SAN JOSE - When Alvaro Urbina first walked into the Jubilee Christian Church, his marriage was in crisis and his daughter gravely ill. A Mexican immigrant who came to the United States in 1993, he was desperate for a place he could feel at home.
For someone unaffiliated with any church, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has become an unlikely advocate for the religious, from supporting the right of Orthodox Jews to use oral suction during circumcision to closing schools on Muslim holidays.
The Rev. Justin Hoye, St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kansas City: Twenty years ago this summer at an academic camp, I was asked to list all the things I wanted to do in life. At the top of my list: to be a father.
Elder Donald D. Deshler, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: I have witnessed the power of prayer repeatedly throughout my life. There is no doubt, whatsoever, that God hears and answers our prayers.
CHICAGO – When North Side Lakeview neighborhood youths Ariana Handelman and Marc Luban have their bat and bar mitzvahs this fall and turn 13, they won’t celebrate with an extravagant party at a hotel or country club.
Elder Donald D. Deshler of the Seventy, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: We learn in this parable that God permits both wheat (the good crop) and tares (the weeds) to grow together until the time of the harvest (the final judgment).