‘Community’ Archive

Drawing Lines: The Fences of the Church September 6, 2017 No Comments

The modern Church tries to be open to as many as possible, in order that as many as possible might hear the Gospel.  Jim Belcher has written about a model of the Church not as a fenced enclosure but as a waterhole in the desert.  But you have to do something when the barbarian hordes on […]

Arellano Defends the Fire Pits April 14, 2013 No Comments

Columnist Gustavo Arellano, in his inimitable way, defends the fire pits.  He even threatens to name the director of the AQMD to the ‘Scariest People’ list that he keeps, a list that I made once in previous years due to my views on marriage. Related: “Chris Epting, HB Independent Columnist, Freaks Out AQMD Officials Over […]

Sign the Petition and Save the Fire Rings!! April 14, 2012 2 Comments

The latest local government outrage is the attempt of the Newport Beach City Council to tear out the fire rings at Big Corona and other places. Fortunately, they have to seek the approval of the Coastal Commission to do this.  There is a petition online here directed to both the city council and the Coastal […]

LA the Least Gentrified Major City? May 13, 2010 2 Comments

Los Angeles has been “gentrified” and made more stable in many of its areas by immigrant settlement, but the phenomenon of Anglo gentrification by what used to be called “yuppies” or their more contemporary counteparts (most of the original “yuppies” are now in their 50s) in terms of upgrading a formerly “bad” neighborhood by pushing […]