Author Eric Metaxas Pumps His Book Miracles and the "Real" Phenomenon in Newps Tonight

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Dutton Adult
Rockin' those glasses!

According to a New York Times bestselling author speaking in Newport Beach tonight, miracles are real, he's tracked them and he can explain why they happen--although it is unclear if Eric Metaxas mingled with those seeking them in Grateful Dead concert parking lots. But his topic has prompted the godless OC Weekly to preview an event co-sponsored by Vanguard University and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, which can mean only one thing: IT'S A SURPRISING AND WELCOME EVENT THAT IS NOT EXPLICABLE BY NATURAL OR SCIENTIFIC LAWS AND IS THEREFORE CONSIDERED TO BE THE WORK OF A DIVINE AGENCY!!!

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Monday Pervy Monday: Calvary Church Leader Vincent Lavello Had Sex with 14 y.o. Girl: DA

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Photo by flickr user C Jill Reed
It was preying and not praying hands that got a church leader in trouble.

The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) and the Garden Grove Police Department are seeking the public's help in finding other possible victims of a volunteer Calvary Church leader who allegedly had unlawful sex with and committed lewd acts upon a 14-year-old girl. Vincent Daniel Lavello, 50, of Garden Grove, was turned in by his wife, according to the agencies, which gives new meaning to the truth will set you free.

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Professor Jere Lipps Speaks on Religious Threat to Climate Change Public Policy SATURDAY

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Courtesy of Cal State Fullerton
University of California professor emeritus Jere Lipps has been director of Orange County's John D. Cooper Archaeology and Paleontology Center since 2012.

A geologist, paleontologist, marine biologist and UC Berkeley professor emeritus speaks in Irvine Saturday afternoon about how some would like public policy on climate change based on religious beliefs rather than science.


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Kidnapped for Christ Screens After Kate Logan Talks About Her Horrific Teen Center Film

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Kidnapped for Christ LLC
Anti-gay therapy is the pits.

Biola University student Kate Logan went to the Dominican Republic to make a movie about a troubled teen center. But once in Jarabacoa she discovered teens had been kidnapped at the behest of their parents to attend a school where they'd undergo behavior modification and anti-gay therapy. Thus, the theme of Logan's documentary changed, something she'll talk about at a panel discussion in Long Beach Saturday night before Kidnapped for Christ screens.

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Christians and Atheists Debate in Huntington Beach Over Whether Jesus Was a Real Dude

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Christ is your buddy, but was he real?

I knew Huntington Beach Christian Toastmasters and Backyard Skeptics--a group of Orange County atheists, humanists and assorted non-believers--had debated before but who knew these education events have been a regular deal over the past year? Gathering No. 12 is Thursday night in a Surf City church, and it's free to attend even if you're a damn dirty heathen!

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David Elifar Verduzco Gets 30 Years for His Style of Preying at Agape House of Prayer

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Courtesy of Tustin Police Department
David Elifar Verduzco is one sick pup.
A piano teacher who molested girls ages 9 and 12 he met through Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim has been sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison.

A worship team leader who gave electronic keyboard lessons at Agape, 35-year-old David Elifar Verduzco of Santa Ana had befriended the families of the girls, who all attended the church together.

"You were really close friends with my family and now it's hard to trust anyone," said the younger girl in a victim impact statement delivered at Friday's sentencing. "The way I feel now is that I'll be scared forever, and I don't want to remember this at all when I get older."

The father of the other girl called Verduzco a wolf who disguised himself as a sheep to prey on victims, adding the experience nearly broke up the dad's marriage.

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TV's Youth Obsession Continues as Bobby Schuller Takes Over the All-New Hour of Power

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"I want the Hour of Power to capture the minds of non-religious people," says Bobby Schuller.

It's rather stunning when you think about it, but since Robert A. Schuller took over as leader of Crystal Cathedral Ministries from his televangelist father Robert H. Schuller on Jan. 22, 2006, he was succeeded by his disapproving dad, his sister Sheila Schuller Coleman and his son Bobby Schuller. Before Coleman left in 2012 to start a new church, she had overseen the former mega-church's bankruptcy, ouster of her founder father and sale of the iconic Crystal Cathedral to Orange County Roman Catholic diocese. But a blast from the past came this week when Bobby Schuller was named host of the renamed and reformatted television show Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller. Call it an early Glory of Christmas present.

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David Elifar Verduzco is GUILTY of Preying on Little Girls While with Agape House of Prayer

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David Elifar Verduzco obviously had not read Mark 9:42.
A jury in Santa Ana Wednesday afternoon found David Elifar Verduzco guilty of molesting a 12-year-old girl who was taking piano lessons from him at Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim and of sexually assaulting the 9-year-old daughter of churchgoers inside her Tustin home.

Verduzco, a Santa Ana resident who was a member of Agape's "worship team," now faces up to 30 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration at his scheduled Oct. 17 sentencing.

He flirted with the 12-year-old girl, kissed her on the cheek and placed his hand on her thigh while giving her piano lessons. Between January and September of 2011, he used his foot to slip his cell phone under her and shoot up-skirt videos.

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Chuck Smith Family Spat Over Calvary Chapel Control Goes to a Higher Power (OC Courts)

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Chuck Smith left behind a mess.
A daughter of the late Chuck Smith is suing the husband of another of the Calvary Church Costa Mesa founder's daughters who is alleged to have inflicted neglect and elder abuse as "Pastor Chuck" was dying of terminal lung cancer last year.

Janette Manderson says she filed the lawsuit on behalf of 87-year-old Kay Smith, who suffers from dementia and is Manderson's mother and the wife of the deceased leader of the born-again Christian megachurch in Santa Ana. The alleged evildoer, according to the complaint, is Brian Brodersen, who is married to the Smiths' youngest daughter, Cheryl. But the suit also demonizes the board of the non-profit The Word For Today ministry, which is accused of callously taking over the office, computers and worldwide ministry of Smith immediately after he died on Oct. 3, 2013. Brodersen chairs that board.

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David Elifar Verduzco, Church Music Teacher, Molested 12 y.o. Girl, Not 9 y.o. Girl: Defense

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Courtesy of Tustin Police Department
David Elifar Verduzco is also alleged to have shot up-skirt video of the 12-year-old.
How is this for an opening defense in a molestation trial? Attorney Lawrence Volk told the jury his 35-year-old client, David Elifar Verduzco, molested a 12-year-old girl who was taking piano lessons from him at Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim.

But sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl he was babysitting at her Tustin home? No way, Volk maintained. That apparently would be gross.

Verduzco, who was a member of Agape's "worship team," is charged with sexual penetration of a child 10 years or younger, three counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor, all felonies, and two misdemeanor counts each of child annoyance and using a concealed device to record another without their consent.

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