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Here we are, another week, with elevated numbers in the world pandemic of the Coronavirus. As I write this, it has been the deadliest day in the United States with over 200 dead today and over 65,000 cases. Worldwide, Italy is in such dire straights that they are arresting people who violate…

For a long time I thought the coronavirus was a joke. Overblown by a national media wanting to bring down President Trump. I still think part of that is true. But I’m not laughing.

Greetings. First a quick update on my mom, Gladys. Remarkable recovery from a brain trauma slows this week and so please continue to pray for my mom’s full recovery. She is now in Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab Center in Oskaloosa.

I don’t want to be flippant about the Coronavirus, but gee whiz, if you listen to MSNBC or any of the nightly news programs, even Fox News, you’d think we are in the Dark Ages and the plague is wasting the world.

I have been through a few challenging things in my life just like all of you. Many of you, depending on age, have been or had loved ones march off to war, face great financial, personal, or physical struggles or lose loved ones. It is part of life. I use this quote often by the late Billy Gr…

Word of my pending (semi) retirement is getting around and I’m getting a lot of “attaboys” and a few “it’s about damned times.” I’m also getting some pretty good advice from friends who have been retired; like how to stay out from under the feet of your wife.

The Lenten season is upon us and last night I led an Ash Wednesday service at my church. It has been a challenging beginning to the season that will cultivate in Holy Week and Easter in April. My mom has not been very well and remains fragile at 101. I dealt with some dermatology issues and …

My heart is breaking for my beloved Boy Scouts of America, even though I cut ties with the organization five years ago or so when they made horrific leadership decisions regarding homosexual leaders.

Next week, the Lenten season begins. It is a time to contemplate our place and relationship with the Lord and is a time of renewal, repentance, and I believe, recommitment to the Lord. It is the preparation time as we move towards Easter.   

I have always liked the two books of Timothy in the New Testament. In these, Paul is writing to a young Christian, Timothy, who he has mentored and thinks so very highly of. In the years these were written, Paul is very near the end of his life around 67 A.D., about thirty some years after t…

Having had a Hindu Rotary Exchange student in our home for a year and remembering the conversations we had about his religion and specifically “karma,” if I actually had been convinced, I’d say the Iowa Democrat Party is suffering from some serious bad karma.

Like a lot of people led by 21st Century “progressives,” the United Methodist Church is imploding under the almost insane leadership of people like Iowa Bishop Laurie Haller. Everything about Bishop Haller is about feeling over fact.

The Monroe County Board of Supervisors accepted the proposed property tax levy breakdown beginning July 1, 2020 from Auditor Amanda Harlan for General Services and Rural Services to be placed in the budget.

January is about gone and although February, statistically, can be our snowiest, the end of winter is at least in sight. I know that is an optimistic assessment, but let’s go with it.

Today, I want to deal with part three and the final part of a beginning of the year series I have shared. On week one, I talked about believing in God. In week two, I talked about believing In Jesus as Savior and Lord. Today, as we conclude, I want to share with you briefly, about the resurr…

Last week I shared with you a column about why , in some brevity, people should believe in God. Now if I really went into some real theological reasons, it would have taken the whole paper, but suffice it to say, I tried to put that case forward in a nutshell. Today, as a follow up, I want t…

My wife created a “new normal” the end of October when she moved in with her dad as he entered hospice care for terminal cancer. We lived together, apart, maintaining two households until mid-December when I moved in with her to help with his mounting care needs.

For the past 79 years, the Iowa Historical Society has published quarterly “The Annals of Iowa,” a journal of Iowa history that the newspaper has received like clockwork for all 38 years I’ve been around.

As we move into the New Year, I was pondering what I wanted to share with you today. And as I did, I realized maybe that a good thing to share was something that is so appropriate for the beginning of the year. I want to share with you a few reasons everyone should believe in God.

