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September 28, 2012
The column, "At home with the Jesuses?" (Sept. 24) appears to have been written by someone who is unaware of the enormous Christian population in Maryland and in our nation. As a former resident of Baltimore for 36 years, I find Susan Reimer 's attempt at some form of "humor" to be offensive, and it would be wise to not make Christians a target. We serve God and His only Son, Jesus, who was born of a woman named Mary. God elevated the status of women by choosing to send His Son to us in this manner.
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By Lauren McEwen and For The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
The final season of "True Blood" is here, and after three seasons  of definite misses, only the most devoted of fans (or those of us who  feel a compulsion to complete things) are here. Let's dive right in,  since the show does. The Set-Up Sick vampires are running amuck in Bon Temps, an unfortunate side  effect of the hep V-poisoned "True Blood" from last season. The federal  government is only really protecting major cities, making towns like Bon Temps easy pickings for the “Hep Vs.” The first 2.5 minutes of the s eason opener is a giant fight scene at Mayor Sam Merlotte's (!
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NEWS
September 25, 2012
What Sun staff writers like Susan Reimer never seem to consider is whether Jesus was ever a real person ("At home with the Jesus," Sept. 24). He was not. Paul never intended Jesus to be anything other than a spiritual being. Others invented life details later. We cannot have a debate about whether Jesus had a wife before we approach the question of his historicity, because it preempts many arguments. By the way, Santa's not real either. Theodore Houk
NEWS
June 16, 2014
Madeleine Mysko's recent commentary advised that 645 commissioners of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA will vote later this month whether to accept marriage equality for the LGBTQ community ( "Presbyterians to vote on marriage equality," June 6). She observed that real people from that community will surround those commissioners, reminding them that the issue concerns the harm to families that results when couples are denied marriage and also that "it's not just about the interpretation of certain passages in the Bible.
NEWS
November 1, 2012
Dan Rodricks recently asked "What would Jesus do?" in reference to same sex unions, quoting scripture and concluding that he would support them ("Same-sex unions: What would Jesus do?" Oct. 25). Reader Sharon A. Knotts, also quoting scripture, came to the opposite conclusion in her letter ("Jesus would have opposed same-sex marriage," Oct. 30). Really though, I don't care what Jesus would think of gay marriage. I don't care if he'd approve. I don't care if he'd disapprove. You see I'm not Christian, so what I care about is people who want the government to care what Jesus would think.
NEWS
July 23, 2012
Jesus taught his followers to have compassion for the sick, including paying for the health care of those who can't afford it. In the biblical Gospel of Luke, the Good Samaritan is the person who stops and cares for an injured man left by the side of the road. In this teaching, Jesus tells how the privileged members of society had callously walked past the injured man, ignoring his urgent need for care. No law is perfect, but the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will guarantee that everyone, even the poor, cannot be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition or inability to pay. Based on that premise alone I support this law. As a Christian, I am commanded by Jesus to love my neighbor as myself, and to care for the poor and those in need.
NEWS
March 6, 2010
If the archdiocese had formed a commitee to increase the enrollment of Cardinal Gibbons instead of one to decide how to consolidate it, perhaps they wouldn't be facing this sad day. I will support Catholic soup kitchens and the Catholic Relief Services but not the archdiocese unless it changes it's decision regarding Cardinal Gibbons. Gibbons, Seton-Keough, Archbishop Spalding and Archbishop Curley are the only schools with a mission to serve those who are not rich. When they sell the land to St. Agnes, we will know what truly motivates the hierarchacy, certainly not a commitment to education for all. I repeat -- what would Jesus do?
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2011
Ocean City is hosting the annual Jesus at the Beach Music & Ministry Festival, a three-day event that began Monday and continues through Wednesday. The festival of ministry, praise, testimony, prayer, dance and drama is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day at the convention center and each evening on the beach at North Division Street at 7 p.m. A baptism on the beach takes place tomorrow at about 1 p.m. The festival has been a fixture at Ocean City for the past 17 years. Admission is free.
