Articles from Columbus Dispatch - faith values

Bill Tinsley: Our conduct in secret is the most important part of our life

You would think that we would have learned our lesson about secrets. President Nixon and “all the president’s men” thought that they could get away with it. But every word uttered in the oval office found its way into print and the public. The Watergate tapes ripped the mask off the public image of politics and left an entire generation disillusioned. Twenty years later, Bill Clinton assumed that what he did in private would remain secret. But what happened with Monica […]

Expanded chaplain program ready for anything in Franklin County sheriff’s office

Recognizing that the mental health needs of law enforcement officers hold a special challenge, the Franklin County sheriff’s office has expanded its chaplain program, adding six volunteer ministers to its ranks to help the 1,200 sworn and civilian employees with whatever they may need. Six ministers have taken special training since November to join the Rev. Leo Connolly, the office’s longtime sole chaplain, and more will be added.

Grant Medical Center, Nationwide Children's offer bloodless surgery to Jehovah's Witnesses

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus both have a program that provides blood alternatives to people who don’t want blood transfusions or treatment with blood products. This is mostly done for religious reasons for Jehovah’s Witnesses, who say Biblical teachings command them to abstain from blood products.

Grant Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s offer bloodless surgery to Jehovah’s Witnesses

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus both have a program that provides blood alternatives to people who don’t want blood transfusions or treatment with blood products. This is mostly done for religious reasons for Jehovah’s Witnesses, who say Biblical teachings command them to abstain from blood products.

Shayne Looper: Why religious conversion is more than joining a church

A Muslim man once confidently told me that everyone born in the United States is a Christian, unless his family is Muslim or Jewish. I did not ask him what that means for people from Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Sikh or Baha’i families, nor did I ask what it meant for people who intentionally convert to one of these religions later in life. A convert is, simply, a person who has been converted - that is, a person who has chosen to be altered or transformed. In religious conversion, a […]

MLK Jr. Day closings around central Ohio

Monday is Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Because of the holiday:• Federal, state, county, city and other local government offices will be closed.• Post offices will be closed, and there will be no regular mail delivery.• Parking meters in Columbus will be free, but parking restrictions at some meters will be enforced.• There will be no trash collection in Columbus. The trash-color collection schedule will rotate forward […]

Suzette Martinez Standring: Completely unworthy and completely Loveable: Can you really be both?

Can you be completely unworthy, but also believe you are unconditionally lovable? In Christianity, this is a common underpinning to understanding God’s love. I’ve long struggled with the emotional disconnect between the two. I used to bridge the gap with guilt. Nowadays God and I have a reproach-free relationship. Does that make me arrogant or spiritually healthy?At a Sunday service, the question was asked, “Raise your hand if you feel deserving of God’s love. […]

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