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Guest Columns

George Bowers Sr. Exploring our spiritual ancestry

Researching one’s genealogy has become a very popular hobby. It’s fascinating to look back and discover not only who our ancestors were, but how they lived, the challenges they faced, and where and why they moved. With the help of various websites and tests, you can even trace your DNA back ...

George Bowers Sr. Avoiding evil’s appearance

Mother’s Day always brings happy memories for the wonderful blessing of my mom. Although I think of her often, this annual holiday is a special reminder of one of the best gifts God ever gave me. As I’ve shared before, our mother, like many others, was a woman of incredible faith. She ...

Gerald Almy: How to avoid dangerous bear encounters

Picture yourself hiking along a trail toward a distant gobbler or sneaking along a trout stream and suddenly coming face-to-face with a large black bear. He rears up on his hind legs, opens his huge mouth showing a sharp set of teeth, and lets out a loud roar. That’s a scary scene that many ...

George Bowers: The miracle of the Israeli nation

May 14 marks a special day in world history. On that date 70 years ago, a true miracle occurred when Israel was reborn. We should recognize this occasion and celebrate this anniversary with them. In AD 70, the Roman army obliterated Jerusalem following Jewish revolts and uprisings. Determined ...

George Bowers Sr. Little things add up

I love this time of year! The spring flowers are in full bloom, the grass is emerald green, and the birds are bedecked in their finest feathers. Even the trees are blooming to attract pollinators necessary to produce seeds, fruits, and nuts and the recent rains have accelerated the ...

Tom Crosby: Award-winning Volkswagen Golf adds tweaks for 2018

When the seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf hatchback was launched in 2015, it won a slew of automotive awards with just minor upgrades added each year since. Those awards kept helping last year when the four-door compact Golf Hatchback had its best sales year ever, contrary to the ...

Commentary: These young marchers are different from the norm

The "March for Our Lives," which rocked our cities on March 24,  is hardly history's first mass movement calling for "change." Yet the "March" is strikingly different from so many of its predecessors. I think of the several religious "Great Awakenings" that swept America in the 18th, 19th and ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 Dodge Challenger GT adds all-wheel drive

Americans love muscle cars and Dodge Challenger has become the first to offer an all-wheel drive for 2018 in its attractive, spacious GT coupe that can navigate weather-coated winter roads. With seating for five, a cavernous trunk and acceptable performance characteristics, Dodge expects to ...

George A. Bowers Sr. Boundary stones, witness trees and iron stakes

I found the article in Monday’s paper about Washington, D.C.’s boundary stones very interesting. Having just spoken about such things the day before in Sunday worship, it was especially enlightening to see how the early surveyors and planners took great pains to carefully align and place  ...

Bass Mitchell: Remembering the Titantic

Perhaps you recall years ago when the movie “Titanic” came out at the theaters. It was James Cameron’s Oscar-winning blockbuster, then the highest grossing movie in history. It brought that fateful voyage of over 106 years ago back onto the screen and into our lives. You heard and saw ...

George Bowers Sr. God’s manufacturing process

Before becoming a full-time pastor, I taught agriculture for 15 years at Central High School. One of the privileges I had during that time was to take students on various field trips throughout Shenandoah County and beyond. I always believed that students learned more “out there” than they ...

Craig Murto: How to fix racing

A lot of people ask how we can fix racing. Well, first we have to realize that there is a problem with racing. Lower spectator attendance at major events and lower TV ratings is enough to show we have a problem. The problem is built into the sport itself; the problem is speed. Many people ...

George Bowers Sr. Whom are we pleasing?

Spring Turkey Season in Virginia begins with the special youth days this weekend and the season opens for all next Saturday. I’ve been looking forward to this time for several weeks and am anxiously anticipating listening to one the most awesome sounds in the Virginia woodlands: a wild ...

George Bowers Sr. God turned a triple play

Spring training is over and the 2018 Major League Baseball season is underway! The boys of summer have begun their pitching, catching, hitting, and running and the first games are already in the books. This year’s edition of America’s favorite pastime has officially begun! The fascination ...

Tom Crosby: Automated vehicles face a rough road to success

  The second death in an automated driving car with a human inside occurred recently in Tempe, Arizona –  a sure indication that the road to eliminating vehicle related deaths through automation will not be easy. The goal is laudable. Reduce the 38,000 traffic deaths a ...

George Bowers Sr. Gethsemane’s crushing press

As we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection next Sunday, our thoughts should also involve the events leading up to it. It is impossible to have a resurrection without a death and that’s why we must pause at the cross before rushing to the empty tomb. Looking ahead 800 years to Good ...

Bass Mitchell: A funny thing is happening in church…

Everybody knows April 1st is April Fool’s Day. Did you know that it’s also Easter Sunday this year? Anyway, lots of jokes will be told, and tricks played on us. But what you may not know is that there are more and more churches that have a special celebration on the Sunday nearest to it ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 Nissan Maxima SR melds safety and looks

Nissan is adding the eye-catching Midnight Edition option to the SR Maxima for 2018 that will help the popular mid-size sedan continue to be a best-seller. Sales of sedans sagged nationally in 2017 but not for the sharply styled Maxima, which had its best sales year ever. It is the company’s ...

George Bowers Sr.: Praying on Signal Knob

On the northern end of the Massanutten Mountain, Signal Knob stands likes a sentinel watching over the town of Strasburg and the surrounding countryside. Its stately summit can be seen from many miles and was used by both sides during the Civil War as a strategic lookout and communications ...

Tom Crosby: BMW boasts beautiful interior for 2018 640 iDrive

In the automotive beauty contest held every year, BMW is a steady contender but never radical and never ugly. However, just like how character and other attributes contribute to the overall beauty of a human, BMW is a top tier contestant every year for its plush, ergonomic, comfortable ...