Powell: Slavery to freedom

Jun 24, 2019 by

Independence Day, July 4, will be celebrated soon. There’ll be parades lined with politicians seeking your support. Families will gather to watch fireworks. The U.S flag will be on display. Little attention...

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Free to believe

Jul 4, 2016 by

The most famous conscientious objector during the Vietnam War was a fighter. Muhammad Ali fought with his fists to earn the title of “the greatest.” More important, he fought for his beliefs. “My...

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To exit or remain? The July 4, 1776, question

Jul 4, 2016 by

In 1776 my great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Christian Yoder, Jr., moved his family by team and wagon from Berks County, Pa., to the far western frontier of the state. A man now in his early 50s, he...

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Christians and July 4

Jul 3, 2014 by

For the past several years I have publicly discussed why I tend to avoid associating myself with Independence Day. I posted what I called my “annual unpopular post.” It all began in 2009 (when I hardly...

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