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No matter what form the dragon may take, it is of this mysterious passage past him, or into his jaws, that stories of any depth will always be concerned to tell.
Flannery O'Connor

Despite Dwayne Wilson's sometimes brusque style and Virginia Wilson's high-octane zeal, Pastor Tyler Campbell considered the fifty-six-year-old church treasurer and his wife among the congregation's greatest assets.

Tyler discovered Dwayne's direct, no-nonsense approach right away. After his first service as pastor of Fair Glen Community Church, Tyler and his wife, Claudia, were standing at the rear door greeting worshipers. As Dwayne and Virginia Wilson came out, he took Tyler's hand firmly and said, "Our previous pastor was a good man, and he said you were a fine fellow—the best we could possibly hope for in our situation." Then he paused, looked Tyler in the eye, and concluded, "I hope he's right."

Tyler tried not to dwell on the comment.

Fair Glen Community Church, just outside Cleveland, was Tyler's second pastorate, ...

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