It’s Transformation Time: Crystal Cathedral Closed for Major Renovations

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Two years ago, in November 2011, I told the story of the iconic Crystal Cathedral, facing bankruptcy and forced dissolution, and the last-minute decision to accept the bid of the Diocese of Orange, rather than from competing bidder Chapman University.At the time, I interviewed Tim Busch, corporate counsel for the Diocese of Orange who had helped to broker the deal.   Tim told me that as the deal drew to a close, one member of the Crystal Cathedral’s board told him as the court proceedings dre … [Read more...]

THE GARGOYLE AND THE STEEPLE: On the Outside, Looking In

Look up, look around. That’s what we do, really, we Christians, during this Advent season.  We look up to our heavenly Father, and to the Son Who came to us in Bethlehem as a tiny baby, and Who comes to us still today.  And we look around at the world in which we live—at the still, expectant winter nights, rich with promise; and at the people whose love shapes us, and whom we celebrate later this month with gifts from the heart.Malcolm Muggeridge, the British journalist and satirist,  … [Read more...]

Chimp/Pig Hybrids? Scientist Claims We’ve Got Porcine Roots

The Odd Couple

There is a most excellent book titled A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy.  Authored by Wesley J. Smith, it warns of the deleterious consequences of the animal rights movement.  The title is evocative of a worldview which assigns moral equivalency to humans and animals; but everyone understands that it’s not true—that boys may OWN dogs and EAT pigs and KILL rats, but we’re not all the same.That is, until now.Now a geneticist who taught at the University of Georgia, one of the world’s leading … [Read more...]