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Ask Father Paul

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Answers to your questions about life, religion and the Bible

Pastors get some of the most interesting questions from people they meet and people in their congregations.  Here are a few that I have received in my ministry over the years and via email for this column.

 Dear Father Paul:  If God is kind and loving as you say, and can do anything he wants, as you also say, then why did he create a world with so much pain and suffering? —  No Name.
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UPDATED OPINION — Come let us reason together

Cal Beverly's picture

A COLUMN OF OPINION, UPDATED WITH ALL THE LETTERS — After Thursday night’s historically unprecedented Peachtree City Council action, we could use some reason. What we’ve got is raw political opportunism, self-righteous posturing, gross abuse of power and an almost textbook violation of the U.S. Constitution and Georgia Constitution. Read More»

A harmless little lie

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Every Sunday morning Preacher Jim said that confession was good for one’s soul. Well, he’s gonna love this column because I’m not confessing once; I’m confessing three times.
Growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, my mom always told us that lying wasn’t allowed in our house – harmless or otherwise. Even so, it still occurred and my parents always knew when one was told. Read More»

The ‘Docs’ of the Marine Corps

David Epps's picture

William R. Charette, age 79, died on March 18, 2012, in Lake Wales, Fla. It is likely that very few outside his own circles have ever heard of him and that is a shame. In 1951, Charette enlisted in the United States Navy and was trained as a hospital corpsman, or medic.

On March 27, 1953 he was a hospital corpsman third class with Company F, 2nd Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment when Chinese Communist forces attacked the Marines at Outpost Vegas in western Korea. The attack escalated into an hour and a half brutal hand-to-hand fight. Read More»

America and future wars

Cal Thomas's picture

On Sunday, Sept. 2, 1945, aboard the battleship USS Missouri at the end of ceremonies marking the unconditional surrender of Japan and the formal end of World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur spoke for a world weary of war and hoping for peace: “Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.”

That prayer was not answered as Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and a host of regional and tribal conflicts have preserved war, not peace, as the means by which too many attempt to settle their differences. Read More»

By the book, tax cuts are good

Thomas Sowell's picture

Democrats have been having a field day with the cry of “tax cuts for the rich” — for which Republicans seem to have no reply. This is especially surprising, because Democrats made the same arguments back in the 1920s, and the Republicans then not only had a reply, but one that eventually carried the day, when the top tax rate was brought down from 73 percent to 24 percent.

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Which Fayette candidates will help environment?

Dennis Chase's picture

Fayette County has some of the most beautiful environmental settings in the area. But that is hardly news to any of you who live here. The current Land Use Plan that the Fayette County Board of Commissioners has in place agrees as there are 13 different sections of that document which, they say at least, are to protect those resources.

Unfortunately, we have a set of commissioners who have one major project started and another under consideration that will ignore almost all of those parts of our Land Use Plan. Read More»

Instead of politics as usual, do these things

Kent Kingsley's picture

People all over this great nation are fed up with politics as usual. The status quo is not working.

Washington and Congress continue to kick the can down the road. They are unwilling to put the welfare of our country above their Washington beltway mentality and their manipulation of power. Washington is filled with career politicians and full-time lobbyists whose only concern is to look after their own welfare. The politicians make laws that take away our liberties and govern our choices, and then they have the audacity to make themselves exempt from those very laws. Read More»

What happened to that family?

Ronda Rich's picture

For a long time, I’ve driven past that house and thought how happy it looked. Isn’t it funny how you can look at a house and know that laughter rings within its walls? Read More»

God’s heart breaks over our moral demise

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

What a month it’s been for the gay agenda. Vice President Joe Biden propelled gay marriage into the presidential campaign by stating on “Meet the Press” that he is “absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”

Later that week, President Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts that he thinks “same sex couples should be able to marry.” Read More»