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While I am no died in the wool traditionalist, not by a long shot, I sometimes have a bit of a problem with the words we now use to describe the places we gather together as the church. They are called “worship centers” or “multi-purpose buildings” or “auditoriums.” This is unfortunate. I much prefer the word used by our grandparents: Sanctuary.
I’m often surprised at the frequency in which I hear a Christian bring up Karma. As applied, Karma is the great balancer in the universe to right all wrongs and keep each successive day moving along as it should. It might be a warning to a person that a momentary bad deed will come back to haunt them, or an encouragement to a person wronged that retribution is on its way. Spend a few moments sitting at your local coffee shop and you’ll overhear hints of this in the conversations all around you. Whether we profess faith in Jesus or not, most of us live with a deep need for fairness in our daily lives. It’s what makes our world tick.
LOS ANGELES — With Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" and Ridley Scott's "Exodus" preparing to duke it out for Old Testament auteur supremacy, Hollywood's religious renaissance gets off to a none-too-spectacular start with a chewed-over New Testament appetizer called "Son of God." A clumsily edited feature-length version of five episodes from History's hugely popular 10-hour miniseries "The Bible," this stiff, earnest production plays like a half-hearted throwback to the British-accented biblical dramas of yesteryear, its small-screen genesis all too apparent in its Swiss-cheese construction and subpar production values. Yet while Jesus' teachings have been reduced to a muddle of kindly gestures and mangled Scriptures, the scenes of his betrayal, death and resurrection crucially retain their emotional and dramatic power, which the charitable viewer may deem atonement enough for what feels, in all other respects, like a cynical cash grab.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ten years after "The Passion of the Christ," Jesus is returning to movie theatres with a gentler, more inclusive approach.
The decision by Republican lawmakers approve a decision on a measure billed as promoting religious freedom is forcing Gov. Jan Brewer to choose between her desire to promote the state's economy and her own strong religious beliefs.
SALT LAKE CITY — A mother upset about "indecent" T-shirts on display at a Utah mall found a quick if not especially convenient way to remove them: She bought every last one.
“What a pleasure it was to witness our National Anthem being sung as it should be sung (during the Super Bowl), and not have to suffer through disrespectful Africanese and Hispanic screaming memee’s crucifying the song. The only black mark during the presentation was the lack of hands over the heart and non-removal of hats and beanies.”
I bet we all know the exclamation of “eureka” attributed to Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer, Archimedes. As the story goes, Archimedes was taking a bath. He noticed that the level of the water rose as he got into the tub, and realized in that great epiphany moment that the volume of water displaced by his body could, with a little mathematical maneuvering, be used to determine his body’s density. According to rest of the story, he was so excited he jumped out of the bath, and ran naked through the streets shouting “eureka,” which translated into English means, “I’ve found it!” History doesn’t seem to have any comment on his lack of clothing!
After many years of curiosity and speculation as to what lies inside the confinements of a Mormon Temple, my guessing has ended. On Jan. 15, being a freelance community columnist, I was invited to participate in the pre-opening tour reserved for the media by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A former LDS bishop was arrested on a class 3 felony count of allegedly luring a minor for sexual exploitation, according to Mesa police.
More than five years after announcing its intent to build another temple, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has opened the doors to its newest house of worship in Gilbert, and people from across the Valley can tour it until mid-February.
Family is at the heart of the Mormon religion, so their dedication to genealogy should come as no surprise.
The Gilbert Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.