Hug Me Jesus statue erected at Solid Rock Church - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

New Jesus statue erected at Solid Rock Church

MONROE, OH (FOX19) -

A new statue of Jesus was erected at Solid Rock Church in Monroe on Wednesday, ending a two year absence of the religious icon at the church.

The old 'Touchdown Jesus' statue, as it was called, burned to the ground in June 2010 after it was struck by lightning. 

"I don't believe God took it down because he was displeased with it," said Solid Rock Church administrator, Ron Carter. "I think sometimes we try to spiritualize too much and it was just a lightning strike."

The new statue already has a nickname - "Hug me Jesus." 

"The statue shows an embracing Jesus. A Jesus that is reaching out to people," said Carter.

The 51-foot statue will be dedicated on Sept. 30 followed by a service and fireworks display.

Copyright 2012 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Giuliani on hazards of Trump interview: 'Truth isn't truth'

    Giuliani on hazards of Trump interview: 'Truth isn't truth'

    Monday, August 20 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-08-20 04:22:47 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 11:13 AM EDT2018-08-20 15:13:49 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File). FILE - In a Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Trump, speaks during campaign event for Eddie Edwards, who is running for the U.S. Congress in New Hampshire, in Portsmouth, N.H.  ...(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File). FILE - In a Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Trump, speaks during campaign event for Eddie Edwards, who is running for the U.S. Congress in New Hampshire, in Portsmouth, N.H. ...

    Trump's personal attorney was trying to make the case that having the president sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller's team wouldn't accomplish much because of the he-said-she-said nature of witnesses' recollections.

    Full Story >

    Trump's personal attorney was trying to make the case that having the president sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller's team wouldn't accomplish much because of the he-said-she-said nature of witnesses' recollections.

    Full Story >
  • Record number of women have won major party primaries

    Record number of women have won major party primaries

    Monday, August 20 2018 12:17 AM EDT2018-08-20 04:17:51 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 11:13 AM EDT2018-08-20 15:13:47 GMT
    (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File). FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams smiles before speaking to supporters during an election-night watch party in Atlanta. More women than ever before have won...(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File). FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams smiles before speaking to supporters during an election-night watch party in Atlanta. More women than ever before have won...

    This could pave the way for November battles to significantly increase the number of women in elected office and change the public debate on issues such as health care, immigration, abortion rights, education and gun control.

    Full Story >

    This could pave the way for November battles to significantly increase the number of women in elected office and change the public debate on issues such as health care, immigration, abortion rights, education and gun control.

    Full Story >
  • Trump assails Mueller following Times report

    Trump assails Mueller following Times report

    Monday, August 20 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-08-20 04:22:40 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 11:13 AM EDT2018-08-20 15:13:39 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump walks down the stairs as he arrives on Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, en route to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump walks down the stairs as he arrives on Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, en route to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

    President Donald Trump is blasting a New York Times story reporting that the White House counsel has been cooperating with the special counsel's investigation.

    Full Story >

    President Donald Trump is blasting a New York Times story reporting that the White House counsel has been cooperating with the special counsel's investigation.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly