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Columns

  • Ready for the holidays

     

    I was headed to Louisville for the day. While those in the car were surfing local radio stations, the dial settled on one that surprised me. It was Louisville's all Christmas station. This was the Saturday after Halloween.

    While normally I would have started talking about how commercialized the holidays are and we can't even have a few weeks after Halloween before Thanksgiving and Christmas are at the forefront of our lives, I enjoyed the music. And it got me thinking about the upcoming holidays. And, I started to look forward to them.

  • Meant to be a marathon

     

    "If you are losing faith in human nature go out and watch a marathon."

    -Kathrine Switzer

     

    Oct. 13, 2013 - and the journey to get there - changed my life.

    That day, I, along with more than 40,000 other brave souls, ran the Chicago Marathon.

    And, during those 26.2 miles (and the 600 miles of training runs prior to the race), something inside of me changed.

    That might sound corny to some of you, but it's the truth.

  • CKNJ settling in to its new home

     

    To paraphrase a song from one of my favorite artists, Bob Seger, we packed up our bags and we took off down the road.

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal moved to a new location earlier this month, and while we aren't finished, things are starting to feel like home.

    Like any good move, we had a plan. Also like any move, there were things that were unexpected. And now, with the move mostly complete, we have some boxes that are not unpacked and things that aren't where they belong, but we're getting there.

  • Something to talk about

    She lowered her eyes as if she were too ashamed to look at me. Her quivering voice revealed the emotional pain she was experiencing: “Pastor, what those people are saying about me just isn’t true.”

  • Remembering my grandfather

    It's hard to believe it's been a year since we lost him.

    My grandfather died on Oct. 13 last year after a stroke left him not really knowing who he was.

    He remembered me sometimes, but most of the time he didn't. He might have seen my parents and me as people who visited him occasionally, or more of the people who were just around him all of the time. We will never really know.

    He was my last living grandparent. That made his death especially hard for me.

  • Now I want to sing

     

    Some people are gifted with beautiful solo voices to bless an audience. Other singers, perhaps not quite as vocally talented, bless others with quartet voices. Then there are those that bless others by not singing.

    I've always thought of myself as being in that latter category, but that's changed of late.

    Let me back up.

  • Infamous 'picketers' visit CU campus

     

    Earlier this month, the infamous "picketers" arrived at Campbellsville University with signs declaring doom to students who did not repent from their "progressive" theologies.

    While many see groups such as this one as intolerant or crazy, it's important not to get lost in fighting against their "preaching."

    Though I don't agree with what this group has to say, I most certainly think they have a right to stand on the sidewalk and defend what they believe.

  • Nothing like Kentucky tomatoes

    Whenever I am confronted by atheists, I simply make the point that if there weren't a God and he didn't love us, there wouldn't be such a thing as the beloved homegrown tomato.

  • What murderers cannot kill

    There's a surprising grace that falls our way whenever someone unexpectedly sings a beautiful song.

    It was a Susan Boyle moment whenever Angela Hockensmith began her solo in our church one Sunday morning. I could sense people looking wide eyed at each other. Like me, they were silently saying, "I didn't know she could sing like that."

  • Celebrate all community offers

     

    I love this time of year. It's the time when it's a little cool in the morning and night, but still warm during the day. And there is plenty to do on the weekends.

    From a fall festival to community cleanups to fundraisers, school and church events to sports and other competitions, there is no shortage of stuff to do. Those who say there is nothing to do in Campbellsville are just wrong.

    This Saturday is no exception. Taylor County High School will host its annual band competition, which I look forward to every year.