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Columns

  • Have you been born again?

    One day, when Vice President Calvin Coolidge was presiding over the Senate, one senator angrily told another to go “straight to hell.” The offended senator complained to Coolidge as presiding officer and Coolidge looked up from the book he had been leafing through while listening to the debate and wittily replied. “I’ve looked through the rule book,” he said, “You don’t have to go.”

  • Gay marriage a ‘foregone conclusion’

    I don’t have any gay friends. At least I don’t think I do. I don’t really even know any gay people. I have some acquaintances who I suspect may be gay or that someone may have told me were gay. But no one has ever personally told me they were gay, so I don’t “know.” How would I know unless I asked them and that would just be rude and none of my business.

    So I have no close knowledge of the gay marriage issue and no personal knowledge of gay people yearning for marriage equality.

  • It’s fresh veggie season

    This is the perfect time of year to cook with fresh vegetables. Most vegetables are in season now, so cook, can and freeze those vegetables. What is in season? Squash, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, corn, lettuce, cabbage, greenbeans, peppers and cucumbers... almost every vegetable.

  • Christianity and the Old Testament

    Christians like the Old Testament stories that have mercy and inspiration in them, but some Christians find the stories of wrath and destruction to be offensive.For example, Samuel instructs King Saul to completely destroy the Amalekites.

    “Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass” (I Samuel 15:3). Usually what Christians try to do is forget such texts are in the Old Testament, focus on the New Testament and pretend everything is alright.

  • State neglect leads district to ask for tax increase

    When people think of Oldham County, many think of our schools. This is something of which we should all be proud because the successes and reputation of our schools serve as a reflection of our community and the value we place on education. Oldham County, when compared to the other 119 counties throughout the state, ranks among the highest in median household income and educational attainment.

  • My greatest blessing: my wife

    Next to the salvation of my soul and my birth, marrying Kathy was the most important thing and the best thing that ever happened in my life. Our years together have been my greatest blessing.

  • This apple didn’t fall far from the family tree

    I frequently notice random bruises on my legs, arms and torso, and have absolutely no idea how they got there. It could be that I bruise easily, but the truth is, I am a total klutz. I am so accident prone that it hardly registers anymore when I bump into inanimate objects or trip over my left feet.

  • Theodicy - trusting in the goodness of God

    Over the last three weeks we have looked at the problem of evil. We have seen how the Bible explains evil as rising out of the personified presence of evil that we call Satan, that our world is fallen due to the original sin of Adam and Eve and how the justice of God allows Him to solve the injustice of evil over eternity. Today I look at the most difficult challenge for us: Trusting in the goodness of God no matter what the circumstances in life that we face.

  • Ask the expert: Questions about buying a home

    How can I

    negotiate a price?

    One of the best ways to negotiate the best price is to hire an experienced Realtor that is a strong negotiator. A Realtor can research the sold homes in your area to tell you the average the list price/sale price ratio. They can also research similar homes that have sold to confirm a fair sale price.

    Which loans might be best?

  • Lifelong friendships should not be taken for granted

    When I posted my kindergarten graduation photos on Facebook, I was pleasantly surprised to receive messages and friend requests from people I last saw at the age of five. Through the miracle of social media, I now have the ability to learn what my kindergarten classmates have been up to for the past 40 years.

    Cherub-faced Eric, who walked next to me in the processional, now has a full beard and a family of five.

    Becky, the girl I envied for her pretty mass of curls, is a doctor and apparently uses a hair straightener every day.