Tag Archives: Methodist

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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The Life and Legacy of H. R. W. Hill

“I want my negroes [sic] well treated. But for Abolitionism, I should have been able to do more for them.” Continue reading

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New Hats and Methodist Conferences

It’s a Spring ritual.  Old timers say it used to be an autumn ritual, but that’s before my day, and since I never experienced it, I can only write from what I know. But every year when the Day Lilies … Continue reading

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Gone to Conference

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”–Hebrews 10: 25, (King James Bible) I am not sure who first thought … Continue reading

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Birds, Feathers, and Flocking Together

One of the more curious Appalachian traditions I’ve heard has to do with the meaning of things that happen occasionally.  Things like the fogs in August (which is not just Appalachian), that tradition purportedly tells you how many snows you’re … Continue reading

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Reflections on Appalachia, Part One: Mountaineers are Always Free!

I am taken with the stories of the settlement of my home region in the early history of the United States.  The mountains became a home of hope for many who were getting away from something worse somewhere else.  Their … Continue reading

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Faces from the Past: A Minister in the Family

Mammaw Scott always wanted a preacher in the family.  She wanted it so bad she dedicated her seventh child to the Lord, praying that he would become a preacher.  He grew up and worked for IBM. But there was a … Continue reading

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Chief Logan’s Gift

The gift of Chief Logan to Patrick Porter (who was also my ancestor), is my Native American Heritage. 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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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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