January 21, 2006
The phone call came late one Saturday night. I was awoken by the ring and answered groggily. The voice on the other end asked if this was Pastor Kimberlie. I answered, "Yes," and what followed was a barrage of dialogue from a woman who made little sense. I was unsure if she was inebriated or had some kind of mental disorder. One thing was certain, she was confused and hurting. I spoke with her at great length, trying to calm her and discovered she was the mother of a teen who used to be in my youth group back when I was a youth pastor.
August 29, 2009
Today I am writing to address that fact that in life change is often necessary. I used to balk at change. But with maturity, I realized change often opens another door, and can be an exciting step into the next phase of what God has for us. I have been writing the column ?Family Faith? for more than seven years. Where has the time gone? It started prior to my oldest entering kindergarten at a La Crescenta school ? and now she is entering middle school. The amount of mail I have received on a weekly basis over these years has been staggering, and I cannot thank my readers enough for the support and kind words, and give gratitude to God for those whose lives have been touched.
April 18, 2014
One of the topics up for discussion at the national meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA) this year is the suggestion that the Boy Scouts institute polices that allow membership and leadership in the organization regardless of gender and sexual orientation. Q: Is this a denomination trying to speak truth to social injustice or making a paternalistic statement telling others how they should live their lives? I believe that the Presbyterian Church, the denomination out of which my denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
May 13, 2012
As Scott and Chelsey Schlatter prepared to finalize the adoption of their second child, they decided to take the celebration to the spot where she was born - the Corner Bakery in Burbank. On Friday, the couple and 15-month-old Lilah were joined by family members and friends at the eatery at the intersection of San Fernando Road and Grinnell Drive. It was there on Feb. 11, 2011 that Lilah's birth mother went into labor and, with the help of some customers, delivered the child on the floor in the middle of the dining area.
March 25, 2014
Years ago, when one yearned for home-cooked meals without spending hours in the kitchen, they'd head for Barron's Family Restaurant. The late Edith and Gordon Barron ran the business in several locations for more than 50 years and almost 40 years on Burbank Boulevard. Daughter Connie “Barron” Trimble and son Jerry until 2001. Shortly after they sold the restaurant, it was ravaged by an electrical fire. ___ FOR THE RECORD : An earlier version of this piece incorrectly reported that Jerry Barron and his sister, Connie “Barron” Trimble, ran Barron's Family Restaurant until it was destroyed by fire.
May 27, 2006
I often hear people recite the Scripture, "Do not judge, or you will be judged" (Matthew 7:1). But, as Christians, we are indeed called to judge and point out each other's sin. I was reflecting upon this concept of judgment the other day. A professor of mine said, "We are in fact called to judge." The Bible gives strict guidelines that we are supposed to recognize and point out sin in another believer's life: "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him" (Luke 17:3)
March 1, 2008
Like Christian congregations have done for so long, Jewish groups are reportedly providing more opportunities to get away from life?s hustle and bustle through retreats, filling hotels and lodges in efforts to worship and converse. The push among Jewish groups is reportedly part of a move toward more participatory and experiential practice of faith ? beyond the traditional confines of synagogues. How do retreats play into all of your faiths? How do they affect the life of your congregants, and/or your own?