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Who is right?


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson

How many Christian faiths exist? In Rushford alone there are at least seven Christian church flavors, counting two different Lutheran varieties.

Wouldn’t one think that Christianity would have a single unified faith if the church were truly faithful in following God’s plan? Seems logical so do these many approaches draw into question the very legitimacy of Christianity? Some might say so. But God has given us free will. And often the results ain’t pretty.

Many countries however, do have a certain unity. In state religions such as Lutheran in Scandinavia, Anglican in England, and Catholic in many other countries. Is Christianity a growing and powerful force in all of those nations, especially in Europe? Not hardly. The Christian faith and state churches are mere relics of what they once were. A significant majority in many European populations are atheist and few attend church.

But that is not true of America. Though there has been a worrying decline in the number of people who believe in God and attend church, the United States by far, is more Christian than other nations.

The history of Christianity is a chronicle of a search for the proper way to believe in and for the best way to worship God. Because we are fallible human beings, the fact is none of us will get it quite right. No particular Christian faith will either. Can’t be helped. There are too many humans involved.

The many varieties of Christian faith are God’s method of bringing salvation to the many. Miracles occur in all of these.

One of my Air Force buddies was a Catholic chaplain, is a retired colonel, and now a Bishop, reminds me that there is only one organization that has existed for two thousand years. Moreover, it’s primary focus has never changed. That is Christ on the Cross. Gotta be a reason for that he says. I can’t disagree.

In many ways, the Catholic Church is the anchor for all Christianity. Many protestants have differences with Catholics. However, often their notions about what Catholics believe is somewhat inaccurate. And visa-versa.

Is there an essential point in this? Yes, there is. The Bible is the account of God’s salvation for us. The single most important component for all Christian faiths is Christ on the Cross. Everything else is secondary and even trivial. In that, all Christian faiths are unified.[Read the Rest]

Biggen’s BBQ incorrectly labeled at council meeting

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Chad Rich At the July 13 Peterson City Council meeting, Councilor Gail Boyum incorrectly stated that “come to find out, Biggen’s BBQ is not a registered business in Peterson and should not be allowed as a vendor in city celebrations.” I wa ..... 
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City celebrations and events policy at July 13 Peterson City Council meeting

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Dave Colbenson At the July 13 Peterson City Council Meeting, I brought forward a city policy that would protect and promote ALL businesses within the City of Peterson, whether in-home or located in the downtown area. It also required food vendor ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Finding the truth

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

Is it fair to say that the Internet is now the judge, the jury, and the executioner? Recently, a 2000 Fillmore Central High School graduate, Kiel Rushton, was erroneously acknowledged as the officer involved in the shooting of Philando Castile on ..... 
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Are there guns in heaven?

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis Hunting has long been a tradition in our family. The freezer is full of squirrel and venison. When fall comes, the trees burst into brilliant color and the cold air has a clarity which excites the hunters. They don their orange ..... 
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A deeper look at Comey’s report on Clinton’s emails

By Herb Panko

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

Recently Chief FBI Investigator James Comey gave his final report on Hillary Clinton’s emails. In his conclusion, he stated that there was no evidence that Clinton intentionally lied or intended to commit fraud. For that reason, her actions did n ..... 
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One year later: Remembering Cecil the Lion’s legacy and the controversy surrounding his death

By Sara Snipes

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Commentary

By Sara Snipes The conservation world was rocked on July 1, 2015 as news spread about the death of Cecil the Lion. While Africa may be home to underdeveloped nations with crippling civil wars, it is also the home of many important conservation effo ..... 
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What they’re fighting over

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton Barring a surprise at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month, the race for the presidency is set. So this seems a good time to step back and consider just what it is that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ..... 
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Rights and responsibilities

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp When I was quite young and wanted to talk about my rights and freedom, my mother said you can’t have rights and freedom without responsibilities. No one’s freedoms include the right to take someone else’s rights. Every r ..... 
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