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Local media expert Inner Change issues challenge for 30-day ban on Seminary-level biblical training to expand in California prisons entertainment By Lori Arnold CARLSBAD — Al Menconi remembers shaking his head as he stood in a chapel service during the 1970s wondering how cultural influences could ever get worse for his Christian High School students. After all, they were being exposed to such bands as Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, groups he associated with satanic tendencies. “Now we look back at the ’70s as nostalgia,” Menconi said. “All we were talking about then was rock ’n’ roll because TV was basically innocent. It didn’t imply that teenagers were having sex. It didn’t show parents getting a divorce. It was rare when there was a motion picture that the whole family couldn’t go to.” Decades later, Menconi is still addressing the cultural influences that undermine biblical values. Since leaving Christian High School in 1982 to form Al Menconi Ministries, the cultural expert has reached an estimated one million

Al Menconi has issued an entertainmentban challenge in an effort to draw people to Christ. In ministry for more than 30 years, Menconi is hoping to raise up the next generation of cultural standard-bearers.

people through his presentations, books and other resources. “I started in the ’70s picking See MENCONI, page 2

Proposed California law would deny same-sex attraction treatment for teens By Lori Arnold SACRAMENTO — California teenagers seeking treatment for unwanted same-sex attractions would be banned from doing so under a proposed law before the state Senate. If approved, the state legislation would make California the first in the nation to implement a ban on such treatment. The law, which targets a practice known as “reparative” or “conversion” therapy, makes no exemptions for parents wishing to seek the treatment for their children or for Christian mental health professionals. Another provision of the law allows for adults who had the therapy as minors, and or their family members, to sue for $5,000 in damages. Authored by Sen. Ted Lieu, DTorrance, the bill, SB 1172, passed through its final Senate committee

on May 8 and faces a floor vote at any time before heading to the Assembly. The law also includes restrictions for adults seeking the treatment by requiring therapists to obtain a signed informed consent form from their clients before proceeding. According to Lieu’s office, the form must include a statement indicating that their clients “understand the potential dangers, including depression and suicide, of reparative therapy and that it has no medical basis.” The mandate text for the form would read as follows: “Having a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation is not a mental disorder. There is no scientific evidence that any types of therapies are effective in changing a person’s sexual orientation. Sexual orientaSee SB 1172, page 16

Inmates from the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco pray in one of the prison yards. The prison is one of five in the state offering The Urban Ministry Institute. The program will be expanded to more facilities thanks to an joint venture between Prison Fellowship and World Impact.

By Lori Arnold


y the time Tracy White sent her adult son, Cary, to the corner store with $10 to buy some milk, he had already subjected his family to a circuitous journey of grief through his numerous stints between jail and rehab. What was supposed to be a 10-minute grocery trip brought his family plenty more. “I bought drugs and never went

home for nine months,” Cary White said. “My mom thought I was dead, and I didn’t care. That’s the type of person I became.” It was not the person his parents, Duane White, then-police chief of Escondido, and his wife had raised him to be. By the age of 16 Cary had started his own auto detailing company and was earning several thousand dollars a month. His work ethic earned him the right to carry a pager to

school. But by 18 he was restless and rebellious. After watching the movie “Scarface,” White said he became enamored with the glory side of drug dealing—the money, fancy cars and women. Though he had never used drugs in his life, White embarked on his new enterprise by selling marijuana, doubling his investment at frequent intervals. He graduated to See TRAINING, page 8

Christian colleges weigh open access amid security concerns in light of shootings By Lori Arnold SAN DIEGO — Earlier this year, a disgruntled former student walked into a tiny Christian college in Oakland and opened fire, killing seven and wounding three others. The April 2 attack at Oikos University—one of the deadliest college shooting sprees in California history—demonstrated that Christian campuses are not immune to unprovoked acts of violence. Just as their secular private and public counterparts can attest, weighing the balance of safety and access is an ongoing dance for security personnel at Christian camSee COLLEGES, page 6

Students linger outside of Nicholson Commons at Point Loma Nazarene University. Campus security officials nationwide, including those at Christian campuses, continually have to weigh the balance between open access and creating a safe environment for students, faculty and staff. A fatal shooting at a Christian university in Oakland in April showed that Christian campuses are not immune from violence.

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on the kids about their entertainment,� Menconi said. “Then I realized that wasn’t the issue. The issue was the parents relating to their children. So I started targeting parents on how to listen to contemporary Christian music, then communicating values and character.� Over time, his focus changed as it has once again. “Where I’m at now, I really believe, I’ve hit the end game in this discovery of who we are in Christ and why we are created,� he said. “We are God’s creation for His pleasure and to worship Him. If we are involved in the affairs of this world, we are doing less than that.� Sensing that his ministry time is winding down as his age advances closer to social security benefits than that of a youthful mentor, Menconi has developed a new fiveyear plan to expand his reach. “My goal is to teach others to teach others,� he said. “I’m getting old, and I’m not going to go on forever. But what I focus on, I believe, is very important, and how I deal with it, I also believe, is very important.�

LA MESA — Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and current radio host of Family Talk, will appear at Skyline Church June 22 and 23 as well as June 29 and 30 for four nights of live video recordings of “Building a Family Legacy.� Originally scheduled for two weekends in May, the dates were changed due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict. The recordings will be an update to a seven-part series Dobson filmed on the same topic when he launched the national ministry of Focus on the Family. The four sessions, each touching on different subjects, will start at 7 p.m. each evening. The four sessions, listed in date order, will cover “Legacy� and the “Strong-Willed Child;� “Shaping the Will� and “Adolescence/DeParenting�; “Bringing up Girls� and “Bringing up Boys�; and “Marriage� and “Fathering.� The original series, filmed in 1978 and viewed by 80 million people, focused on such issues as the strong-willed child, daring to discipline, raising adolescents and marriage. This second series serves as Dobson’s bookend for a professional career as a psychologist and authority on child rearing and marriage. With all the cultural changes in the past three decades, Dobson will use the latest research in child development, genetics, adolescence, and medicine to offer up-to-date advice on matters of concern to families. Dobson said that the basics of creating strong families have not changed, “although the task of rais-

Dr. James Dobson will be in San Diego for two weekends in June, recording an update to his ‘Building a Family Legacy’ series that launched his radio ministry 34 years ago.

ing healthy children has become much more difficult.â€? “The culture is at war with parents for the hearts and minds of their sons and daughters,â€? said Dobson. In his book, Bringing up Girls, Dobson writes: “This is what lies in the paths of children whose parents are overworked, distracted, exhausted, and uninvolved. Without their care and concern, the culture will take them to hell‌ Not only do lonely children tend to get into trouble, they also become sitting ducks for abusers who understand their emptiness and use it for their own purposes. “Families that succeed in today’s world are those that give priority to the things that matter most,â€? said Dobson. The weekend tapings are free but require reservations. Childcare is also available by reservation. To make a reservation, visit www.

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A new approach In order to effectively change a culture that has shifted so far away from biblical values, Menconi said he thinks the only true solution is revival. “That’s the only way that we are going to permeate the whole United States,� he said, adding that if evangelicals can “capture 10 percent of the people to live openly for Jesus it will be a revival.� “It is a higher calling,� Menconi said. “I want to see changed lives from inside out and then those

Al Menconi address a large group of people as part of his cultural education ministry.

changed lives change others.� He likened the approach to the one used by the Old Testament’s Josiah, who was named King of Judah as a child of 8 after his father’s assassination. In his adult years Josiah implemented many reforms and was instrumental in the restoration of some of the forgotten Scriptures of his time. He was also noted for the destruction of pagan altars. “He was able to change a nation because someone spent time with that child teaching him how to love God,� Menconi said. He also pointed to the influences of former first lady Barbara Bush as an example of what can happen with proper teaching and instruction. Not only did she serve as a helpmate to a man who later became America’s 41st president, but she also raised boys who grew to be another future president and a state governor. “You don’t know whom you are going to be teaching,� he said. “It’s like Barbara Bush; she had no clue that she’d be teaching a president character.� A 30-day challenge To help advance his heart for revival, Menconi has developed the Christian Music Diet project, which is also working into a book. The project asks evangelicals to pledge to a 30-day commitment to avoid entertainment and electronic media, replacing it with music that helps focus on life from a biblical perspective.

“It’s basically having a mountaintop experience while you are on the freeway,� Menconi said. Doing so, he said, would be similar to those summer camp and retreat experiences many Christians have experienced in small doses throughout their lives. The distractions of modern media, including cell phones, tablets, video games, TV and films with anti-biblical messages all help to dull the focus of believers, he said. Although the Menconis have and use a TV, he said they are selective not only about the types of shows they watch, but also in the amount of time they spend viewing those that do have biblical values. He cites Colossians 2:8 as the basis for the family’s response to entertainment. “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and highsounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ (New Living Translation). “They didn’t have the electronic media up on the mountaintop,� he said of the camp and retreat experiences. “They had teaching, they had singing and they had fellowship and they had prayer, they had devotions and they came down here and turned on their TV, and it just went ‘whishhhh’ like a pin on a balloon.� For more information, visit www.

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SB 48 uses all social science curriculum, including history books and other instructional materials, to teach children as young as five not only to accept but also to endorse transgenderism, bisexuality, and homosexuality. SB 48 has been misrepresented to the public and passed as a bill aimed to end bullying. SB 48 went into effect January 2012. Under SB 48, public schools will begin supplementing current instruction with pro-transgender, bisexual and homosexual materials before textbooks are revised. If schools do not comply with this they are in violation of the law. Our public schools are academic institutions, not a place for politicians to force their radi-

cal agenda on children. SB 48 does absolutely nothing to reduce bullying, improve the state of our education system, ensure students graduate, or prepare them for global competitiveness. Instead it diverts precious classroom time and resources away from science, math, reading, and writing to promote the political agenda of a few. Fortunately, there is another way to get rid of this overreaching and inaccurate teaching of history. Sign the petition, pass the CLASS Act.

