April 17, 2014

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Fairlane Baptist Church revival Print E-mail

Fairlane Baptist Church will be having revival services April 11-14. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and a time of  regular worship a 11 a.m., Sunday. Leading the services will be Rev. Richard Collins. He is a former youth minister at Fairlane, former pastor at Piner and now a full time evangelist and missionary. In the past year Rev. Collins has been to Zimbabwe, Malawi and Liberia. He also did mission work in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

It is our hope that you can join us for one or more of these services. We believe that you will be inspired by both the messages of Rev. Collins and the special music that will be presented.

Fairlane is located at 12898 Herringer Road, just off US 27, south of Grants Lick. Hope to see you there April 11-14 for a time of Spring renewal.

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Serpents of Wisdom: The Poetry of Norman MacCaig Print E-mail

There is wildness in Norman MacCaig's poetry. Not just his poems describing the untamed western Highlands of Scotland, but those that are set in the Edinburgh University Staff Club. Seamus Heaney says of MacCaig, "His poems are discovered in flight, migratory, wheeling, and calling. Everything is in a state of restless becoming." (From Roderick Watson's "Introduction" to The Many Days: Selected Poems of Norman MacCaig [Edinburgh: Polygon, 2010]).

It is hard for me to believe, but I only discovered MacCaig this past summer - and that was by accident. I was, in fact, looking for another poet in the bookshop in Oban, Scotland. I had just come across a brilliant poem by Hugh MacDiarmid and wanted to read more. The bookshop didn't have any MacDiarmid, but they did have a pretty good poetry section - a rarity in bookshops these days. Working my way through the shelves, I came across MacCaig's collection, The Many Days. Scanning the verses, I was immediately drawn in. Serendipitously, the volume includes two poems MacCaig wrote about MacDiarmid, the second of which is titled, "After his death." The poem ends with these delightful lines:

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Religion News 3-26-13 Print E-mail

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Prophetic Voices Print E-mail

"Therefore, because you impose heavy rent on the poor and exact a tribute of grain from them, though you have built houses of well-hewn stone, yet you will not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine." (Amos 5:11)

Last fall my colleague and friend, David Hester,  former dean of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, preached a moving and eloquent "pre-election" sermon about an issue he felt was getting very little attention from either of our two major political parties: the poor. David reminded us that in previous years and in many  past elections, such was not the case. There were vigorous debates among major candidates of the two parties in those elections about how best to address the needs of the poor.

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Religion News 3-19-13 Print E-mail

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"I Believe": The Poetry of Wislawa Szymborska Print E-mail

There is something almost fragile, something disarmingly vulnerable and at times unwieldy about the poetry of Wislawa Szymborska; fragile, vulnerable, and unwieldy in a similar way to one of Mendelssohn's "Songs without Words." Her sense of irony undercuts any pretension (a vice that she seems completely to lack in herself), and becomes a weapon, deftly cutting and destabilizing any attempt by others to mask the truth.

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Religion News 3-12-13 Print E-mail

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Gardnersville Baptist Church Revival Print E-mail

Gardnersville Baptist Church will be having a revival March 24 - 29. Food and fellowship at 6 p.m. each night followed by services at 7 p.m. Brother Edwin Kirkpatrick will be the guest speaker.

Gardnersville Baptist Church is located at 3240 Ky Hwy 491 West, DeMossville, KY 41003.

For more information you can call the church at 859-472-5121, find them on Facebook or at www.gardnersvillebaptistchurch.com

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Renaissance Woman Print E-mail

Sara (or Sarah) Losh would stand out in any age. In the age in which she lived (1785-1853) she was virtually unique. The grandchild and child of landed gentry in the Cumbrian region (northwestern England), Sara was reared in a home that valued education, curiosity, and independence. Her father, John (who inherited the land that was the cornerstone of their family fortune), and uncles, James (a barrister) and William (an industrialist and inventor) were leaders in their society. They encouraged Sara and her sister Katharine to cultivate an interest in mathematics, geology, engineering, archaeology, poetry, the arts, languages (modern and ancient), and politics.

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Religion News 3-5-13 Print E-mail

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