NEWS
November 6, 2012
While visiting friends in the Baltimore area, I saw Dan Rodricks ' column "A priest speaks up for same-sex marriage" (Nov. 4). As a Catholic priest myself, I am dismayed by Archbishop William E. Lori's assertion that "preaching ... requires subordination of personal views to the word of God" in response to the Rev. Richard T. Lawrence's nuanced distinctions. It was precisely Jesus' personal views that led him to freely and frequently dissent in interpreting Torah Law (word of God)
NEWS
October 28, 2012
Dan Rodricks ("Same sex unions: What would Jesus do?" Oct. 25) ventured all over the map in trying to discredit the Christian view about homosexuality. First, he tried to imply that the Christian view is that homosexuals should be put to death. I don't know of any Christians who think homosexuals should be put to death. Although Dan was all over the map concerning Christianity, lets just stick to the subject, homosexuality and same-sex unions. I don't know of a single major religion that condones sexual relations between two men or two women.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Returning from a religious service (let's omit the denomination), I described it to my college roommate, who asked, "Why do those people bother to be there? What's their purpose?" I answered, "I believe that their purpose is to mean well . "  I have the same reaction to most public prayer at secular occasions: little anodyne sentiments that appear to do little to establish comity and civility. Wouldn't mind dispensing with dragging God into zoning disputes and school boundaries.  But then there are those who want their public prayer full-blooded, invoking not only God but insisting that Jesus participate in the proceedings.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
Despite a federal judge's order that the Carroll County commissioners stop praying to Jesus at their meetings, Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier reached into history and summoned George Washington to aid her cause last week. "I beseech thee, for the sake of him in whom thou art well pleased, the Lord Jesus Christ, to admit me to render thee deserved thanks and praises for thy manifold mercies extended toward me," Frazier intoned, saying the words were once offered to God by Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
For Colm Toibin, the world is full of echoes - ancient stories from different traditions that speak of parents, children and the divine. He sensed the reverberations every time he thought of his childhood in County Wexford, Ireland, where he was steeped in biblical stories. He detected them every time before he stood before a class in the New School in New York and prepared to lecture on the ancient Greek tragedies. And he picked up the murmurs once again when he went to the opera or saw his friend, the actress Fiona Shaw, perform the role of Medea on Broadway, and wished there were more epic roles for her to tackle.
NEWS
January 4, 2014
Right on, Susan Reimer ("A pope for the disaffected," Jan. 3)! I admire Pope Francis for his example of true Christianity. He makes Jesus real again. Although I have considered going back to Catholicism, I choose not to be harnessed by the rituals and doctrine again. I will continue my spiritual walk with Jesus in a non-denominational church that enables me to sustain my faith and serve with the gift of God's grace. Vicki Weaver, Indianapolis, Ind. - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | November 16, 2013
Three famous men died on Nov. 22, 1963. The one getting the most attention, understandably, is John F. Kennedy. Less so the other two: Aldous Huxley, author of the futuristic novel "Brave New World," and Clive Staples Lewis. Of the three, it was Mr. Lewis who not only was the most influential of his time, but whose reach extends to these times and likely beyond. His many books continue to sell and the number of people whose lives have been changed by his writing expands each year.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 26, 2013
A few words on the new pope. Since ascending to the papacy in March, the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio has managed to surprise and impress the religious and irreligious alike by living a brand of faith seldom seen on the public stage. Pope Francis insists on carrying his own bags, living in a simple apartment and cooking his own supper. He has largely shunned the papal Mercedes-Benz in favor of a 5-year-old Ford Focus. One of the earliest acts of his papacy was to wash and kiss the feet of a dozen young prisoners, two of them girls, at least one of them a Muslim.
NEWS
By Howard Kleinberg | August 25, 1994
London -- A THEOLOGICAL storm has affected Great Britain's historic and religious scholars while the source of it, a rewrite of the Gospel of St. Matthew by Greek scholar and controversial British politician Enoch Powell, has yet to reach the bookstores.the heart of the discordance are two central themes: that the generally held view that the Gospel of St. Mark was written before St. Matthew's is erroneous and that Jesus was not crucified, but stoned to death by Jews for what they believed was blasphemy.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 13, 2000
There's nothing terribly wrong with "Jesus," save for the occasional silliness that comes from putting a new spin on oft-told stories. It's enjoyable enough and certainly not disrespectful. But there's nothing particularly right about "Jesus" either. The two-part miniseries, which debuts tomorrow night on CBS, tries very hard to create a Messiah that TV viewers can relate to. So we get Jesus joking with his friends, Jesus playing tag with his apostles -- the Messiah as a regular, unassuming guy with a winning smile who's pretty much resigned to his fate.
NEWS
By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
A colleague writes to complain about a point of AP style: the insistence that A.D.  should precede rather than follow a year, which he finds outrageously archaic. It is the traditional usage. A.D.  is an abbreviation for "in the year of the Lord,", so it is placed as it would occur in conversation: "in the year of the Lord 2013. " B.C.  follows the year, because one would say "44 [years] before Christ. " And it's a usage that I enforce, reluctantly.  I would much prefer the academic C.E.  and B.C.E.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Meekah Hopkins | June 12, 2013
At The Yard, the new sports pub located inside the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, sits a miracle; a modern marvel; a Holy Grail of sorts for beer aficionados: a milkshake … Made. With. Beer. Sweet Baby Jesus! Well yes, it does earn the exclamation but that's also the name of this 8th wonder of the world, officially: The Sweet Baby Jesus Adult Milkshake. It was an industry contest - not divine intervention - that inspired bartender Jeff Crawley to concoct this holy creation.
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