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Summer is good time to focus on our need to choose action It’s the sad plea of every little kid during summer vacation: “I’m bored.” We have all said it occasionally, and if we’re honest we’ll admit we can easily fall back into that habit as adults. Boredom is a choice. When our children were younger and they tried to make their “boredom” our problem we would reply, “Remember, when you’re bored… you’re boring.” In other words, you have plenty of options, so use the brain God gave you and get on with it! Get some exercise, read, play, explore, invent! Today there’s probably a parade of experts who would criticize such parental guidance for being “insensitive,” but our kids turned out just fine. Every day we are faced with choices, and more often smart Americans who ought to know better are embracing the wrong ones. Sometimes it’s because we’re picking an easy way out or because we’re just worn out. But choices come at us every moment, day in and day out. We can choose to be informed. That takes work, but it’s essential in our world. Ignoring the facts doesn’t change truth. With online resources and the latest electronic gadgets there’s more news and information at our fingertips than

When it comes to our moods, we choose to be happy… or not. ever before. Still, it’s increasingly easier to waste valuable time doing less than productive things in cyberspace. Of course it’s not healthy to absorb only “hard news” 24/7, although in my line of work it’s hard to choose otherwise. Even so, we need to choose other options. It’s good to take a breather, to have a day of rest or take a vacation. We can even decide to take little mental getaways or maybe even a “power nap” during the day, but hopefully not while on the company time clock. When it comes to our moods, we choose to be happy… or not. Sometimes circumstances overwhelm us and direct moods for a while, but at some point it’s our choice to grab something positive to adjust our thinking. Choosing to medicate or put an emotional “band aid” on life’s chal-

lenges won’t last long. Deciding to try to do the right thing always makes more sense. At least it’s a goal worth pursuing. Path to dependence I sense that Americans have gotten used to having others make choices for them. The recession caused more people to depend on Uncle Sam for support, and certainly many are thankful for occasional “safety nets.” But focusing on fear and having long-term addiction to government largesse can seduce some into believing there’s no more choosing, just “getting what I deserve, for free… no responsibilities.” That’s a path that leads to serfdom. If “joy comes in the morning,” and it does, we can choose to be excited about each day God has given us, despite the problems and challenges. Happiness isn’t some-

thing that simply happens, so it’s partly up to each of us to spread it, starting with excitement and enthusiasm. Set your mind on these things. This is the point where I’ll be asked, “How can you be happy and excited when Mark there’s so much pain in the world?” I hear you, but I don’t believe God wants us to wallow in the messes. Yes, mourn with those who mourn, rejoice with those who rejoice, but do something important daily. Press toward the goal with the talents God gave you. That thought, in itself, leads to a more cheerful heart and happier days. When we’re happier, we are bolder in our ways and more confident. That can lead to more sharing of the Good News, in spite of the daily dose of the bad. If we share more we’re loving others more by interacting with them, and enjoying our lives together in our community.

ready whining about being “bored.” I have lost count of the number of friends who say things such as, “I’m so burned out on the election already… it doesn’t matter.” That’s a very sad choice, and an irresponsible one. If peoLarson ple who are usually in the game choose to opt out and take their “political involvement ball” home, the easier it is for the other side to win. Liberty and freedom lose. Summer’s a great time to think about these things and be thankful for all the choices we have in life. I know that I have chosen life through Christ, and that thought alone helps me decide to take on every day with all the energy God can give me. Choosing to be involved in our country, especially in times such as these, is important and essential. And there’s absolutely nothing “boring” about that.

Pursue liberty and freedom As the election season heats up and political candidates and issues are considered, I am increasingly concerned that too many of us have decided to be like the little kids, just out of school for vacation, al-

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Legislative Update

Expansion of abortion access stopped by citizens, lobby groups By Rebecca Burgoyne For nearly four decades, since the U.S. Supreme Court guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion with the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, millions of lives have been lost or impaired by the trauma of unrestricted abortion. A decade ago, amid concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court would eventually overturn Roe v. Wade, California pro-abortion activists deemed it necessary to codify women’s reproductive “rights” in state law. As a result, in 2002, the leftleaning California Legislature took

great pride in passing several “landmark” abortion bills, among them Senate Bill 1301 (Sheila Kuehl, DLos Angeles), which protects abortion in California regardless of any future actions of the high court. Pledging to continue to stand for a woman’s right to choose an abortion, then-Gov. Gray Davis commented in a news release, “When I became governor, I warned that no bill restricting women’s rights would become law under my watch—and I’ve kept my word. Today, California is the most pro-choice state in America—and proud of it.” The California Legislature’s ma-

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jority has an abysmal pro-life record. In a national ranking of states published by Americans United for Life, California remains near the bottom. Only Washington state, which legalized physician-assisted suicide through voter initiative, ranks lower. Although the California Legislature has been unsuccessful in promoting PAS, it continues to strengthen a woman’s “right” to an abortion, unlike many other states. Last year, legislators nationwide introduced a record number of abortion-limiting bills, and 135 of them became law. This year, while not at last year’s record pace, our nation’s pro-life legislative trend continues. However, even in California, preborn human life was recently protected from further harm. SB 1338, a bill that would have made abortions more accessible, was stopped in its tracks by the active work of pro-life Californians. Had it passed, SB 1338 (Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego) would have expanded the category of those who can provide surgical abortions to include licensed physician assistants, nurse practitioners and certified nursemidwives. SB 1338 would have allowed these medical personnel, who by definition do not perform surgeries, to perform surgical aspiration or suction abortions. Currently only physicians or surgeons with valid licenses may provide surgical abortions, although other licensed individuals may perform or assist in non-surgical abortions such as the morning-after pill. Only four states—Oregon, Montana, Vermont, and New Hampshire—allow non-physicians to handle aspiration abortions, which account for 75 percent of all first-trimester abortions.

Already taking place in California is a pilot project that suspends current law and allows a limited number of non-physicians to perform surgical abortions under supervision at the University of California, San Francisco. In its initial language this bill, sponsored by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, the American Civil Liberties Union of California, ACCESS to Women’s Justice and NARAL Pro-Choice California, would have made training programs available to thousands more potential abortionists. The powerful California Nurses Association opposed the measure, arguing that—with the pilot project still under way—it is premature and unsafe to change the law. Bucking the trend In recent years, abortion providers and clinics have been on the decline. Most doctors—perhaps finding abortion antithetical to their goal of saving lives—are refusing to do abortions. A 2011 study found that, while 97 percent of physicians surveyed had encountered patients who wanted an abortion, only 14 percent of the doctors were willing to do an abortion. More than half of California’s 58 counties lack an abortion provider, and Kehoe claims her bill would give greater access to women from rural areas who may otherwise have to travel great distances, take time off work and incur hardship to obtain an abortion. In a day when most Americans want to limit the number of abortions, California legislators are trying to expand access to abortion in a way that lowers the standard of training for an abortionist and decreases the standard of care for women. Using the language of choice and access disguises the seri-

ous nature of abortion, the lost life of the baby, and the life-altering impact on women. A sweet victory SB 1338 survived its first hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but local, state and national organizations joined forces in a coordinated strategy to influence certain members of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, where it did not muster enough votes for passage. Even after being amended and given opportunity for the committee to reconsider, Sen. Kehoe could not sway enough members, and the bill died in committee. This process was successful because organizations came together, providing citizens with information and “talking points” by which to communicate to their elected representatives’ offices. We look forward to more prolife, pro-family successes through a model of action such as was displayed in stopping SB 1338 and the expansion of harm on women and preborn children. Burgoyne is a research analyst for California Family Council.



The president’s ‘other gospel’ which the Seventh It is one thing to Commandment and talk about “fairness” New Testament paswhen it comes to alsages condemn. lowing gays and lesI recently wrote that bians to marry; it is it is becoming increasquite another to claim ingly difficult for peobiblical authority for ple who believe the such relationships. Bible is God’s Word President Obama to impose their beliefs cited the “Golden on those who disagree Rule” about treating Cal Thomas with them. But it is others as you would like to be treated, but in doing so something altogether different for he ignored the totality of Scripture those who disagree to claim the Biand the Lord Himself, who alone ble doesn’t say what it says, in effect gets to set the rules for human be- calling God a liar. President Obama apparently hopes there are suffihavior. The president says he is a “prac- cient numbers of biblical illiterates ticing Christian.” It is difficult to be -- and he could be right about this one while simultaneously holding a -- that either won’t notice his sleight low view of the Bible, which his po- of hand, or don’t care. Thousands of years of human sition on several social issues might history have sustained marriage suggest. The same Book that informs between one man and one woman. him about the Person he told Pas- Even human biology testifies to a tor Rick Warren in 2008 is his “Sav- natural order. Genesis 2:24 says “...a man shall ior,” also speaks to the beginning of human life (he has done noth- leave his father and mother and ing to limit abortions), fornication be joined to his wife. The two shall between adults of the opposite sex become one flesh.” Jesus, Whom (no word yet on his position on that President Obama likes to selectively subject), marriage, and adultery, quote when it suits his earthly po-

…he ignored the totality of Scripture and the Lord Himself, who alone gets to set the rules… litical agenda, honored traditional marriage at a wedding feast in Cana (John 2:1). He also reaffirmed the Genesis passage in Matthew 19:5. Paul, the Apostle of Jesus, wrote in Ephesians 5 about husbands and wives, male and female. Scripture teaches that the marriage union between a man and woman is an illustration of how Christ and the church are one (Ephesians 5:32). It also teaches that since God made us, conceived of marriage and created sex to be enjoyed within the marital bond, He gets to set the rules and establish the boundaries for human behavior, not because He is a curmudgeon who wants to deny us

pleasure, but because He knows what is best for us. Liberal theologians have tried to modify, or even change, what is contained in the Bible and there are those in our time who are following their example with the issue of same-sex marriage. People are free to accept or reject what Scripture says. What they are not free to do is to claim it says something it does not. In modern times that’s called “spin.” In an earlier time it was called heresy. The Apostle John warns in Revelation 22:18-19 about the punishment awaiting anyone who adds to, or subtracts from Scripture. Deuteronomy 4:1-2 has a similar

warning. The consequences aren’t pretty. There are also warnings not to preach “another Gospel” (Galatians 1:8, 2 Corinthians 11:4, among others). As he seeks to justify his position on same-sex marriage and other issues that are either questionable at best, or deny Scripture at worst, President Obama might be said to be preaching another gospel. This could possibly lead to a fissure in his solid support among African Americans, costing the president votes in November. It will also likely galvanize the culture warriors. Minorities mostly vote for Democrats, but they don’t like their faith denied. That could cause some of them to stay home on Election Day, or even vote for Mitt Romney. The negative reaction the president received from some of the African-American ministers he called after declaring his support for same-sex marriage should serve as a prophetic warning. © 2012 Tribune Media Services, Inc.

