September 16, 2006
Jim Wallis, founder of the progressive Christian magazine Sojourner and author of "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It," called on Christian leaders at a recent conference on politics and spirituality in Pasadena to join him in a national movement for "good religion." Wallis believes the Christian right's preoccupation with abortion and same-sex unions misrepresents their faith. "How did the faith of Jesus come to be known as pro-rich, pro-war, and only pro-American?"
April 23, 2004
LOLITA HARPER It was comforting to see that the KOCE drama was finally over when a judge ruled that the station's sale by the Coast Community College District to the KOCE Foundation was, in fact, OK. Well, it was comforting until the next paragraph, in which Daystar officials -- those who run a very large, national Christian broadcast company -- "vowed to appeal." Something about "Christians" fighting tooth and nail for a small, public station simply does not sit well with me. So, I contacted the officials at Daystar.
August 2, 2003
June Casagrande If you're going to sweat, you're going to need some inspiration. And for that, the women of Body and Soul go straight to the source. Body and Soul Ministries is a program of aerobics and strength training to contemporary Christian music that some find nothing short of heavenly. "There's a joy in doing it. It's such a blessing to work with these women," said Rosa Cermak, who led about a dozen of her students in a 45-minute aerobics demonstration at the fair on Friday.
May 12, 2001
Young Chang Being a Christian doesn't have to mean planting yourself in a church pew and singing age-old hymns. These four college students -- they're hip and have the look of a boy band -- are as funny as stand-ups and passionate like pastors. Jeff Hanson, 20, wants to one day minister to youth. Shawn York, 23, is a music major and hopes to direct high school choirs. Brandon Tyra, 20, wants a career in cinematography. Tim Larson, 19, is headed for acting.
May 20, 2001
Young Chang For those who like to plant seeds and watch life grow, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa might metaphorically qualify as one of the largest plants ever. What began as a little church with 25 members on Church Street in Costa Mesa is now a 30,000 member congregation with a chapel on the border of Costa Mesa and Santa Ana and thousands of branch churches in almost every state in the nation and overseas. Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is one of the fastest-growing churches in the country and Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque, is the largest in that city.
December 18, 1999
Regarding the issue of gay-straight alliance clubs, especially in light of the Dec. 9 letter from Elizabeth Richards of Concerned Women for America, Corona del Mar ("Gay-straight clubs are wrong," Dec. 9): How embarrassing to the majority of Christians who desire to spread the accepting love of Jesus that the most vocal opposition to gay-straight alliance clubs comes from self-identified Christian voices? These often are the ones who worked to get campuses open to religious clubs; now they want to prevent the free-exercise rights of other good citizens.
December 12, 2001
As newspapers are generally secular animals, the words I push together in this column have purposely never contemplated matters of spiritual faith in our fair twin cities. That's because in a nation where the freedom of religion is revered, the nuances of different faiths, I think, are best wrestled with in the home and in the chapel. In the mosque, the synagogue and the temple. And, certainly, within the private sanctuary of the individual. But some days ago, following a lengthy phone chat with Aviva Goelman -- the vivacious executive director of the Costa Mesa Senior Center -- it occurred to me that an exception might be in order.
July 25, 2008
A couple of days ago I received a question from Christian in Newport Beach that I think summarizes how a lot of homeowners might be feeling right now. Christian writes, “I want to get rid of my lawn completely; I’m tired of watering, fertilizing and mowing it. Also, I know that we are going into a drought and I don’t want to just have a brown lawn if water restrictions go into effect. My problem is, what do I replace it with, so that all my neighbors don’t complain about my yard not fitting in to the look of the neighborhood.
January 15, 2010
In response to questions about part-time Newport-Mesa resident and pro golfer Tiger Woods, who recently admitted to having extramarital affairs, Fox News commentator Brit Hume had this to say: “He’s said to be a Buddhist; I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So my message to Tiger would be, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.
October 30, 2012
Newport Harbor High senior middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw has verbally committed to the Stanford men's volleyball program, his club team, Balboa Bay Volleyball Club, posted on its Facebook page Monday. Rakestraw, who is 6-foot-11, earned Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team, first-team All-Sunset League and fourth-team All-Orange County honors last season. He totaled 359 kills as a junior. - From staff reports * McLaren, Papa, Kapana headed down under Newport Harbor High alumna Maddy McLaren, Corona del Mar senior Cassidy Papa and Newport Harbor sophomore Carlee Kapana have been selected for the U.S. women's youth national water polo team for an upcoming tournament in Australia.