Articles from Columbus Dispatch - faith values

Ask Pastor Adrienne column: Run at this giant!

Q: Dear Pastor, What do you think God is saying with this coronavirus?A: Isn’t it interesting how all of us suddenly want God’s input? I’m in agreement with you that when something of this magnitude occurs, there must be enormous spiritual forces in play. Every pundit in any realm of import, from the Pope to the politicians, are claiming and blaming any number of things. “It’s God’s judgment.” “It’s the Devil’s […]

Tinsley column: Fred and Ethel looking for a better day

Last year, two robins built their nest in the Aspen tree in front of our house. I named them Fred and Ethel. Ethel, it appeared, was in charge. Fred helped. But, as with most females, the nest was hers. Fred brought twigs and did his best, but Ethel corrected his mistakes, laid her eggs and faithfully incubated their young while Fred foraged and occasionally got distracted. They made their appearance March 9, perched side-by-side on the fence near our deck. I don’t know where they […]

In Good Faith column: Meat hoarding (and other tales)

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****The woman in front of me on the checkout line at the grocery store the other day had two carts. How she managed to push two carts around the store by herself remains a mystery. The first cart was stacked high with paper goods. That’s a polite way of saying ROLLS AND ROLLS OF TOILET PAPER. The other cart must have had 50 boxes of chicken nuggets.

Looper column: The curious origin of the word ‘church’

Ask people about the church, and most will tell you where the church is. It’s on the corner of Main and Fourth - as if the church is the building in which a group of people meets. Some may tell you the denomination of the church. It is a Methodist church, a Presbyterian church, or maybe “a holy roller church.” Don’t bother asking what a holy roller church is. For that matter, asking the difference between the Methodists and the Presbyterians will probably not […]

Looper column: Pastors: The curious origin of the word ‘church’

Ask people about the church, and most will tell you where the church is. It’s on the corner of Main and Fourth - as if the church is the building in which a group of people meets. Some may tell you the denomination of the church. It is a Methodist church, a Presbyterian church, or maybe “a holy roller church.” Don’t bother asking what a holy roller church is. For that matter, asking the difference between the Methodists and the Presbyterians will probably not […]

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