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By Neil Baldwin and Neil Baldwin,Special to the Sun | May 10, 1998
"Quarantine," by Jim Crace, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 256 pages. $24. This reimagining of Christ's 40 days of trial, fasting and temptation in the desert before his return to Nazareth is prefaced with a scholarly disclaimer: "medicine opposes" the credibility of such an arduous feat being achieved by "an ordinary man of average weight and fitness."The bold, iconoclastic English writer once more throws down the gauntlet to his readers. Jim Crace wants us to embark upon his hallucinatory novel with a tabula rasa.
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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.
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By Richard Eder | April 25, 1994
The Gospel According To Jesus Christ. By Jose Saramago. Translated from Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero. Harcourt Brace. $23.95. 384 pages.THE GOSPEL according to Jose Saramago begins with the author contemplating a painting of the Crucifixion and, in a kind of mock gravity, subverting its iconography. Which of the figures is Mary Magdalene? Surely, the one with the plunging neckline; on the other hand, one woman is blond. There is, after all "the popular belief that women with blond hair, whether it be natural or dyed, are the most effective instruments of sin."
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church continued the tradition of holding its Good Friday Way of the Cross celebration throughout Little Italy. Francene Bradford has attended the procession since it began in 2002. The Eastwood resident, who grew up in Little Italy, returns to St. Leo's for the more momentous Christian holidays. "It's a staple for Easter," she said. "We have to do this, otherwise you don't get dessert. " About 200 people participated in the Good Friday observance, in which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ.
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By Larry Bingham and Larry Bingham,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2004
Glass engraver Tim Re, 45, portrays Jesus Christ in Salisbury Baptist Temple's outdoor drama The Passion Play, which will be performed at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow, and next weekend off Hobbs Road in Salisbury, across from Shorebirds stadium. In light of Mel Gibson's controversial movie The Passion of the Christ, reporter Larry Bingham asked an ordinary man what it's like to play the role. "Pastor was just looking for someone to portray Jesus, and he gave me the opportunity and I said, `Well, I'll try.' "They make me carry the cross.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 24, 2005
Forming a new theater company in Anne Arundel County might seem somewhat risky considering the number of entrenched companies. Colonial Players, Pasadena Theatre Company, Merely Players, Second Star and Bay Theatre are all vying for the same general audience. But that risk hasn't deterred 32-year-old song-and-dance man Jeffrey Glenn Hitaffer from forming Top Hat Theater Productions, which is in rehearsals at Chesapeake Arts Center with Jesus Christ Superstar, scheduled to open Aug. 5 and run weekends through Aug. 14 at the center's 900-seat main theater.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2000
JERUSALEM -- Just off East Jerusalem's gritty Nablus Road, a busy thoroughfare filled with the choking exhaust of many buses and the cries of vendors hawking many wares -- cardamom pods, olive-wood Nativity scenes and much else -- lies a sylvan retreat off the beaten tourist track. Up a narrow street and through a stone archway is a tranquil, tidy, manicured garden that would make any Londoner proud. This is the Garden Tomb, revered by many Protestants as the site of the climactic events of Jesus' life and ministry.
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December 2, 2011
In Paul West 's recent article concerning Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, ("Cain setback, Gingrich gain?" Nov. 30), it was stated that Mr. Gingrich "has also benefited from the persistent wariness toward Romney's Mormon faith. " The true name of Mr. Romney's faith is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. " As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes referred to as "Mormons" because of our belief in The Book of Mormon)
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December 10, 2003
On December 6, 2003 HAZEL MAE DAVIS. On Thursday the family will receive friends at the Transformation United Church of Jesus Christ at 5150 Balto. Nat'l Pike from 10:00-10:30 a.m. with services to follow. Inquiries to VAUGHN C. GREENE FUNERAL SERVICE 410-223-2400.
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September 28, 2007
On September 24, 2007, ROSE MARIE BRADLEY. Friends may call at the FAMILY OWNED MARCH FUNERAL HOME WEST, INC., 4300 Wabash Avenue on Saturday, from 8:30 am to 6 p.m. Family will receive friends on Monday, at The United Church of Jesus Christ, 934 Gorsuch Avenue at 11 a.m. followed by Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
Amid a storm over prayer at government meetings, Carroll County Commissioner Robin Frazier leaned back in a carved wooden rocking chair in the Taneytown public library and quietly gave voice to her fears about the direction of the country. What happened to freedom of speech and the biblical principles the United States was founded upon, she asked a handful of constituents who gathered for one of her monthly discussions Saturday. The current commissioners, all voted into office in 2010, decided that they would open their meetings with prayers because "we believe that guidance from God would be a good thing in making the decisions before us," Frazier said.
