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"Buried Somewhere deep behind the chutes at the Calgary Stampede, there is a place where rodeo cowboys go to pray. Illuminated by rows of fluorescent lights, the dressing room smells of sweat, dirt, and the sweet odor of well-used saddle leather. In the hours leading up to the rodeo, the long plywood benches are crowded with cowboys, who have just arrived from rodeos all over the West. They unpack canvas bags filled with the gear they'll use in this afternoon's rodeo—saddles, chaps, muddy boots, adhesive tape, and gloves.

"Amid the noisy melee of cowboys greeting old buddies, Dean Knox is kneeling on the concrete floor, eyesclosed. with a dogeared Bible and taupe cowboy hat cradled to his chest.... The quiet, smiling pastor from Brush, Colo., spends most of his time on the road, going from rodeo to rodeo to pray with cowboys as they prepare to climb on the back of bucking horses or bulls.... Here, in the dressing room, the cowboys are lined up to pray with Knox....

The earth moved ... BUT GOD DIDN'T
August 11, 2003

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