• Why evangelicals cannot budge on the homosexual debate

    Josh Hitchcock

    Guest Columnist


    On Monday, World Vision, a Christian parachurch ministry devoted to the relief of poverty in nearly 100 countries through child sponsorship, announced a change in policy to hire individuals in same-sex marriages.

    As one can imagine, this caused a firestorm response from evangelical leaders across the nation.

  • Wickland Baptist Church welcomes youth minister

    Wickland Baptist Church, 510 Bloomfield Road in Bardstown, recently announced the call of Seth Armour to serve in the position of youth minister. Seth and his wife, Heather, are residents of Leitchfield.

    Seth grew up in Dyersburg, Tenn., next to the Mississippi River. He has served churches in Tennessee and has ministered with the Tennessee Baptist Convention, working as a summer missionary.

    Heather grew up in Springfield, Tenn., and teaches high school Business at Breckinridge County ATC.

  • ‘O, death, where is thy sting?’

    For me, last week began and ended with funerals.

    On Monday, I attended the funeral of Mary Zawalich, whom I’d never met, or maybe I have and I don’t remember.

    About a month ago, she called me. She told me her name and said she was 92 and she was dying, but that it was OK, that it was a “happy death.”

    She had called to say that she’s been a reader of my column and that I’ve been a “wonderful part” of her life. She called to thank me, to say that she admired me, that she has loved me.

  • Fish Fridays

    Joe “Tut” Douglas points to the picture of the slender 14-year-old whose photographs, along with an image of the Kenyan national flag, make a display that covers part of the bulletin board in the corridor to the fellowship hall at St. Monica Catholic Church.

    “That’s our girl!” Joe “Douglas said.

    Winfrida Afandi was “adopted” by the St. Monica Men’s Club when she was 12. They’ve helped with her expenses, such as clothes and school supplies, and she keeps in touch with them.

  • Crenshaw to speak at First Cedar Creek Baptist Church

    The First Cedar Creek Baptist Church will host Lisa Crenshaw as guest speaker, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 9.

    Lisa, wife of Greg Crenshaw, pastor of Vine Hill Baptist Church near Bernheim, is the Woman’s Missionary Union Director for the Nelson Baptist Association. She was one of 12 Kentucky women who took part in a December mission trip to South Africa where they visited AIDS patients.

  • Propped and ready for Lent

    These past few weeks I have been diligently preparing for Lent.

    How, you ask?

    Well, two weeks ago I found a pair of stone-colored flats online at 30 percent off and bought them. And today I bought a pair of white pants that were on sale (plus I used a $10 off coupon).

    Even though it’s only early March and I have several or five pairs of white pants in my closet, they are all Capri-length and these are ankle-length, which is more suited to this time of year, or so I am telling myself.

  • Knowing what it means to love someone

    I’ve always said motherhood is easy when you don’t have kids.

    Likewise, it’s easy to be married when you’re not. When you’re not married and you’re only dreaming about it, you imagine the ideal. In your imagination, you and your spouse say and do all the right things, and even your arguments are sweet and making up is rosy.

    In real life, however, marriage gets thorny, and sometimes bloody.

    Mostly, it’s just regular, with a few blips and annoyances along the way.

  • PARSON'S PONDERINGS: Real love is about relationships and reconciliation


    guest columnist


    I’m writing this on the eve of St. Valentine’s Day. By the time you read this, that day, with all the cards, flowers, presents, chocolate, and dinners will have passed. But the burning question is still here: Who was St. Valentine?

    Some research reveals that there was more than one St. Valentine, and many stories — few of which have any historical substantiation. Two apparently do, and are probably about the same person.

  • One last prayer for a friend

    David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist


    It certainly wasn’t the first time I had prayed for my friend, Don Hughes, but I was convinced it was my last.

    Our friendship was forged by prayer as he fought colon cancer. Several years ago, Gene, one of Don’s five sons, told me his dad was sick.

    “Would you please pray for him?” he asked.

    And so I went to visit Don Hughes.

  • Religion Notes: Feb. 14, 2014

    Botland Christian Church

    Botland Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will have Bible study after morning worship on Feb. 23. quilting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, and visiting and singing at Colonial Rest Home at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17. Everyone is welcome.

    St. John A.M.E. Zion pew rally

    St. John A.M.E. Zion Church will have a pew rally at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. The Rev. David Walker will the guest speaker.

    Lion of Judah