A savage attack: Redefining bullying A few weeks ago, Americans got a lesson in hypocrisy—and of how dangerous it can be to redefine words. It all began when the National High School Journalism Conference invited a gay rights activist named Dan Savage to speak to students in Seattle about the need to prevent bullying. But it turned out that this was a lesson Savage badly needed to learn himself. To the shock of the students, Savage launched a vicious attack on the Bible and Christian beliefs. As he put it, “We can learn to ignore the [BS] in the Bible about gay people.” Of course he didn’t say “BS.” As Savage continued his attack, some students broke into tears. Dozens of offended students walked out of the auditorium. As they left, Savage heckled them with vulgar words I can’t repeat on the air. One of the teachers present—

Rick Tuttle of Sutter Union High School in California—said the speech “took a real dark, hostile turn ... It became very hostile toward Christianity.” Savage later apologized for using vulgarity to describe the students. But he refused to back down on his other comments—including his offensive comments about the Bible. Now, what are we to make of this conundrum? First, I think we can safely assume that the term “bullying” has gone the way of “tolerance.” Tolerance used to be defined as a willingness to put up with the beliefs or practices of those with whom we disagree. Today, tolerance means we must accept the beliefs and practices of others as correct—or risk being called a bigot. It’s interesting that this redefinition of tolerance almost always involves debates over homosexual-

ity—and it always seems tians. But we need to to be people on just one do a couple of other side of the debate calling things, as well. those with whom they First of all, whatdisagree “intolerant.” ever the subject, we I mean, when was must always take care the last time you to make our case winheard a Christian acsomely, and with great cusing a gay-rights civility. No one should activist of intolerance ever be able to truthbecause he refused to fully accuse Christians Eric Metaxas acknowledge that bibof bullying, including lical teachings about homosexual- the kind of verbal bullying Dan Savity are correct? age demonstrated last week. And now we’re seeing the same This insistence on graciousness kind of redefinition going on re- and civility for those on the other garding the word bullying. If you side of these issues was the hallmark so much as whisper that you believe of what Chuck Colson believed, that true marriage can take place and let it be ours as well. As for only between one man and one intolerance towards homosexuals, woman, you’re accused of bullying. Christians ought to be—and often You and I need to be aware of have been—the first to volunteer changes in word definitions that at AIDS hospices, to demonstrate are used as weapons against Chris- kindness to the children of same-

sex couples, and otherwise display the love of Christ to those with whom we have such different views. In other words, we should demonstrate love and true tolerance. In this way, as the Bible teaches, we heap ashes upon the heads of those who dislike us for our views. Second we need to pray for people like Dan Savage—so filled with anger and hurt—that their eyes would be opened to God’s love and mercy, just as we pray for our own loved ones. Finally, three cheers for those high school students who refused to sit still and listen to attacks on their faith. We should never be bullied into silence. © 2012 Prison Fellowship. Metaxas is currently the voice of “Breakpoint,” a radio commentary, formerly featuring the late Chuck Colson.

Election 2012 offers conundrum over the ‘lesser of two evils’ Though thankfully there are exceptions, all too often candidates for elective office give us choices where no one is acceptable. In fact, for years one of the most common laments has been: “I can’t vote for the lesser of two evils.” Not only is this a telling indictment of our approach to equipping and motivating qualified candidates to run for public office, it’s also a subtle way some assume the moral high ground by not voting at all. Our conscience may be clear in this, but by doing so we leave the election result completely in the hands of others. I think it’s time for a reality check. I can understand a personal concern with a vote appearing to support “evil,” but let’s be honest, all candidates are flawed, some more vile than others (Romans 3:23). If I actually ever saw a perfect candidate, they probably wouldn’t be perfect for someone else, and vice versa. The fact remains that it’s through elections that our government asks us to select public leaders, and these leaders will wield significant influence over us; the higher the office, the greater the power.

Keep in mind swer to a higher authormost elected offiity for our every word, cials only represent action and vote (Matthose that voted for thew 12:36). I’ve found, them. In fact, most however, that appealing elections are deterto our duty to help keep mined by a small the vilest from any posipercentage of the tion of authority is both adult population, prudent and necessary, and in close eleceven though we may tions a very small end up voting for somepercentage of votes one with unacceptable Frank Kacer will determine the weaknesses. winner. So if someone decides not In a similar vein, many vote with to vote, there could be dramatic a list of non-negotiables. The lonconsequences concerning who will ger the litmus test the fewer, if any, make those day-to-day policy, legis- candidates will ever qualify for the lative, judicial and governance deci- conscious vote. I have a lot of symsions that will affect us all for years pathy for this approach when issues to come. such as pro-life, traditional marTo help with the conscience issue riage and fiscal responsibility are of voting for “evil.” I’ve made a hab- considered. But what about those it to say, “I’m voting to prevent the times where a clear champion for greater evil from occurring.” This our values doesn’t emerge? What about third party candidates may sound like a terminology trick, but it more accurately captures our that line up closer with our values but citizenship duty when faced with have no hope of winning or the virtually distasteful voting options. As Chris- unknown Christian that runs but may tians this is not something for us to not be qualified? Again, I encourage take lightly, since we know we an- voting to prevent the worst option

from gaining power. This may result in tradeoffs of policy and electability, but declining to vote is counterproductive. Does this compromise our principles? Not if our vote amounts to damage control among many poor options. The role of conscience Are we in sin if our conscience still prevents us from voting for anyone in a particular race? I can’t say for others, nor should I. Ultimately, we each must have a clear conscience before the Lord. If we can cast only a “conscience vote,” such as for a candidate that we like but has no impact other than stripping votes away from others, that may be all we can do. Many of the decisions we’ll be making this year in the primary and general election will be difficult. Once we have our ballots, we’re in the election end-game phase. With the exception of write-in candidates, the field of options is already decided. If we want to change our choices in future elections, then it’s time to begin planning for them now by identifying and mentoring

those with a passion for politics and core values consistent with ours. Only when we take this type of ministry seriously for the long haul will we be able to ensure our choice isn’t weighing one evil against another. Rather it is casting a “yes” for the best among many good options. Kacer is executive director for the Christian Citizenship Council of San Diego. He can be reached at


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Emergency crews are at the scene of a deadly shooting on a Christian college campus in Oakland. Seven people died and three others were injured when former student One Goh opened fire at Oikos University on April 2.

puses in the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting massacre, in which a student killed 32 of his peers and staff before killing himself. Following the release of the “Governor’s Panel Report” on the Virginia shootings, new protocol was created for BIT teams. The National Center for Higher Education Risk Management includes a list of its recommendations through its Best Practices guide. Carr said even with the guidelines it is difficult to predict when an incident will unfold. In most instances, he said, the shooters have gone to great length to plan and execute their reign of terror. “Identifying possible sources and neutralizing them is not a 100 percent mechanism to prevent something from happening,” the PLNU official said. “Almost every single one of those institutions where that has happened over the past 10 years were very different in causes, and how they played out. No matter what you do, there is going to be an opportunity for them to complete whatever they decide to do.” Strong assessments John Ojeisekhoba, chief of public safety at Biola University, said his campus is constantly evaluating both its education and prevention measures, offering training to help keep those on campus safe. In addition, eight of his campus officers carry guns, and three others are going through the seven-step process to qualify for a weapon. “We never sit down and say we’ve done enough,” Ojeisekhoba said. “But the situation in Oakland, how can you stop that? How will you know that someone is walking around armed?” At the time of the Oikos Univer-

sity shooting, Ojeisekhoba said he was in the process of finalizing a 40page assessment of the campus. “We are very blessed to have a president and staff that wants to do their best to equip the campus safety department with what it needs,” the La Mirada chief said. “Inaction can be an even bigger liability.” Several months before this latest attack, Ojeisekhoba conducted a review of several decades of school and university shootings, compiling data from 80 campuses, 20 of which were at faith-based colleges. The information will be used to assess his own campus against possible vulnerable spots. “My officers know every inch of this place,” he said. Responsibility and accountability Recognizing that prevention can only go so far, the campus security officials said they spend a great deal of time educating students, staff, faculty and—even parents—on how best to respond in the event of an active shooter on campus. “We try to do as much preventive front loading that we can,” Carr said. Vergara said one of the topics he tries to instill in the 3,400-member student body is not to abdicate their own safety responsibilities onto everyone else. “Safety for students is the responsibility of everybody,” said Vergara, adding that the campus houses 878 people on site. “Students need to be educated about how to be responsible, and they also have to take accountability not only for themselves but for others. The university also has a responsibility to try to maintain a safe and inclusive environment where the goal is people can study.”




