9/04/2007

I like Marion, Indiana!

I just returned to Marion after a summer of wandering in Colorado, Wyoming, Hawaii, and the East coast. I’m glad to be back. [MORE]:

18 comments:

Chad McCallum said...

coach d...

as a marion transplant i am with you...i like marion...i really do...i am still amazed though at the lack of church attendance in a town with so many churches...good town in mid-Indiana!

chad mccallum

Robin said...

I wonder: Would you still like it as much if you didn't get to leave for a couple of months every summer?

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david warren said...

Dr. Drury,

Maybe by the end of this year, I'll feel free enough to use the term coach. I'm glad you like Marion. I love small town southern Indiana and though I don't have the privilege of IWU,I agree with the good small town Church. Yes there are the struggles and everyone knows everything. But that's not all bad and there is a lot more good. P.S. it's great to have you back posting again. Though I enjoy summer, I miss you making us think. God Bless and have a wonderful year.

Jon Dodrill said...

But it's so cold there! And they don't know (or refuse to do a good job) how to plow the roads! $$ is a big issue though, My wife and I sure miss the $200 mo/rent as compared to $1,200 for studios on the East Coast!

JustinJNierer said...

I once drove three hours one way to hear Rev. Steve Deneff preach. I can definitely see how that would be a positive for Marion to have him there.

With that, I now praise the Lord for podcasts.

Erin Crisp said...

Coach,
Welcome back!!
And yes, I can completely relate. I fell in love with IWU and Marion while I lived there, and I didn't have occasion to go back home (or on vacation) in the summers.
Again, so glad you're back.

tricia said...

Glad you are back, glad you are up for another season of Tuesday Columns and glad you like Marion!
I was born there, who knows I may end up back there some day.

Kevin said...

Coach,

What a great post--I often commmented this summer that I missed Marion so very much. It is really the authenticity of the people that I missed when going back to Wheaton. But now in Durham, NC, I live in an environment very similar to Marion (at least where my house is) and it is a blessing indeed.

Anonymous said...

Marion is like oz and IWU is the emerald city. I guess that makes you the wizard. Welcome back. I enjoy your posts very much. Keeps me sharp.

Amber Janelle said...

Coach D.,

I miss Marion. :( It definitely grows on you.
-Amber

Evan and Julia said...

does the water taste like sulfer? I always remember the water tasting like sulfer.

::athada:: said...

Ahhh... thanks Coach.

It is eye-opening to see the town from the "underside of industrialization" here in my office - with daily story upon story of house fires, infestations, abusive relationships, food stamps, etc. I think another plus is that there is perhaps more opportunity to build relationships with the poor across economic divisions. They are just as in need as those in big cities but the small town feel encourages real relationships - instead of just food pantries and bread lines and rescue missions. (Almost) no matter neighborhood in Marion, you can walk a couple blocks and find a friend without electricity or water or food to finish the month. Indeed - a great place for Christians to be.

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Anonymous said...

Come on!!! You like Marion? Give me a break. I lived there for four years, loved IWU, and was happy as could be to get out of town.
I lived on Boots street. The whole area is a dump! Drug dealers lived next door. We had an one-year-old when we moved there and feared for his life. We hated it so much that we left the state and will never move back unless God himself sends an angel commanding us to go there. And BTW.... Bobby Knight is a jerk, I don't care what you Indiana people say.... and if I had heard one more Wesleyan pastor use Bobby Knight in a sermon in a positive light I think I would have had to become a Budhist.... or maybe even a Nazarene.
-Steve McVey

Robin said...

I like Marion too. I just don't LOVE Marion. I completely agree about the commuting issue. In Nashville, it takes me at least 25 minutes to get just about anywhere. The upside of Nashville is that there's always something to do here. Not so much in Marion.

But my favorite part of Marion are the people I know and love who live there! Those relationships are irreplaceable, so I'll keep making pilgrimages to see the Marion PEOPLE I love.

::athada:: said...

Keeping your poor folks in Africa! - you're so good at pointing out our "stealthy selfishness" that isn't blatantly obvious.

African poor are much easier to handle, in many ways in some cases the "noble poor" - further away (they can't knock on your door), hardworking but unemployed other than some farming (unlike industrial fallouts), speaking a romantic language (instead of four letter words we know), cute foreign culture (instead of the normal beer, domestic abuse, and cigs). Etc etc...

Austin, Darcy, Eli, Quintin said...

Dr. Drury,
Brings back good memories to read about your Marion favorites. Now that Austin and I are in NJ I definately miss the cheap housing and getting anywhere in 6 minutes. And we sure do miss Pastor Steve and our friends at CWC. Sometimes I wonder if people on the east coast realize life could be so much better (ha, ha).
Darcy Bonds

Beth said...

Couldn't have said it better myself. When I decided to stay in Grant County, a lot of my friends poo-pooed the idea. I could care less really. Although I don't live in Marion, I live in Swayzee and "get" what you are saying. I will tell you though, that Kokomo has an Outback next time you would rather drive 30 miles instead of 65.
Beth (Lahni) Boswell