Simple Faith: Steeples Point to God

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Imagine with me, an early farmer working his field. Exhausted, he reigns his plow horse to a halt. With a straw hat in one hand and a red bandana in the other, he squints into the bright sun and mops the baptism of hard work from his brow. Perhaps inclined to curse the sun, his ...

Simple Faith: I Remember Mom

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My mom and dad were childhood friends. And like most farm kids in rural Ohio during the 1920’s and 30’s, they never wandered too far from home, often marrying from within the neighborhood. Marvin and Carrie Mae attended the same one-room school house early on and later graduated together from Pleasantville High School. They worshipped ...

Simple Faith: God Nudges

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If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know considerably more about me than I know about you. Following that assumption, you probably know I’m privileged to be married to Marilyn, who as a life-partner has given herself to working side by side with me in business and in ministry. Unlike many couples we ...

Simple Faith: When Flannel Graph Ruled the Day

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Years ago, before whiteboards and digital screens, Sunday school teachers used a labor intensive visual aid called – The Flannel Graph. Flannel graph is little more than a large piece of plywood or hardboard covered in a pastel colored flannel cloth. Cut out figures of Bible characters, mountain scenery and arching palms would magically cling to ...

Simple Faith: Celebrity Sighting

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This week I was honored by an unexpected celebrity visitor to our church. I learned she had stopped with her driver the previous week and did a walk-through, but unfortunately I had already left for the day and just missed seeing her. So I was doubly pleased when she appeared again this Sunday, well before ...