Appalachian culture is amazingly succinct. It is clear, concise and could care less if folks in the big city agree or not. In the midst of this wonderful place reminiscent of bygone days when a person spoke, the words were as good as any contract, a stray comment might come out while sitting together over a meal at the local Bob Evans that captures the essence of the meaning of life.
That happened to me last week, when one of my elders and I were enjoying a meal reflecting on a particularly difficult incident in the life of our church. We thought of all the ways we would like to have handled it and how we were actually going to handle it. You see, Christ calls us to a different way of life...a radically different way of life. As I was taking a sip of my coffee, my elder summed up the whole problem with being a disciple of Jesus Christ...
-Stu Taylor, elder at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Ashland, Kentucky.
God I love my elders!