• From ashes to grace, Lent offers time of salvation

    One Ash Wednesday, a priest told a story about an old man, a great sinner, who boasted that he had sinned so much that only the pope himself could absolve him.

    So, he went to the pope to confess his sins.

    The priest who was telling the story paused and asked a little boy in the congregation, “What do you think happened after the man’s sins were forgiven by the pope?”

    The boy answered, “He sinned more!”

  • The power of hope is alive because of Jesus

    I read that a few years ago some researchers performed an experiment to see the effect hope has on those undergoing hardship. Two sets of laboratory rats were placed in separate tubs of water. The researchers left one set in the water, and found that within an hour they had all drowned. The other rats were periodically lifted out of the water and then returned. When that happened, the second set of rats swam for over 24 hours.

  • Changing our minds about changing minds

    Dementia is the most common neurodegenerative condition affecting older people. In recent years, the scientific understanding of dementia has shifted from that of a late-life disease that cannot be prevented to that of a lifelong disease process, where factors such as diet and education impact risk from the earliest stages of life.

  • “Is this seat taken?”

    It seems I started a firestorm on Facebook last Sunday.

    I had visited a church that’s not my regular church but one I’ve visited many times and where I know a lot of people. It’s a warm, welcoming, caring church, and I consider the pastor a friend.

    That said, something happened.

    Shortly after I sat down in a seat, a couple stopped near where I was sitting and looked a bit flustered.

    After 40-plus years in church, I knew that look. It was the “Oh dear, she’s in our seat” look.

  • Church news | Feb. 28, 2019

    Kids Quest March 1-3

    AP Church of the Living God will host Kids Quest Friday through Sunday at its church located at 124 Smith Ln. in Bedford.

    Activities include evening services for children at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1; 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2; and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

    Also part of the schedule is a workshop from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

    The pastor is Bobby Wade. For more information, call 502-255-7510.

    Ash Wednesday services at St. John’s

  • A command to follow

    In a nation that seems to be internally breaking apart, one is inclined to ask what is going on. What is causing so much division, so much unrest and a seeming deterioration of the moral fabric of society? I imagine most people have some opinion about what is causing it. Just look to editorials, Twitter, blog sites, talk shows and whatever other means there are for people to opine about the condition of the country and what the real cause is.

  • CAYR dinner on Feb. 22

    CAYR dinner will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday Feb. 22, at Calvary Full Gospel Church, 39 Mattick St., in Prestonville. All are welcome. The event is fun, free and offers fellowship opportunities.

  • Thoughts from inside a fish

    I’m still thinking about Jonah and the whole swallowed by a fish thing.

    Here are some of my thoughts:

    • Sometimes you’re plankton. You’re minding your own business when all of a sudden a big fish swallows a smaller fish as its lunch and you, the microscopic plankton swimming nearby, get swallowed too.

    What’s up with that?

  • God’s great show of love

    With Valentine’s Day today, we have once again been reminded of the various ways that people show their love for one another, jewelry, flowers, candy, cards, giant stuffed animals, nice dinners out, etc. Americans are projected to spend $20 billion on such signs of affection this year and while we might marvel at that number (and maybe shake our heads over how much money is spent on heart shaped boxes of chocolate), one thing that should not surprise us is the desire we have to demonstrate our love for those we care about. When you love someone, it should show.

  • Be God’s Valentine