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  • In Theory: How do you teach children to pray?

    Praying is a central and vital part of religion. But how do you teach and explain prayer to children? Cheri Fuller, writing on churchleaders.com, says one way of explaining prayer to small children is to tell them that it's a conversation; and just as...
  • Bible in Obama inauguration on display

    Bible in Obama inauguration on display
    Millions of people got a long-distance view of the "Lincoln Bible," one of those used by President Barack Obama for his second inauguration on Monday. Starting tomorrow, you can get a closer look at the velvet-covered Bible that was used for Abraham...
  • Crescenta Valley High Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes 2013 class

    Crescenta Valley High Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes 2013 class
    LA CRESCENTA — While there was no official theme for Saturday evening’s sixth annual Crescenta Valley High Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at the school’s auditorium, perhaps excellence would fit the billing best. The 2013...
  • Charges 'best birthday present' says murder victim's daughter

    Charges 'best birthday present' says murder victim's daughter
    It was bittersweet when Tanya R. Thomas picked up the phone Friday night and heard a Chicago police detective's voice: “I’m calling to inform you of good news. We’ve made three arrests in your father’s murder.’’...
  • In Theory: Can you explain your belief in 10 minutes?

    UC Irvine students have been trying a relatively new thing called “speed faithing.” The idea, much like speed dating, is to get as much information across to another person in a set amount of time, and hopefully make an impact. Religious...
  • In Theory: Is the Internet the enemy of faith?

    The Internet can be a source of information and illumination, but for some it's also a cause for worry, and in some cases, a loss of faith, as one Mormon man discovered. Hans Mattsson, a "solid believer" in his faith, began to have doubts after...
  • In Theory: Where do you stand on 'stand your ground'?

    In Theory: Where do you stand on 'stand your ground'?
    In February 2012, teenager Trayvon Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. Last month, Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and freed. The circumstances of the shooting caused an uproar. Martin was an unarmed 17-year-...
  • In Theory: Illegal immigration: WWJD?

    There are some 11 million undocumented people in America. Arguments rage about what can be done about them, from deporting each one to awarding citizenship depending on length of time in the U.S. In the story of the good Samaritan, Jesus overturned the...
  • In Theory: How would you update the 'I have a dream' speech?

    Aug. 28 marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous “I have a dream” speech, which some say was so peppered with scriptural allusions that it was more sermon than speech. Clarence Jones, a civil rights activist who...
  • In Theory: Does America need more babies?

    The birthrate in America has fallen to an all-time low, with one in five women not having children in 2010, compared to one in 10 in the 1970s. In Orange County, the rate has dropped from 50,000 a year in the '90s to about 38,000 in 2011. Many couples...
  • 30-year White House peace vigil threatened

    WASHINGTON — For more than 30 years, Concepcion Picciotto has held vigil outside the White House, protesting nuclear weapons and calling for peace. But Thursday morning, it appeared that her decades-long protest was finally over. U.S. Park...