Religion: Accent on Youth

During his 50-odd years of farming in Iowa's Warren County, squinty-eyed old Ed Russell had received many a pastoral call. But never had he seen a Methodist parson like pretty, plump Bobby-Soxer Ruth Greenwood. Last week, Bible in hand, she came from Pleasant Hill Church ready to chat with Ed, read some Scripture, and pray.

Ed was glad to see her. He reminisced about the good old days at Pleasant Hill, when a Sunday congregation numbered as much as 115 instead of the present dozen or so. "Out in the country," said Ed, "they...

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