NEWS FEATURE: Former addicts want to build megachurch, claim Cleveland for God

c. 1998 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ Darrell Scott was mixing PCP for sale and smoking crack the night his girlfriend found God and his life changed forever. Early that evening in 1981, the couple had run out of rum and he sent Belinda for the 151-proof alcohol that would be used to pour on […]

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COMMENTARY: The word, the real victim of Monica-gate

c. 1998 Religion News Service (Eugene Kennedy, a longtime observer of the Roman Catholic Church, is professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and author most recently of”My Brother Joseph, published by St. Martin Press.) UNDATED _ Have you ever wondered why the nation’s night air is so thick with inconclusive commentary about […]

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COMMENTARY: Lies, and more lies

c. 1998 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a pastor, writer and software developer living in Winston-Salem, N.C.) UNDATED-It was bizarre to read intimate Bill-and-Monica sexual details at the breakfast table last weekend, but not nearly so bizarre as the notion the president now will be judged harshly by Congress and the American public for […]

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COMMENTARY: Hillary Clinton and her marriage: feminism and forgiveness

c. 1998 Religion News Service (Christine E. Gudorf is professor of religious studies at Florida International University. Her most recent book is”Body, Sex and Pleasure: Reconstructing Christian Sexual Ethics.”) UNDATED _ More than once over the last few months I have turned off the morning TV news rather than listen to more of what has […]

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COMMENTARY: Clinton’s problem is our problem as well

c. 1998 Religion News Service (Samuel K. Atchison is an ordained minister and has worked as a policy analyst and social worker to the homeless. He currently is a prison chaplain in Trenton, N.J.) UNDATED _ It is said that Joseph P. Kennedy, the patriarch of the Kennedy clan, advised his sons that what matters […]

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NEWS STORY: Clinton, reaching to core of his faith, confesses `I have sinned’

c. 1998 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ President Clinton, reaching to the heart of his Christian faith, said Friday he “sinned” in his sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He said he has repented and is seeking forgiveness. Clinton made his most dramatic and detailed _ and his most theological _ comments […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 1998 Religion News Service Top Catholic official urges Congress to act on assisted suicide issue (RNS) A top U.S. Catholic Church official is urging Congress to support proposed legislation to bar the use of federally regulated drugs to aid terminally ill patients from commiting suicide. The Rev. Dennis Schnurr, general secretary of the National […]

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NEWS STORY: Black Baptist denomination offers support to Clinton

c. 1998 Religion News Service KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ President Clinton, politically beleaguered and facing a congressional inquiry that could lead to impeachment, has received a rare show of support as top officials of the nation’s largest historically black denomination pledged to”stand with him.”We accept President Clinton’s apology,”the Rev. Henry Lyons, president of the National […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Reel Jews: 50 major films on Jewish life and culture

c. 1998 religion News Service UNDATED _ The Jewish people were”the inventors of Western civilization,”giving the world their scriptures and the concept of monotheism, writes Thomas Cahill in his latest historical bestseller,”The Gifts of the Jews.” But it is perhaps through their contributions to the world of film that Jews have exercised their greatest cultural […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Synagogue becomes `synaplex’ to meet High Holy Days needs

c. 1998 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ At Adas Israel Congregation, a 127-year-old institution that attracts many of this city’s Jewish movers and shakers, worshippers during the upcoming High Holy Days will have five different concurrent prayer services from which to choose. In the 1,500-seat Smith Sanctuary, a service favored by many longtime members of […]

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