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Book Review: A path to uniting Christians in common mission

And God Spoke to Abraham: Preaching from the Old Testament Fleming Rutledge Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011 Paperback, 421 pages Fleming Rutledge is the most interesting preacher today working the fault line between the mainline churches and evangelicalism. Throughout this remarkable collection of Old Testament sermons, she calls for mainliners and evangelicals to realize […]

Youth pastor shook things up, and stuck around to lead

By Jason Byassee, Special Contributor… Vern Collins appeared at Boone United Methodist Church as a be-sandled, multiple-earringed recent graduate from our town’s college, Appalachian State, where, Vern admits, he was far more interested in fly-fishing than in studying. Vern was a shock to the system for a staid, high-steeple, university church like ours, where the […]