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  • Bible Answers: Explaining the practice of foot washing

    “Some churches still practice ‘old-fashioned’ foot washing. Is this a practice we should add to our modern expressions of faith?” — Jay

    This is indeed a very ancient (and typically Middle Eastern) practice. A gesture of hospitality, foot washing was an amenity extended to guests visiting in someone’s home. Often the servant (and sometimes the wife of the home) would perform this service while the guest was reclining at the table (see Gen. 18:4; 19:2; 24:32; 43:24).
    In the New Testament, we find a similar practice that appears to be common (Lk. 7:44; Mk. 1:7). Foot washing is mentioned in the list of criteria that characterize the faithful, serving widows in the church (I Tim. 5:10).

  • Church Listings 05-18-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical, 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.

    Buddhist

  • Bible Answers: Explaining the rules of fasting

    “I have heard that Christians are supposed to fast. Is that still a valid practice for today? — Bret

    The origins of fasting as a religious discipline are obscure. There is furthermore no clue in Scripture regarding where this practice arose. Wherever it does appear, it connotes abstinence of food for several reasons, including mourning (Ps. 69:10) repentance (Joel 2:12), and making urgent requests to God (II Sam. 12:16). It can be spontaneous or connected with important religious days; it can be personal or public (Esth. 4:3; Ezra 10:6; Neh. 1:4).

  • Church Listings 05-04-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

  • OLW welcomes the growing season Sunday

    Our Lady of the Woods a Wiccan coven based in Los Alamos, will celebrate Beltane at 2 p.m. Sunday in front of the Unitarian church in Los Alamos with a ritual, feast and Maypole dance.
    Beltane is one of the most important days in the Wiccan year, marking as it does the beginning of summer, the season of growth, warmth and fertility. This period was very important for ancient cultures, dependent as they were on the success of the growing season for the survival of the community.  

  • Bible Answers: Explaining Melchizedek's role in the Bible

    “So who is this guy Melchizedek and why is he important in the Bible?” — Stacy
     
    Melchizedek is mentioned only a few times in scripture. In the Hebrew Bible, we find him in Gen. 14:18-20 (with Abram) and in Ps. 110:4, where he is a prototype of the Davidic messiah.
    His origin is cloaked in obscurity. His place in Near Eastern history is equally opaque. What we can say is that his name means “king of righteousness.”
    He is called also the “king of Salem” (Gen. 14:18), leading many scholars to identify Melchizedek with pre-Israelite Jerusalem.

  • Church Listings 04-27-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

  • Ask Fr. John: Understanding Pascha, part two

    Why is Eastern Orthodox Christian “Easter” THIS Sunday? - JBA

    Actually, Orthodox Easter was last Sunday. In the last article, we mentioned how the feast of Pascha lasts the entire week following Easter Sunday. To be more precise, it is as if the midnight service continues without breaking until the next Sunday.
    We call this week after Pascha “Bright Week” because all is filled with the light of the Resurrection. Following Bright Week a shift occurs and we remain in the feast for another 33 days. That is until the Feast of the Ascension.

  • Church Listings 04-20-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

  • Bible Answers: Understanding the Mosaic system of law

    “You wrote that the New Testament teaches that Christ is superior (and replaces) the Mosaic system of law, priests and the temple. Will that old, limited system be re-instituted sometime in the future?” — Nick

    The Mosaic Law is at the core of the history of Israel. It shaped the identity of the nation, forming the basis of its deep religious traditions, politics and ethics.
    The sacrificial and priestly system provided a means for expressing repentance, receiving forgiveness and restoring relationships with God and fellow man.
    These functions were acknowledged for their importance by Jesus and by first-century Jews who had converted to Christianity (Mt. 5:17-20; 7:12; Gal. 3).