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Ask Pastor Adrienne: Hate mail and transformation

Q: Dear Pastor,Don’t you get a lot of hate mail?A: You mean: do people disagree with me? Yes. Do they send me exhaustive, pointed dissertations about why I’m wrong on a particular subject? Absolutely. Do they name-call and label me? Yep, sure do. But as many wise people have observed, “Hate is a really strong word.” I can’t say that I’ve ever received feedback on a column that would fit in the “I-hate-your-guts” category. And knock […]

In Good Faith: Admitting when you need help

The unmistakable smell started wafting through the kitchen. That was the first sign. Having been down this smelly road once before, my wife and I knew exactly what had transpired. Delilah, our nearly 16-year-old lab/husky mix who loves to lounge outside on chilly evenings, had just been sprayed by a skunk. We quickly brought her inside and up to our second floor bathroom with the walk-in shower. Holding our noses while Googling the correct ratio of dish soap, baking soda and hydrogen […]

Bill Tinsley: Image and first impressions are often deceiving

As the presidential race heats up, candidates are vying for the best image and a positive first impression. But, historically, image and impressions are often deceiving.Abraham Lincoln was called an “ape.” His voice had a Midwestern twang. He only had one year of formal education. Edwin Stanton first met him in Cincinnati in 1855. Lincoln had been invited to assist Stanton in an important civil case. Stanton described him as a “tall, rawly boned, ungainly backwoodsman, […]

Suzette Martinez Standring: Freak paralysis leads to strange discovery

This is how I know God is my pal. In November I had a freak paralysis of my right leg that lasted five hours, documented by doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Milton, Massachusetts. Then my mobility returned to normal. Four medical experts looked at MRI’s, scans, blood tests and sonograms; but it was not due to strokes, clot or brain lesions. I’m officially a medical anomaly. The neurologist said so.So here’s the “God is my pal” part. Doctors […]

Shayne Looper: Didn’t see that coming: Living with uncertainty

In over a hundred years of Major League Baseball, only 16 men have homered four times in one game. Most of them were power hitters. Twelve of the 16 hit 200 or more career home runs. Nine of them hit 300 or more. Then came Scooter Gennett, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound utility player who spent his Major League career bouncing from one team to another. Scooter had only 38 home runs in his entire career and was on an 0 for 19 slump, when he came to the plate for the Cincinnati Reds on June 6, 2017. […]

Ask Pastor Adrienne: Is pornography in the Bible?

Q: Dear Pastor,What does the Bible say about pornography?A: The exact word is not found in scripture. But don’t think for a second that mankind didn’t fashion for itself numerous outlets for perversions, fetishes and sexual exploits, even in the proverbial Stone Age. The Bible records exhaustive examples of pornography which fit its definition of “sexually explicit items whose purpose is to elicit sexual arousal” (according to […]