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A Song of Unity from Long Ago

A man was enjoying the freedom found in the wilderness of the young nation of America. He was living any way he wanted to, not having a moral compass, but doing what he wanted, when he wanted, regardless of any … Continue reading

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One God, Many Churches

In 1998 the District Superintendent of the United Methodist District where I was serving retired from active ministry.  Some of us felt bad for him since he had chosen to retire from a district instead of a church where he … Continue reading

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Toward An Appalachian Christian Spirituality, Part 3: Dealing with Limitations, Sin and Death

Life is sometime hard for people who live in rural areas.  Appalachians face hardship from a number of areas.  Having come to live in the shelter of mountains, the people have found isolation and “apartness” to be an unswerving fact. … Continue reading

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Toward an Appalachian Christian Spirituality, part Two: The Land is God’s Gift

Appalachians know that God has blessed them.  Land is the gift.  This particular land.  A refuge from a wider, unfamiliar world.  Here geography is divided into hollows and hill tops.  Ridges and mountains define the boundary between earth and sky. … Continue reading

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Toward an Appalachian Christian Spirituality

Over nine generations of my family have been Appalachian.  We were Appalachian even before we knew what Appalachia was.  A great scholar from Berea, Kentucky, Loyal Jones has summarized what he identified as “Appalachian Values.”  This list has become often … Continue reading

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Call to Worship

There are a few of us left, who still believe in Jesus.  I attended a revival last night in a little country church near here.  It reminded me of services we had in my home church growing up.  There was … Continue reading

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