• A batch of random thoughts

    Once a month or so I make my husband a huge pot of vegetable soup and divide it into small plastic containers to put in the freezer for his lunch.

    Usually, my soup is delicious, except for the batch I just made. I forgot to put in the chopped onion and my husband said it’s way too salty.

  • Accepting the grace we hate

    Recently, I had a conversation with someone who was trying to figure out how grace works.

    She said she knew that she needed to believe in Jesus, but she still wasn’t sure that that’s enough, maybe she needed to do something to “maintain” God’s grace.

    “No,” I told her, “grace is either you’re in or you’re out. Pass/fail, yes or no, but never maybe. It’s never gray or fuzzy.”

  • Religion notes: Jan. 16, 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

  • Breathing lessons

    OK everybody, now that the craziness of Christmas is over and before we move on to the next season of frenzy or just life in general, I have a great idea:

    Let’s stop and breathe.

    Got that? First we stop.

    Then we breathe.

    Actually, I think breathing is something we can all agree on — Baptists, Catholics, UUs, Presbyterians and Pentecostals. I’ve yet to meet an anti-breathing person, but you never know.

  • Religion Notes: Jan. 9, 2015

    Nelson Christian Church

  • The blessing of the hands

    David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist


    “I don’t think he’s going to make it through the ceremony,” my daughter Madi predicted of her 2-year-old son, Eli. We were standing in the foyer of Ransdell Chapel for Madi’s Pinning Ceremony. She was graduating from Campbellsville University’s School of Nursing.

  • Religion Notes: Dec. 26, 2014

    Christmas concert

    Nancy and Vernon Cherrix will give a Christmas concert at Loretto Motherhouse on Tuesday, December 30, at 10:30 a.m. They will play piano duets of Christmas songs. All are welcome. Admission is free.

    Old Gospel Barn

  • God never says, 'Oops'

    A man local to me, named Ed, will never forget his 76th birthday, Sept. 22. He and his wife, Marno, took a cruise as a birthday celebration. While at sea, Ed started bleeding internally and ended up in the ship’s infirmary, where they gave him blood transfusions. Meanwhile, word got out among the other passengers, many of whom volunteered to donate their own blood.

    However, the infirmary ran out of blood bags, so even though Ed had donors, the donors couldn’t donate.

  • Religion Notes: Dec.19, 2014

    Christmas Sunday services

  • The holidays aren’t bright for everyone


    guest columnist


    As you read this, Christmas Day will be but six days away; Hanukkah began four days ago, and Kwanzaa begins on Dec. 26. In fact, if one begins with Hanukkah on Dec. 16, it ends on Dec. 24; Christmas begins then and runs until Jaunary 6 (the 12 days of Christmas), and Kwanzaa begins on Dec. 26 and runs until January 1. Three holiday seasons that span almost three weeks of time.