• First Baptist to honor residents during Black History Month

    First Baptist Church will be honoring four residents during each Sunday service in February, which is Black History Month.

    Feb. 1 - Deacon Douglas Allen.

    Feb. 8 - Deacon Anthony Farris.

    Feb. 15 - Wanda Washington.

    Feb. 22 - Campbellsville Superintendent Diane Woods-Ayers.

    All family and friends of the honorees are invited to attend on those special days.

    First Baptist Church is located at 708 E. Broadway.


  • Beware of sharp-toothed sheep

    Touted as the youngest ordained minister in history, 4-year-old Marjoe Gortner burst onto the Holy Ghost revival scene in the late 1940s.

    His father, a second-generation preacher, trained the boy, who had a talent for sweeping and pointed gestures, to proclaim the name of "Jay-zus" - and bilk money from the faithful who came to hear him preach.

  • Ode to the snowflake party queen

    As I write this, the nation is focused on Washington, D.C., and the inauguration of Barack Obama. However, my attention is eight or so miles away in Alexandria, Va.

    My granddaughter, Caroline, turns 7 on Jan. 21.

    While her festivities aren't on the scale of an inaugural gala, on Sunday, Jan. 25, she and six of her friends are having a snowflake party. My daughter, Alison, has been planning it for months.

  • 'Lift Every Voice and Sing'

    The Rev. Delmetria Cayson-Combs led attendees at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service in a rendition of  "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at Campbellsville University's Ransdell Chapel on Sunday.


  • Lewis & Lewis coming to Fairview Baptist

    Lewis & Lewis, a singing, songwriting husband and wife duo from Nashville, Tenn., will present a special musical event Saturday at Fairview Baptist Church in Mannsville.

    The event begins at 6 p.m.

    Ray and Laura Lewis have written songs for numerous southern gospel groups. Their music has been recorded by artists as diverse as the Happy Goodman Family, The Kingsmen Quartet, Doug Oldham and Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith.

    Their song, "I'm A Winner Either Way," recorded by The Inspirations, was one of last year's most popular gospel songs.

  • No longer feeling 'northish'

    For Christmas my husband bought me a GPS device for my car. I am notorious for my directional dyslexia, which I blame on my dad. When I was a kid he told me to get lost and, ever the obedient child, I've been doing so ever since.

    I don't understand north. I know the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, but I couldn't point it out to you. Orlando and Tampa are both south of where I live, but they feel northish to me.

  • Pace ordained as Episcopal priest

    The Rev. Dr. Bradley Warren Pace was ordained as an Episcopal priest on Dec. 6 at St. James Cathedral in Chicago, Ill.

    Pace graduated from Seabury Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., where he earned his master's degree. He earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago and another master's at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. His undergraduate studies were completed at Berea College.

  • Thanks be to 'Ole Fred'

    Those who write columns are bound to get people who disagree with them - like "Ole Fred."

    Fred has written me a few times, most recently to take offense at a column about Christians who cuss and how I didn't want to be one anymore. For the life of me I can't figure out how he could find fault with that, but he did.

    One thing he wrote in his e-mail caught my attention and I've thought - and prayed - about it all week, in case he's right and I have this whole grace thing wrong. Fred wrote, "Christianity is a very strict and demanding faith."

  • 400th anniversary celebration in 2009

    What is the common thread among Abraham Lincoln, Al Gore, Johnny Cash, Chuck Norris, Jessica Simpson, John Grisham, Ernie Fletcher and the author of this story?

    They are all Baptists. And the group is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year.

    According to baptisthistory.org, Baptists came into existence in England in the early 17th century. In 1609, a Puritan-Separatist group led by John Smyth encouraged believers to be immersed as a profession of faith in Christ. The name "Baptist" originally was coined by their opponents, but the name still stands.

  • Polston Family in concert Sunday

    The Garry Polston Family will be in concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11 at Hogards Chapel United Methodist Church. The church is located at 5391 Greensburg Road. The community is invited to attend. For more information, call Pastor Steve Latham at 465-4353.