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  • Bible answers: Should communion be exclusive?

    “Should individuals be excluded from communion just because they are not members of the church in which it is being observed?” — David

    If you thought the topic of baptism generated high-energy responses, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. Just mention communion. A great deal of blood has been spilled among Christians over the former — but immeasurable words of theological debate have been penned regarding the latter.
    In this brief space we cannot get into transubstantiation, consubstantiation, and related views of the New Testament teachings on the supper. Neither can we delve into the specific nature of the efficacy of the event, whether sacramental, salvific, or symbolic. All of these topics do relate to your question, however, because various Christian traditions have, rightly or wrongly, successfully rendered communion as well as baptism into actions of the church that divide believers.
    So, let’s look at the texts (Mt. 26:26-29; Mk. 14:22-25; Lk. 22:17-20; I Co. 11:23-25). We may conclude from the simple instructions given to Jesus’ disciples that the meal is for all Christ-followers. For non-believers it is merely an unsatisfactory snack.

  • Church has temporary space for worship, meetings

    The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will now hold all meetings, classes and worship services in their temporary headquarters located in the TRK Building at 195 East Road, Suite 101 while a new church building is constructed at its Sage Street location.
    All are welcome to Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. This week, the Rev. John Cullinan will lead a dedication of the temporary space, welcome new members of the congregation, and preach on “A Liberating Faith.”
    This week’s 9:30 a.m. Forum lecture series will feature a presentation on the 2015 Mexico Mission Trip, with a slide show and discussion from youth and adults who built houses in Puerto Peñasco over Spring Break.
    Religious Education classes are held at 9:30 a.m. for all ages, and nursery care is available.
    The new building is scheduled for completion by March 2016. Visit uulosalamos.org for more information.
     

  • Church listings 5-1-15

    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 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. 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. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    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

  • Concern about environment began with creation

    “Does the Bible have anything to say about the plastic bag ban debate?” — Eve

    Unfortunately, the Bible was written long before plastic bags existed; indeed, long before grocery stores and shopping were invented! Thus, there can be no direct comment from Scripture on the topic.
    Fortunately, this question provides an excellent example of how the ancient Book may speak, even to what some might consider mundane and inconsequential issues.  
    The Bible portrays a living God who is interested in humans and human affairs. Because we assume He cares about how we live our life, we may also assume that even when there are no specific instructions given in His Book, there are broad principles of truth that are related in some fashion.
    Clearly, the debate on this issue revolves around several topics: care for the environment, energy, use of limited resources and waste. Personal freedom, respect for individual choice and the power of the state to coerce also arise here.
    The Bible addresses the environment. In the creation account (Ge. 1:28-30) the earth is declared to be good. Furthermore, the world is part of the theological big picture: it reveals the invisible attributes of God (Ro. 1:20) and will somehow participate in His redemptive plan (Ro. 8:19-22).

  • Church listings 4-24-15

    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 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. 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. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.  
    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

  • Mixed feelings on making Bible ‘official book’

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Bible usually unites Republicans in conservative Tennessee, but lately it is proving to be — as an epistle writer put it — more powerful and sharper than a double-edged sword.
    Legislators here are deeply divided over a proposal to make the holy text an official state book, with some saying it’s far too sacred to be trivialized like the state fruit (tomato), the state amphibian (Tennessee cave salamander) and several state songs (“Tennessee Waltz” and “Rocky Top”).
    Conversely, others believe the Bible is an integral part of the state’s history, or don’t want to appear to be against it. And then there are a host of constitutional questions to consider.
    Despite those problems, House lawmakers on Wednesday voted 55-38 in favor of the plan.
    On Thursday, the proposal was derailed when the Senate voted 22-9 to send it back to a committee that has been closed, effectively killing it for the year.
    Some legislators may have felt compelled to support the measure or face political repercussions down the road.

  • Church listings 4-17-15

    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 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. 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. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    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

  • The Bible is second in importance to God

    “You refer to the Bible as the ‘penultimate authority.’ Doesn’t that lessen its authority?” — Katrina

    Christian faith holds that one God above all gods is ultimate authority (Ex. 20:3; Deut. 6:4). The eternal, sovereign Creator (1 Ti. 1:17), transcending time and space, He is the supreme, ontological ground of being (Is. 40:21-26, 28).
    The faith also contends that God has a message for humans. Referred to by the Greek word kerygma (which means “preaching”, Lk. 4:18-19; Ro. 10:14; Mt. 3:1), this message is that God has made a way, through the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to rescue a broken humanity that cannot save itself.
    In place since before the beginning of time, this message is the expression of God’s heart and purpose for His creation (Eph. 1:3-12). It is the essence of the holy, just, gracious, merciful God. It is for this reason that creation itself and all eternity venerate the living, loving God (Lk. 19:40; Rev. 7:9-12).

  • Church listings 4-10-15

    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 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. 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. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    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: What the Bible says about daily work

    “How does the Bible help me think about my job right now?” — John

    The Bible may not refer to your particular job, but it does have some important things to say about work.
    First, the Bible shows that work is right and good and not a curse. It mentions teachers, soldiers, physicians, construction workers, and scientists (perhaps that term is just a bit of a stretch: the magi in Mt. 2:1ff specialized in astronomy, astrology, and natural science.) Jesus was a carpenter; His followers were working men. Paul, the missionary, made tents for a living (Acts 18:3).
    Scripture does not elevate “sacred” over “secular” occupations. Jesus was certainly not a religious professional. Being a Christian does not mean you may do only religious work. Indeed, God calls you to your work and wants you to continue doing it well (I Cor. 7:20-24). It is how you provide for your family (I Tim. 5:8).
    Daily work is, in a sense, participation with God in His creative activity in the world.
    The significance of your work is based in the teaching that humans are created in the image of an active, creative God (Gen. 1:26ff).
    As such, you are a free, responsible person who is capable of leaving the world better than it was when you entered it (II Thess. 3:7-13).