Sunday, July 31, 2011


"Are You Walking On Water?" Preached Here Today

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Pastor Sue Gross

Matthew 14:22-33

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
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Thursday, July 21, 2011


Birth of third White Buffalo Discussed @ Native American Fellowship tonight

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Birth of rare white buffalo calf discussed tonight
at Native American Fellowship Meeting @ Tinney Chapel

At tonight's regular meeting of the Native American Fellowship (NAF), President Ronny Ellison called on members to share their experiences from recent field trips to Redland, site of the fabled Cherokee massacre, and Greenville, for the birth of a rare white buffalo calf named Lightning Medicine Cloud, only the third known instance of a white, male, non-albino buffalo calf, considered a sacred event in some Native American cultures.

NAF member Sylvia Vandiver has researched the tradition of the white buffalo and was in charge of tonight's program. Many of those who attended the recent field trips said they were visibly touched in unforgettable ways. Newspaper clippings were passed around by Ellison and others mentioned having Googled the white buffalo birth event, prompting the photo above from the Huffington Post which may be viewed there with the original news story at the following link:

Refreshments were served at tonight's meeting. Glenn Goggans brought along a DVD of photos from the white buffalo event, and Steve Silcox briefed the group on Cherokee holidays.

For more information on the Native American Fellowship, contact Ronny Ellison at 903-365-2427. A print and electronic newsletter is also coordinated by two NAF members: Georgia McLain,, and Connie Dollins,

The next meeting of NAF is scheduled for August 18 with noted artist
Efton Edwards in charge of the program.

Those attending tonight's meeting included: Ronny Ellison, Joe Dan Boyd, Steve Silcox, Glenn Goggans, Georgia McLain, Connie Dollins, Bill Jones, Linda Hallman, Joe Matthews, Everet Pyle, Barbara Pyle, Josephine Garrett, Joyce Henry, Alice Deitering, Sylvia Vandiver, Beth Newkirk, Corinne Tinney.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Lay Speaker David Stanton Preaches on Pulling Up Weeds Today

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David Stanton Preaches on Pulling Up Weeds

Matthew 13:24-30

New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Weeds
24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


David Stanton headlines Lee Cemetery Memorial Day

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David Stanton, Certified Methodist Lay Speaker
from Tinney Chapel UMC, brings the Memorial Day
message and Special Music this year.

Note brief summary of the day's events in the photo collage above as well as several individual photos.

A video is also available which includes much of David's presentation, cut short only because our web server limits the size of our video files. Also, please pardon the ambient environmental (mostly wind against camera) noise which hampers this video by a small amount, but is still very much worth watching if you missed the live program.

Donations may be sent to Winnsboro Lee Cemetery Association at PO Box 516, Winnsboro, TX 75494.

Donations assist in operating Lee Cemetery, including future road repairs, landscaping and such.

At this year's Memorial Day, Board Member, Dr. Henry Frank Cannaday (see photo above), called on all to donate generously, and to remember Lee Cemetery as the memorial donation of choice on special occasions instead of sending floral arrangements for funerals or special occasions. He also suggested that everyone consider remembering Lee Cemetery in last will and testament gifts.

Lee Cemetery Memorial Day is ALWAYS the second Sunday in July. See you there next year.

David Stanton headlines Lee Cemetery Memorial Day Part 2

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Video Part 2 of David Stanton's Headline Performance
at Lee Cemetery Memorial Day, July 10, 2011

Because of our server's file size limits on our video files, David Stanton's devotional and musical performance of "Rooms To Spare" is continued here. David is assisted by his wife, Mollie, at the soundboard. (Part 1 of David's presentation may be found on the Weblog post immediately preceding this one.)

Friday, July 01, 2011


Tinney Talk, July 2011, The Church Of Almighty Good Food

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TINNEY TALK (Pope Mary & The Church Of Almighty Good Food)
Observations by Joe Dan Boyd

POPE MARY & THE CHUCH OF ALMIGHTY GOOD FOOD, called a “barnstormer of a book” by publisher Wicker Park Press, Ltd., is the latest book, and the third novel ($24.95, PO Box 5318, River Forest, IL 60305), by my great friend Gene Logsdon. We met during the mid-1960s in Philadelphia, where Gene & I shared adjoining offices at Farm Journal Magazine on Washington Square.

HEROINE OF THIS GREAT READ IS A FIESTY OHIO FARM GIRL, Mary Barnette, who—like most of her neighbors—is offended when a high-handed Bishop arbitrarily closes St. Philodendra, a venerable Catholic church (with $200,000 in the bank) surrounded by corn fields and with deep roots in Mary’s community. She also challenges traditional “Canon Law” by which churches can be closed, buildings and property sold (without consent of the local congregations) and attendees forced to alternate worship sites. In this case the church is both closed and locked, denying parishioners use of the building, until a midnight avenger breaks the lock.

THE HEROINE’S OFFICIOUS ATTITUDE prompts Mary to suggest she could probably do as well as “that old man over there in Rome,” and is thereafter called “Pope Mary” for the balance of this carefully crafted novel exploring virtually every aspect of rural ministry from the sharply contrasting viewpoints of the hierarchy, those who administer an often arbitrary church authority and the parishioners, those who must either comply with or challenge that authority.

AND CHALLENGE IS THE MESSAGE OF THIS NOVEL, which also features a bi-vocational pastor/priest, Father Ray, sometimes called The Lone Ranger, who spends as much time tending his flock of sheep as he spends in ministry to his human flock. Father Ray is called both to a spiritual ministry and a personal mission to encourage local food production and marketing for the preservation of agrarianism, traditional farming and a rural lifestyle.

WHAT “POPE MARY” AND FATHER RAY EVENTUALLY CHAMPION is both unorthodox by modern standards, and refreshingly familiar to scholars of the early Christian Church. Readers will either scratch their heads in puzzlement or erupt in holy jubilation as the tables are turned on the clergy hierarchy and a rural church not only survives,
but also thrives.

EDITORIAL NOTE: Gene Logsdon is the author of 25 books in fiction, nonfiction, biography and art. His most recent book to date is Holy Shit: Managing Manure To Save Mankind. He also writes a popular blog at, is a regular contributor to Farming magazine and The Draft Horse Journal, and writes an award-winning weekly column in the Cary, Ohio, Progressor Times. He lives and farms in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, with his wife Carol. To access the publisher of Pope Mary and the Church of Almighty Good Food, go to this website:

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