• 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.

  • Church at the Cross settles into new space

    Elisha Neubauer: For the Chronicle

    While the Church at the Cross isn’t exactly brand new, its doing some new things — and people are starting to take notice.

  • Taking the cause abroad

    Elisha Neubauer:  For the Chronicle

    Inverness First United Methodist Church has faced some tough times over the last few years, but congregants and leaders are not letting that hold them down. 

  • Circuitous path

    Colleen Bennett
    Special to the Chronicle
    Some people navigate a fairly straight road toward their ultimate career destination. Others find themselves on a career path with more twists and turns. Still fewer find themselves serving as priests at the end of that winding road after what seems like several lifetimes of experiences in other jobs.
    The Rev. Tim Cummings, 47, who was recently installed as pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, is one of those select few.

  • No worries, Jesus is in the boat

    It was a Monday, about a dozen or so years ago, the sky a brilliant blue, dotted with puffs of white, fluffy clouds.
    At that same moment, 600 miles away, a violent, deadly storm raged and ravaged the nearby Gulf Coast states, its destructive power beyond my comprehension.

  • God of our storms

    It was 10 years ago.
    The bride’s name was Emily and her wedding, according to the sign in the lobby, was scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, on the veranda of the beachfront hotel where we were staying.
    Barry and I had gone to the beach for a long weekend before his open-heart surgery on the 29th.
    The weather had been chamber-of-commerce perfect — until Saturday morning. On Saturday the sky stayed gray and it rained off and on, mostly on, all day.