Background Scripture: Deuteronomy 6. Devotional Reading: Proverbs 2:1-11. We could spend weeks studying and interpreting Deuteronomy 6 and still not plumb all its depths. For more than 2600 years, Shema, yisrael, “Hear, O Israel,” has been Judaism’s confession of faith, as well as the basis for Jesus’ summation of the law, “the great commandment” of Matthew 22:34-40. Because of space […]


SINGINGS NEW HOME #1 MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, Snead, singing 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, with Dailey Bread from Concord as guests. Lunch served after morning service. Pastor Tommy Riggs; singing chairman Verbon Lancaster. 205-466-7303. CLEVELAND CHURCH OF GOD singing 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, with the Spurgeons as guests. Pastor Don Edwards. GRACE FELLOWSHIP ALLIANCE CHURCH singing 1:30 p.m. Sunday, […]



I am grateful to a reader for sending me information about the Clergy Letter Project. The Project began in 2004 when Michael Zimmerman, a biologist, along with several clergy in Wisconsin, became alarmed about a series of antievolution policies passed by the school board in Grantsburg. Scientists and clergy, working together, issued a statement affirming the teaching of evolution. From […]

From the Archives

From The Blount Countian, August 20, 1997

Residents want dams inspected Two residents who remember firsthand the horror of waking in early morning in 1964 to find their homes surrounded by mud, sludge, and water are asking Oneonta city officials to request the Army Corps of Engineers inspect the remaining dams at what were once the Shook and Fletcher ore washing facilities. Meeting with council members Aug. […]


The Fat-Burning Zone

Do you exercise because you want to lose weight? If so, you probably know that cardio exercise is a key factor in helping you lose weight. Many people are warned to stay within their “fat-burning” zone for the best results, but do you really burn more fat if you work at lower intensity? Is it the most effective way to […]

The bookworm sez

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Seeing Is Believing

So, let’s say somebody came up to you on the first day of school and started telling you about a guy with thousands of pins in his face and it didn’t kill him, and a ginormous snake that swallowed a wallaby (a kangaroo-like animal) whole! And then your friend went on to say that some woman made a bracelet that […]


The end of co-dependency

Last week’s article on the characteristics of codependence may have been an eye-opener for some honest readers. I asked advice of a friend, self-identified as codependent, who has done a lot of self-work, including counseling, and has been active in Al-Anon (an AA-type group that offers support for family members of alcoholics). Below are some of her ideas on healing […]

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