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Posted: Monday, April 5, 2010 12:00 am

Easter and Christmas are days when many people attend church, but they don't often go the rest of the year. At Crossroads/Heartland Church in Lodi, co-pastor Scott Hubbard estimates that 800 people came through the doors for the weekend's three services, some 300 more than on a typical Sunday.

"We cater to people (for whom) it's a new experience," Hubbard said after the 11 a.m. service on Sunday. "Every church reaches a different kind of people. We are reaching a lot of people who have never been in church before or not in a long time."

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11 comments:

  • posted at 3:19 pm on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    Science does not change. It is a method of gathering and testing evidence from nature and presents our best current understanding of the world. Our base of knowledge is what is continually changing and expanding--that's a great thing. We go to the doctor and are prescribed the best current medication for our illness--that is a fact. Later, when research points to something better, we gladly accept the new, improved treatment. We don't say that the original was "wrong", it was just the best we had at the time. Evidence guides science as it constantly moves forward. Your religious belief system is based on violent iron age myths and never changes. It's interesting how much the faithful suddenly trust science when they have a health problem, but then when it conflicts with their dogma, they want nothing to do with it.

     
  • posted at 2:35 pm on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    skeptic:So science has never changed it's mind on things? Science is as much about belief as religion is. What we know about the Earth is always changing. The age of the universe is changing. Even what we know about ourselves through science changes as we learn more. So your "facts" are just currently held beliefs by scientists.But thanks for reafirming that it is perfectly acceptable to you to mock people based what they believe.

     
  • posted at 11:52 am on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    wujek wrote on Apr 5, 2010 2:54 PM:" I see the theophobes are out today. Funny how they scream and hollar about how their beliefs have to be accepted and honored but have no problem mocking and hate-mongering Christians. "Agnostics, atheists, and freethinkers don't have any "beliefs". They have facts. A belief is an opinion or idea held as true without any evidence as back up.

     
  • posted at 11:24 am on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    How can this possibly be a news story? First, there is a total disconnect between the headline and the content of the story. There are no viable statistics presented about church attendance at more than ONE church. That doesn't mean that Lodi residents "flocked" anywhere but there. Secondly, because the article doesn't speak about any other churches, it is really just a fluff piece -- and advertisement -- for one particular congregation. Hardly a NEWS item. (And the LNS wonders why it has lost so many subscribers?)

     
  • posted at 10:27 am on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    Right back atcha, wujek.

     
  • posted at 9:54 am on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    I see the theophobes are out today. Funny how they scream and hollar about how their beliefs have to be accepted and honored but have no problem mocking and hate-mongering Christians.

     
  • posted at 9:51 am on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    4AStrongLodi: I, too had a great time on Zombie Jesus day.

     
  • posted at 7:24 am on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    I think 4AStrongLodi is being very ugly and sarcastic. I'm pretty sure when Lodi was first formed the people of this town were the true "Strong Lodi" folks who loved Jesus and sad at the way He died. Can you imagine the pain of being nailed on the cross!! I really hope I just misunderstood your comment.

     
  • posted at 6:41 am on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    To: 4AStrongLodi, what about His resurrection? Did you celebrate that too? Just curious - never heard anybody say they celebrated Jesus' death before - we celebrate the fact He is risen.

     
  • posted at 4:52 am on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    I pray for all the non believers that they may find peace in the Lord. I pray for the athiests to find the Lord before it is too late. To burn in hell for eternity is a terrible fate. To never again be with loved ones who have died and gone to Heaven would be the worst part. I am proud to say I am a believer.

     
  • posted at 1:42 am on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    I enjoyed celebrating Jesus' death.

     
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