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June 10, 2013
Baseball as a Road to God Seeing Beyond the Game By John Sexton, with Thomas Oliphant and Peter J. Schwartz. Gotham/Penguin. 256 pp. $27.50 Reviewed by John Timpane   Well, of course it is. Baseball, I mean. A road to God. Of course. Was there a question? Not kidding. For me, and for more than a few baseball fans, this game, practiced primarily in the United States and associated more closely with this country's history, traditions, and self-image than any other, is obviously imbued with religious, spiritual overtones.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rain had fallen every day of the tournament, and the heartiest soaking came on the decisive fourth day, from tee-off through the dramatic playoff. On that miserably chilly afternoon in 1997 at the Oaks Country Club golf course in Greensboro, N.C., New Zealander Frank Nobilo won his first and only PGA tour championship. Starting from 5 strokes back, he sealed it on an 18th hole that by then was all but unplayable. Yet Nobilo makes no claim to having prevailed over the elements.
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Orlando R. Barone
Remember when you first heard the heartbeat of your first child? I do. It was a painfully faint sound emanating from my wife's tummy, indistinguishable for a long time from other raucous gurgles with which it was competing. It presented as a sort of slurp-crunch, seemingly random, until, at length, I detected its regularity. Maida and I gazed into each other's eyes and smiled simultaneously. We knew our love was monumental, but this, this slurp-crunch, was miraculous beyond all telling.
NEWS
April 29, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The First Century Gospel Church begins each service with notes of praise for God's healing. Church members e-mail or text small prayers of thanks to Pastor Nelson Clark, who reads them aloud inside a rented hall in Juniata Park, between playing hymns on a keyboard. We thank and praise this man's toothache . . . We thank and praise God for the passing of seasonal afflictions . . . As church leader, Clark ministers to Herbert and Catherine Schaible, the Northeast Philadelphia husband and wife who have chosen prayer instead of medicine for two dying children.
NEWS
April 21, 2013
Meditation of a Modern Believer By Christian Wiman Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $24. Reviewed by John Timpane Christian Wiman is a believer from a class of people who, in the minds of some, aren't supposed to believe. He's a poet - editor of Poetry magazine, a job he'll be leaving in June - a leading intellect, an artist. He's also facing cancer. He believes in God and, in My Bright Abyss , seeks to portray what that's like as of 2013 if you want to be an intelligent, aware, non-self-deluding, tough-minded, free-speaking person here and now. My Bright Abyss is a dark, mountainous work, part poet's notebook, part meditation, part illness journal.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
A BOMBING in Boston on Patriots' Day. We don't know who did it yet, but does it really matter? The whole world seems to be about hate. I hate you because you don't look like me, or maybe you're a different color, or I don't like your sexual choices. Maybe I don't believe what you believe . Yes, it is a shame because religion does have a lot to do with the hate. I don't think that was what God intended. I just watched the series named "Bible. " It was the greatest series I have ever seen.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ATLANTIC CITY - Within hours of announcing he would run for a third term as Atlantic City's mayor, Lorenzo Langford on Wednesday was again embroiled in a long-distance altercation with Gov. Christie, who said the resort's leader has "no idea what he's doing" and runs the "most God-awful, wasteful" municipal government in the nation. Langford, 57, a Democrat who four years ago vowed that he had made his last run for mayor, fired back via e-mail that Christie's record as governor is "one of hypocrisy.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
SHE WAS CALLED "Florence Nightingale. " And Lorraine Teresa Dade-Trumpler earned the title. Like the 19th-century English nurse, whose name has become synonymous with helping the ill and needy, Lorraine dedicated much of her life to easing the pain of the sick and shut-ins in her city. As a mother of Jones Temple Church of God in Christ, in North Philadelphia, of which her late husband was pastor, Lorraine spread her concern among children and adults, using her considerable cooking and baking skills to feed the hungry and taking flowers and gifts to those who needed a touch of love.
NEWS
February 11, 2013
RE: "GUN VIOLENCE Debate Continues" (Stu Bykofsky column, Jan. 14). I am 78 years old and was raised during World War II. The column brought back vivid memories of my childhood. My dad had a .22-caliber rifle and he made a firing range in our cellar. He taught me how to fire it, take it apart and clean it. He would do the same for all the neighborhood kids with their parents' permission. He had a glass case where he kept the rifle, but never locked the case. All of us kids never went near the case without Dad's permission.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
With Thursday's unveiling of corruption charges against nine current and former Traffic Court judges, the U.S. Justice Department has again proven it is Philadelphia's most effective good-government group. In a tone-deaf political environment where fixing traffic tickets is seen as no more harmful than double-parking, these charges bring hope. Maybe the people in charge of Traffic Court will hear the music and clean up a system that allows dangerous drivers to go unpunished just because they have friends in high places.
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