Articles from Columbus Dispatch - faith values

Ask Pastor Adrienne: Men and women are spiritually different?

Q: Dear Pastor,Are men and women spiritually different?A: Fantastic question! The short answer is both yes and no. Is male spirituality superior to a female’s? No. Do women secure a spiritual priority? Nope. But yes, God made the sexes uniquely different, which then affects our spiritual expressions and methods of worship. You see, God is made up of both sexes, according to Genesis 1:27, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female […]

Trooper thanks those who saved him after crash, says home, therapy and God helping recovery

Trooper Jason Phillips and his parents joined his colleagues at the Ohio Highway Patrol Wednesday to honor those who saved his life after a wrong-way driver crashed into his cruiser in June on Interstate 71 in Morrow County. Phillips, who is still recovering from major injuries, including brain trauma, said “home, therapy and God” are helping him recover.

Bill Tinsley: The master potter

A few miles north of Waco, Texas, on the east bank of the Brazos River, sits the Homestead Heritage, an agrarian Christian community committed to preserving 19th century craftsmanship. The community offers shops where visitors can observe “artistry-in-action” complete with a pottery barn, blacksmith forge, grist mill and a carpentry shop. George and Laura Bush commissioned the Homestead to construct and furnish their house at the Crawford Ranch. When we visited the pottery […]

Shayne Looper: Obstacles to faith and the service they perform

A doubting friend once said to me, “If God exists, why doesn’t he tell us plainly? Why doesn’t he write it across the sky for everyone to see?”That question is based on an assumption that is patently false and, upon reflection, even silly: the assumption that God’s aspiration for humans - his end goal in creating them - is their assent to the fact that he exists. This is to woefully underestimate both God and humanity. God’s objective is the […]

Ask Pastor Adrienne: Jesus at a cocktail party

Q: Dear Pastor,How would Jesus handle an invitation to a holiday cocktail party?A: I’m assuming you mean, would Jesus attend a holiday cocktail party? Yes. Would he go places where alcohol was served? Absolutely, yes. Would he imbibe? Before I answer that… and before my readers write me off as a heathen-heretic (if they haven’t already)… let’s look at some scripture and see if we can’t find answers from the man himself.In the Bible’s book of […]

Bill Tinsley: Acts of kindness

Sully Sullenberger, the captain who skillfully landed U.S. Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, has become a household name. After striking a flock of geese that disabled the engines, Sullenberger flew the plane like a giant glider and landed safely on the Hudson River, saving the lives of 155 people on board. For 30 years Sullenberger flew airplanes in an uneventful career. This one act made him a national hero. Most don’t remember the heroic act of a French […]