Tag Archives: Methodism

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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Robert Sayers Sheffey, Mountain Preacher and Man of Prayer

You can’t count the angels I see right now. And there’s your mother among ’em. I can’t stay here any longer. You come on! Continue reading

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The Flood of 1977

It’s been thirty-six years since the rivers showed their mighty power. It was a long and snow-filled winter.  We used up every built-in snow day the school system had, and were expecting to go pretty far past the original last … Continue reading

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A Lost Historic Site

  Samuel Patton was born in 1797 in the Lancaster District of South Carolina.  As a young man he was part of a family that was religious, but not enthused about it.  One of his grandmothers was known to say, … Continue reading

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A Sunny Day in Sharon Springs

I drove off the interstate at Bland, turned the opposite direction from town, and headed down one of the most pastoral roads in Southwest Virginia.  Off in the distance was Big Walker Mountain.  Between it and me were scores of … Continue reading

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How We Built the New Church

The year before I was born, Morrison Chapel burned to the ground one January morning.  Our preacher had gone over to start the furnace that Sunday morning.  Before he got all the way back across the parking lot to the … Continue reading

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Church Music

In the words of the Book of Hebrews:  “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.”  But church music has changed a lot in my lifetime. I was raised in a small United Methodist Church near Kingsport, Tennessee, in … Continue reading

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