| Feb 16, 2011
Ever since Mel Gibson's Aramaic flog-fest "The Passion of the Christ" brought in $84 million on its opening weekend in 2004, en route to a $612 million worldwide box office draw, film marketers have sought to emulate Gibson's courtship of the almighty...
| Feb 24, 2011
| 5:28 PM
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following letter was sent to the Church by the Sea on Feb. 15.
Many of you were able to attend a meeting we had after church this past Sunday. I wanted to write you all this week to follow up with more detail, and also to inform...
| Oct 9, 2010
This the second in a three-part series: When Marguerite Beck was 5, she prayed for God to make it snow. Though infrequent, snow in the foothills of La Crescenta wasn't unheard of. She awoke the next day to a blanket of white covering her neighborhood....
| Oct 13, 2010
| 9:47 AM
"In the Land of Believers: An Outsider's Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church"
By Gina Welch Metropolitan Books, 2010 320 pp. $25.00
That the United States is both a deeply religious country and a deeply divided one is no...
| Oct 16, 2010
This is the last in a three-part series: Marguerite doesn't pray for snow anymore.
"Let's just say for the past 25 years, the only time I pray is when I'm taking off or hit turbulence in an airplane."
It took years for Marguerite to reconcile the...
| Oct 15, 2010
| 8:10 PM
Q: I follow your column religiously (sorry for the pun!) and you seem like one of the more sensible people in God's Public Relations Department, so here's our problem:
My wife and I recently relocated from the Midwest to California and we're having a...
| Dec 23, 2010
It's become a tradition at the L.A. Times Food section: Every year we run a Christmas essay by a noted Southern California writer reflecting the unique nature of the way we celebrate the holidays. This year's is by novelist Michelle Huneven, whose books...
| May 12, 2011
| 8:53 AM
Whichever side you favor on gay rights, it's been a mixed week for you.
Coral Ridge Ministries, a conservative Christian organization in Fort Lauderdale, sounded an alarm about the U.S. Navy's plans to allow same-sex weddings in military facilities at...
| May 20, 2011
| 1:21 PM
It's a church in crisis. Many Lutheran congregations are splintered over the issue of openly gay clergy. Some are considering leaving the faith's largest evangelical group to join another. One congregation in Greenfield has played a role in the creation...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 5:50 PM
Q. A recent Gallup poll has revealed that, for the first time, a majority of Americans support gay marriage. According to the figures, 53% of Americans say they believe same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid; in 1996, the figure was...
| Jun 5, 2011
Of the 44 U.S. presidents, all but a handful have been affiliated with a relatively narrow list of traditional Protestant denominations.
Eleven were Episcopalians (12 if you count Thomas Jefferson, whose adult beliefs are a subject of debate), eight were...