• Reflections On “True” Colors

    I have always loved the fall season. Fall colors are among my first recollections. I am no scientist; but, I appreciate discovery. I went on a treasure hunt via the internet recently and read about trees changing color. I wanted to learn about what transpires to produce this transformation. I found that in the summer photosynthesis produces chlorophyll enabling  leaves in trees to become green. In the fall, days become shorter and colder. The chlorophyll production decreases and the leaves display their “true” colors.

  • Grace Notes

    When I first started writing professionally, I mostly wrote humor stories for Christian magazines.
    It was fun, and I often cracked myself up. But it was also hard work. With humor, you have to get the rhythm right. You have to choose your words carefully and economically.
    And you have to know the ending, the punchline, often before you write your opening line.
    With humor, you write to the punchline. It’s all about how you end.

  • ‘Harvest Hymns’ and random thoughts

    The other day someone congratulated our features editor, Sarah Gatling, on her promotion, which was nice, except she didn’t get a promotion.
    Sarah said if she got a promotion she’d like to be promoted to potentate -- that sounds like a cool thing to be, she said.
    It reminded me of the hymn, “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” in which Jesus is called “the potentate of time,” and also reminded me that a few years ago, Sarah gave me a very old hymnal, copyrighted in 1924, called “Harvest Hymns.”

  • Church Briefs

    A 13-week GriefShare session will be offered for grieving/hurting people who have lost loved ones, on Sundays from 5-7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 302 E. Pike St.
    The sessions are open to the public and can join at any time.
    For more information contact Leona Bell at 859-954-5070, facebook page at Leona Bell GriefShare group, or www.GriefShare.org.


  • Cynthiana Baptist Church holds Mission Celebration and Quilt Show
  • “Everything has its own time. . .”

    By Earl Litman
    Guest columnist
    Cynthiana First Church of God
    These are evil times, so make every minute count. Ephesians 5:16
    Songs from the 60’s and 70’s had titles such as The Times They are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan), No Time Left for You (The Guess Who), Turn, Turn, Turn (The Byrds), and Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (Chicago).

  • Appreciating pastors with prayer

    Pray for your pastor.
    When faith is your job, it’s easy to grow weary.
    I get a taste of it every week when I sit down to write this column. First, I have to think of something that’s hopefully both entertaining, worth saying and also something I think God wants me to say.
    Plus, it needs to be biblically accurate and I try to make it as faithful to my particular denominational tradition (in my case Reformed theology) as I can be without totally alienating the Baptists, Catholics, Methodists and/or Pentecostals.

  • Church Briefs

    The 5th Sunday Hymn Sing will be held Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at Elmarch United Methodist Church.
    Stedfast, Kathy Hess, Jim Caskey and more. Everyone is invited to attend.

    The First United Methodist Church will host Trunk or Treat in the church’s parking lot at the corner of Church and Pike streets.
    The event will be held to coincide with Treat or Treat on Tuesday, Oct. 31, beginning at 6 p.m.


  • God hears when you call

    By Steve Perry,
    Calvary Assembly of God

  • Church Briefs

    Come one, come all to the Cynthiana First Church of God Homecoming.
    If you have ever attended, do attend, or are just thinking about it, come on down and check us out.
    The event will take place Sunday, Oct. 22. Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and Homecoming service at 10:45 a.m. Lots of good music and fellowship. Hope to see you there.