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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.
The African Children’s Choir, a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s children, will perform African songs and dances alongside the Chandler Children’s Choir on March 21.
Protesters rally against SB 1062 in Phoenix. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill that would have allowed businesses to not serve clients if it went against their spiritual beliefs. [Dominic Valente/East Valley Tribune]
A woman protests against SB 1062 in Phoenix. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill that would have allowed businesses to not serve clients if it went against their spiritual beliefs. [Dominic Valente/East Valley Tribune]
Forest Whitaker isn't much bothered by being one of the season's biggest Oscar snubs.
Hospice of the Valley will host a public workshop detailing how to make end-of-life decisions at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation (VUU) on March 9.
Concert-going can be a pricey hobby, but the Hits Deep Tour coming to Grand Canyon University Arena on Feb. 28 gives you more bang for your buck. Hosted by the multi-Grammy-winning hip-hop artist TobyMac, the concert features a hit-parade of contemporary Christian music from stars like Mandisa, Matthew West, Brandon Heath and Matt Maher.
The synagogue is a place with many doors. People enter for a wide range of reasons: to learn, to socialize, to make a contribution to the community, to develop values in our children, to celebrate the seasons of life, to mourn losses of many kinds. However they enter, we welcome them into a caring community.
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• Rabbi Dean Shapiro is the spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel of Tempe. Contact him at email@example.com.
Rabbi Dean Shapiro is the spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel of Tempe. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What would 2014 and beyond look like if we as people decided to generously share both our life in faith and money with no expectation of return? Well, it would set us free to experience blessing. A few days ago a total stranger shared generously with me. When I tried to thank her and give back, she refused with a smile on her faith. It caught me off guard. It was an action that was so counter cultural. We live in a world where we give and usually expect something in return. In our popular market driven worldview, our money and faith lives are linked in that they are both means of reciprocity. I trade my time and talent to get money, and then I trade money to get what I need or want.
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!
Mayor John Lewis will deliver news about what’s happening in Gilbert at the second-annual Digital State of the Town on Feb. 13.
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.
Each year it seems the flu hits with more and more fury. If you have already had the flu this season then you know how it can knock you off your feet for a week or more.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — You've heard of flash mobs? Behold the Mass mob.
“It’s not OK anymore to be silent,” said a young mother of four children who had never been to a Gilbert Public School Governing Board meeting.
Last February we told you about a very cool Kickstarter project for a film documenting real people who have been inspired by Batman to triumph over adversity and live heroically in their everyday lives. Last Sunday afternoon the Amazing Arizona Comic Con screened the finished film, Legends of the Knight, which has turned out to be as inspirational as the “caped-crusader” himself.
Michael W. Smith, who casually refers to himself as “Smitty,” is considered a superstar in the world of Christian music. Throughout his career, the singer-songwriter has won three Grammy Awards and more than 40 Dove Awards. GetOut chatted with him this week ahead of his Jan. 11 stop at Celebrity Theatre.
It's been three years since southeast Valley Eagle Scout Spencer Zimmerman, then 13, took his friend Dayton Hayward, also 13, on the ride of his life. But this inspiring story of selflessness is worth retelling, especially during the holiday season.
Once you peel away the wrapping and the tinsel, nothing speaks as profoundly to the heart of Christmas as “The Messiah” does.
There are a plethora of holiday performances to choose from this time of year, and one we’re marking on our calendar is “Celebration” at Mesa Arts Center.
St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish in Gilbert will have three screenings of a documentary in recognition of feast day for Our Lady of Guadalupe.