• Living a beautiful, broken life

    When Michelle Smith talks about God, tears trickle down her cheeks.

    A 13th-generation native Floridian, she’s selling or giving away all of her possessions to move to the Congo in central Africa, one of the most volatile areas on the planet.

    She’ll be joining a small handful of other people who feel called by God to “come and die,” as Michelle says, for the sake of the gospel of peace.

  • ‘If my people ... shall humble themselves’

    As the crowd sang “There is Power in the Blood” and shouted prayers with their hands lifted toward heaven, one theme echoed throughout the downtown gathering of worshippers. It came from Scripture repeated at prayer rallies around the nation Thursday night.

    “If my people, who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and then will I forgive their sins and will heal their land,” Pastor Tim Acree of Bardstown Apostolic Sanctuary quoted the Old Testament.

  • RELIGION NOTES: May 6, 2016

    Taize service

    A Taize service will be held at Ascension Episcopal Church, 211 N. Third St., in Bardstown Sunday, May 8, at 7 p.m. This is a contemplative service centered in prayer, silence, spiritual readings and music. The service lasts about 40 minutes, and there is a reception afterwards. All are welcome.

    Community Bible study

    A community Bible study is held at the New Haven public library each Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

    For more information, contact Sue Porter at (270) 766-7979.

  • State of my marriage address

    Note: On May 3, my husband and I have been married 41 years. I’ve adapted this column from 2009.

    While out for our semi-regular Sunday drive, as I flipped through the radio stations, I asked my husband what kind of music he liked.

    That’s the kind of questions you ask on a first date, not after 41 years of marriage!

    I’m not sure what that says about the state of our marriage. You don’t even know what kind of music your husband likes?

  • RELIGION NOTES: April 29, 2016

    National Day of Prayer

    Faith Worship Center will host a National Day of Prayer service Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. Kent Ostrander, executive director of The Family Foundation, will be the keynote speaker. The Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to strengthen families. Prayer will be offered for the families, churches, our city, state and national government.  Public officials and leaders are invited and will be recognized. Everyone is invited. The church is at 3160 Bloomfield Road in Bardstown. For more information, call 348-7380.

  • Ursuline Sisters celebrating jubilees

    Seven Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph are celebrating jubilees of religious life in 2016, including a native of Nelson County and one who ministered there.

  • It’s comforting to ask, ‘You, too?’

    A few months ago, the one I call my uncle dad was out shooting a gun, and the noise did something to his hearing, so now people sound like Donald Duck to him.

    Since then, he’s had a lot of people who are also hard of hearing commiserate with him.

    He says it’s comforting to be able to say, “You too?” However, he really, really, really wants his hearing back.

  • RELIGION NOTES: April 22, 2016

    Old Gospel Barn

    Old Gospel Barn, 11286 Louisville Road, in Cox’s Creek, will have gospel singing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Special guests are Truth Trio from Elizabethtown and the Cumbos. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.

    Taize service

  • Reflect and ponder on opportunity in spring

    By Karl Lusk

    February went by so fast that I missed a deadline for this column; hopefully, I’m back on schedule.

    Easter Sunday has come and gone, but for many Christians, Easter is a season, not a day; it extends from Easter Sunday to the beginning of the next season, Pentecost.

  • How should Christians respond in charged political atmosphere?

    By Billy Holland

    It is puzzling when we consider how the components of our democracy gives the masses freedom to choose what they want, yet it seems that most are outraged with the way things are.