December 26, 2013
Christmas in America has become a commercial holiday, with an emphasis on gift-giving and the shopping required to dole out and accumulate presents. But even as some ignore or obscure what makes this time of year special, it becomes more apparent to those who believe. Christmas is about believing, though it's certainly up to the individual to choose his or her beliefs. Small children believe in Santa Claus, placing their faith in the jolly old elf's ability to find their homes, be they ever so humble, and leave toys that let them lose themselves in play.
December 1, 2013 |
An old country song laments the fact that "my hot tamale has gone chili on me. " It could have been a song about minivans. By the dawn of this century, minivans were selling at a million-a-year clip. Since then, their sales have been halved. The crossover SUV did to them what they had done to Ozzie and Harriet's station wagon. The decline in minivan market share is a reminder of the power of self-image in the auto arena. While it may be roomier and more useful than your typical crossover, a lot of men see the minivan as less macho.
November 28, 2013 |
The pastor's faith had taken a hit. The man entrusted with the spiritual life of hundreds had lost a teenage daughter to cancer. So Jim Laverty, 48, an associate pastor at Souderton Mennonite Church, leaned on the people he shared so much with - his football buddies. They sent him texts of support. They listened when Laverty shared his grief and disappointment. And it all started with football. On the eve of the biggest pigskin binge day of the year, the Men's Monday Night Football Fellowship at the 700-member Souderton Mennonite Church is about more than touchdowns and Eagles pride.
November 19, 2013 |
We have arrived at the Eagles' bye week, and they have just said hello to first place in the NFC East. Maybe Nostradamus, in the midst of predicting all that war and famine, saw this coming in the 16th century, but the most believable football forecast around here three weeks ago was for an occluded front bringing in another season of gloom and doom, with the arrival of a new quarterback expected in the spring. Chip Kelly and his players swear they had a different view of the Eagles' weather map after two straight NFC East home losses last month in which they did not score an offensive touchdown.
November 16, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Herbert and Catherine Schaible - the Philadelphia couple who have watched two children die because of their own belief in prayer over medicine - entered no-contest pleas Thursday to third-degree murder in the April death of their 8-month-old son. The decision - seven months after Brandon Schaible developed bacterial pneumonia and died, untreated, at their Rhawnhurst home - was a reluctant admission that if they didn't consider themselves guilty...
November 15, 2013 |
HERBERT AND Catherine Schaible, the Rhawnhurst couple who prayed over their pneumonia-stricken baby in April instead of taking him to a doctor like a court order required them to do, pleaded no contest yesterday to murder and related charges. The couple, lifelong members of the faith-healing First Century Gospel Church in Juniata Park, will be sentenced Feb. 19 on counts of third-degree murder, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child. Their 7-month-old son, Brandon Schaible, died at the family's home April 18 of bacterial pneumonia.
November 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An amendment from Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) would expand the types of religious groups exempted from a proposed ban on workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgendered people. His plan would also strengthen the language shielding religious employers from the antibias bill, which Toomey supported Monday night, with reservations. As part of the wrangling over Toomey's support for a key procedural vote, he won assurances that he will be able to offer his amendment before the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
October 21, 2013 |
Pastor Bonnie Ortiz raised her voice and pumped a fist in the air. It was near 1 p.m. on a recent Sunday at Bethel United Church of Christ, and she was delivering another impassioned sermon. Preaching on the parable of the sower, Ortiz reflected on families who have strayed from her Olney church. Excuses for missing Sunday services, she told the congregation in Spanish, are often lame: taking time for department-store sales, football games. Her son, boxer Gabriel Rosado, sat alone in a pew and listened with his head resting on his fists.
October 6, 2013 |
FOR 107 years old, Calvary Baptist Church isn't showing any signs of slowing down. The West Philadelphia congregation is led by a dynamic music ministry that keeps worshippers on their feet, and a powerful preacher, Pastor Garth G. Gittens, who's the host of a daily podcast on Praise 103.9FM. Calvary, which celebrates its 107th anniversary this weekend, is about to start a multimillion-dollar renovation project that will expand the church's seating capacity, add commercial space for small businesses and include a community center.
October 3, 2013 |
TEAMS ARE PLAYING press/man coverage to eliminate the bubble screens and other short, quick throws the Eagles were using to great effect the first few games. But the Birds' running attack remains potent, DeSean Jackson said, and he still thinks he can get open against any cornerback playing him one-on-one, even with potential help from a single high safety. "It's almost like you pick your poison," Jackson said yesterday, as the Eagles tried to put Sunday's 52-20 shellacking in Denver behind them and turn the focus to Sunday's visit with the Giants.