• ‘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

  • Adventures in faith in the cauliflower fields

    I recently went on what I call a faith adventure.

    These are never planned, except maybe by God. This particular adventure began as I set out to go to a woman’s house for an interview for the newspaper and ended up stuck in sand.

    I’ve learned a lot from past faith adventures, such as never have less than a half of a tank of gas. I learned that when we still lived in California. That day I was with my oldest daughter, and I think we had gone to the mall.

  • PARSON’S PONDERINGS: Positive stories can serve to inspire us all


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    In the throes of a harsh winter, I heard three stories that might warm our hearts and our spirits, if not our bodies. In what seems like a cruel, self-centered world, in which self-preservation and ego-centered actions seem to rule, there are still examples of caring, selfless assistance and strong desires to make a difference for and with others.

  • Religion Notes: Feb. 27, 2015

    First Baptist food pantry
    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.

    First Baptist songfest

  • The prodigal daughter, Part 2

    Recently, I wrote about the parable of Jesus about the prodigal son in Luke 15, rewritten in the book, “If the Prodigal Were A Daughter,” by the late Janice Chaffee.

    To recap, it’s the story of Solana, a young woman who demands her inheritance from her father and moves to Dallas where she squanders it all until she ends up destitute and desperate.

    Broken, she returns to her father only to be surprised by his open-armed acceptance of her, even after all the pain she had caused him and caused herself.

  • RELIGION NOTES: Feb. 13, 2015

    Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

    In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth invite visitors to an open house 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Nazareth Motherhouse. The Visitor Center will be open and guided tours will be available. The Sisters of Loretto and the Abbey of Gethsemani are also having open houses that day and time.

    When God’s People Pray:

    Conference with John Franklin

  • Loving my neighbor: Invitation pending

    It’s been a while since I thought about skipping church because of the sermon topic, but last week I was tempted.

    At my church we’re currently going through a sermon series on “Love Thy Neighbor,” which in itself isn’t a skipping-church-worthy topic. I mean, who doesn’t agree that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves?

  • ‘If the prodigal were a daughter’ 

    A few years ago, the late Janice Chaffee wrote the book, “If the Prodigal Were A Daughter.”

    In it, she took several parables of Jesus and rewrote them, making women the main characters in 21st-century settings.

    My favorite story is her take of the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15. She called it “Solana: A Loved Daughter.”

  • Religion Notes: Feb. 6, 2015

    First Baptist food pantry

    First Baptist Church of Bardstown has a food pantry on the second Tuesday of each month from 10 am. to noon.

    Children’s choir program