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July 7, 2011
Faith Baptist Church will host a 270th anniversary presentation of Jonathan Edwards' sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," performed by the Rev. Dr. Paul Mathenia, of Faith Baptist, in period costume, Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. at Deerfield Run Elementary School, 13000 Laurel Bowie Road. The sermon helped shape the spiritual soul of the North American colonies and the First Great Awakening. Suggested donation is $5. To reserve tickets, go to http://www.faithbaptistlaurel.org or call Faith Baptist Church and school, 301-490-3702.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Pop-culture references are not new to sermons, but a high-profile Baltimore pastor is making national headlines for quoting a popular Chris Brown song. Recently, the Rev. Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple was in the middle of an impassioned sermon titled “I'm My Enemies' Worst Nightmare.” To punctuate a point about men needing to recognize the good women in their lives (and not “run off with a side chick,” as Bryant also said), he surprised the congregation by quoting the chorus of Brown's current hit, “Loyal.” “God help me. Old saints, y'all forgive me, but I got to tell you: These hoes ain't loyal!
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Pop-culture references are not new to sermons, but a high-profile Baltimore pastor is making national headlines for quoting a popular Chris Brown song. Recently, the Rev. Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple was in the middle of an impassioned sermon titled “I'm My Enemies' Worst Nightmare.” To punctuate a point about men needing to recognize the good women in their lives (and not “run off with a side chick,” as Bryant also said), he surprised the congregation by quoting the chorus of Brown's current hit, “Loyal.” “God help me. Old saints, y'all forgive me, but I got to tell you: These hoes ain't loyal!
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October 22, 2013
"Accursed be the poor in spirit: for they are whiners and takers. Accursed be the meek: for they will never be heard on Fox News. Accursed be those who hunger and thirst: for they should get a job. Accursed be the peacemakers: for they endanger war-making profits. " Upon hearing this from the "Christian right," Jesus wept. Larry Yeatman, Towson
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October 22, 2013
"Accursed be the poor in spirit: for they are whiners and takers. Accursed be the meek: for they will never be heard on Fox News. Accursed be those who hunger and thirst: for they should get a job. Accursed be the peacemakers: for they endanger war-making profits. " Upon hearing this from the "Christian right," Jesus wept. Larry Yeatman, Towson
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By Edwina Sherudi, from "Sonnets From a Maryland Suburb" | April 8, 1993
There must be something in this endless taleOf winter's dying and the spring's rebirthThat's meant to teach what plainly must prevailIn life as surely as it does on Earth;There must be some great moral to deduceFrom this repeated parable God speaks,A moral that, however much obtuse,Is still the answer Man forever seeks.But year on year goes by and still we gropeIn feeble, frantic faithlessness and fear,As if we were oblivious of hope,As if there did not sound within our earThe lovely echo of an old, old thing;This wondrous promise told again each spring.
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By Reginald Fields and Frank Langfitt and Reginald Fields and Frank Langfitt,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2004
The rector of the largest church in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland offended some members of his congregation and inspired others when during a sermon this month he blasted President Bush and the Iraq war, asserting that the president misled the country. The Rev. Paul D. Tunkle of the Church of the Redeemer in North Baltimore has since apologized to his congregation, and on Sunday he held a forum attended by those who believed his comments were too much political advocacy and too little spiritual guidance.
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By Newsday | September 13, 1993
NEW YORK -- When investigators searched the home of Rabbi Meir Kahane's accused killer in 1990, they seized evidence that included an Arabic sermon urging the destruction of symbolic Western "edifices."For more than two years, the sermon attributed to Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman lay in evidence boxes, untranslated by the police and FBI agents who probed the Kahane slaying for any evidence of a broader plot.Although Sheik Abdel-Rahman and 14 co-defendants charged in just such a conspiracy won't stand trial until next year, the shadow of the fiery Islamic cleric and his alleged conspirators will loom over the World Trade Center bombing trial set to open this week.
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By Judy Reilly and Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 12, 1996
THE END OF this year marks the end of an era in Union Bridge. The Rev. Paul Steiner, pastor at Union Bridge Church of the Brethren for the past 20 years, will give his last sermon and conduct his closing service at the church Sunday.Steiner will be pastor at Mountville Church of the Brethren in Lancaster County, Pa. He and his wife, Donna, will leave for the new post Monday.It's been an eventful 20 years for Steiner.During his tenure, the congregation has added an educational wing to the building, created a nursery school, expanded vacation Bible school and added a second worship service.
