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Church Members Dress Like Jesus

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - In the days leading up to Christmas,
hundreds of Christians in the Kansas City area have committed to
dress like Jesus, in what they say is an answer to secularization
of the season.

Members of Praise Chapel Christian Fellowship began showing up
at their jobs, stores and restaurants last week dressed in flowing
robes as a hard-to miss reminder of the holiday's religious roots.

Pastor Kelly Lohrke, who introduced the idea to his congregation, says he's been contacted by pastors in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, who planned to urge their members to dress like Jesus too.

Lohrke says one Jesus-clad church member was strolling through a
shopping mall when a store Santa Claus grumbled that he isn't allowed to wish the children who climb onto his lap a "Merry Christmas."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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