TRAINING… Continued from page 1 selling LSD, then methamphetamine. As be began rubbing elbows with his clients, White began sampling his own products. Eventually, he ended up consuming most of what he intended to sell. By 2007 the dealer-turned-addict crossed over to breaking into cars to steal loose change to underwrite his fix. As his crimes escalated, so did his punishments and, after numerous stopovers in county jails, he was finally ordered to state prison. While awaiting transfer from the Vista county jail to his temporary digs at Donovan State Prison in Chula Vista, White discovered a new turn on: Jesus. After being assessed at Donovan, the Escondido native was transferred to the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, where several weeks later Prison Fellowship launched a seminarylevel education program inside the correctional facility. His four years of incarceration there were spent in biblical training, which has prepared him for ministry outside of the walls. “My life has been transformed in an amazing way,” White said of The Urban Ministry Institute training, a voluntary program that prepares prisoners to be spiritual leaders who can help transform the urban areas to which they will return after their release. White didn’t wait for his parole before beginning his ministry, and by the time his sentence was over, the born-again believer was baptizing his fellow inmates in a “nasty” prison sink that he used to “brush his teeth, spit and wash underwear.” Program to expand Still relatively new to the state, the privately funded institute offers seven classes to 218 state prisoners in five California prisons, but it will

Cary White, who graduated from The Urban Ministry Institute while incarcerated, now runs a communitybased institute in Riverside.

be expanding—thanks to a new agreement between Prison Fellowship and World Impact, a Christian missions organization committed to serving the urban poor. Operated under an agreement with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the expansion will bring the four-year, 16-course TUMI program and its seminary-level training curriculum to an additional 960 inmates. In all, 32 classes will be offered in the prisons over the next 24 months. “I think that it is going to make the prison system safer and society in general safer,” White said. “We started in prison with eight students, and within four years those eight students, taking that education, went out into their dorms and started up small church plants inside the day room and went out to the yards and started witnessing, and now there are 96 students in that same prison. “What are 96 students going to do in that prison yard? Well, all these guys parole and they continue to be pastors outside. Everyone that I know that is paroled so far who went to school with me inside, they are all in the ministry now.” White now serves on the board of a community-based satellite TUMI center in Riverside. Launched in January, it has 97 students and 10 teachers. “What we are trying to do is give a theological education to someone who is in the urban poor areas who can’t afford to pick up and leave their job, their family and the pastoring of their church to go to Wheaton (College) or Dallas (Theological Seminary) or something like that,” the former inmate said. “Reformation always takes place when equipping and the Bible is made available to the people, the regular everyday people, and that’s exactly what’s happening.” Effective ministry Bishop George McKinney, pastor of St. Stephen’s Cathedral Church of God in Christ of San Diego, lauded the work of the institute for its success in training urban pastors for “effective ministry.” McKinney’s church has long been involved with urban ministry. “I am excited to be part of multiplying this exciting work in the prisons, believing that God will transform thousands of prisoners into pastors,” he said. “I will welcome them back into the city as colaborers.” Prison Fellowship and World Impact began their California prison collaboration in 2006 and have since established institute programs in two prisons in Florida and one in Michigan. Ten California prisoners, including White, have graduated from the institute and have successfully reintegrated into urban communities—some serving

as pastors or other church leaders. The Urban Ministry Institute has also been heralded by prison officials for its impact inside prison walls and in urban communities. “The culture inside prison can tend to be violent,” said Domingo Uribe, warden of Centinela State Prison, west of El Centro. “I have more than 40 inmates in The Urban Ministry Institute who are learning to become leaders and as a result have remained disciplinary free for a year and a half. The attitude change and new life direction these inmates have received from TUMI are helping to change the culture within the prison yard. I know there are populations in every prison facility that would benefit from this program.” Learning opportunities are also available outside of the prison, thanks to satellite programs offered through World Impact, meaning inmates who are released before the completion of their coursework can continue their education. White has several of these men training under him. “I have seen the effectiveness of TUMI over the past 15 years,” said Dr. Jack Hayford, founder and president of The King’s University in Van Nuys and a World Impact board member. “I’ve witnessed former thieves and drug dealers go through this program and become totally different people, completely turning their lives around. I fully expect when TUMI graduates leave prison they will become contributing members of their communities—and our communities will be safer for it.” Redeeming communities In White’s satellite program, 60 of the nearly 100 students are former gang bangers, addicts or pros-

titutes. “It’s literally taking the riff raff of society and training them up to be men of God and women of God,” White said. “Not just a Christian, a Christian who actually does the work of making other disciples.” White is also practicing what he preaches. Through his work in the institute, White holds a certificate in Christian leadership studies, an associate’s degree in biblical studies and a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry. He just began work on a master’s degree. “The need out there is so, so great,” he said. “You have so many people out there in church. You see people who have been a Christian for 20 years and they have absolutely no growth at all. They are not being equipped, and they are not working in the calling that God has called them to.” In October, White was invited to share his testimony at a “From Prisoners to Pastors,” promotional event at the Regan Library. The keynote speakers included Dr. Keith Phillips, World Impact’s president; Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship; and Hayford, who asked guests to support the work of the institute. White said he was in awe of where his journey had landed him once he turned his life over to Christ. “I’m a habitual criminal,” he said. “I go into prison. I end up learning or feeling the call of God in my life. I end up in a prison that has a Bible college in it. I graduate from prison. I get out and seven months later I’m on stage with Jack Hayford. Those are the little things that TUMI is doing.” For more information, visit www. or


Pew study provides rare window into religion behind bars Christian Examiner staff report WASHINGTON, D.C. — America’s prisons have become a hotbed of evangelistic activity, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of professional chaplains assigned to minister there. “Religion in Prisons: A 50-State Survey of Prison Chaplains,� conducted by the center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life division found that 74 percent of the prison chaplains say that efforts by inmates to proselytize or convert other inmates are either very common (31 percent) or somewhat common (43 percent). About three-quarters of the chaplains say that a lot (26 percent) or some (51 percent) religious switching occurs among inmates in the prisons where they work. Many chaplains report growth from religious switching in the numbers of Muslims and Protestant Christians, in particular. The survey also explored the question of religious extremism, a frequent talking point since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. More than one-third of the clergy polled said that religious extremism is either very common (12 percent) or somewhat common (29 percent) among inmates. Religious extremism is reported by the chaplains as especially common among Muslim inmates—including followers of the Nation of Islam and the Moorish Science Temple of America—and, to a substantial but lesser degree, among

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EL CAJON — Anthony Whitney was barely into his teens when he waltzed into a Bible study at a local tattoo parlor. A fledgling artist at heart, he was instantly mesmerized by the shop’s vibe. “I saw everything that was going on and I thought, ‘Wow, they are getting paid to do this,’” said Whitney, who goes by A.J. “’This is cool.’” Raised in a Christian home and a believer himself, he was immediately struck not only by their craft but their blazing love of Jesus. “It was a bunch of guys that I think that society back then would call ‘the least of these,’” he said. “They were so roughed up but they spoke with so much wisdom ’cause they had been there, done that. It was like God just opened my eyes that all these people who looked so rough and tough were all these elders that had so much experience and knowledge.” The young, impressionable Christian wanted what they had, so he bought a prepaid debit card to order a tattoo kit on eBay. “At that point I started recruiting some of my gullible buddies to let me go to town on them,” he said. “It was just a fascination, and it’s been a fascination ever since.” A decade later Whitney and his wife, Heather, have put his dream into action with the opening of Revelations Tattoo, a 400-square-foot shop where they use skin art as an avenue to preach the gospel. “I show them love by talking about their day, talking about where they are from, what they do for a living, this, that and the other,” Whitney, an Iraqi war veteran, said. “In most occupations where you do customer service, they are urged to stay away from talking about religion and politics and all that good stuff, but that’s pretty much the first spot where I go.” After spending time developing a rapport with his customers, he gently turns the tables as he leans over

Many of the tattoos inked by Anthony “A.J.” Whitney have biblical themes. Whitney and his wife, Heather, are owners of the Revelations Tattoo shop in El Cajon.

them with his inking gun. “I share with them what I believe, how I opened up the shop, what God’s done in my life and the testimony that I wear on my body because a lot my tattoos are testimonial pieces of just different things that have hit me in life that I don’t want to forget.” Those entering the bright purple shop on El Cajon Boulevard shouldn’t be surprised by his passion for both tattoos and Christ. The word “Revelations” is blazoned on an inside wall. Nearby is a stunning black and white drawing of Jesus’ face with red drops of blood

sliding down his forehead and cheeks and the words “Have we forgotten why he came” written below. The window air conditioning unit serves as an impromptu bookshelf housing stacks of New Testaments the couple hands out at every opportunity. Clues also greet them outside, where their motto “Set Apart” is clearly visible as is the shop logo, which includes a crown of thorns with the reference 19:16, referring to the Bible verse after which the shop is named: “On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: King of

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Kings and Lord of Lords.” On his website Whitney includes the Greek translation for the word “written”: “to engrave, write, according to the ancient method of writing on plates of metal, waxes tables, etc.” “I don’t think he used a Sharpie,” he said. No clear distinctions Mark Strauss, a New Testament professor at Bethel Seminary in San Diego, said the most commonly cited passage about tattoos is Leviticus 19:28. The King James version reads, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” In newer translations, “tattoo” has replaced the word print. Even so, Strauss, author of the new book “How to Read the Bible in Changing Times,” said most biblical experts believe the passage refers specifically to pagan forms of expression. “The great majority of scholars think this has a specific reference to pagan rituals, cutting of the body associated with pagan rituals, especially in mourning and things like that, and that really doesn’t necessarily apply to modern tattoos. Of course it could if, in fact, the modern tattoo represents identification with false religion or a false god. It’s not necessarily a blanket forbidding of all tattoos or markings on the skin.” As for the reference to Revelation 19:16, Strauss said scholars have differing views on the interpretation, some believing the phrase will be engraved on statues or on robes only. “Everyone is pretty much guessing at what it means,” he said. “It’s obscure enough that you can’t make a strong case one way or an-

Tattoo artist Anthony “A.J.” Whitney displays a portrait he drew of Jesus inside his El Cajon shop.

