• Village of Samaritans provide sanctuary

    MOUNT GERIZIM, West Bank — In one of the tensest corners of the West Bank, Israeli settlers and Palestinians live in separate worlds. But there is a spot on the top of a mountain that connects them both: a village of Samaritans.

  • Local Baptists bring good news to Kentucky

    Recently, 20 people from seven local Southern Baptist churches traveled to Booneville, Kentucky, population 81, one of the poorest areas in the United States, for a seven-day mission trip.

    There, the mission sits north of the courthouse square. Drive one lane around the courthouse, exit the other side and that’s where you’ll find the Baptist church.

    Pastor Jimmy Garland leads the church and his wife, Vanessa, runs the mission. 

  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton welcomes new pastor

    Elisha Neubauer

    For the Chronicle

    The Rev. Sojan Punakkattu has always known he wanted to serve the church. 

    From an early age, Punakkattu had an obvious devotion to his faith. As a young boy, he would spend his time mimicking Mass. While other children his age were pretending to be doctors or astronauts, Punakkattu was performing the stanch rituals of the Catholic Church. 

  • Pope speaks for immigrants

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has denounced the forced repatriation of unaccompanied children migrants who flee wars and poverty, saying countries should try to meet their needs rather than return them to uncertain futures back home.

    Francis took up the plight of child migrants in his annual message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Thursday.

  • Taking the reins with Equine Evangelism

    Elisha Neubauer 

  • Why are Christians so mean?

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

  • Dog expert, pet blessings and more planned at Shepherd of the Hills

    Fido behaving badly? Maybe this will help. The annual St. Francis Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, will offer a free, two-hour workshop by master dog behaviorist Todd Langston.

    Langston was trained and conducts workshops with the renowned Cesar Millan, who is nicknamed “The Dog Whisperer.” About 500 are expected to attend.

  • ‘We get it done’

    By Elisha Neubauer, For the Chronicle

  • Grace Notes 9/24/16: I hate 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.

  • Ode to lost sheep

    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.