Rural America: Numbered?

From USAToday: What are you seeing? What are you hearing? WASHINGTON — When the top cheerleader for rural America has some harsh words for the people he represents, it might be time to take notice. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack delivered a dire warning to the 51 million farmers, ranchers and other residents inhabiting rural America [Read More...]

NCYM 2013

Last week I was invited to speak at the National Conference on Youth Ministries in Colorado Springs, under the aegis of Pike’s Peak. The list of topics discussed, classes held, and platform speaking was impressive, and I want to express my gratitude to Josh Jones and Josh Graves for the invitation, and it was great [Read More...]

Stop Day

From Matthew Sleeth, at CNN.com: CNN: You write about incorporating a “stop day” into your weekly schedule. How do you think that can extend and enrich your life? Sleeth: A “stop day” is a day you really cease from your labors. This really comes in Western cultures from the Ten Commandments. The fourth commandment tells us [Read More...]

First Sunday after Epiphany

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy [Read More...]


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