God’s miracles surround us

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist On that first Palm Sunday, when Jesus made his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, the crowd hailed him as their king. As he passed by, they cried, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” and they spread palm branches on the road to carpet the path of […]

Our differences included in God’s love

By Curtis K. Shelburne Once every couple of years my wife finds out how blessed she is. You see, unlike many husbands whose fingers itch to control the remote anytime the TV drifts over to any channel not owned by ESPN, I’d usually rather watch an old movie (make that “always” if it’s John Wayne) […]

Our plans not as important as God’s

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist It’s amazing how haughty and self-assured we humans can be. We blithely blow through days and weeks and months, confident in our ability to plan our work and work our plan, very impressed with ourselves, masters of our own destiny. And then one little microbe comes along . . […]

God’s people are athletes running a race

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Hi, my name is Curtis and I’m a Winter Olympicaholic. As I write, the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver are themselves closing. Seventeen days sounded like a good long time, but now the Olympic flame is being extinguished. Our neighbors to the north did a […]

When God pours, we really should drink

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist It is painfully ironic that while Jesus turned water to wine—and exquisitely fine wine, at that—his followers have been sadly successful in turning it back into water in a thousand ways. We have become perversely expert at such backward distilling. Our problem has not been a love affair with […]

Trust in Christ leads to miracles

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist In Luke 5 we find the story of the calling of the first apostles. To get a little space from the crowd, Jesus has turned Simon Peter’s fishing boat into a pulpit, pushed out from the shore, and taught the people from the boat. When Jesus finishes speaking, he […]

The truth about dragons: They can be beaten

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I built a dragon last week. He was only a very small dragon, I’m afraid, and not very strong. We’ve had at least one much larger dragon who was far more daunting. This one only breathed fire two or three times, and I had to supply a light from […]

The good news of immortality is real

By Curtis K. Shelburne I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to it, but at least it no longer surprises me as much as it once did. I’m sitting in my barber’s chair, indoors, and a gentle snow is falling onto my shoulders and gently to the ground. It’s a snow of gray, almost white, […]

It pays to know the ways of your enemy

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Thou shalt not kill.” Well, nobody’s perfect. I actually committed a killing right in the sanctuary of our church awhile back. No, I didn’t throw someone into an irreversible coma by preaching them to death during a service. I’m shocked and disappointed you would even think such a thing! But kill […]

God is worthy of our worship

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Going to church. Let’s be honest. It’s easy for us to think of it as more of a duty than a privilege. We forget that the God who gave his own Son out of his deep love for us richly deserves committed lives and worship. And lives without worship with […]

Snow calls back childhood memories

A white Christmas may not be as precious to folks who live where a snowy Yuletide is the usual order of the season, but to me a white Christmas is cool in every sense of the term, and that is exactly what we had this year! I agree with the fellow who commented that in […]

Singing the right tune for the new year

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Although I certainly wish for you and yours a happy and blessed New Year, I confess that I’m rarely terribly excited about New Year’s fanfare. (I like almost any reason for some days off and time with friends and good food, so I’m not a total New Year’s grinch […]

A little child shall lead them

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The Lord Jesus and Charles Dickens were both right: the way to be saved is to become a child. That’s not easy. We spend most of our lives trying to be all grown up. Sadly, we generally succeed. All too often, our imaginations start to shrivel about the time […]

Bethlehem is about what God has done and still does

By Curtis Shelburne: Local columnist The glory of Christmas is that it centers on something only God could have done. No committee could ever have come up with Bethlehem. While God was busy saving the world, they’d have still been arguing over the shape of the table or the wording of the mission statement or […]

Lessons from the beasts around the manger

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist C. S. Lewis once wrote a poem entitled “The Nativity” as he reflected on the qualities the animals brought to the stable on the first Christmas: Among the oxen (like an ox I’m slow) I see a glory in the stable grow Which, with the ox’s dullness might at […]

The holidays can be holy days of genuine Joy

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist My kids tell me that I’m younger now than I was when they were growing up. I think “childish” may be what they have in mind; I prefer to think in terms of “younger.” It seems to me that the transformation started sometime after my wife and I discovered […]

New bed provides marital peace

By Curtis K. Shelburn: Local columnist

A season for everything: A time to unplug

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I’ve always liked the words of the wise man in Ecclesiastes 3: “There is a time for everything, / and a season for every activity under heaven: / a time to be born and a time to die, / a time to plant and a time to uproot, / a […]

God comes to the rescue

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist It’s amazing how often we can find ourselves within the pages of the biblical Book of Psalms. Consider Psalm 130. I hope we’re not in this psalmist’s sandals often, but anyone who has lived very long can empathize with him. Hurting and almost hopeless, he writes, “Out of the […]

Blessings lost when people are divided

By Curtis Shelburne: Local columnist Some of the most beautiful truths of the Christian faith can be found in our great hymns, the treasures held mostly in common by Christians of all flavors. We may be divided over lots of molehills made mountains, but, thank the Lord, even behind the walls we’ve built to separate […]