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By Ginger Thompson and Ginger Thompson,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1996
In a 45-minute sermon that stirred his congregation to their feet yesterday, the Rev. Frank M. Reid III made it clear he will not allow himself or his 10,000-member West Baltimore church to be pushed out of the political spotlight.It was a sermon apparently shaped by the experiences of Dr. Reid's unsuccessful bid for the 7th District congressional seat. Despite an aggressive and visible campaign, he finished second to Del. Elijah E. Cummings, a four-term state legislator from West Baltimore.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2012
The Rev. Earl Joseph John Cote, the retired pastor of a Pikesville Roman Catholic church, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 27 at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was stricken while driving on Putty Hill Road as he headed to say daily Mass for the School Sisters of Notre Dame. He was 68. Born in Baltimore and raised on Robb Street, he attended St. Bernard School and was a 1961 Loyola High School graduate. He decided to enter the priesthood and studied at the old St. Charles College in Catonsville and at St. Mary's Minor Seminary on Paca Street.
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By Sara Toth | January 27, 2012
There's a saying that a church is not a building, it's the people. And Jay Gamble knows where to find the people. The pastor of LifeChange AME Church, based in Slayton House in the Columbia village of Wilde Lake, holds church services on Sunday like most other ministers, but every weeknight at 11 p.m., he hosts a different kind of service -- on Twitter. Gamble -- @jaygamble, as he's known on the micro-blogging platform -- currently has more than 22,000 followers, and has tweeted more than 8,300 times.
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By Bob Allen | September 21, 2011
The An-Nur mosque, located in a former Dodge/Chrysler dealership showroom on Philadelphia Road, in White Marsh, is austere. There's little about it to draw attention from the street outside. The floor of the mosque's main hall is covered with gray carpet, with strips of duct tape to orient worshipers eastward as they pray. The plain, off-white walls are adorned with nothing more than a few book shelves, a couple of wall clocks and some decorative scripts of Quranic passages. “We try to keep it simple.
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July 7, 2011
Faith Baptist Church will host a 270th anniversary presentation of Jonathan Edwards' sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," performed by the Rev. Dr. Paul Mathenia, of Faith Baptist, in period costume, Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. at Deerfield Run Elementary School, 13000 Laurel Bowie Road. The sermon helped shape the spiritual soul of the North American colonies and the First Great Awakening. Suggested donation is $5. To reserve tickets, go to http://www.faithbaptistlaurel.org or call Faith Baptist Church and school, 301-490-3702.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2011
The number three has a special significance at Bridgeway Community Church in east Columbia these days, one that has nothing to do with religious doctrine. While the Rev. David A. Anderson does deliver sermons dealing with the Holy Trinity, three happens to be the number of Sunday services held each week to accommodate nearly 3,000 worshippers at the church off Route 108, as well as the number of parking lots leased from neighboring industrial firms on Red Branch Road to handle parking overflow.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,jonathan.pitts@baltsun.com | April 23, 2009
Even in the midst of a recession - and within communities of faith, where members pledge to help one another - the last thing people tend to discuss openly, says Bryan Brunelle, is their struggles with money. "People will talk about their sex lives more easily than their financial problems," says Brunelle, a deacon at Central Presbyterian Church in Towson. "It shouldn't be that way in a church community. But it is." So when Brunelle, 30, saw a chance to bring to his 800-member congregation, and to the wider community, a free, interactive, multimedia Webcast on how people should handle personal finances during the recession, it seemed like the answer to a prayer.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | September 7, 1997
If a Christian wants to learn how to emulate the works of Jesus, look no further than Mother Teresa.That is the message that will be delivered today from pulpits in Roman Catholic churches across Maryland as a result of Mother Teresa's death Friday in Calcutta.Priests writing their sermons yesterday said they were suffering no writer's block this weekend: Mother Teresa's life of service to the poorest of the poor is reflected perfectly in the Scripture readings scheduled today, which speak of healing the blind, deaf and lame.
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May 14, 1997
An article in yesterday's Maryland section incorrectly named the East Baltimore church of the Rev. John McLoughlin, who delivered the sermon for slain Baltimore Police Lt. Owen Eugene Sweeney Jr. It is St. Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church.The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 5/14/97
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | March 4, 2009
The Rev. Wilburn S. Watson, whose career as pastor of Olivet Baptist Church spanned nearly 50 years, died Feb. 24 of complications from diabetes at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 80. Mr. Watson was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated in 1943 from Douglass High School. He earned his divinity degree from Morris College in Sumter, S.C. Mr. Watson was 17 when he began preaching. A self-taught pianist, he began incorporating piano and singing into his sermons at Canaan Baptist Church in Baltimore.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun Reporter | June 14, 2008
Flanked by chanting volunteers clad in matching white "Safe Streets" T-shirts, Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon led a rally in front of City Hall yesterday to kick off six events planned for the Father's Day weekend in some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods. "The people you see in these T-shirts are not just wearing them for form and fashion," Dixon said. "We can cease violence in these communities." Dixon alluded to some of the week's violence in her remarks, expressing dismay that two men were shot and killed early Wednesday in West Baltimore's Easterwood Park.
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