Articles from Columbus Dispatch - faith values

Bill Tinsley: When He comes

Beyond confessions of faith, hymns and sermons, the Second Coming of Christ seems to make little difference. We pursue our educations, work at our careers, raise our families, worry about retirement and prepare for the inevitable: death and taxes. In the meantime, the lives of believers and non-believers often show little marked difference other than church attendance. But what if He comes today? What if He comes tomorrow? What if He came yesterday? No, I am not suggesting you missed the […]

Shayne Looper: What is the secret of contentment?

Frank Sinatra planned to retire when he was at the top of his game. He used to say, “You gotta get out before you hit the mat.” And yet he kept performing until he was almost 80 and his performances became increasingly unsatisfactory. At one show he forgot the lyrics to one of his signature songs, and the audience had to finish it for him. Once, at a concert in Las Vegas, he was so sick that he collapsed into a chair and was administered oxygen. His handlers began keeping oxygen […]

Susan Sparks: Shabbat? Why not!

One of my best life lessons came from a tiny silver-haired woman with a twinkle in her eye. I met Nana Gert, the grandmother of a dear friend, many years ago when I first moved from North Carolina to New York. Upon hearing that I was new in town and had no family in the area, Nana Gert insisted on inviting me, a Baptist from the South, to her famous Friday Shabbat dinners on Long Island. Each week, I would gather with her family around her table which simply groaned under the weight of […]

Bill Tinsley: ‘First Man’ and walks of faith

Last weekend we slipped into one of the premier showings of “First Man”, the movie portraying Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. The movie takes us on board the X-15, Gemini and Apollo. We feel that we are there, experiencing the sheer terror of it all, pushing the limits of technology to land a man on the moon. The movie is gripping, as is the history. My wife and I married on December 21, 1968, the day Apollo 8 launched to carry the first men to orbit the moon. […]

The Other Side podcast: Learn how to meditate from a Buddhist, why the religion may be right for you

Founder of the Buddhist Network of Central Ohio, Seth Josephson demonstrates how to meditate and practice mindfulness.Josephson also discusses how the religion can be a good fit for people looking for less-structured spirituality and how to spread love to those you have conflict with.He also explains some commonly used Buddhist terms and why displaying a Buddha statue could be offensive to some. […]

Shayne Looper: The heart’s creed is what really matters

The two best-known creeds of the Western Church are the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed. The Nicene Creed dates from 325 A.D. and represents the Church’s unified response to an ongoing controversy about the divine nature of Christ. The Apostles’ Creed is harder to date. The earliest extant text dates from the late 700s, but at that time the Church claimed it had been in use for centuries. Phrases from the creed had already appeared in the writings of certain Church […]

Suzette Martinez Standring: Holy relics: The strange practice of venerating human remains

Eek alert! In Italy I saw many body parts of saints on display in basilicas and museums. They represent a centuries-old Roman Catholic belief that the bodies of saints manifest holiness, and therefore, are to be venerated. It’s very odd.Take for example, St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), a mystic who worked toward peace within the church. She persuaded Pope Gregory XI to move from France, where many popes had ruled, and to return to Italy, restoring it as the seat of papal power. […]