Ruthie Critten

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Prof jogs quickly and carries a briefcase

HANNIBAL, Mo. (BP)--He's the fastest thing in wingtips and a sport coat. With tie flapping in the breeze as he pounds the pavement, this professor of Old Testament and biblical languages has been a familiar sight on the Hannibal-LaGrange College campus for the past fifteen years. If you hear Bob Bergen coming, you'd better get out of the way. "Jog quickly and carry a heavy briefcase" is his motto, and he breaks stride for no one.

Small churches the focus of ‘Rural Life Celebration’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP)–Rural America is in transition. Corporate farming, an influx of city dwellers seeking to escape urban areas and new technology are all affecting life in rural areas. Those changes also impact the country churches that at one time were the backbone of rural communities. This summer in Missouri, members of rural churches […]