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  • Bible Answers: What does the Bible say about ethics?

    “What does the Bible teach me about being ethical?” — Stephen

    What is “ethical?” The discipline of ethics seeks to define how one “ought” to act in a given situation.
    Classical ethical thinking considers the particulars of the cultural ethos, standards of commonly accepted behavior, and traditional values.
    Going deeper, ethics also seeks to identify the source(s) of authority that establish the rules of normative behavior.
    Ethics raises questions about the reality of objective truth, whether one can know the “highest good,” and how one chooses from among many options that which is right and best.
    One distinctive function of Scripture is that it portrays God, known most clearly in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, as the norm for thoughts, words and behaviors. He is the highest authority for what is ethical. He, not man, is the standard for what is ultimately good.
    The Bible goes on to paint a portrait of a humanity that is at least capable of choosing to act rightly. People, created in the image of God, possess intellectual, volitional, empathetic, relational and spiritual capacities (Gen. 1:26ff). We are, therefore, capable of being moral agents. To deny this capability and its attendant obligations is to deny our humanity.

  • Church listings 8-28-15

    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 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 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

  • Mormon women named to councils previously only reserved for men

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church for the first time has appointed women to three high-level church councils previously reserved only for men — a move scholars and Latter-day Saint feminists say marks a small, but noteworthy step in an ongoing push to increase visibility and prominence of women in the faith.
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the appointments Tuesday of three high-ranking women to committees that make key policy decisions for a faith of 15 million worldwide members.
    The women are Linda K. Burton, president of the faith’s largest organization for women called the Relief Society; Rosemary Wixom, president a branch dedicated to teaching children called General Primary and Bonnie L. Oscarson, who leads the Young Women’s organization.
    Mormon leader Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said in a statement that he is pleased the councils will have the women’s wisdom and participation.
    Jan Shipps, a retired religion professor from Indiana who is a non-Mormon expert on the church, called it an important change that was likely a response to pressure being applied in recent years by feminist Mormons.
    “It’s a way of saying women are important, but we are not going to make women members of the priesthood,” Shipps said.

  • Church listings 8-21-15

    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

  • Aloha Sunday at the Christian Church

    August 16 - 10:30 a.m.
    WORSHIP - We come from different cultures and backgrounds, but we worship the same Lord. On this special Sunday “The Instruments of Praise” Hula Ministry Team will join us at the Christian Church (92 East Road) in worshiping the Lord. They will praise the Lord through a beautiful, traditional Polynesian dance as we praise Him in song. Feel free to dress “Hawaiian.”
    LUNCH - Mike and Michelle Irish will host a fund-raiser luncheon after worship to help this Hula Ministry Team travel to Oregon to minister. Menu: Teriyaki chicken, Teriyaki SPAM, rice and dessert.
     
     

  • Church Listings 8-14-15

    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

  • Pope Francis to address Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A political pope is sure to seize his opportunity when he addresses a political body. So both Democrats and Republicans are looking forward to Pope Francis’ remarks to Congress next month — and bracing for them, too.
    The pope thrills Democrats with his teachings on climate change, social justice and immigration. At the same time, his message on life and the Catholic Church’s traditional opposition to abortion comfort Republicans.
    There is genuine giddiness among Catholic Democrats — many of whom have long been uncomfortably at odds with their church over abortion rights — about the pope’s strong emphasis on addressing poverty and the environment.
    “I’ve been waiting for this pope all my life,” said liberal Massachusetts Democrat Jim McGovern, 57. “I find him inspirational and I know a lot of other people do, not just Catholics.”
    The pope comes to the Capitol on Sept. 24, where he will be the first pontiff to ever address a joint meeting of Congress. He will also appear on a West Front balcony to greet the public.

  • Local family heading to Africa as missionaries

    The Blake Family, a local family of five, plans to enter full-time mission work with SIM (sim.org) in Niger, Africa. Carrie (Valentine) Blake, daughter of Allen and Judy Valentine, grew up in White Rock. She, along with her husband Sean and their teenagers Caitriona, Garrett and Derrick, will be leaving in August for French language training in Paris to prepare them for their mission work in Galmi, Niger.
    The Blakes will join the SIM team at the Galmi Hospital in Niger. Sean will be the IT administrator/consultant for the hospital, working with Nigeriens to find culturally relevant solutions to complex technology issues. Key projects will include clean power, electronic healthcare records and mentoring Nigeriens to move into the role of keeping the IT side of the hospital running.
    According to sim.org, SIM is a community of God’s people who delight to worship him and are passionate about the Gospel, seeking to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ in the world.
    Carrie will serve as the midwifery tutor for the hospital, with goals of introducing compassion into the childbirth paradigm and reducing mortality through addressing issues like obstructed labor and neonatal resuscitation.

  • Church listings 8-7-15

    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

  • Religion briefs 7-31

    Sign up now for Labyrinth Retreat  
     
    Explore the depth and width of the labyrinth experience with others on the labyrinth path of spirit at 7 p.m. Aug. 28-30.   
    Azrael K. Arynn, who will led and has been walking the labyrinth path for 20-plus years.
    Arynn will explore the use of labyrinths through history and their use as modern spiritual tools, no matter what religious affiliation. Walk the existing Ardantane labyrinth, and help create the new Elemental Labyrinth. Learn to draw a labyrinth for use anywhere and design one as well.
    Fee is $110, to register ardantane.org, under courses and retreats.
    The retreat will be held on the Ardantane campus, which has guest cabins and a bathhouse. Participants are asked to bring their own food to share and a popluck detail for Saturday night. Microwave and some refrigerator space is available. For more information, call 469-7777. Directions to Ardantane will be sent to those who register.

    Home Fellowship Bible Services

    Interested in Home Fellowship? The community is invited to a series of Bible services for the next three Sundays.