• True test of time

    “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.” (Ruth 1:16-17)

    Love was in the air last Sunday at First Baptist Church of Chassahowitzka as the congregation celebrated the wedding anniversaries of three couples: Warren and Annabelle Hartway, married 70 years, Charles and Barbara Chandler, married 60 years, and Ken and Jan Penrose, married 50 years.

  • Oh, my rotting bones!

    Nancy Kennedy


    Just when I think I’m not so bad, something happens to show me that I am so bad — bad to my rotting bones.

    There’s this person.

  • Pope visits Auschwitz

    Frances D’Emilio

    Vanessa Gera

    Associated Press

    OSWIECIM, Poland

    Pope Francis paid a somber visit in silence to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on 

    Friday, with his only public comment a guest book entry begging God “forgiveness for so much cruelty.”

  • Praying for serenity

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the Serenity Prayer.

    That’s the one that goes: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

    Although the prayer is often attributed to St. Francis, it was written in 1926 by Reinhold Niebuhr, a Lutheran theologian.

  • First Baptist welcomes new pastor

    Elisha Neubauer


    There have been some new additions at the First Baptist Church of Inverness recently, starting with its new senior pastor, Byron Brown, who presented his first service there on May 22. While he just recently arrived in the community, his path to First Baptist Church started long ago. 

  • The Age of Outrage — let’s end it with love

    On Dec. 8, 2014, no one got eaten alive on the Discovery Channel’s “Eaten Alive” — and some viewers who tuned in to see carnage were outraged.

    On May 6 of the same year, actress Shailene Woodley outraged feminists by announcing that she’s not a feminist, and on Aug. 28, Hello Kitty fans were outraged when the Sanrio company said Hello Kitty “is not a cat.”

  • To get an education

    Nancy Kennedy

    Staff writer

    Jessica Eatough’s eyes light up when she talks about her students.

    For the past two years she’s taught school on the tiny island of Roatan, off the coast of Honduras, a Christian school run by Mark and Susan Schuler, Christian missionaries who first started a Spanish-speaking church on the island eight years ago. Two years after that, they started a kindergarten.

  • GRACE NOTES: Dead man laughing

    Ten years ago I wrote: “My friend Mike ate breakfast last week, which is nothing short of a miracle.

    “He doesn’t shake anymore or wake up in the middle of the night sweating. The little green monkeys that haunt him are gone too.”

  • Islamic State tightens grip on captives held as sex slaves




    Associated Press

    KHANKE, Iraq 

    The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is “Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old.... Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon.”

  • Learning to enjoy the ride

    Nancy Kennedy



    When I first met my husband he drove a brand-new 1973 Mercury Comet GT, white with orange pinstripes along the sides and orange vinyl interior — and a manual transmission.

    As Barry attempted to teach me how to drive it, I proved myself to be a willing student, but not an adept one.