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Religion

  • Sometimes grace rides a dirt bike

    Last Saturday I went to a graduation unlike any other I’ve attended.

    No caps and gowns. No “Pomp and Circumstance.”

    Just a bunch of rag-tag kids with behavior problems.

    George Schmalstig, a local guy in the community who has spent most of his career working with juvenile offenders, heads up a nonprofit organization that takes at-risk kids and teaches them stuff they need to know to keep them from a lifetime in and out of jail.

    He uses dirt bikes to do it.

  • My enemy, my friend

    The most “Jesus” of all Jesus statements is the one that even Christians are most likely to resist. And for good reason, because it deprives us of one of the sweetest rewards on earth: retaliation.

  • Church News | June 6, 2019

    Antioch Baptist hosts Trimble Hymn Sing

    Trimble County Hymn Sing will be held 7 p.m., Thursday, June 6, at Antioch Baptist Church, 4247 U.S. Hwy. 421 South, Bedford.

  • When Minnie Sockman’s sins were washed away

    Back in 2010, on a warm Wednesday evening at a nearby lake, Minnie Sockman’s sins were washed away.

    She was 67 at the time and couldn’t remember ever being baptized, although she thought maybe she had been.

    As a kid, she was in church every Sunday, but then she took a 32-year hiatus from regular church attendance.

    When she started going again she wanted to make sure she was baptized, so, she invited a bunch of her friends to her baptism and me, the newspaper’s religion reporter.

  • Celebrating, honoring and remember the sacrifice

    With celebrating of Memorial Day, the official kick-off to summer, has occurred. Millions of Americans cooked-out, went fishing, boating, swimming or camping. It is wonderful that we have that kind of freedom. In light of this holiday I want to speak on three words Celebrate, Honor, and Remember.

    Celebrate – Freedom

  • Building up each other is central to Christianity

    The writer of Hebrews 10:24-25 admonishes us “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.”

  • Bring your brokenness ... and I’ll bring mine

    A week or so ago, I went to a celebration of life service at a church I’d never been to before.

    Behind the altar was a huge glass wall with a huge glass mosaic crucifix in the middle.

    While I waited for the service to start, I studied the crucifix, the intricate pieces of colored glass fit together to form Christ’s body.

    Unlike a jigsaw puzzle, these glass pieces didn’t fit together smoothly and perfectly. The edges appeared to be rough. Perhaps the artist had used broken bits and pieces? I couldn’t tell.

  • Time to play dirty in battle to adhere to Jesus’ word
  • God’s grace allows people to ‘fall into something different’

    In the 27 or so years I’ve been writing for the newspaper, I’ve listened to and retold the stories of many hundreds of people.

    My favorites are the ones of redemption.

    Lately, I’ve been interested in the stories told by recovering drug addicts, their descent into a living hell and how the grace of God pulled them out and set them free.

    One man, a heroin addict for 25 years, once slit his own throat. Yet God saved him and now, 25 years later, he’s helping to save others.

  • Life’s great pursuit is for security and satisfaction

    I recently had the privilege of speaking to a group of high school seniors during their graduation from the Christ-ian Acad-emy of Carroll-ton. These young people are about to move into a very significant season of life. The next several years, in many ways, will be life shaping for them as they make decisions about their future, possibly settle into a career, and maybe even select a spouse.