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Columns

  • A year in Liberty

    Two weeks ago, I wrote about my trip from Idaho Falls to Liberty, which was something I’ll never forget. I wanted this time to write about my time in Liberty thus far, and what it has been like.

    We arrived in Liberty on Oct. 28, 2017, and moved in quickly. The first night in bed, I remember staring up at the ceiling, taking stock of things and pondering the change, while changing my news feeds on social media from Idaho news to Kentucky news.

  • The Amish Cook

    By Gloria Yoder

    Ever since Grandma’s death, I knew the auction was coming up. But then, you can’t really face it until it comes to reality. The Amish tradition is to sell the deceased parents’ items over auction with only the family included. The proceeds then get added to the inheritance money, then each person can do with their money with what he chooses, in honor of their parents.

  • The seed and the weed

    By Jon Edgell 

    When I was a 24-year-old newbie pastor I preached for the first time from the Matthew account of the parable of the sower. I came up with what I thought was an exceptionally clever title for the sermon and subsequently displayed it on the lighted 12-foot high church sign. With other more pressing issues on my mind I soon forgot about it.

  • Voters got it right — again

    By Jim Waters

    This year’s election turned a promised blue wave nationally into something akin to a blue slosh or purple puddle – pick your metaphor – as progressives’ hopes for an overwhelming repudiation of President Donald Trump and his populist policies didn’t transpire.

    It fell far short of being a major midterm event reminiscent of the shellacking Republicans gave President Bill Clinton in 1994 or the Tea Party’s punch in President Barack Obama’s political gut in 2010.

  • Plato’s cave and the flat Earth
  • Veterans Day reminds us to honor, remember, and help our heroes

    By Daniel Elliott

    It’s that time of year again. It’s Veterans Day. Known as the unofficial end to World War I, it is a time to remember the brave heroes, past and present, who put their lives on the line for their country, family, and friends. Whether you served in World War II or the War in Afghanistan, or served in the Air Force, Marines, Navy, Army, or Coast Guard, I thank you for your services.

  • Victory in Jesus

    By Jon Edgell

    Far too many believers live defeated lives. The Lord is never pleased when we surrender to our difficulties and admit defeat. Granted we can’t overcome within our own ability, but with the help of the Lord, we can live victoriously.

  • Remembering a wonderful teacher

    By Joberta Wells

    Back in my days in high school almost everybody took algebra. I took algebra and it almost took me. Since that time I’ve used it in my everyday life maybe two or three times. Algebra was not a hoot, not even close!

    I also took geography, which I more or less enjoyed but it has been useless in my everyday life because they keep changing the names of countries in Central Europe, Africa, and Asia. I can’t keep up with them without going to Google.

  • Free range kids in a mean world

    Perhaps my generation was the last to run free outside as children, walking alone blocks away to friends’ homes at age seven or eight, walking a quarter mile or more to school with siblings unattended, and being released from school to just walk out and home again.

    We rode our bikes miles away. We played outside unsupervised until the streetlights came on, or until our parents would shout on the doorstep that dinner was ready. If there was trouble or someone got hurt, a crying child would run home, go inside, and tell a parent.

  • That’s Liberty for ya’!

    By Jon Edgell 

    I pastor three United Methodist Churches in Liberty. My wife and I moved here from Dallas, Texas the beginning of July. Prior to that we lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., for 13 years. Life in Liberty is different – BIG TIME different. Today I’m going to share with you some impressions I have of this town and the people here. (You’ve probably guessed already - no Bible study today. I’ll get back to it next week.)