other about what it means. “I think we can honestly say there is no expressed forbidding of tattoos from the Bible. That doesn’t necessarily make them right or make them wrong. You have to judge it from broader testimonies in Scripture.” The professor said he believes it is much more important to consider the decision in context of the purpose of the tattoo and the state of mind of the person seeking one. “Obviously, when people put Christian symbols or names or whatever on them, they are essentially identifying themselves with Christ,” Strauss said. “I don’t think that’s a negative thing at all. I think other times tattoos are related to self-image issues and that people get tattoos because of peer pressure to do so or are seeking value. In that sense it could be a negative thing.” An unhappy mom Though rather obvious, Strauss said another major consideration is


The door of Revelations Tattoo, a Christian-owned business, boasts a crown of thorns with the Bible reference of 19:16. The passage, from the Book of Revelation, is the theme verse for the shop.

the permanency of the artwork. “It’s a tough one,” the New Testament expert said. “I think the important thing is people don’t get them because they feel like they have to for self-image, that they don’t get them because it’s the thing to do in the culture.” Whitney admits his mother was not a fan of the teenage hobby. “She was livid,” he said. “She hated me. I got in so much trouble. It was horrible.” The son said he used Revelation 19:16, the one he learned in that tattoo shop as a 14-year-old Bible study student, to sway her. “Now so many years later, I ended up tattooing her,” he said, saying she chose a four-color piece with four flowers and swirls. “After I showed her that Bible

verse, it kind of changed her perspective a little bit. It’s crazy that 14 years later I’m using that (verse) as inspiration to drive my business.” The Whitneys, who have a 2-month-old daughter named Aajay, said they are more than aware of the controversy over tattoos in the Christian community. “We have some people say it’s amazing,” Heather Whitney said. “They are proud of us for what we are doing. We have others who call us hypocrites.” Witness and service Instead of focusing on the debate, the couple has chosen to focus on the business, which they said has been anointed from the beginning, and on using the store as a conversation point for sharing

Jesus. Since opening in February, they have witnessed to military personnel, atheists and Buddhists. “It’s been a pretty wild ride,’” he said. “It’s just unbelievable how God has moved in our lives, and we are super humbled by it, and we understand that it can be taken away at any moment. We’ve tried to be really diligent with what he has given us and make the most of it. Looking back on it, I can see all the trails leading up to where I am now.” One of those trails includes using the business to reach out to the neighborhood’s homeless and hurting. “For years that boulevard has always been considered a Hells Angels-ruled neighborhood,” he said. “If you look at what Hells Angels actually really means, it’s hell’s angles, which means demons.” Among the trouble spots was Dumont’s, a biker bar that was closed in 2007 after its owner, a Hells Angel, was sentenced to prison for racketeering. The long-time bar was also the scene of a fatal shooting and stabbing. Last year, a Drug Enforcement Administration officer, joined by local police, raided a nearby private Hells Angel club using flash-bang grenades and seizing computers. No one was in the club at the time of the raid, but several members were later arrested on drug charges. “(Satan) always really ruled that neighborhood, and I feel like God is kind of taking it back,” Whitney said. “We’re trying to be a light in the community and show them that God loves them and we’re set apart.” For more information on the business, including the couple’s thoughts on the Bible and tattoos, visit


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ping breakout training lessons as well as free time for outreach activities and fun. Future Quest exists to encounter the reality, power and glory of God, through passionate worship and the proclamation of His truth and training up of young people to be bold disciples of Jesus. Future Quest is designed for students entering 7th thru 12th grades. Adults, including college students, involved in supporting youth ministries are encouraged to attend. This year’s speakers include Reggie Dabbs, a nationally known youth speaker; Bill Wilson, the founder and pastor of the Metro Inner City Ministries in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Foothills founding pastor Mark Hoffman and Foothills senior high pastor Danny Eslinger. Each day students will choose one of 15-18 workshops designed to give them practical help in becoming the young men and women of God that America and the world need today. The workshops will deal with issues such as: dating and purity, gender & sexuality, evangelism, missions, evolution vs. creation, apologetics, and many

more subjects. There will also be practical outreach activities scheduled for the beach and downtown urban areas. Worship will be led by a Future Quest worship team with concerts by The Wedding, Flame, and Propaganda. The cost for the three-day conference is $33 before June 18 and $40 after. A daily rate of $18 is also available. For more information, visit www. or call (619) 4421467.

Seminar to explore cancer issues LA JOLLA — LifeGuard Ministries, in affiliation with La Jolla Christian Fellowship, is launching a new cancer outreach with an educational seminar planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9 at the church. The kick-off event will include teaching on the causes and prevention of cancer, early diagnosis and treatment, fighting existing cancer, surviving cancer and strengthening caregivers and families in the fight

to eradicate the disease. In addition to the education element, other scheduled activities include worship and prayer, testimonies of cancer survivors, sessions with a Christian physician who overcame cancer and a roundtable “getting-to-know-you” discussion where participants can share their stories and prayer requests. “I cannot imagine how anyone could face cancer without Jesus, said Dr. Dean Foster, a LifeGuard co-founder and cancer survivor. “I wouldn’t be alive today without Him, my wife, and all the loved ones He sent who prayed and cared for me.” The cost of the seminar is $20, which includes a healthy cancer-fighting lunch and session materials. The church is located at 627 Genter St. For more information or to register, or call (858) 454-9636.

SD Eagle Forum convention approaches LA MESA — Eagle Forum San Diego will hold its “Rise Up California” convention from 4 to 9 p.m. June 1 at Skyline Church. Speakers for the event include Wayne Allyn Root, founder of Root for America; Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage; Rick Scarborough, founder of Vision America; Holly Swanson, director of Operation Green Out; Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy; Charles LiMandri, West Coast director of the Thomas More Law Center; Walter Hoye, founder of Issues4life Foundation; Dran Reese, founder of the Salt and Light Council; and Alice Linahan, president of Voices Empower and a national blogger. Tickets are $20. The church is located at 11330 Campo Road. For more information, visit www.

in Hollywood. Last year, more than 500 entries were received. Submissions received by Sept. 24 are $50, and afterward the fee is $80 until the Nov. 2 competition deadline. More information, including criteria for the prizes, may be found at

Housewarming for Baby Izaiah’s family SAN DIEGO — Passion for Kids, a faith-based ministry to children with special needs, is hosting an online housewarming shower for Baby Izaiah Wallis and his family. The shower is the second phase of a yearlong project to find and purchase a handicap-accessible home for the family. Escrow recently closed on a new home that will accommodate the needs of Izaiah, who was critically injured when a drunk driver hit his stroller while the toddler was on an outing with his grandfather. The grandfather suffered minor injuries. “Although we are privileged to spear head this project which God placed on our hearts, we can by no means take credit for getting to this point,” said Linda Van Kessler, who runs the ministry with her husband, Charles. “The outpouring of love and support from around the country, and particularly from San Diego, has been incredible.” The home is still in need of some renovation, and volunteers are expected to spend up to six weeks preparing it for occupancy. In the meantime, those wishing to help the family furnish the home can do so at Bed, Bath and Beyond where the Wallis family has registered. All gifts purchased will be sent to Passion 4 K.I.D.S. and presented to Izaiah’s parents at a housewarming celebration. To shop go to www. and type in Lucy Verde.

Submissions sought for 8th Annual Kairos Prizes HOLLYWOOD — Submissions are now being accepted for the 8th annual Kairos Prizes for spiritually uplifting screenplays by first-time and beginning screenwriters. The awards are sponsored by Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide, and supported by the John Templeton Foundation, which funds the $50,000 in grant money for the Kairos Prizes’ top three entries. “We are absolutely thrilled to bring the best and brightest new voices to Hollywood,” Baehr said. “And we are honored by the amazing support the Hollywood community has shown toward the competition.” Since 2006, the Kairos Prizes have celebrated the best new screenplays across the globe that “greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.” The competition is designed to encourage and recognize new filmmaking talent. “There are several other winning writers that currently have productions and deals in the pipeline,” Baehr said. “We look forward to having the opportunity to announce these later in the year as they come to fruition.” “Johnny,” the inaugural Kairos Grand Prize winner written by David M. Anthony and originally titled “John, The Revelator,” was released on video last year through Pure Flix Entertainment. Winners will be announced at the 21st Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report, set for February

David Clark, executive vice president and provost of Bethel University will be the commencement speaker for Bethel Seminary.

June 9 commencement at Bethel Seminary SAN DIEGO — Bethel Seminary San Diego will hold its 33rd Commencement at 10 a.m. June 9 at College Avenue Baptist Church. The commencement speaker will be David K. Clark, executive vice president and provost of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. The theme is “One Thing,” based on Galatians 5:13-26. Prior to his executive position, Clark served as professor of theology and a dean at Bethel Seminary and was a pastor at Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville, Minn. David attended New York’s Houghton College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois and earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern University. His wife, Sandy, is director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Bethel University. Author of several books and doz-


ens of articles, he also serves on the board of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The church is located at 4747 College Ave.

hats. Those fees range from $500 to $6,0000. For more information, call (619) 265-0337 or send an email to helen.

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego Teen Challenge will host its Hank Sauer Memorial Golf Tournament & Spa Event beginning at 12:30 p.m. June 8 at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Founded more than 50 years ago, the faith-based Teen Challenge is the oldest, largest and most successful program of its kind in the world, serving youth, adults and children who are impacted by drug and alcohol addiction as well as other lifecontrolling problems. Since David Wilkerson opened the first center in New York in 1960, Teen Challenge has grown to more than 195 centers across the nation and 550-plus centers worldwide. The cost of the fundraising tournament is $250 and includes green fees, golf cart, driving range, lunch and dinner, silent auction and gift package. Spa packages are available from $125 to $150. Extra dinner tickets are $50 a person. Sponsor packages range from $1,000 to $2,000, with additional opportunities for underwriting such items as tees, the putting contest, golf carts, balls, shirts and

SAN DIEGO — The Village Church Community Theatre, in conjunction with Village Community Presbyterian Church, will present a one-week intensive acting camp for middle and high school students Aug. 6 to 10. The camp is open to teens and those who graduated this year. In addition to acting, the professionally led workshops will include music and technical theater. The camp includes rehearsals for the one-act musical play “Old Testament: Fast Forward!� The production is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10. The church is located at 6225 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, send an email to margiew@villagechurch. org or call (858) 756-2441.

