• 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

  • 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


    guest columnist


    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.