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Religion

  • America regarded as a Christian nation?

    “Can America be a ‘Christian nation?’ What does the Bible say about that?”—Ray

    The nation may, in its corporate actions, demonstrate evidence of some sort of Christian ethos; e.g., care for the poor, oppressed, sick and dispossessed, and a generous response to conquered enemies. Furthermore, there are many good people in the United States who live by the golden rule.
    It is also possible that some of the founders, Christian in orientation or even in genuine faith, hoped to imbue the new nation with values that were consistent with their faith.
    But strictly speaking, America cannot be a Christian nation. For Christians, Jesus is at the core of their faith.
    The founders, as it happens, rarely spoke of Jesus. They used terms like “Almighty God” or “nature’s God” but were reticent to refer to Jesus.
    When redactors of history claim that the founders intended America to be a “Christian nation,” they fail to explain why Jesus is not in the founding documents.
    The founders, in fact, were very clear on the idea that the nation would be secular, establishing no single religion as the state religion.

  • Church listings 7-3-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • How should Christians feel about war?

    “Is there a biblical model for how Christians should think about war?” — Katrina

    The Old Testament, of course, is rife with examples of war in which the enemy of God’s people is to be utterly wiped out (Deut. 20:16-18; Josh. 6:17-21). Some debate exists regarding whether or not the Israelite practice of the “ban” (i.e., “dedicated to God for the purpose of utter destruction”) is any way a justification for modern warfare.
    We will note here only that ancient Hebrew regulations concerning war represent a step forward from surrounding cultures in which wanton marauding and murder were the norm. Such passages do not serve as evidence of God’s approval or preference for killing (see Ex. 20:13).
    The subject is fraught with ambiguities. Argument may be made that Jesus did not forbid the soldier from being a soldier (Matt. 8:5ff; Luke 3:14). He recognized the harsh realities of this broken world with its wars and rumors of war (Matt. 24:6-7).
    Simultaneously, war is always an evil. Conflict is the result of human passions (James 4:1-3) and, in its essence, is not compatible with Christian life.
    So, there are principles that guide Christian thought in this arena.

  • Church listings 6-26-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Bible Answers: There is no dress code in the Bible

    What does the Bible say about clothing and what is appropriate dress for Christians?

    Clothing is a big deal and has been in ancient and modern societies alike.
    The clothing industry is a vast enterprise because our culture encourages people to invest a great deal of time, energy and money in assuring that their wardrobe is up-to-date.
    Well, who doesn’t like nice clothes? Who isn’t concerned, at least a little, with being fashionable?
    The Bible does not provide a specific dress code. As you might guess, numerous Scripture texts go beyond the mention of clothing to address the deeper issues; i.e., the attitude of the heart, outward behavior and character, and matters of faith.
    Jesus cautioned about worrying too much about what you will wear (Mt. 6:25). “There are more important things to consider,” He said. “Trust God to provide what you need.”
    Paul advised women to dress modestly, “with decency and propriety.” Their appearance should reflect their heart and the fact that they worship God. What matters more than outward adornment, he wrote, is that they “dress themselves in good deeds” (1 Ti. 2:9-10).

  • Church listings 6-19-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30. Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Public discussion focuses on church priorities

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops engaged Thursday in a rare public discussion about whether their priorities properly reflect those of Pope Francis, with one church leader urging an emphasis on helping immigrants that’s at least as energetic as the bishops’ focus on religious freedom.
    The issue arose at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ mid-year assembly in St. Louis, where church leaders considered their programming through the end of the decade.
    In recent years, American bishops have channeled significant resources toward securing religious exemptions from laws they consider immoral such as gay marriage, seeking carve-outs for the church, its massive network of charities and individual for-profit business owners. Francis, elected in 2013, has a far different focus, dedicating his pontificate to the poor and most marginalized, from immigrants to the elderly.
    In the morning session Thursday, Archbishop Blase Cupich, chosen by Francis last fall as Chicago archbishop, noted the effort U.S. bishops have made on behalf of “individual employers, secular employers,” with religious objections to some laws. He argued church leaders should give equal ranking to changing U.S. immigration policy in their planning for the years ahead.

  • Church listings 6-12-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Santa Fe installs new archbishop

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Santa Fe Archdiocese has a new archbishop.
    Rev. John Wester was installed Thursday at a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, replacing retiring Archbishop Michael Sheehan.
    Wester takes over a region that includes around 300,000 parishioners and has a rich history that began more than four centuries ago with the arrival of Spanish colonists. But he also inherits an archdiocese still facing lawsuits related to decades-old allegation of sexual abuse of children by priests.
    The 64-year-old Wester says he wants to focus on issues around poverty and immigration.
    Guests at the instillation included two cardinals, numerous bishops and a representative of Pope Francis.
    Wester, who was bishop in Salt Lake City, was appointed in April.
    The installation began with the purifying of the basilica by Tewa Indians. Eagle dancers from Laguna Pueblo performed and members of Los Hermanos Penitentes, the Catholic lay brotherhood from northern New Mexico, sang hymns from medieval Europe.
    At the start of the installation, Viganó asked Wester a series of questions beginning with whether he accepts the position as the new archbishop.

  • Church listings 6-5-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30. Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