Articles from Columbus Dispatch - faith values

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, […]

Shayne Looper: You probably won’t keep your resolutions: Here’s why

Most Americans who make New Year’s resolutions don’t keep them, according to polls taken over the years. When they made their resolutions, they hoped (if not intended) to keep them. Nevertheless, the failure rate for New Year’s resolutions hovers around 70%.Some common resolutions are: exercise more, lose weight, get organized, save more money, quit smoking, spend more time with family. No one makes a resolution in the secret hope of failing, yet most people will fail. […]

Ask Pastor Adrienne: The death of a parent

Q: Dear Pastor,How are you supposed to move on after a parent passes?A: Unfortunately, the cruelty of a parent’s death is something we must all experience at some point due to the cycle of life. No one is ever truly prepared for the moment our most significant relationship is gone, even if that parent is estranged from us. When someone gives you life, you feel their death down to the bone and marrow they helped to create in you.If that passing happens at a joyful occasion […]