Kay Arthur to headline Oceanside conference OCEANSIDE — “Revive Me With Kay Arthur,� a two-day conference for women, will be held Sept. 21 and 22 at Calvary Chapel Vista. She and her husband, Jack, are the founders of Precept Ministries International, whose mission is to


Kay Arthur will hold a two-day “Revive Me� conference for women Sept. 21 and 22 at Calvary Chapel Vista.

teach people to study the Bible inductively. According to event organizer Margy Hill, of Women’s Ministry Connection, the conference is inspired by the psalmist’s cry, “My soul clings to the dust.� “We are asking God to use Kay’s love and passion for Him and His Word to ‘revive us according to His Word,’� Hill said in a news release. The cost is $40, which includes a Friday evening session and three more on Saturday. A light dessert will be served Friday evening, and lunch will be served on Saturday. Worship time will be led by Sherri Youngward. Conference organizers have secured a block of hotel rooms at the Courtyard Marriott for $99 a night. For more information, visit www.

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Summer Bible Conference series announced for Shadow Mountain Tim Tebow to appear at Qualcomm Stadium for Father’s Day service EL CAJON — Shadow Mountain Community Church has announced their Summer Bible Conference lineup for 2012. The church, pastored by nationally syndicated radio personality David Jeremiah, has sponsored the popular 13-week Sunday night series for more than thirty years. The highlight of the series, however, happens on a Sunday morning rather than a Sunday night—NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will be the featured speaker for Father’s Day on June 17. The 10:00 a.m. service will be held at Qualcomm Stadium. As quarterback for the Denver Broncos, Tebow captured national headlines during the past NFL season for amazing comebacks—including a spectacular come-frombehind win over the Steelers in the first round of the playoffs—and for his unabashed devotion to Jesus Christ demonstrated on the field by going down on one knee for brief moments of prayer, an act that became known as “Tebowing.� Because of Tebow’s immense popularity that goes far beyond just sports fans, the church concluded that its three regular services in their 2,500-seat auditorium was not nearly sufficient for the expected demand. Concert launches series The 2012 series kicks off June 3 with recording artist Charles Billingsley. Billingsley, worship leader for Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va., had served on the music and worship staff of Shadow Mountain from 2005 to 2007.

Tim Tebow will appear at Shadow Mountain’s Father’s Day service on June 17. The event will be held at Qualcomm stadium at 10:00 a.m.

On June 10, Dinesh D’Souza, president of The King’s College in New York City, will appear. A prolific writer, persuasive debater, and sought after speaker on college campuses as well as many other venues, D’Souza has been named one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers by the New York Times. Some of his recent bestsellers include, “What’s So Great About Christianity� and “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.� Robert Morgan, pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tenn., is a best-selling and Gold Medallion-winning writer with more than 25 books (3.5 million

copies) in print. He will be speaking on June 24. With no Sunday night service on July 1, the church will present its annual “Celebrate America� patriotic production as part of its regular weekend services on Saturday night and Sunday morning, June 30 and July 1. The Sunday night series resumes July 8 with best-selling author Tim LaHaye. LaHaye was the pastor of Shadow Mountain (then called Scott Memorial Baptist Church) prior to Dr. Jeremiah. He is also one of the founders of San Diego Christian College. He is perhaps best known as co-author of the bestselling “Left Behind� series along with scores of other popular books. Ralph West will appear on July 15. Dr. West serves as founder and senior pastor of The Church Without Walls in Houston, Tex. The church began with 32 members and now embraces 24,000 families, meeting in three locations and conducting six services each Sunday. Other speakers for the series include Voddie Baucham (July 22), Philip DeCourcy (July 29), Sean McDowell (Aug. 5), Dennis Swanberg (Aug. 12), John Ortberg (Aug. 19), and Bill Butterworth (Aug. 26). Except for Father’s Day and the Patriotic Celebration, the Sunday night services begin at 6:00 p.m. All services are free. The church is located at 2100 Greenfield Drive in El Cajon. For more information, visit www.

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Sonshine Haven after-school Bible ministry celebrates 20 years By Lori Arnold EL CAJON — Even on the telephone Mari Rothman projects sunshine and hope. The lilt emanating from her voice quickly brings to mind Mark 10, in which Jesus admonishes his followers to approach the throne with a childlike faith. Twenty years after founding her Sonshine Haven children’s ministry, Rothman is just as excited and dedicated as she was while running a brush through the matted hair of the first child she mentored. “It’s just kind of blossoming,� she said. “We’ve had so many, many kids come to the Lord.� The cornerstone of the ministry is after-school Bible clubs, the prototype of which she started at Chase Avenue School in El Cajon after discovering many of the children were coming to school with no shoes and empty stomachs, while others were missing classes because no one at home bothered to get them up and ready. With the blessing of school administrators, Rothman and five volunteers began six-week, one-on-

Mari Rothman, founder of Sonshine Haven Bible clubs, hugs one of her students at a ministry event. The after-school clubs are designed to reach at-risk children and are offered at 43 schools.

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essential, what the children ultimately lacked was spiritual guidance, so she started Sonshine Clubs, the weekly after-school programs in which the children sing songs, make crafts, memorize Scripture, eat snacks and hear a Bible story. “We always try and tie it to a character trait like forgiveness or anger or revenge or bullying, and apply it to something practical in their lives,� said Rothman, who is called “Miss Mari� by her students. The 90-minute program was so successful at the primary level that one of the principals invited Rothman to his middle school campus, and the Higher Ground clubs were launched. Today, 43 elementary and middle schools in seven districts, mostly in the East County, host the clubs. Several more districts have expressed an interest, including San Diego Unified. The clubs average about 40 children each week, although a few draw as many as 100. Developing life skills In addition to the weekly clubs, the ministry also offers regular life skills classes when school is off track. The life skills courses are offered over the course of a day, and children are allowed to select two workshops from a list of eight offered that day. They are also fed lunch. “We still know that is such a way of reaching the kids and giving them a chance to do something they’ve never done before,� she said. Skill courses include guitar or keyboard lessons, sewing, computers, cartoon drawing, cooking, sports and arts and crafts. In one session, the children and their families were treated to a baseball game, courtesy of the San Diego Padres. Even lunch becomes a teaching moment when the instructors guide the children in using good table manners, saying a blessing before eating and cleaning up. Always quick to evaluate the ef-

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fectiveness of the ministry, Rothman considered the needs of mothers, many of whom were raising children on their own. Twelve years ago she expanded the ministry once again, adding a monthly Moms Night Out. The evenings include a speaker, door prizes and an opportunity for prayer. “We need to spend time with the moms of our kids and be able to talk to them and find out what is going on in their lives,� she said. “We decided we needed to have a Moms’ Night with no kids so the moms could just talk and pray together, write down their concerns. A lot of them have grown into being our volunteers.� Volunteers sought Despite the wide scope of the ministry, its operating budget is quite small—$160,000 annually, which mostly covers rent and insurance, signaling its dependence on volunteers, as many as five per club. “The more people, the better we do,� she said. “We are always looking for volunteers to help with the teaching team. That’s what holds us back. Like Madison School, for instance, we lost our team leader for that. It’s so sad to see a school that’s so needy and no one to take it.� To help fund the ministry’s operations, Sonshine Haven recently hosted its annual gala. Guests were treated to a video testimony of one young man, who as a middle-schooler, ran with an Asian gang. Thanks to a Higher Ground club, he left the gang and focused on his school work. A recent graduate of the University of California, San Diego, the young man is now counseling atrisk families. “Here he is working for inner city families,� Miss Mari said. “I thought that was so cool that somebody we had spent a lot of hours, a lot of time on, ended up getting a career in the same field.� His story weaved into the event theme, which was “Celebrating 20 Years of Treasures.� One of the prizes for the evening was a loose diamond hidden among dozens of cubic zirconias. “It kind of reminds me of the kids because you never know how they are going to turn out,� she said. “You just pray for them and love them and reach out to the whole family and trust the Lord to bring the harvest around to take that little rough stone and polish that into a diamond.� For more information, visit www.


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CANCELED - Spirit West Coast, Monterey •

Julius Kim & more. Grace Bible Church, 655 W 11th Ave., Escondido. By Institute for Biblical Counseling & Education • (760) 747-9252,

Men With a Purpose, with Dr. Andy Doan. 121:30pm, Doubletree by Hilton, 1515 Hotel Circle, San Diego, $20 • (619) 222-3688

JUN 21-24 • THU-SUN “Senior Follies,” presented by CCT, Lincoln Performing Arts Center, 4777 Imperial Ave., San Diego. Various times •, (619) 588-0206

MAY 25-26 • FRI-SAT


JUN 22-23 • FRI-SAT

‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.,’ presented by CYT. Fri 7pm; Sun 2pm & 7pm, Pacific Beach Middle School Theater, 4676 Ingraham St., San Diego •

Hank Sauer Memorial Golf Tournament & Spa Event. 12:30pm, Rancho Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, $250. Hosted by San Diego Teen Challenge • (619) 265-0337

MAY 25-27 • FRI-SUN


Spirit West Coast, San Diego. Featured ar tists: TobyMac, Newsboys, Tenth Avenue North, Family Force 5. Also Matthew West, The Afters, Chris August, Love Song. Speakers: Nick Vujicic, Luis Palau. Many more. Del Mar Fairgrounds •

Christians Uniting to Fight Cancer Seminar. 9am-3pm, La Jolla Christian Fellowship, 627 Genter St., La Jolla, $20 • (858) 454-9636,

