Articles from Columbus Dispatch - faith values

Shayne Looper: Where is heaven? (Closer than you think)

In 1869, The Scientific American ran a short (and sardonic) piece on Dr. D. Mortimer, a medical doctor who believed he had found the location of heaven. His suggestion, if I understand it correctly, was a fascinating one. According to Dr. Mortimer, heaven lay within the sun as a vast globe, “at least 500,000 miles in diameter.”Apparently, Dr. Mortimer believed that the blessed occupants of heaven were either shielded from its heat or transformed physiologically (an idea based […]

Suzette Martinez Standring: Love your pet, love your lifesaver

National Love your Pet Day is Feb. 20. Whenever I hear the rant-filled bullying of our public discourse, it’s a wonder my dog Ginger does not yet wear a bright red vest emblazoned “THERAPY DOG.” During the vicious storms of division, where’s MY thunder coat? Ginger is my teacup in the tempest.That dog makes me laugh despite my being weary and discouraged. Scampering full tilt into the room to greet me, she nearly slams into a table leg as she rounds the bend. Or […]

Ask Pastor Adrienne: I like Ash Wednesday but not the smudge

Q: Dear Pastor,I don’t want to be a smudge-head on Ash Wednesday, but I want to honor the Lenten fast. Is this illegal?A: I’m laughing at your terminology! And a hearty thank-you for bringing a little comedy into the religiosity of the Lenten season. Jesus was not big on religion either, nor did he enjoy the pomp-and-circumstance of the Pharisees’ plethora of rituals meant for public display. Do we need to show the world that we are observing a religious holiday? […]

Bill Tinsley: ‘Consider the birds’

I grew up in Texas, often wakened by the rasp of blue jays outside my window, frequently entertained by mockingbirds with their collection of stolen songs. Buzzards circled in the sky. On the ground, close up, they are hideous creatures, but high overhead, riding the wind, barely moving their wings, they looked majestic. When we moved to Rochester, Minnesota, I watched the Canadian geese migrating to and from the fields in their V-formation. Sometimes they passed so low overhead I could […]

Xenos changing name to Dwell, but rebranding doesn’t quiet church critics

Xenos Christian Fellowship, a non-denominational Evangelical church, says it is changing its name to “Dwell” to avoid confusion and more accurately reflect the church‘s values. Yet critics say the name change is merely a way for the church to distance itself from past allegations over its methods.

Xenos name change a rebranding, but that’s all church and critics agree on

Xenos Christian Fellowship, a non-denominational Evangelical church, says it is changing its name to “Dwell” to avoid confusion and more accurately reflect the church‘s values. Yet critics say the name change is merely a way for the church to distance itself from past allegations over its methods.

Shayne Looper: A different kind of climate change

Though many Americans first became aware of climate science in the last few decades, it has a long history. By the 1850s, scientists investigating large-scale climate differences in past geological ages began to suspect that atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane might have an impact on global temperatures.Their theories generated debate but not consensus. Nevertheless, interest in vacillating global temperatures (in ages past) grew. By the late 1950s, some scientists were not just thinking […]

Ask Pastor Adrienne: Thus sayeth the Lord...

Q: Dear Pastor,How do you respond when someone says, “The Lord told me to tell you …”A: Before I answer that, let me say that some of the most important, impacting statements in my life came to me exactly that way. A prophetic declaration, in its essence, is a moment when God speaks; we hear it and declare it, through either verbal or written (sometimes musical) expressions. I wholeheartedly believe in the gift of prophecy since the Holy Spirit regularly distributes it […]

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