• Grace Notes


    This past week I got an email from someone who has emailed me before, always with thoughtful, thought-provoking comments.

    In this one he wrote, “Permit me to posit the following: Why not consider the word ‘Christian’ more as an adjective than a noun? That is, ‘I try to live a Christian life’ rather than tagging oneself with a label that could suggest a holier than thou attitude….”

  • Church News


    Oddville Christian Church will be holding Bible Study on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Will start in Genesis and ending in Revelations.



    Saltwell Methodist Church located in Nicholas County, Ky., will be having a Homecoming on Sunday, Nov. 6. The event will be the celebration of 100 years of the current building.

    Services will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a potluck meal. An afternoon service will follow the meal.

  • If God Is For Us, Who Can Be Against Us


    When we have the opportunity to celebrate a special moment in our life, we may want to choose to make changes that could affect our whole life. 

    Remember, changes are OK to make in most situations, but be patient and limit your changes graciously. Don’t be ashamed to ask God for some advice. 

  • Grace Notes


    I don’t know why I was so surprised, but I was.

    A few weeks ago, my pastor spoke on a controversial topic, racism, and did an absolutely amazing job, balancing truth and grace.

    That’s not what surprised me.

    What surprised me was learning that he was attacked for it, the target of mean-spirited vitriol, face-to-face encounters and emails.

    People love grace, but truth? Not so much.

  • Our relationship with God elevates us

    By Esther Coy,

    guest columnist

    First United Methodist Church


    Powerful  discourse resonates through the final sentence of a meaningful message. I noticed that recently while listening to a recording. Dr. Gary Staats of Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findley, Ohio spoke in reference to The True Scholar.  He used as his text Ecclesiasticus 38:24-34 with reference to Proverbs 1.  

  • I don’t like change!

    Last year we became quasi-temporary guardians of our youngest daughter’s two cats, Mohawk and Target.

    I say quasi-temporary because the daughter has since moved out after staying with us for a year, but the cats are still with us.

    Once our daughter left, we decided to move the cats’ litter box from the guest bathroom to the now-empty spare bedroom. 

    To us humans, that’s a simple change, but not to the cats.

  • Church News


    Old Union Christian Church, 6856 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, Ky., will hold its annual Lord’s Auction on Saturday, Oct. 1 beginning at 10:45 a.m. with a dedication of gifts. Auction begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will be sold by Christian Women’s Fellowship.

    Proceeds to benefit the ministries of Old Union Christian Church.

    Scott Winkler is the minister, 859-293-6192; Ed Caswell is the chair, 859-987-3013.



  • Grace Notes

    I have a Facebook friend in Colorado, another Christian writer I’ve met with a number of times over the years at various Christian publishing events.

    For the past few years she’s been writing about her oldest son, Zach, who is a drug addict.

    He’s had periods of being clean, but they haven’t lasted. Last summer he nearly died from a drug overdose -- his third overdose in less than a year -- and spent several days in ICU on a respirator, suffering seizures.

  • Church News


    The Benson United Methodist Church will host the United Methodist Scholarship Fellowship on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.

    Support and attendance is appreciated to help students.



    Calvary Assembly will host a free coat give-away on Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon.

    Gently worn coats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • 9/11 anniversary reminds us of what is important
















    “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life?