Bethlehem will always trump Times Square

Curtis Shelburne We all know what time does, right? Tempus fugit! I learned that phrase long ago in one of the most practically valuable classes I’ve ever taken, the Latin class at Amarillo’s Sam Houston Junior High. Mister Craddock would be proud. Tempus (time) fugit (flies)! As I write, we’re slipping into the wee hours […]

Honor Christ’s birth with gifts of worship

This week I have been contemplating the Christmas story and especially the three wise men and their offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child in Bethlehem. Most artists’ depictions of the three wise men show them dressed in well-designed robes with ornate caps or crowns on their heads. Each man has s […]

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 […]

Nov. 7 Religion Digest

Chursh hosting musical workshop The Bethlehem Baptist Church is hosting the Mount Olive State convention of New Mexico’s annual musical workshop. The guest artist will be Royce Mosley from Louisiana. The church is located at 104 Calhoun St. Groups hosting annual sale The Trinity United Methodist Women will have their annual bake, craft, Christmas seconds […]

One night in Bethlehem changed the world

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I will always remember the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas play many years ago. It really was a simple program, with several of the children who lived in that rural area. We were to tell the Christmas story at night on the Sunday before Christmas. On this Sunday, my sister […]

Christ thread that ties us all together

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist At times I am able to tune in to Ravi Zacharias on the radio. A dynamic speaker, he is also a wonderful teacher and a Christian theologian who has a worldwide ministry. He is highly educated and a visiting scholar at Oxford. Zacharias speaks to scores of college groups and […]

Santamarina, Matilde

Matilde Santamarina Services: Have been held. Mrs. Matilde Labandera Santamarina, 81, of Bethlehem, Pa., died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. She was born on April 6, 1924, in Cuba, to Maria and Jose Labandera. She grew up in Cuba, where she attended school. She married Everardo Santamarina on July 31, […]

Christmas performance makes religion personal

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist All of the children’s Christmas programs scheduled for December remind me of the time I participated in the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas play. It really wasn’t a play, but a simple program with several of the farm children who lived in the area. On this particular pre-Christmas Sunday, Susie had […]

God’s plan almost always surprises us

GOD’S PLAN ALMOST ALWAYS SURPRISES US Does God ever do anything just like we’d expect him to? A world to save, a Gift to give, a Baby to send. And the greatest Christmas Present ever given is all wrapped up in swaddling cloths and laid in a feed trough. And the mother of the King […]

Situation normal when Christ was born

SITUATION NORMAL WHEN CHRIST WAS BORN In some ways, the world just a few moments before the birth of Jesus in that Bethlehem stable was almost exactly the same as the world just a few moments after his birth. The state of the stable, and the inn out in front of it, and Bethlehem, and […]