One of my favorite “poisen pen” letter to the editor writers, Jerry Ethell of Milo, died at the age of 82. A native of Lovilia, I never met Jerry, but printed dozens of her letters to the editor and had even more that had the “not for publication” line before the letter.

THESE ARE DIFFICULT times in the Paxton household as we do end of life care for my wife’s father, who still remains in his home and defies medical certainty. You gain incredible perspective on life as you live moment by moment with the ravages of old age and cancer.

As you read this column, we are less than a week from Christmas and I cannot believe it. This whole season of Advent goes so quickly. As always, I want to urge you to attend a plethora of activities offered in celebration of the Birth of Jesus. There are so many things I could share with you…

Sometimes I think I’m spoiled living in the community I live in, particularly during holiday times when various displays of traditional religious symbols come out. For as long as I can remember, the city and county government, along with the public schools have lived in peace with the church…

My wife had read my editorial of a couple of weeks ago suggesting Congressman Dave Loebsack shutter his offices and end his term now as U.S. Congressman from our district if he didn’t do anything to get legislation like the USMC trade pact moving.

Hope all of you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now all of our focus needs to be on Christmas and the Advent season. In this month and in my columns this month, I will be focusing on the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. At least, I hope that He is your Lord and Savior.

Here we are, less than a week now from a truly American tradition, Thanksgiving. As I contemplated it, I pondered my personal memories from Thanksgiving past and realized that the transformation from what it once was in our country and even in my life is much different than it is now.

Today, I want to talk with you about a song. When I led the church I pastor in Communion this month, our wonderful organist, Sharon Redinbaugh, played “Just As I Am.” Like always, it inspired me and took me back to a lot of wonderful memories.

Monday is Veterans Day, and I strongly urge you to take the opportunity to attend any events in your area as we honor and remember those who have given so much to sustain our freedom.

I had a chance to walk down memory lane this week after being asked to help with a project Albia soccer coach, Aaron Koestner, is doing for the 20th year of Albia soccer. In looking at back volumes of the newspapers, all the way back to 2001, it was hard to stop and look only at soccer stuff.

Say what you will about Fox News, but a whole lot of stuff would go uncovered without it. The networks, along with the big newspapers in the country have been largely silent over outrageous statements made by Bernie Sanders and, in lesser part, Joe Biden over planted audience questions regar…

Well, if any of us were so inclined to forget, cold weather and winter are coming and this week arrived. It seems like as I get older I dread it the more. But there are lots of things we dread in life and yet, it seems like so many things we dread simply turn out to be growth experiences in …

Greetings to all of you who join me today. As we near the end of October, I am reminded that lots of things are going on including a big tradition in southern Iowa, the Iconium United Methodist Church Oyster and Soup Supper. Oyster patties, oyster stew and lots of other foods abound at the c…

So I’m sitting in my office, doing what newspaper guys do (sleeping with my feet on my desk) and Hawaiian U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbord walks into my office wearing jeans and a sensible top and we have a very friendly and I think informative talk about her running for President on the Dem…

You know, one of the greatest attributes and one of the most needed in our communities and for that matter the world is COMPASSION. You and I know and hopefully we exhibit this great attribute. Do not confuse compassion with sympathy. They are different. Sympathy is something you feel but co…

Lots of things to talk about today. As a pastor, everything I try to write is from a Biblical perspective or slant. You expect that and I try to deliver. Sometimes, you may not think so as I reflect on the culture and do so in light of what the Bible has to say. Having prefaced that remark, …

I had the journalistic opportunity to interview a primary candidate for the Democrat presidential nomination. It’s nothing new for an Iowa community journalist of 43 years. Iowa’s first in the nation caucus makes newspaper writers targets for candidates looking for free publicity.

There is a statewide (maybe nationwide) problem nagging high school football. If we already didn’t have enough to fuss about with concussion hysteria and parents concerned about injuries, now we are facing a growing numbers problem which is directly affecting the play of freshmen.