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Columns

  • Knox nixes Nugent and a debate ensues online

    Ted Nugent expresses his opinion about the Obama administration. It was quite unfavorable. A video found its way to YouTube and his rock music status fueled ferver over the remarks.

    The issue surfaced locally last week when Nugent was dropped from plans for a summer concert at Fort Knox. This newspaper’s posting to Twitter and Facebook lit up with comments Thursday afternoon.

    Many, but certainly not all, offered support for Nugent.

  • A bad week for bad boys

    Last week was a bad week for bad boys.

    First, 51-year-old Bobby Petrino, at the height of his career, got himself fired as the University of Arkansas football coach for allegedly trying to deceive the university’s athletic director about the coach’s relationship with the 25-year-old football employee and former volleyball player, Jessica Dorrell.

    Then 11 Secret Service agents were placed on administrative leave for allegedly being involved with prostitutes in Cartagena, Columbia, while preparing for President Obama’s visit.

  • Minister offers arguments in favor of jailhouse baptisms

     Christianity is the one true religion of the one true God. I make no apologies for that statement.

    Although God loves all mankind, he sent his son into the world so that the world through him might be saved. Jesus claimed, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.”

  • When travelers find each other

    My wife and I were the only customers in the souvenir and gift shop, lone shoppers during an off-season in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    The lady at the cash register was kind but guarded, like the person checking your ID at airport security. But something about this lady intrigued me: Was she shy or resentful? Uncaring or prudent? Calloused or bruised?

    Directing me to the next aisle, she snapped, staccato style, “Sweatshirts and hoodies over there; caps, next aisle.”

    Her accent, which I guessed to be Eastern European, was heavy.

  • Value of jail ministry not in question

    For the past 36 years, the Hardin County Detention Center has enjoyed a very active and successful jail ministry with a variety of local churches. 

    Currently, 32 separate denominations or religious groups participate in jail ministry. This unique ministry began in 1976 when  jail chaplain Larry Vance along with Dr. Les Langley, Bill Evans, Kennett Smith and Patricia Wheeler  began the ministry on the “cell block.” They literally shared with inmates “through the bars” at the Hardin County Jail. 

  • Celebrating two notable deaths in my life

    Today is Easter Sunday. Coincidentally, it’s also my father’s birthday.

    Both celebrate death.

    One focuses on a loving, heavenly father who sacrificed to provide eternal life. The other focuses on a loving, earthly father who sacrificed in his own way to provide my stable life.

    Dad would have been 74 today. He only saw 54 birthdays.

    He’s come to mind a lot lately. I’m 54.

  • Correcting our failure to communicate this Easter

    George Bernard Shaw once said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

    Communication is an imperfect science, to say the least.

    I picked up the phone just the other day and thought I correctly read the caller ID: “Lebanon Elementary School,” the school where my wife works. So naturally, I assumed it was her.

    But that’s not what it said. And it wasn’t her.

  • We haven't heard the last of jail-baptism conflict

    It can be dangerous to discuss religious beliefs. It’s even more dangerous to discuss someone else’s religious beliefs.

    But to fully appreciate the jailhouse issue raised last week before Hardin Fiscal Court, it’s essential to begin by seeking to understand.

    To review, the Elizabethtown Church of Christ made a presentation during the informational portion of Tuesday’s public meeting. The church is one of several local congregations offering religious instruction, ministry and prayer at the Hardin County Detention Center.

  • A few kind words for people who befriend pets

    Mahatma Ghandi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

  • Urging women to demonstrate hope through GRACE Conference

    There is an amazing opportunity coming April 21 for this community to support SpringHaven, our domestic violence shelter and program. A women’s conference at Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown will feature a few nationally known speakers and some that were locally grown. There will be great info, food and fellowship and every ticket purchased will be a donation for SpringHaven. 

    I just don’t want this to be an announcement for an event. I want to help you understand why it is so important to support this cause.