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October 21, 1986 | By Julia M. Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Peter H. Kostmayer vigorously attacked the honesty of his Republican opponent, David A. Christian, and Christian retorted that Kostmayer was "out to lunch" as the two Eighth Congressional District candidates met yesterday in their first debate. During the debate - scheduled for broadcast at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on WPVI- TV (Channel 6) - Kostmayer, 40, a Democrat, repeatedly questioned Christian, 37, on his past involvement with the United Vietnam Veterans' Organization, whose funding was cut off by the state in 1983.
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June 14, 2002 | By Leonard Pitts Jr
"Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart. " - Negro spiritual Lord, help me. I'm about to do what smart people never do - talk religion in public. I do this because of a woman in Russia and a man in Pennsylvania. More about her in a moment. As for him, he stood up from the audience during a Q&A that followed a speech I gave at a university some months back. I'm usually pretty relaxed during those sessions. I've done them enough that I'm seldom surprised by any question.
NEWS
August 12, 2016
By Grazie Pozo Christie Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia , is a rich and complex document about marriage and family - both the noble Christian ideals and the troubled and broken ways we too often experience them. Many have interpreted the exhortation's merciful tone toward Catholics who are in "irregular" situations as a seismic shift in Church teaching about sexuality and marriage (toward a "modern" sexually liberal outlook). They have been brought back to reality by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who has published pastoral guidelines on Amoris for the priests of his parish.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Vanderbeck turned 60 on Aug. 5, but his birthday gift arrived five days earlier, in the form of a promotion - to chief executive officer of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities. It's a big job. Based in West Point, ACTS employs 6,200 and operates 23 retirement communities - with housing ranging from independent apartment living to skilled nursing care for 8,500 residents. Question: What's it like to become a newly minted CEO? Did you feel anxious when you realized - "Wow, I'm responsible for all these people and all these employees"?
NEWS
October 30, 1986 | By Julia M. Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer
David A. Christian breezes into the Thriftway in the Levittown Shopping Center, prepared to recite his rags-to-politics life story to unwitting shoppers. "We've done this here before," says Christian, who really hasn't, to the woman behind the customer-service counter, who seems unsure whether candidates for the U.S. Congress ought to be parading among the produce. "If you're humble, you won't get permission," he explains to a reporter. "You can't wait for the system. You just have to move.
NEWS
September 20, 1990 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
Talk about lack of respect for authority. It was 1968, and baby-faced Second Lt. David A. Christian was tired of doing a man's job in the Army and being treated like an unreliable son. Christian was just 19, but already he was leading small groups of troops into the torrid battle zones of South Vietnam on search-and-destroy missions that increasingly ended in armed conflicts with the enemy. Back at headquarters, however, the ranking officers had a difficult time believing the word of this fuzzy-chinned kid from Levittown with the shaved head.
NEWS
October 26, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I am a 16-year-old girl who doesn't believe in God. Frankly, I feel uncomfortable when religion is brought up. All my friends are firm believers of Christianity and attend Bible study, or help out with other things at their church. My parents and brothers don't believe in God. When I say I'd like to be a Christian, my brothers make fun of me. When they do, it makes me feel ashamed of myself. I want to be a Christian because it would be nice to feel like I belong, and most Christians aren't accepting of atheists - especially other girls my age. They might be polite, but they're distant.
NEWS
July 9, 2012 | By Ahmed Saka, Associated Press
JOS, Nigeria - Raids and reprisal attacks have left 58 people dead in Christian villages near a Nigerian city where authorities have struggled to contain religious violence, officials said Sunday. Assailants launched "sophisticated attacks" on several villages near Jos early Saturday, said Mustapha Salisu, spokesman for a special taskforce made up of policemen and soldiers deployed in the area to curb years of violence. "They came in hundreds," Salisu said. "Some had [police]
NEWS
March 11, 2014
TO CHRISTINE Flowers: I think you are right. I am totally against sodomy in all of its forms and had to place myself in the shoes of those in Arizona who can't conscientiously serve homosexuals. If I had a service of some kind in the state, I couldn't do anything that would encourage or express any approval of this form of sexual perversion. (I would say the same about fornication, adultery and pedophilia.) I suppose that I could be sued and put out of business. And this is probably true in many or most other states.
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NEWS
August 12, 2016
By Grazie Pozo Christie Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia , is a rich and complex document about marriage and family - both the noble Christian ideals and the troubled and broken ways we too often experience them. Many have interpreted the exhortation's merciful tone toward Catholics who are in "irregular" situations as a seismic shift in Church teaching about sexuality and marriage (toward a "modern" sexually liberal outlook). They have been brought back to reality by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who has published pastoral guidelines on Amoris for the priests of his parish.
