Today's Opinions

  • The true Christmas story


    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

    (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.)

    To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • Venturing into Advent

    I know the three most often repeated words in a marriage should be, “I love you,” but I’m afraid I’ve displaced those with “Where’s the clicker?”

    Perhaps even worse, once the clicker is in my hands, I frequently follow that question with a plea to my wife: “Can you get this thing to work?”

    Now, before you judge me as the stereotypical couch potato, that neglectful slob who bellows to “the wife” from the “man cave,” “Hey, babe, bring me another beer,” let me explain myself.

  • The ongoing struggle with Alzheimer’s

    As I hung up the phone, I regretted having not called sooner. Several times in the past few months I’d almost called Ed, but there always seemed something more pressing to do.

    When I did call, I fully expected to hear Ed’s upbeat, energetic voice.

  • What I learned in 13.1 miles


    They say you learn something new every day, and I can’t argue with that.

    I learn things at work, and I learn from my wife and son. Lately, though, a lot of my learning has come from running.

  • Is a fall break really needed?

    When I was a kid, I remember starting school near my birthday almost every year. That meant the first day of school would come in the last week of August. It was nothing new to us back then, 30 some years ago. But today, with school starting much earlier in some districts across Kentucky, some state legislators are now in the debate about when the first day of school should be scheduled.

  • Letting our souls catch up with our bodies

    Sometimes our best advice to others is forgotten by ourselves.

    Not very long ago I admonished the worshippers on Sunday morning to slow down, do less, and take a true Sabbath rest. We tend to get swallowed up by life’s demands and forget the important stuff that really matters.

  • Dad's still Dad

    "I miss you tucking me in bed."

    The words were not from one of my children, now grown and away from home, longing for the comfort of days gone bye.

    The words were from my dad. He had been diagnosed with cancer several weeks earlier and had just completed his first treatment when I visited him. The prognosis for longevity is not good - less than a year. 

    Dad told how me how he missed our nightly ritual after I had returned home from my visit with him and Mom.

  • Cook gives update on school constructioni

    Construction of the new facilities has really taken off. We were initially behind 83 days due to weather. We are making up time considerably on the two buildings and are now behind approximately 50 days. Our goal is to have the primary center, which will house students from preschool through second grade, moved into their new building when school starts for the 2016-2017 school year. I feel good about making that happen.