March 31, 1996 |
"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. " - Mark 16:15 Jesus didn't need an advertising agency. The Bible says that when He showed up alive after Easter to His amazed disciples, all Jesus did was urge them to go out and preach. And lo, nearly 2,000 years later, the word is still moving in the land. So are the automobiles. Thousands of them daily, and what they are passing as they head north on Interstate 95 past Cottman Avenue is a giant billboard advertisement that reads in bold letters: "Jesus hated church, too. " Underneath, in smaller type, but still visible from the highway is the tagline: "But he never used it as an excuse to not worship.
September 30, 2012 |
Televangelist M.G. Pat Robertson exhorted a crowd of thousands to reclaim the nation for God at a prayer gathering Saturday on Independence Mall. "I don't care what the ACLU says or any athiest says, this nation belongs to Jesus," said Robertson, 82. The founder of the 700 Club and stalwart of the Christian Right addressed a crowd who met on the mall for America for Jesus 2012, a national prayer gathering. A park ranger estimated the crowd at 8,000 to 10,000. The two-day event was organized by One Nation under God, a coalition of ministries that organized a similar series of events in Washington, D.C., during the 1980s and 1990s.
March 16, 1991 |
If Jesus Christ returned one day, would anyone recognize him? Would he have a job? Would he live in a house or an apartment? City or suburbs? These are the types of questions that inspired the writing of a book called "Joshua" (Collier Books, $8.95) by Joseph F. Girzone, a retired priest. The book is about a man who moves into a cottage on the outskirts of a small, tightly knit town where everyone knows everyone else by first name and gossip is treated as something to be savored and served in a group of no less than three people.
October 14, 1998 |
As you enter the Manhattan Theatre Club's main-stage theater, having passed through metal detectors in the lobby, the actors in Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi are milling about in street clothes, chatting with the audience and one another. A large staff pounded on the floor signals the start of the play, and one performer separates himself from the others to tell us what we are about to see. "We are going to tell you an old and familiar story," he says. ". . . No tricks up our sleeves, no malice in our hearts.
August 27, 2006 |
Comedy vet Jackie Mason, 75, has filed a $2 mil lawsuit against Jews for Jesus for using his name and image in one of the org's pamphlets. Filed in New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan, the suit seeks the destruction of the pamphlet, which has an image of Mason next to the words "Jackie Mason . . . A Jew for Jesus!?" The pamphlet, which plays with Mason's shoulder-shrugging question-asking shtick, expounds on the similarities between Judaism and Christianity. "While I have the utmost respect for people who practice the Christian faith . . . I am as Jewish as a matzo ball or kosher salami," Mason said.
April 1, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Hundreds of Christians streamed through the cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, hoisting wooden crosses and chanting prayers to mark the crucifixion of Jesus. Throngs of pilgrims walked a traditional Good Friday procession that retraces Jesus' steps along the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the "Way of Suffering. " They followed his 14 stations, saying a prayer at each and ending at the ancient Holy Sepulcher church. Along the route, Franciscan friars in brown robes chanted prayers in Latin and explained the different stations to crowds through a megaphone.
March 22, 2008 |
Shortly past noon yesterday, the Rev. Jay Broadnax surveyed the congregation inside St. Matthew A.M.E. Church in West Philadelphia and whispered: "Lord, we want to remember the words you spoke on the cross. " "Amen," they responded. And so began the Good Friday service known as the Seven Last Words of Christ, as celebrated by seven African Methodist Episcopal preachers before 300 people in attendance. At some churches, this traditional Protestant look at the final phrases (not merely seven words)
December 14, 1994 |
In a cozy church library, a dozen men and women sat on sofas and chairs on Sunday morning and talked about Jesus and the women in his life. "It's a hot-button topic among Catholics and Protestants alike," said Anthony Godzieba, an assistant professor of theology at Villanova University, who was the moderator. "What's the one thing that pulls all Christians together?" he said. "The Jesus story. And women's place in Jesus' life is something that cuts across all denominational lives, especially in this male-dominated world.
October 31, 2011 |
A 6-year-old Camden boy was recovering from surgery Monday after having his throat slashed by his stepfather, who talked of uniting the child with Jesus, authorities said. Darrell Flood, 25, of Camden, was arrested Sunday and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Camden Police said. Flood used a knife to slash the child's throat around 3 a.m. Sunday in the Tamarack Apartments on Ferry Avenue, authorities said.
March 21, 2008 |
When I was in grade school in the 1950s, the time from noon to 3 had a very profound meaning on Good Friday. This is the time that Jesus hung on the cross and died for our sins. The morning of Good Friday was very different in our Kensington neighborhood. It was especially quiet, unlike any other day. Upon awakening that morning, my two sisters and I were reminded by my mother that this day was very sacred and that we should be quiet - no loud talking or laughing. Today, she said, Jesus died for our sins so that the gates of heaven could open again.