James Dobson, host of Family Talk and founder of Focus on the Family, will present Parts 1-4 of an 8-part live taping of “Building a Family Legacy,” 6:30-9:30pm, Skyline Church, Hwy 94 @ Jamacha, Rancho San Diego. Free, but reservations required •

MAY 26 • SATURDAY Tyrone Wells, with Joe Brooks & Tyler Hilton. 8pm, House of Blues, 1055 5th St., San Diego, $17 •

MAY 27 • SUNDAY Messianic Concert. 6pm, 5714 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego • org, (858) 366-2088

JUN 1 • FRIDAY The 2012 Eagle Forum San Diego Convention. 4-9pm, Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Rd., La Mesa •

Bethel Seminar y San Diego’s 33rd Commencement, with David K Clark. 10am, College Avenue Baptist Church, 4747 College Ave., San Diego • (619) 582-8188 San Diego Women’s Connection. 11:30am-1:30pm, Best Western Seven Seas, 411 Hotel Circle S, San Diego, $22 • (619) 223-3643, (619) 276-6972 8th Annual Gospel Festival featuring Donnie McClurkin. 7:30pm, San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, free with admission or $22-33/reserved seats •



Salt & Light Citizenship Ministr y. 1-2:30pm, Horizon Christian Fellowship Church, Room 203, 6365 El Apajo Blvd., Rancho Santa Fe • (858) 756-5599

Creation Club Workshops for Kids, ages 3-12. 10am, Creation & Earth History Museum, 10946 Woodside Ave. N., Santee •, (619) 599-1104

A Rotterdam November, indie rock band, in concert. 6pm, El Cajon Wesleyan Church, 1500 E Lexington Ave. El Cajon. Free • (619) 440-4452

LCPC Music Series presents An Evening of Broadway Musicals. 7pm, Lakeside Community Presbyterian Church, 9909 Channel Rd., Lakeside • (619) 443-1021

Dinesh D’Souza, Summer Bible Conference. 6pm, Shadow Mountain Community Church, 2100 Greenfield Dr., El Cajon, free • (619) 440-1802,

JUN 2-30 • SATURDAYS Summer Nights “Messages in a Bottle” at Word of Life Worship Center. Saturdays, 6-7:15pm, Word of Life Worship Center, 8691 Echo Dr., La Mesa • (619) 271-8800 Charles Billingsley in concert with SMCC choir and orchestra, Summer Bible Conference. 6pm, Shadow Mountain Community Church, 2100 Greenfield Dr., El Cajon, free • (619) 440-1802,

JUN 6 • WEDNESDAY My Therapist ‘Sez’…”, an interactive panel of Christian therapists moderated by Dr. Don Welch on “Forgiveness is Forgiving” with Ryan Buchmann presenting, Debbie Wagner, Cathy Gaetke, Dr. Marcial Felan. 6:45-8pm, Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Rd., La Mesa • (619) 660-5000

JUN 7 • THURSDAY Christian Family Schools County Spelling Bee for homeschoolers. 6pm, Ignite Church, 14034 Poway Rd., Ste. G-J, Poway, $7 • Family Connections Christian Adoption Information Session. 6-8pm, 291 S El Camino Real, Ste 202, Oceanside, free •, (760) 966-0531

JUN 13 • WEDNESDAY Prayer Shawl Knitting. 1-3pm, La Jolla Community Church, 4377 Eastgate Mall, San Diego • (858) 454-6682

JUN 15 • FRIDAY Apologetics Seminar, with Greg Koukl. 7-8:30pm, Emmanuel Faith Church Worship Center, 639 E Felicita Ave., Escondido, free • (760) 745-2541 Switchfoot, in concert. 7:30pm, San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, free with admission or $22-33/reserved seats •

JUN 20 • WEDNESDAY South Bay Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon. 11:30am-1pm, Chula Vista Golf Course Restaurant, 4475 Bonita Rd., Bonita, $15 • (619) 475-6288


JUN 23 • SATURDAY Fi shfest 2012, with TobyMac, Sanctus Real, Phil Wickham, Chris August & more. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine •, (714) 545-8900 Leeland, in concer t. 7pm, Horizon Christian Fellowship, 6365 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe •

JUN 24 • SUNDAY Messianic Concert. 6pm, 5714 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego • org, (858) 366-2088 Robert Morgan, Summer Bible Conference. 6pm, Shadow Mountain Community Church, 2100 Greenfield Dr., El Cajon, free • (619) 440-1802,

JUN 29-30 • FRI-SAT James Dobson, host of Family Talk and founder of Focus on the Family, will present Parts 5-8 of an 8-part live taping of “Building a Family Legacy,” 6:30-9:30pm, Skyline Church, Hwy 94 @ Jamacha, Rancho San Diego. Free, but reservations required •

JU 30 • SATURDAY “Celebrate America,” patriotic celebration. 5pm, Shadow Mountain Community Church, 2100 Greenfield Dr., El Cajon, free •, (619) 440-1802

JUL 5 • THURSDAY Family Connections Christian Adoption Information Session. 6-8pm, 291 S El Camino Real, Ste 202, Oceanside, free •, (760) 966-0531

JUL 7 • SATURDAY Creation Club Workshops for Kids, ages 3-12. 10am, Creation & Earth History Museum, 10946 Woodside Ave. N., Santee •, (619) 599-1104 Singles 35+ Seminar: Dating & Marriage After Divorce & Breakups. 7-10pm, The Cove, The Church at Rancho Bernardo, 11838 Bernardo Plaza Court, Ste. 101, San Diego, $10 • (760) 443-3188


Five Iron Frenzy, in concert with My Superhero. 7pm, House of Blues, 1055 5th Ave., San Diego, $19.50 •

JUN 25-29 • MON-FRI Awana Club Soccer Camp. 4-7:30pm, Valley Christian School. 1350 Discovery St., San Marcos, $20 •, (760) 744-0274

JUN 27-29 • WED-FRI Future Quest youth conference, hosted by Foothills Christian Fellowship, featuring Reggie Dabbs, Bill Wilson, Mark Hoffman, Danny Eslinger. Concerts by The Wedding, Flame, Propaganda. Plus workshops, skatepark, paintball, airsoft and many more activities and features •

JUN 28-30 • THU-SAT “Changed by Grace,” with Tim Lane,

Tim LaHaye, Summer Bible Conference. 6pm, Shadow Mountain Community Church, 2100 Greenfield Dr., El Cajon, free • (619) 440-1802,

JUL 15 • SUNDAY Ralph West, Summer Bible Conference. 6pm, Shadow Mountain Community Church, 2100 Greenfield Dr., El Cajon, free • (619) 440-1802,

JUL 15-19 • SUN-THU

JUL 21 • SATURDAY Phil Wickham, in concert. 6pm, Horizon Christian Fellowship, 6365 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe • Voddie Bauchman, Summer Bible Conference. 6pm, Shadow Mountain Community Church, 2100 Greenfield Dr., El Cajon, free • (619) 440-1802,

JUL 22 • SUNDAY Comedian Tim Lovelace. 5pm, El Cajon Wesleyan Church, 1500 E Lexington Ave., El Cajon, $10/person or $25/family (suggested donation) • 619) 440-4452, (619) 442-5941

JUL 22-27 • SUN-FRI Vacation Bible School, Amazing Wonders Aviation,” 3 years – high school. 5:45-8:30pm, First Baptist Church Clairemont, 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Clairemont, free • fbcclairemont. org, (858) 273-4642

JUL 25-29 • WED-SUN Renovare, Covenant Retreat, with Richard J Foster, Chris Hall, Nathan Foster, Julia Roller & many more. Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, various cost • (303) 792-0152,

AUG 6-10 • MON-FRI 2012 Summer Drama & Musical Theatre Camp, middle school thru ’12 high school graduates. The Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe • (858) 756-2441

AUG 25-26 • SAT-SUN Orange County Harvest Crusade with Greg Laurie at Angel Stadium • harvest. org

SEP 7- 8 • FRI-SAT Promise Keepers 2012 National Men’s Conference, “Called Out!” Viejas Arena at San Diego State University, San Diego • 1-866-776-6473,

SEP 8 • SATURDAY Steven Curtis Chapman, in concert, 7pm, Skyline Church, Hwy 94 @ Jamacha Blvd., Rancho San Diego. Ticketed • (619) 660-5000,

Sky VBS. 6:30-8:30pm, Lighthouse Christian Church, 4700 Mesa Dr., Oceanside, $15/child or $40/family •


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Youth Entrepreneurship Academy presents High School Business Planning Camp, Concordia University, Irvine •

“Revive Me” Conference with Kay Arthur & Sherri Youngward. Calvary Chapel Vista, 885 E Vista Way, Vista, $40 •

Los Angeles Harvest Crusade with Greg Laurie at Dodger Stadium •

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SAN DIEGO — An elderly San Diego woman who made suicide kits from her home and sold them over the Internet will spend five years on probation and pay a $1,000 fine—not for the mail-order business but for taxes charges related to the enterprise. A federal judge issued the sentence May 7 after 92-year-old Sharlotte Hydorn pleaded guilty in December to not filing income tax returns from 2007 to 2010. Hydorn’s home business, which she started after watching her husband’s painful battle with cancer three decades ago, came to light last spring after a 29-year-old Oregon man used the device to take his own life. Though dealing with chronic health issues, the man was not terminally ill. The case prompted Oregon legislators, at the urging of the deceased man’s family, to ban the sale of such devices. Oregon is one of a few states that allow physician-assisted suicide for those with a fatal diagnosis.

