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Why the church still matters

A well known columnist who writes on contemporary life in these United States has identified our culture as postmodern and as being an America that is post-Christian. That may be so. We are postmodern, certainly. Modernism did not save us, our technology has made our world more comfortable, but it has not made human nature […]

FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) – Pigs cluster around a food stall like Black Friday shoppers waiting for the store to open. One pushes impatiently against the locked door with her snout, waiting for the sow inside to finish eating so she can take her turn. After about 10 minutes, the sated sow sidles out the […]

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MARTINSBURG – A free broadcast of the National Conference on Cover Crops & Soil Health begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 at the USDA Service Center in Martinsburg. The broadcast at 151 Aikens Center will feature Howard G. Buffett of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture. To RSVP, call Tim […]

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MORGANTOWN — The original sign-up period for eligible entities to apply for fiscal year 2014 Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program has been extended, according to Kevin Wickey, state conservationist for the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Eligible state, county and nonprofit entities should submit their applications by Feb. 14, to […]

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Arguing about the message of Christ, but missing it

We can disagree, but why must we be so disagreeable about it? I have some friends who are staunch biblical conservatives, apply a very literal interpretation of the Bible, and take a conservative stand on all the hot button issues of today regarding morality and behavior. I understand where they are coming from, I respect […]

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‘Preach the Gospel at all times — if necessary, use words’

Cathedrals have been called “Sermons in stone,” and having worked one or two days a month at National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., I have had that experience of the building as teacher. It makes it challenging to preach a sermon that is something worthwhile to say, when the cathedral itself is such a wise, awesome […]

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There are many roads, but only one journey

Have you ever been on some of the really old roads in Appalachia or New England, or England or Ireland, that have been used for so long that the passage of feet and hooves and wheels has worn a deep groove in the earth? Driving or walking on such a road means that all you […]

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Drawing nearer to God, one rung at a time

The journey to the nearer presence of God has evoked many images, such as pilgrimage and walking the labyrinth. There is also the image of the ladder — not always an easy climb. Following Jesus is about love, here and now, always, under easy circumstances and difficult. Not romantic love: that is, not idealizing another […]

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