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On the first Sunday of this month, one of the worshippers greeted me and our lead pastor at the conclusion of the service by saying, “Can you believe it’s already August?!” Then he added, “Next week it will be Christmas!”

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I recently had the opportunity to spend a few hours at the new Museum of the Bible in Washington DC, which opened to much discussion this past year. The museum’s mission it to illuminate the central role of the Bible in our cultural and historical narrative, with the hope of assuring its con…

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I have a small Fuji apple tree in my back yard that became confused, thrown off seasonally from the weather these past few months. The tree didn’t know whether to finish ripening the apples that were stragglers from last season or to start fresh with new growth and new buds.

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Easter takes place on April Fools’ Day this year, the first time this has occurred since 1945. The week leading up to Easter is known as Holy Week. It is my parish’s busiest week of the year.

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I think most of us already understand this, but God’s time and our time are not the same thing. But when Easter falls on April Fool’s Day, you can’t help but wonder how that happened.

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On a recent morning, in what passes for winter here in Southern California, I arrived at White Point Preserve for an early morning walk just before sunrise. Fog was obscuring both landscape and sky, and as I took the first few steps onto the trail I heard something calling in the distance.

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In the year since the election, many members of my synagogue have come to speak with me. Aside from the more predictable reactions from both right and left, I see that perhaps more than ever, politics threatens friendships and strains family connections.

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ROLLING HILLS ESTATES >> A panel of clerics from around the region — while acknowledging that many people of faith face intensifying scrutiny, bias and even violence — attained consensus on at least one point at Tuesday’s first Dawn Unity Group panel of the season. Their common denomin…

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My daughter is getting married this month. I have been the pastor conducting the wedding ceremony lots of times. This is the first time for me to be the mother of the bride.

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Two groups of musicians with a shared passion will join together for a Good Friday performance at the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church.

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While Rolling Hills Covenant Church’s 31st annual “Pageant of Our Lord” kicks off Friday, church members also are working to help launch a similar Easter pageant in Lebanon.

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Since the dawn of time, religious communities have faced an inescapable question: How do we balance tradition and innovation when we gather to worship? I can’t prove it, but I suspect it goes back to the very beginning. One of my favorite church cartoons shows a group of people sitting aroun…

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Thank God for miracles, great and small. In his book on the same subject, C. S. Lewis once wrote, “Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”

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Would it surprise you that a poll taken of American people showed that “very few people care one way or another about public apathy?” What a sad commentary on so much of our society today.  It is bad enough that there are people who do not care about many of the significant issues of our tim…

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A few years ago, Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, received a philanthropy award from Columbia Business School. In his acceptance speech, Schultz recalled how he became involved in philanthropy.

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Modern-day information sharing and communication technologies have experienced unprecedented advances in the past several years. Communication methods associated with cell phones, smart phones, email, and the Internet have enhanced the speed, scope and frequency of individual to individual c…

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Celebrate the holidays through art, music, story, worship and so much more.