Federal authorities said they could not prosecute Hydorn for making and selling the kits because there is no federal law banning someone from assisting in a suicide. In San Diego County, at least six clients are believed to have used the kits to end their lives, authorities have said. The District Attorney’s office declined to bring charges against Hydorn even though California law prohibits suicide assistance. In the fall, federal authorities raided the El Cajon home Hydorn shares with her son, seizing documents, computers and the sewing machine she used to make the hooded kits. As part of her plea deal, Hydorn was ordered not to assist in any more suicides. Over the years Hydorn is believed to have sold more than 1,300 of the kits from a Rancho San Diego mailbox suite. The kits were sold online for $60. In an April 2011 interview with the Christian Examiner, Hydorn said she started making the kits about three years earlier, after a Canadian man closed down his mail-order

business citing poor health. Because of her husband’s extended struggle with cancer 30 years ago, Hydorn said she became an advocate for a person’s right to choose the method and timing of their death, even receiving training in how to become an “exit aide,” someone who stays with a patient as they end their own life. She has traveled across the country in that role, she said. “I’m just here to comfort people because I suffered, too, when my husband died,” she said. Tim Rosales, the spokesman for the Californians Against Assisted Suicide, said in an interview last year that he believed Hydorn, who did not actually participate in the suicides, was flirting with the state’s law prohibiting suicide assistance. “The law gets tricky and gray,” Rosales said. “I think it’s definitely skirting the law. I think anyone participating can be exerting influence on the person, especially someone who could be facing serious difficulties and challenges ahead. The opportunity for mischievousness is certainly there.”

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Christian Examiner staff report ANAHEIM HILLS — A public funeral service was held May 19 for veteran Christian talk show host Rich Buhler, who died May 7 of pancreatic cancer. He was 65. Buhler, who was diagnosed with the cancer in July 2010, died in an Orange County hospital. His passing was announced in a statement posted on his Facebook page by son, Keith E. Buhler, who wrote, “Our daddy completed his life’s course and enters now into the rest of our Lord. “We cannot thank you enough for the love, support and prayer during this journey—God’s mercy has been tangible.” After announcing funeral arrangements, the younger Buhler

added, “We are grieving in our souls but rejoicing in Christ!” Host of “Talk From the Heart” on KBRT 740 AM, Buhler, an ordained minister, was considered a trailblazer for Christian talk radio, having picked up the airwaves bug as a teen. Before launching the talk-show format at KBRT, he helped to develop the station’s news department. After a brief break from radio to undergo cancer treatment, Buhler returned to the air but broadcast his final show in September so that he could concentrate on his health. “This week Christian Radio lost a hero, a pioneer who changed the face of Christian radio,” a statement on the KBRT website said. “Rich Buhler opened doors for the birth of many ministries. He made listeners feel safe

and brought God’s unconditional love to so many souls nationwide through radio. The statement also commended the radioman for his valiant battle with cancer. “Our beloved Rich Buhler fought the good fight and is now joined with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” it said. In addition to his passion for radio, Buhler was a pilot who was involved with Mission Aviation Fellowship. Buhler is survived by his wife, Dianne, 10 children and 12 grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Mission Aviation Fellowship at www. Click on “donate” and scroll down to the tribute option.

in North America and is the nation’s largest Christian ministry for men and women dealing with same-sex attraction, though it is not involved in reparative therapy work.

Officials from NARTH, however, disagree, and they testified in the Senate hearing that scientific assumptions used to support the need for the law were based on biased studies and misrepresentations about the therapy, which Lieu referred to as “Sexual Orientation Change Efforts” in his bill. For instance, NARTH maintains that the committee that drafted a 2009 American Psychological Association report cited by SB 1172 excluded anyone who practiced the treatment or was sympathetic to its benefits. “(It) ended up being comprised of professionals who essentially were in ideological lock step with one another in their preconceived notions regarding SOCE,” said a letter to the committee by NARTH President Christopher H. Rosik, Ph.D. In addition, NARTH officials said that the bill ignores research favorable toward reparative therapy. “We believe that SB 1172 would make for bad law based on its misrepresentation of the science pertaining to SOCE, its potential to unnecessarily restrict client and parental choices and its assumption of the regulatory functions of mental health associations and licensing boards,” Rosik wrote. If successful in both chambers, the SB 1172 would then advance to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. Brown has historically approved bills supportive of the gay and lesbian agenda.

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SB 1172… Continued from page 1 tion change efforts have not been shown to be safe or effective and can, in fact, be harmful. The risks include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior and suicide.” The form must also include statements critical of the practice from the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs and National Association of Social Workers. “Some therapists are taking advantage of vulnerable people by pushing dangerous sexual orientation-change efforts,” Lieu said at the May 8 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “These non-scientific efforts have led in some cases to patients’ later committing suicide, as well as severe mental and physical anguish.” Reparative therapy, espoused by numerous national mental health organizations, provides treatments for patients with unwanted same-sex attractions to become ex-gays. Thousands of gays and lesbians have testified to the success of the treatment and have gone on to live successfully as heterosexuals. Exodus International, for example, has more than 260 member agencies

A true believer David Pickup, a registered California therapist, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying he is proof the treatment works. “I will admit there is quackery out there,” the therapist told the committee. “But reparative therapy, which is what I do, authentic reparative therapy, is absolutely based on science, good research, and it works.” The method is also endorsed by the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, which said the proposed legislation ignores solid research extolling the benefits of the treatment for those wishing to leave the gay lifestyle. Opponents of the therapy, however, insist that homosexuality is not a medical condition and that attempts to convert are not only unethical but also harmful. “Being lesbian or gay or bisexual is not a disease or mental disorder for the same reason that being a heterosexual is not a disease or a mental disorder,” Lieu testified. “The medical community is unanimous in stating that homosexuality is not a medical condition.”


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Dianne Feinstein* (D) Elizabeth Emken (R) Dan Hughes (R)

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U.S. REPRESENTATIVE Darrell Issa* (R) Jerry Tetalman (D)

District 50 Duncan Hunter* (R)

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Pamela Bensoussan (D) Larry Breitfelder (R)

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Lyn Neylon (D) Jerry Rindone (R)

Susan Davis* (D) Nick Popaditch (R)

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Carl De Maio (R) Bonnie Dumanis (R) Bob Filner (D) Nathan Fletcher (I) Woody Woodrum (R) (write-in candidate)

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Steve Dannon (R) Carl Hilliard (R) Dave Roberts (D)

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London Meservy (D) Mary Salas (D)

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ESCONDIDO — The Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation is spearheading a capital campaign to include a chapel at the new Palomar Health Center, which is scheduled to open in August. Thanks to an initial drive of hospital employees, the campaign has already raised $110,000 of is $500,000 goal. Officials are hoping to raise the remainder of the money by the end of June, which could potentially mean a late 2012 opening for the chapel. “Chapels are very central in all hospitals,” said Ann Braun, executive director and chief development officer for the Palomar Health Foundation, which oversees all capital campaigns. “They are really the heart of the hospital. Regardless of someone’s faith, that is frequently where people will go for comfort.” The new hospital was funded primarily through a taxpayer-approved ballot measure and will include terraced gardens and other art element designed to improve healing. “It will be art and science,” Braun said. Although the hospital plans included dedicated space for the chapel, increased construction costs prompted administrators to delay the chapel to focus on patient rooms and observation centers for the medical staff. “The chapel had to be delayed slightly so that we could raise the private support necessary,” the foundation administrator said.

“Frequently the chapels in hospitals room where families can gather for are paid for through philanthropy, private spiritual care. Five chapand that’s why we felt strongly we lains, funded by private donations, would be able to accomplish that.” are assigned to the hospital. Covering 850-square miles, the Braun lauded the efforts of Alma Davis, a nurse, and Sonia Lopez, an hospital district is the largest in the executive and board assistant, for state and serves residents in northpushing the capital campaign for ern San Diego County and south the chapel. “We have a lot of faith that (this) is going to happen,” Lopez said. The fundraising effort, Braun added, has been driven by the fa- An artist rendering of the new Palomar Medical Center cility’s nurses, opening this summer. who began mobilizing late last year after get- Riverside. In addition to serving ting word about the chapel’s lack of the public, the chapel is also a viinterior funding. tal resource for staff who often face “This is just a wonderful effort crisis situations as a regular course and also a symbol of our absolute of their work. commitment to completing this “We feel very strongly that this is part of the new Palomar Medical a place where people come for help Center,” she said. and we are caring for people with In all, more than 400 employ- all different levels of need and we ees raised the $110,000, with some believe this is a place where God funding coming from outside do- is close because of the type of misnors. In the next month, the focus sion we have to care for everyone,” will shift to the community. Braun said. “We are committed” Braun said. Donations may be made online “There is no way that we can fail be- but must be designed for the chacause we won’t stop until we raise pel fund or will automatically be the money that is needed to com- applied to the hospital’s general plete that chapel so that families campaign. and patients and staff and physicians can go for a quiet moment.” For more information, visit www. In addition to the chapel, the or call (760) space will also include a meditation 739-2785.






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If you enjoy working with seniors, we want you to be a part of our missionoriented team! Persons with an active Christian faith are encouraged to apply. To apply for these positions, or to inquire about other open positions, please e-mail resume w/salary history to jobs.MountMiguel.CV@covenantretirement. org, or fax to (619) 931-1237, or apply in person at 325 Kempton St., Spring Valley, CA 91977. EOE.


Realize that you are a sinner. No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a good person. That is because we are all sinners. We all fall short of God’s desire for us to be holy. The Bible says, “There is no one righteous—not even one” (Romans 3:10 NIV). This is because we cannot become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ. Recognize that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. The Bible tells us, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NIV). This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it. Repent of your sin. The Bible tells us to “repent and turn to God” (Acts 3:19 NIV). The word repent means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him. Receive Christ into your life. Becoming a Christian is not merely believing some creed or going to church. It is having Christ Himself

take residence in your life and heart. “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9 NIV). If you would like to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, simply pray this prayer with complete sincerity. Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins and rose again. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I confess you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen. If you just prayed that prayer and meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Your decision to follow Christ means God has forgiven you and that you will spend eternity in heaven. The Bible tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NIV). To put your faith in action, be sure to spend time with God by reading your Bible, praying, getting involved in a Bible-preaching church, and telling others about Christ.

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