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Columns

  • Some things you just can’t plan

    I’ve always been a planner. I have a precise schedule in my head, a physical copy in a spiral-bound book and several alarms set in my phone. I guess you could call it a control problem, but I would call it preparedness.

    I plan down to the minute of my day.

    This is when I have to be at work. This is when I eat. This is when I go to the gym. This is when I go to sleep.

    I even plan in my personal life. A phone call goes out to my mom at 5 p.m., my best friend at 6 p.m., dinner with friends at 7 p.m., favorite show at 8 p.m.

  • Shine some light on your ‘roots’

    By PATRICE M. SMITH

    Let’s talk about your plants’ basic needs so they may flourish and grow healthy, promoting longevity.

    The number one basic need of any plant is light. Many plants such as Irises, Roses, and trees require full light. Other plants such as Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Hosta, require little direct light or shade. Whichever type of plant, the leaves need light because they are the plant’s food factory and light is the power source that helps them manufacture food from air and soil.

  • Prepping for STEM careers

    Last week, many of our schools celebrated Engineering Week with innovative projects and guest speakers. This is reflective of the emphasis on STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — across the country as we look ahead to a future in which one million STEM jobs will be available by 2018. However, the United States is projected to only graduate 200,000 students qualified for those same jobs.

  • Why is the Bible true?

    As I finished up my seminary training and entered into ministry I was full of questions about the authority of scripture. Regrettably, I would pretend parts were not there that I didn’t like, “de-mythologize” other parts that seemed to be based on unscientific world views or superstition, and explain away parts that I disagreed with. With my background in Hebrew and Greek I could even overwhelm anyone who might disagree with me through my brilliance. All this fed my arrogance which made me a much less effective minister than I imagined in my own mind.

  • Everyone’s good here

    One of the most memorable places I’ve ever been is the House of Anne Frank in Amsterdam. One of the most startling lines I have ever read in any book was the quote in Anne Frank’s book The Diary of a Young Girl that read: “I do believe that deep within his (her) heart, every person is good.” She made this statement as she was being hunted down by the Nazis.

  • What happens to people who don’t believe?

     A very popular philosophical idea about salvation is known as the religious mountain.  We are at the bottom and God is at the top.  There are many paths to God (Hindu, Muslim, Judaism, Buddhism, Witchcraft, in addition to Christianity), and it doesn’t matter which one you take.  Take a path, any path, mix and match them, and we will all end up at the same place, the top of the mountain with God. 

  • This Mother’s Day

    Working Kentucky moms are never off the clock. Between juggling jobs, after-school activities and help with homework, moms put in a lot more than a full day’s work. And every dollar they work for is hard earned.
    But this Mother’s Day, what’s happening in Washington also matters to Kentucky moms. Congress can help nearly 300,000 families right here in the Commonwealth by making permanent key improvements to tax credits, putting money back into the pockets of moms who’ve earned it.

  • Is there power in praying for others?

    Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:19, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”  Jesus continually took time to pray to understand God’s will (Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12 and many others), and challenged his disciples to learn to pray (Matthew 6:5 ff, Mark 9:29, Luke 22:45 ff.).  

  • Bob Mueller: The eight be-attitudes of marriage

    My wife Kathy and I were married on February 17, 1990. During our sacramental celebration we expressed to one another and to the congregation our “eight be-attitudes of marriage.”

    What really makes a marriage work? Marriage is far too complex for one simple answer or secret. For us the following eight be-attitudes express the features of a good marriage.

  • ‘Tell’-ing everything without saying a word

    I love watching and studying people and trying to figure them out. I learned recently that a “tell” is the physical manifestation of the truth. A card player uses tells to determine if his opponent is bluffing. He watches for certain mannerisms and associates them with winning and losing. The opponent might raise his eyebrows or clench his fist when he has a winning hand or clear his throat or rub his chin when the cards don’t fall his way.