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Ventura County Religion; Pastor Envisions Christianity Leaving False Piety Behind; Worship: Francis Chan uses personal stories to help ensure congregants that Cornerstone Community Church is 'pure and blameless and free of hypocrisy.'
[Ventura County Edition]
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Hong, Regina
Date: Oct 17, 1998
Start Page: 8
Section: Metro; PART- B; Zones Desk
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The lights come back on. Before the packed church stands Pastor Francis Chan, wearing not a suit and tie or holy robes but khakis and a long-sleeved shirt. He tells the audience that just as the girl grows, so must Christians mature in their faith.

Chan, a 31-year-old who calls himself a Generation X'er with a short attention span, is accustomed to using props, videos and personal stories--anything to get his Christian messages across at the nondenominational Cornerstone Community Church.

"I think the average person sees church as a place filled with hypocrites," Chan said. "There's a lot of people who say they believe in God but they just don't believe in the church.

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