Church

The Little Church

Sep 14, 2020
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Listen, this is Believe It or Not stuff.

But first an old story you might have heard.

There's a guy, an old soldier maybe, some poor soul left behind on an otherwise deserted Pacific island (swap oceans if you'd like). Poor guy's been on his own for fifty years, sole occupant of this tiny unmapped island. 

One day finally, someone drops by, first visitor in way too many years. The visitor is astounded at the place the old guy has built. He had nothing else to do for fifty years, I suppose, so he built himself an entire town.

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It's like a movie, a set piece from a show like The Music Man, set right here in Iowa. Pioneer days, 1865: a steam engine belching a plume so thick you can hike on it pulls a string of cars through eastern Iowa's rolling hills. Aboard a flat car sits a church bell, sturdily strapped to prevent carnage. 

That bell attracts a crowd, so whenever the engine blasts out a warning to a town down the pike, people gather to gawk--and listen. A whole crowd of rubber-neckers have heard about that bell, so it's rung in every hamlet.

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She and her husband went to the revival because the church was their church too, sort of. They hadn't been shy about telling their neighbors they liked the United Brethren fellowship but weren't that hot on all that stuff about hell.

Maybe the revival’s title should have kept them away: "Hell, What it is. Where it is. Who Goes There." They went anyway.

Not Even The Past

Oct 9, 2016

Not everyone believes the Homestead Act of 1862 worth celebrating. If I were Native American, I wouldn’t be thrilled to know the government gave away land they considered vacant.

Lighting candles for the Homestead Act is like making Columbus Day a holiday: isn't it wonderful that Columbus "discovered" the Americas?”—as if nothing was here before the Nina, Pinta, and the Sante Maria beached.

Listening for Grace by Ted Swartz

In Ted Swartz's Listening for Grace, the cello is the voice of a son who has told his father that he is gay. This reflects the Christian tradition in which the voice of the person giving rise to a conversation is not taking part in the conversation. It is also redolent of the ineffable pain experienced by many who are faced with the loss of their community because of their sexuality or the sexuality of a loved one. 

Jodi Whitlock's Art

Mar 24, 2016

An exhibition of Jodi Whitlock's art will be held at Vangarde Arts this Saturday. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Bands begin at 8. 

We have used the music of Psychic Greetings and Sammy Dimera in this feature. Both bands will be performing at the exhibition. 

Human Fest is Human

Aug 14, 2015

  

  Human Fest 3 is at Pipe Dreams this weekend. Matt and Libby Church are the organizers and visionaries behind this nexus of music and ideas. They joined Mark Munger.

Fry Bread Taco
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The folks at Apostolic Faith Tabernacle Church speak to Gretchen on Food 4 Thought  about their monthly Indian taco sale.    These amazing tacos are made with fried bread dough then smothered in meat, cheese, fresh lettuce, and sauce.   AFT can be found at the annual Artsplash Festival and at the Riverssance Festival for authentic 15th Century cuisine—seasoned eggs, meat and more!