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Be Still, and Know . . .

Take time to be holy,The world rushes on; Much time spend in secret With Jesus alone; William Dunn Longstreet penned these words in the latter half of the 19th century. The phrase “the world rushes on” has become timeless, and, … 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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A Prayer for Wall Street

Sometimes I think the economy of our nation is run on nothing more substantial than the raw greed and psycho-spiritual hocus pocus that we have been steeped in for over a generation now. Continue reading

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Lost in Church

An early childhood memory for me is going with my mother to church during the week so she could hang some curtains in her Sunday School room.  I mustn’t have been more than 4 at the time.  The empty church … Continue reading

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The Day I Shook Her Hand

Elizabeth Taylor is dead. She was one of those Hollywood stars that was made larger than life by a hungry media.  It was a cold morning in Gate City, Virginia.  1978.  The Gate City High School “Big Band of Blue” … Continue reading

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