Articles from Columbus Dispatch - faith values

Cincinnati Crossroads church launches Columbus location after gathering strong central Ohio following

A Cincinnati church launched its Columbus location Sunday, after having a following of some central Ohio residents for years. Crossroads Columbus will meet weekly at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center and will feature free coffee, a live worship band and more.

Bill Tinsley: Develop a physically and spiritually healthy heart

We have adopted our New Year’s resolutions, and many of us are focused on a “healthy heart.” It apparently is making a difference. According to a study published in an American Heart Association journal, “The epidemic increase in heart disease mortality ended in the 1960s or 1970s.” Deaths from heart disease have fallen dramatically over the last 50 years. Heart-healthy alternatives are produced in almost every food category. Restaurants include heart-healthy […]

Some Columbus churches arm members to protect congregants

Columbus-area churches have taken varied approaches to security, though some that have armed volunteers watching over their members are reassured by the Dec. 29 incident in Texas. A volunteer church security guard shot an attacker who had just killed two people in the sanctuary during a service at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. The volunteer’s response probably kept the gunman from killing more people.

Ohio Methodist leader among those involved in creating plan to split over gay marriage

Church leaders said Friday they had agreed to spin off a “traditionalist Methodist” denomination, while allowing the remaining portion of the United Methodist Church to permit same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy for the first time in its history. Ohio leaders and pastors were involved in the proposal.

Shayne Looper: Can nostalgia and faith coexist?

No one needs faith for something that has already happened. Faith, by its nature, requires a future component, a measure of uncertainty. In situations where there is no uncertainty - the package has already arrived, as promised, the test has been scored - faith is superfluous. Does this imply that people of faith, like myself, will not be nostalgic, since nostalgia is about the settled past and faith is about the unsettled future? I hope not, because I sometimes wax nostalgic, particularly […]

Ask Pastor Adrienne: Cremation: Is it a sin?

Q: Dear Pastor,Is cremation a sin? How will the cremated-dead be able to rise when Jesus comes?A: In the Bible, cremation is not labeled a sinful practice. Frankly, the topic is not dealt with at all in terms of the detailed lists of instructions for living and dying set forth by almighty God in the Old and New testaments. The short answer to your question appears to be no, cremation is not a sin.That said, the biblical recordings of funerals explain that God’s people were […]

Bill Tinsley: Keeping our focus in 2020

We will soon turn the page to 2020. It seems like such a perfect number, so much better than 2019, an odd number that always seemed to fall just a little short. 2020 rings with the hope of perfect vision and a perfect year. But we already know 2020 will have its challenges. It is likely to open with a presidential impeachment trial in the Senate and conclude with a bitter political battle for another presidential term. 2020 will not be easy. It certainly will not be perfect, but it can be […]

Suzette Martinez Standring: Entering a new year and decade

We are in a new moon phase entering the third decade of the 21st century and I’m relieved to see 2019 in my rearview mirror. Perhaps I’m not alone. Now it’s time to assess the hurts, disappointments, betrayals and plain bad luck of the past year. Why? Because I’m packing for a new decade and that kind of baggage is not coming with me.When examining my part in painful episodes, I often say, “Well, I’ll never do that again!” Or I think, […]