Articles from Columbus Dispatch - faith values

Ask Pastor Adrienne column: Are we forgiven or judged?

Q: Dear Pastor,If you are forgiven, and then die, do you still answer for your sins on Judgment Day?A: Great question! It is a complex one which seems like a contradiction: the idea that we are completely forgiven in Christ at the moment of salvation, but we will still be judged. How does that work? Are we forgiven or not? The Apostle John said yes, we are forgiven: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all […]

Standring column: How to overcome discouragement

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****Waiting is very hard. Make a decision. Resolution, please. But to hang in limbo? A door will open, but how I hate the hallway. Yet I need a reminder bop on the head: stop trying to control everything.Previously, I was set to undergo surgery on March 4 to remove a lung tumor. There I was in the surgery staging area, marked up, lightly sedated, IV in arm, ready to go, but it was cancelled at the last minute because my white […]

Tinsley column: Finding faith in difficult days

We are drowning in bad news. The coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to spread. Many corporations are instructing employees to work remotely from home. Colleges are shifting to online classes. The United States Tennis Association canceled the Indian Wells tennis tournament to avoid exposure to the disease. From one case in Wuhan, China, in less than three months, it has spread throughout the globe. All of Italy has been placed under a lockdown that closes all schools and prohibits all public […]

Looper column: Pastors: Targets to aim at or leaders to follow?

According to the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, there are currently around 380,000 church congregations in the United States. Christianity Today’s Rebecca Randall reports that number was higher in 2006, with approximately 414,000 congregations. From 2006 to 2012, an estimated 30,000 congregations closed. That’s the bad news. The good news is the church still has the lowest closure rate of any institution in the country. And while 30,000 churches closed between […]