Churches lighten up with signs

Posted: December 28, 2013 at 4:49 a.m.

In this Sept. 2010 photo, the sign outside Cornerstone Baptist Church displays its message to drivers in Farmington Hills, Mich. Darrin Lee credits the slogans on his sign for helping his flock grow to more than 100.

ST. LOUIS — Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church’s marquee read: “Christmas — Easier to spell than Hanukkah.” But after a passer-by told him she found the message offensive and a local television station inquired about it, the Lighthouse Baptist Church preacher hustled to blunt any uproar by begrudgingly changing the sign to: “Jesus Loves You.”

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Religion, Pages 14 on 12/28/2013