• Talk about a Royal Wedding...

    As I write this, I am preparing to head out of town, heading south for about 10 hours to see my eldest daughter get married.
    I really like weddings. Not enough to get up at 5 a.m. to watch one that took place in England recently, but I have been to a few since I often have the privilege to officiate at them and I have grown quite fond of them.
    It’s not the romance or pageantry or the beauty of the bride that causes me to like them. I have been a pastor and married long enough to know that marriage is as difficult as it can be wonderful.

  • Grace Notes

    A number of years ago I wrote a story about a man who was as lost as a soul could be.
    When I met him, he was a pastor, although he didn’t look like a typical pastor, if there is such a thing.
    I remember his shaved head and “ROUGH” tattooed across the back of his neck. I also remember thinking he was one scary looking dude.
    His wasn’t a sanitized, heartwarming story, although it started out that way.

  • Church News

    Camp C4 will be held at Central Christian Church beginning June 3 for a 10-week day camp on Sunday nights from 6-7:30 p.m.
    Games, crafts, food and Bible study for age K-8th grade, and high school welcome.
    The church is located on the corner of Second Street and Riggs Avenue.

    Cynthiana Presbyterian Church invites children from Preschool through 5th grade to experience being a Hero for God at Hero Central Vacation Bible School.

  • Grace Notes

    Sometimes you go to church and you hear the same stuff over and over.
    Sometimes it flies over your head or you’re thinking about what’s for lunch and the pastor sounds like the teacher in the Charlie Brown cartoons going, “Waah, waah, waah,” and you have no idea what he said.
    And sometimes you hear something that you’ve heard before but for some reason it’s like you’re hearing it for the first time. Or maybe it’s the thing that you needed to hear precisely at that moment.

  • Maybe it’s time to stop carrying rocks

    I love backpacking. The thought of putting 40 pounds of food and gear on your back and traipsing 50 miles through the wilderness doesn’t appeal to everyone, but to me, it’s one of my favorite things to do.  
    When I was in my early 20’s, I went backpacking in New Mexico with a bunch of scouts to Philmont Scout Ranch.  A great group of guys.  

  • Church News

    Just a reminder that City on a Hill Church is no longer meeting at the old Berry Lumber Co. Building. We are now holding services every Sunday in the Community room at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library.
    Connect time is 9-9:45 a.m. for some recreation and Bible Study for our youth with the youth Pastor. Adults will also meet for fellowship in the community room at these times. Service will begin at 10 a.m. with live worship. Come as you are and worship with us.

  • Evangelism...tell what He has done for you

    Many people know the story of Jonah and the whale and that God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach.
    Nineveh turned away from Nisroch, the god of the Assyrians and turned toward Yahweh, the god of Israel.
    Imagine watching Jonah walk the gangplank gaining permission to board the ship, pay his fare and find a dark quiet place in the bottom floor of the ship. He lacked emotions.
    He had set his heart to rebel against Yahweh, his god, and against Yahweh’s apparent love for the people of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria.

  • Grace Notes

    My pastor tells the story about his son needing spine surgery when he was just a young boy.
    He tells about bringing his son to the hospital and the agony of letting go of his boy, handing him over to the surgeons.
    It was a terrible surgery, he says, and they were so relieved when it was over.
    However, shortly after they had come home from the hospital, the doctor called -- they missed something and had to redo the surgery.

  • Who are you?

    By Julie Olt
    Guest Columnist
    Cynthiana Presbyterian
    If I were to ask you who you are, what would be your response?  Mother, father, sister, brother, grandfather, grandmother, teacher, nurse, doctor, farmer?  
    Those are all important parts of who we are, but the most important thing to remember when you are asked who you are is that you are a child of God. That is our most important identity in this world.  

  • Love is. . .loving “how you are”

    I’ve said many times that whenever someone starts a sentence with, “I know how you are,” what follows is rarely anything you want to hear.
    I have this thing about unmade beds. I believe that everyone should make his or her bed every day immediately upon arising. No exceptions.
    Imagine my surprise when I married someone who does not share my beliefs.
    His mom made his bed every day, and then when he went into the military, he paid people to make his bunk for him.
    And then he married me, a bed-making maniac.