• Imagine no religion

    Imagine a world without borders, possessions or religious beliefs, John Lennon asked in his 1971 single. Forty-four years later, what was unimaginable to many then isn’t anymore.

    Today, the fastest-growing religious affiliation in the country is no religion, or “nones.”

  • RELIGION NOTES: June 19, 2015

    Loretto Motherhouse recital

    Christopher Robinson, a recent graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, with Denine LeBLanc, piano, will give a violin recital at the Loretto Motherhouse at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 21. All are welcome. Admission is free.

    Rolling Fork Christian Church VBS

  • Jesus, the Law fulfilled for us

    My friend Mike loves kitschy stuff and he loves God. So, anything that combines kitsch and God is a slice of heaven to him.

    Recently, someone gave him a Moses and the Ten Commandments clock. Moses, holding a stone tablet in each arm, is looking off into the distance, all holy-like, and there’s lightning behind him.

    Every hour, but not quite on the hour, the clock will play some light piano music and a voice — could be God, could be Moses — announces a commandment. “Thou shalt not kill” or “Honor your father and mother.”

  • RELIGION NOTES: 6-12-15

    Bardstown Untied Methodist VBS

    Bardstown United Methodist Church, 116 E. Flaget St., invites all children, kindergarten through fifth grade, to vacation Bible school June 15-18, from 6:20 to 8 p.m. The theme is “What’s In The Bible?” Friday night’s program will be at the campus on Louisville Road. Call the church office with any questions at 348-3209.


  • Chasing addictions, running from God

    The late comedienne Gilda Radner used to say, “It’s always something.”

    In this life, it’s always something. There’s always something that’s your Achilles’ heel, your kryptonite, your downfall, your master. There’s always something that holds power over you, making you bow down to it, obey it. There’s always something that you start out loving and often end up hating because it eventually crushes you.

    But if you’re fortunate, it brings you to Jesus.

  • Am I willing to take the ‘trust fall’?

    I have a friend who Trusts. God. With. All. His. Heart!

    He talks a lot about faith and giving everything over to God.

    Frankly, sometimes, I want to smack him.

    The funny thing is, although I’m not laughing, 10 years ago he didn’t have a real soul-transforming faith and he used to come to me, asking about what it means to be a Christian.

    One of his big questions at the time was about the power of God. He was feeling like a dog’s chew toy, as if God and the devil were playing tug-o-war with him.

  • PHOTO: Olliges ordained

    The congregation of the Bloomfield Christian Church/Disciples of Christ celebrated the Ordination of Bobby Olliges Sr., on April 18. Dr. Rick Loader of First Christian Church/DOC in Bardstown delivered the sermon and the Rev. Dave Carr, committee on Ministry for the Christian Church/DOC in Kentucky performed the rite of ordination. Olliges completed his training at Lexington Theological Seminary and has served the Bloomfield church as student minister since 2012. Pictured, from left, are Loader, Olliges and Carr.

  • Miscellaneous musings and random scribbles

    Once again, after going through my column ideas folder of scribbled notes on church bulletins, saved emails and starts of columns I haven’t finished, I’m turning these random bits of miscellany into today’s column.
 I hope some of these thoughts will be helpful to someone reading this.

  • RELIGION NOTES: May 29, 2015

    Corpus Christi procession

    There will be a Corpus Christi procession at noon Sunday, June 7, at Immaculate Conception Church in Culvertown.

    First Christian Church VBS

    First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will have a vacation Bible school, “Jungle Safari,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 16 to June 18 for ages 4 and up. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 348-3210 to register. The church is at 175 E. John Rowan Blvd., across from Walgreens.

    First Baptist food pantry

  • PARSON’S PONDERINGS: Leadership on every level should work for common good

    Recently, several of us interviewed a candidate for a national disaster relief team on which we serve. One of the questions we asked was, “Have you ever been in a situation where you had a very different idea or opinion from others and how did that work out?” Her answer was both simple and profound and certainly applicable to situations that have recently come to light through various media outlets.