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April 1, 2014
I saw the video of Carroll County Commissioner Robin B. Frazier's so-called "prayer" at her commission meeting ( "Carroll commissioner 'willing to go to jail' over right to pray," March 27). As a Christian, I am embarrassed and ashamed. It appeared that her main purpose of invoking the name of Jesus Christ was to spite the people who told her not to do so. That's not why or how I was taught to pray, and I hardly expect the Almighty to have heard her "in-your-face, try and stop me" speech as much of a prayer either.
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March 27, 2014
The principle of separation of church and state has been a pillar of American democracy since the country's founding, and most people think they know what it means. Yet in practice, the proper balance between freedom of religious expression and what is appropriate when it comes to the business of government has always been a matter of contention. This is an issue over which reasonable people can disagree, but the Carroll County Board of Commissioners surely did itself no favor this week by trying to win the argument by simply shouting the other side down.
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October 23, 2013
The article ("Conservatives cringe at the new pope's words," Oct. 20) begs the proverbial question, "What would Jesus say or do?" For the answer, all one has to do is look to Pope Francis. The new Pope is the most Christian (Christ-like) Pope since Jesus Christ left the Church Militant to head the Church Triumphant! Anthony Wysocki, Parkville
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RECORD STAFF REPORT | April 1, 2013
The annual Way of the Cross observance in Havre de Grace began at noon Friday, as participants walked to several points in the city in this decades old Good Friday tradition organized by the Susquehanna Ministerium. "This is my 21st year and it predates me," Pastor Ron Tabor, of the First Christian Church of Havre de Grace, told the assembled group before the celebration began in David Craig Park. About a hundred people of all ages participated in Friday's walk, carrying a large wooden cross under sunny skies and breezy temperatures.
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October 29, 2012
"What would Jesus do?" The Sun's Dan Rodricks asked recently in reference to same-sex marriage ("Same-sex unions: What would Jesus do?" Oct. 25). He was highly upset by remarks made by a local Baptist preacher regarding a New Testament Bible verse, Romans 1:32, that states that homosexuality, along with other sins, "is worthy of death. " The short answer is, according to both Old and New Testaments, in scores of verses too numerous to cite here, all sin is worthy of death. But the writer took it upon himself to inform us how Jesus felt about the matter, explaining that although he isn't a scholar of the New Testament, nor does he know or feel inclined to be informed about Old Testament teachings, "I know in my bones what Jesus was about.
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October 15, 2009
On October 6, 2009, CHERYL FENNER. Visitation at THE DERRICK C. JONES FUNERAL HOME, P.A., 4611 Park Hgts. Ave. on Friday, October 16, 2-7 p.m. On Saturday, October 17 at New Beginning Ministries Church of Jesus Christ, 739 N. Lakewood Ave. 10 a.m. wake, 11 a.m. funeral.
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December 27, 2007
On December 21, 2007, KENNETH A. IMES. Friends may visit at the family owned MARCH FUNERAL HOME WEST INC., 4300 Wabash Avenue on Friday after 8:30 A.M. The family will receive friends on Saturday at United Church of Jesus Christ, 934 Gorsuch Avenue at 11:30 A.M., followed by funeral service at 12 noon.
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February 3, 2012
I heard an opponent of gay marriage say that they have to live by Christian morals. As a Christian, I am appalled by that statement. One's focus as a Christian is to be on Christ himself, not on us and a set of laws to live by. Christ died to free us from the law, that is to say, morals. All a set of morals do, whether Christian or not, is to keep us looking at ourselves and constantly judging others for our failures. Jesus Christ died for all His children no matter their, race, gender or sexual orientation.
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December 2, 2011
In Paul West 's recent article concerning Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, ("Cain setback, Gingrich gain?" Nov. 30), it was stated that Mr. Gingrich "has also benefited from the persistent wariness toward Romney's Mormon faith. " The true name of Mr. Romney's faith is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. " As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes referred to as "Mormons" because of our belief in The Book of Mormon)
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