• 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

  • RELIGION NOTES: Feb. 7, 2014

    St. John A.M.E. Zion revival

    St. John A.M.E. Zion Church, 219 E. Brashear Ave. in Bardstown, will have its 2014 Bardstown District Revival on Feb. 6-7. The Rev. Jerry Wilkerson of Bloomington, Ind., will be the evangelist. Altar prayer will be 6-6:45 p.m., and worship and revival service at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

    Loretto Motherhouse concert

    On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. there will be a piano concert at Loretto Motherhouse. Gabrielle Manion will play works by Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms, Gershwin. All are welcome. Admission is free.

  • Caller’s story shares the joy of repainting

    Some time last year, I came back from a week off to a full voicemail box.

    One of my least favorite things in life is talking on the phone. First, I have trouble hearing, so if, for example, you were to call me and say, “My daughter needs a kidney transplant,” I might hear, “My dog lives in Sydney — as a tramp.”

    The conversation would generally deteriorate from there, and I would end up looking like an idiot, which I try to avoid at all cost.

  • The dilemma of commitment

    Even if you haven’t heard of a commitment device, chances are you’ve used one.

    Basically, it’s a clever means, either a punishment or a reward, to help you commit to something that you know will be difficult.

    Anyone who has ever been on a diet uses them: When I lose 10 pounds I’ll treat myself to a new pair of shoes — or a hot fudge sundae.

  • White crosses call attention to Roe v. Wade



    On the lawn of the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral are 150 or so white crosses — a stark reminder of the 50 million unborn children aborted in America since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling, Roe vs. Wade, which made abortion legal in every state.

  • Sisters of Charity teach history

    A children’s book detailing the life of Mother Catherine Spalding has been published by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

    The congregation recently published the book, which details several of its founder’s accomplishments, to coincide with the bicentennial celebration of its first schools. This is the first children’s book released by the Sisters.

  • This one’s ‘for the wounded’

    Earlier today I got a jump on spring cleaning and tackled my “column fodder” pile of scribbles and note fragments.

    Sometimes people ask how I think of stuff to write each week. I’d like to say, “The Spirit moves me,” and sometimes that’s hopefully true. Most of the time, however, I read or hear something that sparks a thought. Some result in a full-blown column and some merely snippets.

    Today is a snippets day.

  • Religion Notes: Jan. 24, 2014

    Old Gospel Barn

    Old Gospel Barn, 11286 Louisville Road in Cox’s Creek, will have gospel singing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Special guests are Blessed Duet Gospel Harts and the Cumbos. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.

    St. John A.M.E.

    Zion revival

  • PARSON'S PONDERINGS: Resolve to directed kindness outward


    guest columnist


    The ball has dropped; the calendar changed. We’ll spend the next few days trying to remember to write 2014, not 2013. Another year moves forward. As it does, many of us will make, or have made, New Year’s resolutions.