NEWS
July 12, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
OH, THE things I do for you, Philly Catholics. I spent the weekend reading Amoris Leatitia , which sounds like a romance novel but is actually a 264-page document written by Pope Francis. It deconstructs Roman Catholic teaching about the nature of the family and the sacrament of matrimony. It was a page-turner. I'm not being sarcastic. It made me feel good about being married and being a parent. It made me feel grateful for the family I was raised in and proud of the one my husband and I have created.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, STAFF WRITER
Mayor Kenney on Wednesday denounced as "not Christian" Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's insistence that Catholics living in relationships the church considers sinful may not receive Holy Communion or hold positions of responsibility in parishes. Kenney's was among the sharper reactions Chaput's decree drew from around the region. Some were swift to denounce the archbishop as an "old white man" whose church was out of touch. Others, though, hailed the archbishop for upholding traditional church teaching or deferred with a shrug to his authority.
SPORTS
July 7, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
SALT LAKE CITY - Forget hoping for a roster spot. Christian Wood is here playing like he's determined to be in the 76ers rotation. The perceived long shot to make the Sixers regular-season roster turned his second impressive performance Tuesday in the Utah Jazz Summer League. Wood finished with 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting in a 95-91 setback to the San Antonio Spurs at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. The 6-foot-11 center made 2 of 3 three-point shots and finished with seven rebounds. He scored a game-high 20 points Monday in a loss to the Boston Celtics.
NEWS
June 11, 2016
ISSUE | MUSLIM HOLIDAYS Call Christian breaks by their names, too After reading that Mayor Kenney and the Philadelphia School District will add two Muslim holidays to the school calendar ("Phila. schools add 2 Muslim holidays," June 1) and looking at the list of school holidays for the next school year, I wondered: Are Christians chopped liver? The Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are named, and the Muslim holidays - Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha - will be identified, but Christmas and Easter are referred to as winter and spring breaks.
NEWS
May 30, 2016
ISSUE | EVANGELISM In Christianity, love is the key As a Catholic who studied to be a priest for seven years and worked for the church for 40 years, I take issue with the commentary "Evangelism is central to calling of Christianity" (Wednesday), not because of the idea that preaching is necessary along with action, but because it depends on who is preaching and what is being preached. Jesus tried to teach his fellow Jews what God really wanted since they wouldn't listen to the prophets.
NEWS
May 26, 2016
By Ed Stetzer 'Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words," St. Francis of Assisi is supposed to have said. The aphorism, often quoted, expresses a well-meaning viewpoint of many Christians today. They are concerned that we've been too loud, demanding, and angry. Now, they say, we need to show the gospel by our lives. It's a good sentiment, and I certainly agree that we need to demonstrate the gospel change in our lives by caring for others. But there are two problems with the Assisi quote.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2016 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
It's tempting to draw a direct line between Lucas Hnath's The Christians , which opened this week at the Wilma Theater, and the case of Oklahoma Pastor Carlton Pearson (although Hnath would prefer you didn't). Pearson, profiled in a 2005 episode of the radio show and podcast This American Life , was the successful shepherd of an evangelical megachurch. Until, that is, tormented by the thought of unbaptized and sickly African infants doomed to damnation, he delivered a sermon announcing that he no longer believed in hell, and subsequently lost everything.
NEWS
March 30, 2016
The suicide bombing in the city of Lahore on Easter underscores how Pakistan's Christian minority has become an easy target for the country's Islamic militants, although Muslims also were among the victims. There are barely 2.5 million Christians in the mostly Muslim country of 180 million, and they say they worry about sending their children out and rarely feel safe even in church. A look at the Christian community in Pakistan: Nature of the Violence In predominantly Christian neighborhoods, radical Muslims have carried out attacks based on trumped-up charges of blasphemy, which is punishable by death.
NEWS
March 26, 2016
Christians marked Good Friday in churches and on the street, recalling the passion and crucifixion of Jesus. At Visitation BVM Church in Philadelphia's Kensington section, parishioners reenacted the Stations of the Cross with Cuong Vy in the role of Jesus, carrying a cross through the streets. Many churches held services between noon and 3 p.m., the hours traditionally marked as the time Jesus suffered on the cross before dying. Pope Francis's Good Friday service at the Vatican was livestreamed on the Internet.
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