firestorm by saying Santa is most certainly white and that Jesus is too. After many expressed outrage at Kelly's comments, she later said...
NEWS
December 5, 2013
A New York Times columnist is wondering: Where is the love? Nicholas D. Kristoff says there's a “profound lack of empathy” these days, after columns he wrote about food stamp recipients, prison inmates and those without health insurance drew scornful responses from readers. After acknowledging that some people end up in jail or poverty because of their own bad decisions, he asks: “Do we really think that kids should go hungry if they have criminal parents? Should a little boy not get a curved spine treated properly because his dad is a deadbeat?
NEWS
October 25, 2013
The argument between believers and atheists has found a new and very public forum in recent years - billboards. Pro- and anti-religion advertisements and messages have been appearing on the sides of buses in places as diverse as London and Dallas, on billboards in Australia and California, and now in New York's Times Square. Paid for by the evangelical group Answers In Genesis, an electronic billboard there displays what the New York Times describes as “a friendly jab” at atheists: “To all of our atheist friends: Thank God you're wrong.” The battle of the billboards has also been used provocatively, as when an atheist group paid to have the message, “You Know it's a Myth: This Season Celebrate Reason,” about Christmas, put above the Lincoln Tunnel in New York.
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 5, 2013
The birthrate in America has fallen to an all-time low, with one in five women not having children in 2010, compared to one in 10 in the 1970s. In Orange County, the rate has dropped from 50,000 a year in the '90s to about 38,000 in 2011. Many couples defend their childless lives, pointing out that it's their choice, it means more time to do what they want, and the world's population is rising too fast. They also point to the cost of raising a child to adulthood, estimates of which range from $200,000 to $300,000.
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