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Columns

  • Resolutions and 2019

    By Jon Edgell

    Happy New Year!

    Well, it’s that time again – time for making our annual list of New Year’s resolutions. Never have so many tried so hard for so few rewards! According to Forbes, 80% of us will fail within 30 days to keep our commitments. Only 8% of resolution makers actually follow-through on just one of their resolutions. So, making a New Year’s resolution will inevitably result in frustration and a sense of defeat. What a great way to start the new year!

  • Marking the end of the 115th Congress

    By James Comer

  • The Amish Cook Dec. 19

    By Gloria Yoder

    We bade the birth parents farewell. The door shut behind them. Could it be true? We looked at each other then at our darling children. Would they really be for keeps? Would the birth parents change their minds? How much should we really allow ourselves to think of being Rayni and Jesse’s parents for life? At any rate, we didn’t waste too much time calling to Ohio to tell Daniel’s family of the birth parent’s proposal of us keeping the babies.

  • Christmas letter 2018

    By Joberta Wells

    GREETINGS OF THE SEASON! No matter what holiday you are celebrating — Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or some other — I hope it is glorious (and not too expensive). For all my atheist friends, I hope you have a long cool one at your favorite bar or a trip on a luxury cruise ship.

  • The Story of the Candy Cane

    By Jon Edgell 

    A lady in one of my churches recently gave me a Bible bookmark that had printed on it the story of the candy cane. I usually tell this story during the Christmas holiday, so I’m sharing it with you.

    Legend has it that in 1670, the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany handed out sugar sticks among his young singers to keep them quiet during the long Living Creche ceremony. In honor of the occasion, he had the candies bent into shepherds’ crooks.

  • The Christmas sprit

    The older I get, the harder it gets to feel the Christmas spirit. Is it just me?

    When you’re young, feeling the Christmas spirit is the easiest thing in the world. You smell baking cookies, you sing carols, play on sleds and have snowball fights in the snow. You ask Santa for presents. Most importantly, you get that Christmas break from your school and can relax and have fun. Christmas is a great time of year for kids.

  • The Amish Cook

    By Gloria Yoder

    Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part column from Gloria about their long journey through the foster care system and, ultimately, to adoption. Adoption among the Old Order Amish and New Order Amish is a long tradition, but it’s not widespread everywhere or among everyone. As among the non-Amish, fostering and adopting takes the right people in the right combination of circumstances. Adoption non-Amish children who need a home is a way to spread the bounty and blessings in a deeply meaningful way – Kevin Williams, Editor

  • Human rights are universal

    December is National Universal Human Rights Month, which began in 1948 after the drafting of the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    We believe, as Americans, that our rights are not derived from our government, but are endowed to us by our Creator equally. In that sense, we should accept that all people are born with those same rights we enjoy. But in America, our forefathers had the genius and insight to protect our rights from government infringement through our Constitution, and most specifically through the Bill of Rights.

  • The fullness of time

    By Jon Edgell

    Galatians 4:4-5 states, “When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” NKJV.

  • High court’s right-to-work ruling an early Christmas gift

    By Jim Waters 

    If, as critics claim, right-to-work doesn’t matter, why have Kentucky’s union bosses spent gobs of their organizations’ dollars filing lawsuits designed to halt or overturn the practice of allowing workers to choose their own path regarding union membership and payment of dues without threat of being fired?