GLENDALE, Calif. – Working as a phone call screener and talk show host for one of the most listened to rock 'n' roll stations in Southern California for more than 20 years, Frank Sontag confesses that as a "new ager" and someone who had not yet accepted Jesus Christ he didn't really want to hear what Christians, who called into the station to talk about the Gospel, had to say – he hung up on them.
"They would start reading Scripture and I could not hang up on them fast enough," said Sontag, talking to The Christian Post inside the Glendale, Calif., studio of Christian radio station KKLA 99.5 during a break of his new show. "I would hide under the guise that this isn't a religious show and if I allowed you to preach from your book, anybody can call with their book and preach, and that wouldn't be good."
Sontag's is talking about his 21 years as a talk show host of the thought-provoking, highly-rated "Impact" program on the top-rated classic rock FM station KLOS in Los Angeles. more >>
Three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Rottweiler called Max in Southern California on Sunday, have been removed from street duty due to death threats against them and their families.
A cellphone video of the horrific shooting which occurred in Hawthorne, Calif., and was posted to YouTube on Sunday has since been viewed more than four million times and has evoked mass and vitriolic outrage from the public.
Spokesman for the Hawthorne Police, Lt. Scott Swain told the Daily Breeze that the department received an inundation of threats via telephone, email and social media that forced them to reassign the officers to desk duty. more >>
The state Senate in California approved a bill Wednesday that would allow transgender students K-12 access to public school bathrooms based on their chosen gender identity and to play on their school's one-sex sports team of choice. The bill, which already passed in the state Assembly last May, passed by a 21-9 vote and now goes to the governor.
Sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), Assembly Bill 1266 is aimed at prohibiting "discrimination against transgender students" in the state's school districts, Ammiano said.
Some school districts in the U.S. already have similar policies, but the author of the bill says its implementation would mark the first time a state has mandated such treatment by statute, according to AP. more >>
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Biola University, a private Christian university located in La Mirada, Calif., is standing by its decision to bar Diana Jimenez, a recent nursing graduate, from displaying a graphic anti-abortion sign in a prominent location on campus where it would be visible to students, faculty and visitors during finals week, despite the institution's pro-life stance.
In a recently posted video on YouTube, John Ojeisekhoba, chief of campus safety, asked Jimenez if she understood the implications of her decision to display the anti-abortion sign. "If I kick you off campus, you cannot graduate," he said to Jimenez before asking if she wanted him to call the local sheriff to resolve the issue. more >>
A California judge ruled on Monday that yoga is not a religious tool and thus can be freely practiced in a school's fitness class despite a lawyer arguing that the case shows bias against Christianity.
"Yoga as it has developed in the last 20 years is rooted in American culture, not Indian culture," said San Diego Superior Court Judge John Meyer. "It is a distinctly American cultural phenomenon. A reasonable student would not objectively perceive that Encinitas school district yoga advances or promotes religion."
A family in San Diego had argued that the separation of church and state was violated by the local Encinitas school district that has been including yoga exercises in its physical education program. more >>
IRVINE, Calif. – A gripping film featuring Greg and Cathe Laurie, Jeremy Camp, and Nick Vujicic discussing a time in their lives of unfathomable loss and emotional pain resulted in more than two dozen viewers making professions of faith in Jesus during a special first-time screening at Harvest Orange County Church Sunday evening.
"Hope For Hurting Hearts" details the experience of the Lauries, whose eldest son died in a car accident in 2008. Since then, the couple has been sharing their story of hope in God and eternal life in heaven. The film also features Camp, a Dove Award-winning Christian musician who tragically lost his first wife to cancer, and who wrote the hit song, "I Still Believe." Also in the movie, Vujicic, president and CEO of Life Without Limbs, is dedicated to sharing his life-changing message of hope found in Christ, and has been welcomed to speak in countries around the world, including those with strict restrictions against religious speech.
Near the end of the film, Laurie is seen giving an invitation to pray along with him for viewers to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. The evangelist, perhaps best known for his Christian outreach events held at stadiums called Harvest, was present at the screening at his church in Irvine and after the movie ended, asked those who prayed to come forward to receive a Bible. About 30 people came up from their seats. more >>