• A fish called grace – sometimes adversity is a gift

    In 2007, Australian diver Eric Nerhus reported being swallowed by a great white shark.

    He said it was like being trapped in a cave.

    He told the London-based newspaper The Daily Telegraph that one minute he was “prying abalone off the rocks with a chisel; the next he found his head, torso and one arm enclosed by the killer shark’s razor-sharp teeth.”

    He escaped after stabbing the shark in the eye with his chisel.

  • RELIGION NOTES: April 10, 2015

    First Baptist food pantry offered

    The Women’s Ministry of First Baptist Church hosts a food pantry 10 a.m.-noon on the second Tuesday of each month. Those needing food, can come to the kitchen located in the back.

    Children’s choir at Holy Trinity Church

  • RELIGION NOTES: April 3, 2015

    Bardstown Baptist VBS

    Bardstown Baptist Church will have vacation Bible school 6-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, April 6-10. The theme is “Journey Off the Map,” the story of Daniel.VBS will take place in the Fellowship Hall at 101 W. Brashear. Register the first night or at the church. For more information, call 348-3866 or go to www.bardstownbaptistchurch.com

    First Cedar Creek Baptist Good Friday service

  • Celebrating the best worst thing

The other day I thought of the phrase, “the best worst thing.” Is it even possible to have a best worst thing? Isn’t that an oxymoron, like jumbo shrimp or pretty ugly?

    For one of my daughters, the past year has been the worst of her life, and she’s still asking why. “If Jesus loves me, why did he let this happen?” she asks.

  • RELIGION NOTES: March 27, 2015

    Old Gospel Barn singing

    Old Gospel Barn, 11286 Louisville Road will have gospel singing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Special guests will be Praise Times Three from Tennessee and the Cumbos. Admission is free and every is welcome.

    Nelson Christian pre-Easter

    services on life of Jesus

  • ‘We and us’ need to replace ‘us and them’

    By Karl Lusk

    The snow has become rain as I write this. Hopefully, that’s a foretaste of spring. I like spring because it speaks of newness and reoccurring growth. The cycle of life starts over.

  • Defending ordinary in the face of a radical trend

    I confess: I am not trendy or radical. Never was. Probably never will be.

    What I am is ordinary. Average. I would add normal, but the jury is still out on that.

    Over the years, the Christian church has gone through trends. From the Jesus Movement in the 1960s and 70s to the rise of megachurches in the 80s and 90s to the hipster craze with pastors in skinny jeans sipping lattes as they preach while sitting atop a lone, high stool on a bare stage — or in a craft brew pub.

  • Religion Notes: March 20, 2015

    Nelson Christian Pre-Easter services

    Nelson Christian Church will host a Pre-Easter series entitled, “Learning from Jesus’ Life,” on Wednesday evenings, until April 1. Joseph P. Hatchett is guest speaker for the services, which will start at 6:30 p.m. each evening. A 5:30 p.m. a fellowship supper will precede each program. A nursery and elementary and preschool groups will also be held at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to participate in preparation for Resurrection Sunday. Additional information may be obtained by calling NCC at 348-3495.

  • ‘The journey is only begun’

    Nineteen sixty-eight was “a beast of a year,” Thomas Merton wrote in his journal.

    U.S. soldiers torched villages in Vietnam, war resisters burned their draft cards and Buddhist monks immolated themselves.

    It seemed the world was on fire.

    But it also was a year of searching and discovery for Merton.

  • Religion Notes: March 13, 2015

    Nelson Christian Pre-Easter services