Finding Hope for Rural America in St Johns

© 2017 Robert OsburnFrom the outside, it all looks so peaceful.  There is a predictable cadence to rural life, even the obligatory pessimism of farmers who’ve seen too many downpours and droughts to dare hope that this year’s might be the bumper crop they always...

Back to the Future in Tipton, Michigan: Rural Churches’ Return to Evangelical Roots

© 2015 Robert OsburnSlightly revised 2/4/16It had been over 50 years since I last entered the doors of Tipton Community Church, a rural Michigan congregation whose building testifies to the influence of its New England Congregationalist roots.  Around the time I...