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  • Theodicy - the question of why there is evil

    If God is good why is there so much evil? This is the question of theodicy that can never be fully answered. This is one of the most difficult questions in all of theology. God is eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent and the creator of the universe. So why is there so much pain, death, struggle and evil in the world? Over the next four weeks I want to look at different facets of the problem of evil: 1) demonic evil, 2) human evil, 3) evil from the perspective of eternity and 4) trusting in the goodness of God.

  • Roll out those hazy, crazy, lazy days of summer

    Since boyhood, the lazy, hazy days of summer have been hubby’s favorite season, but in his grown-up world, he is typically out of the country from June through August. So, when a job was recently postponed, he wanted to fill the unexpected time home with as much summer fun as possible. We have crammed so many activities into the past two weeks that I feel like I’ve been in a time-warp dreamland and any minute now I am going to wake up exhausted.

  • Love and remember your pets

    My wife Kathy and I love our dogs. In fact, it’s a three dog night at our home. We have a lhasa apso (Sadie), a Cavalier King Charles spaniel (Stella) and a maltipoo tripod (Tigger). Over the years we have had four poodles (Niki, T-Bear, Toby and Tucker) and a lhasa (Sassy). I like to say that dog is just God spelled backwards.

  • Uncle Bob: Adding some new flavor to your summer meals

    My appreciation for food started when I was very young. I grew up exposed to great food from my Italian grandmother and German Irish food from my other grandmother. My mother cooked with an American and international flare. Family gatherings were about fun and really great food.

  • Keys on how to handle conflict and adversity

    Like it or not, conflict and adversity are as much a part of life as eating, drinking and breathing. Conflict and adversity serve very important purposes in our lives that are rarely accomplished by any other means. If you deal with them correctly, they will produce positive outcomes and strengthen your relationships at work and at home. If you don’t handle them correctly, they will produce negative outcomes and harm your potential for happiness and success.

  • Riding a bike like a ‘cute, European girl’

    The upside of being in my mid-forties is that I don’t particularly care anymore what people think of my behavior or my clothing. This gives me the freedom to push against what is expected from a woman my age. For the most part, hubby is totally on board when I try new things, change my style or randomly buy a house after living in the same place for 18 years. But sometimes, he’s a little too honest about my attempts.

  • Does God still bring judgment through natural disasters?

    Does God still use natural disasters to punish people for disobedience and evil? Pat Robertson of the 700 Club apparently believes God does. Just following the earthquake in Haiti he said, “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. They got together and swore a pact to the devil…But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”

  • Ask the expert: Landscaping tips after harsh winter

    Editor’s note: This is a new column as part of a partnership between The Oldham Era and Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development to give expert advice to the community. The views are those of the experts. Questions and answers submitted by Chamber personnel.

    Question:

    “After this harsh winter I am trying to liven up my landscaping in the front of my home. What flowers or plants would look really attractive from the street but would be really easy to upkeep? Are there flowers or shrubs that would especially thrive in this area?”

  • Addressing budget shortfall
  • Home is where the heart is

    In a most pleasant turn of events, hubby came home Sunday night. When he left on July 5, we didn’t expect to see him again until the end of September, but now we have two wonderful weeks to spend together.

    I told our teenaged daughter, “Daddy has a lot of summery things he wants to do over the next 14 days, so whatever he suggests, we are gonna be excited about it.”

    She agreed that we would make his time at home as carefree and fun as possible, then she asked, “What exactly causes a midlife crisis?”