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NEWS
December 14, 2004
Violence? Fine; Love? Forget it To the editor: By now many of you have learned about the United Church of Christ's (UCC) TV advertisement that notes that Jesus welcomed all people and that the UCC denomination seeks to do the same. Officials of two major television networks have refused to run the ad because they believe the commercial promotes gay marriage and thus is unacceptable for broadcast. The ad is about Jesus' extravagant love for and welcome of all people and implies that exclusion of any or certain groups from God's house is neither spiritually nor Biblically sound.
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NEWS
April 6, 2007
The real reason for Easter To the editor: Easter is fast approaching and ladies and little ladies will adorn themselves in pretty dresses and hats and attend events such as church services. Alot of children will decorate Easter eggs in which hundreds will be hidden for children to look for with their Easter baskets and the appearance of the Easter bunny. We have so many make believe visitors year round, Santa, tooth fairy, witches and goblins, the Easter bunny but less is being taught about the real reason of Easter.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | March 26, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com HALFWAY - The large crucifix that normally adorns the wall at Saint Joseph Catholic Church was noticeably missing on Good Friday. The church also had been stripped of ornaments, the door on the empty tabernacle was left open and the altar bare. All of the changes were solemn reminders of Jesus' death on the cross and his willingness to die for the salvation of mankind. Bishop W. Francis Malooly, western vicar of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, described Jesus' crucifixion during the Service of the Lord's Passion and Death as God's plan for redeeming love.
NEWS
March 13, 2008
Virginia Avenue Church of God Associate Pastor Shawn Bushman, center, in the role of Jesus, plays in "His Story" Wednesday night during a special showing for members of the congregation. Public performance dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. each evening. Doors at the 17306 Virginia Ave. church open at 6 p.m. Admission is free, although an offering is accepted. Because of the drama's popularity, it is not unusual for all seats to be filled, which means people must be turned away.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | March 24, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Carli Shank was a natural for her first role in the second performance of the Easter drama, "His Story," 10 years ago at Virginia Avenue Church of God. That year, she was called upon to lie in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes while portraying the baby Jesus in the church's Easter drama. Then just 6 months old, Carli, now 10, was perfect for the role. She was tended by Mary and Joseph, portrayed that year by Paula Bushman and Steve Shifflett. The first year, the baby Jesus was a doll.
NEWS
By DAVID YOUNT / Scripps Howard News Service | December 29, 2008
A reader recently complained that religion is based on "just a bunch of stories. " I replied that the stories happen to be true - not necessarily as science, history, or journalism - but as an indication of how things are and how people are meant to be. One reason adults become skeptical about religion is because their faith rests on stories they learned in childhood. Jonah and the Whale, Daniel in the Lion's Den, and Noah and the Ark are vivid tales that appeal to the imagination rather than to our intellects.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | April 2, 2004
marlob@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - A Washington County church is inviting members of the community to a live presentation of the life of Christ this Easter season that they can view without leaving their cars. Motorists can view the display tonight and Saturday night from 7 to 9 at the Church of Christ at Hagerstown, 10014 White Hall Road. "Through seven scenes, we are trying to span the whole life of Christ," said Pete Anderson, one of the organizers of the pre-Easter event.
OPINION
By ALBERT G. SALTER | July 11, 2012
Poor Allan Powell. He seems to have shaken the foundation of Christianity with a column founded on fact and acute observation. Professor Powell is an asset to The Herald-Mail and we readers value his insights. The letters of Roger Stone and Phillip Snyder attack him for his knowledge of American history and religion. Thomas Jefferson, our most brilliant and thoughtful president on the subject of religious freedom, has beenĀ  pulled this way and that way in a tug of war by libertarians, humanists, fundamentalists and agnostics since the founding of our nation.
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