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  • Calendars determine when to celebrate Pascha

    “Why is Eastern Orthodox Christian ‘Easter’ this Sunday?” — JBA

    This is a great but very complicated question to answer in a 300-word column. Suffice it to say, in some years, Easter does indeed fall on the same Sunday as in Western Christianity.
    This year, Easter or Pascha as it is called in the east, is April 15. The service begins at 11:30 a.m.
    A trivial point to address is about the word “Pascha.” It means “Passover,” as we believe that the events of Holy Week that culminate in Christ’s resurrection are the final Passover.

  • Raw Video: Vatican Holds Easter Vigil Service

    Pope Benedict XVI ushered in Christianity's most joyous celebration with an Easter vigil service on Saturday night, with a warning that mankind was groping in darkness, unable to distinguish good from evil.

  • Church Listings 04-06-12

    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.

  • Self-defense as explained in the Bible

    ”I know about Bible verses that teach forgiveness, loving enemies, trusting God and not killing another human, etc. But is there a biblical justification for self-defense when your home and family are threatened?”—Robert

    There are several ways to approach this question:
    The “natural theologian” would claim that in nature, the instinct of all animals is to protect the nest and the young.
    One deduces from this fact that self-defense is hard-wired into our existence.  This “instinct” is consistent with a biblical faith that places a high value on home and family.

  • Church Listings 03-30-12

    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.

  • TOTH to host annual community Easter dinner and worship service

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church will hold its annual, free community Easter dinner and contemporary worship service at 5:07 p.m. April 8. Enjoy some food and fellowship.

  • Sacrifice isn't what you might think

    Why is “sacrifice” such a common theme in the church? — R.H.

    You astutely point out the importance of sacrifice in our life in Christ. Frequently, when moderns hear the word “sacrifice,” the mind conjures images of blood, guts and inconvenience.
    These outward things have nothing to do with sacrifice. Contrarily, love, truth and mercy are the things that make sacrifice worthy. In truth, “sacrifice” is a synonym for love and is thus necessary for all Christians.

  • Church Listings 03-23-12

    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.

  • LA Jewish Center hosts Annual Community Passover Seder

    The Los Alamos Jewish Center will hold its annual community Passover Seder at 6 p.m. April 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The event is open to anyone interested in attending.

  • Bible Answers: Sports, violence and idolatry in the Bible

    “I heard someone say recently that ‘God likes sports because they teach character.’ Another person countered, ‘God doesn’t like sports because they foster violence and idolatry.’ What would the Bible say to this argument?”—Adrian

    As with many current issues, the Bible doesn’t make a straightforward value statement on “sports.” Most of the New Testament was written just prior to — and during the time of — the great Roman spectacles (the Coliseum was built circa AD 70-80.) The Greek Olympic games had obviously been around much longer, perhaps as early as the 8th Century BC.