May 9, 2008 Religion Digest

Church plans celebrations for Greens The First Church of God in Christ will honor Bishop W. Charles Green Sr. and his wife Ange this weekend for 51 years of service. The Rev. J. L’Keith Jones, pastor of Metropolitan Church of God in Christ in Albuquerque, will be the featured speaker at a 7 p.m. service […]

God’s grace worth preaching, sharing, living

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist If I had but one final opportunity to stand before Christ’s people and speak his word, I pray that my sermon would be centered on the good news of God’s grace. The grace of God as expressed through Christ Jesus and his death on the cross. Grace that is […]

God asks of us only what we can give

By Judy Brandon God does not expect us to give to him what we do not have. But he does expect us to give to him what we do have. These thoughts came to me last week from an unlikely source. I had purchased Christmas songs for the grandchildren while I was in Lubbock several […]

Clear boundaries not slavery but freedom

By Judy Brandon I must be very naïve. If most of the people live like the dysfunctional guests on daytime televisions talk shows, then I am really not in touch with how most of America thinks and lives. The strange is has become the norm on these shows. The live audiences on these various shows […]

Encounter with Christ changes life

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I have watched all the presidential debates on television so far. The 2008 election campaign season has started early. In my lifetime I have seen, in person, three presidents: Dwight Eisenhower, George W. Bush and Harry Truman. I saw Harry Truman when I was a child. My parents attended a […]

Grace is amazingly hard — and amazingly wonderful

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Grace is hard. It is almost incomprehensibly wonderful. It seems almost too good to be true because it actually is almost too good to be true. It is amazing! But it is hard. Grace is hard because accepting it means nothing less than death to our pride. If the […]

Christ like first day of school every day

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist Oh, the days of buying school supplies. The stores are stocked with them with the long aisles of notebooks, paper, pencils, glue scissors, rulers, crayons, totes and backpacks, all stacked several feet high on the shelves. When I was a child, there were certain preparation activities that surrounded the beginning […]

Shelburne: The only way for imperfect people to be saved Is . . .

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist As members of the fallen human race, we’ve got a problem. We’re always fouling something up, messing something up, shaking, scratching, bumping, breaking, and otherwise mutilating this amazing gift we’ve been given — the gift we call life.   Even at our best, and we are rarely at our […]

God loves ordinary people

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist  God loves ordinary people, and that is one of the most amazing and hope-filled truths of the Christian faith.    That truth was Exhibit A in the Pharisees’ case against Jesus. Pharisees are hard people to make happy. As Jesus noted, “John came neither eating nor drinking, and they […]

To be truly meek is to Be truly strong

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist The Bible says regarding one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known that the man Moses was the meekest of all the men on the earth. Two men who I esteem as among the finest men I have ever known also possessed that quality in amazing measure— […]

Religion doesn’t change with technology

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist We do live in amazing times. Computer technology has given us new words such as travel drive, Wi-Fi and blogs. Think about the word blog. I read each week Beth Moore’s blog and two or three others. Funny though, five years ago, I would have thought blog was something that […]

Christ Is “Coming Again in Glory”

By Curtis K. Shelburne I enjoyed a good laugh recently when a dear friend and fellow pastor asked another mutual friend and highly-respected preacher, “What’s your sermon title for Sunday?” The good gentleman replied with mirth and mischief, “Why Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins Have Left Me Behind.” He was kidding. But just about […]

Ministers combine talents at 21st Street Church of Christ

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Lupe Naceanceno, left, Larry Tittle, center, and Scott Rektenwald minister at 21st Street Church of Christ. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Three ministers. One mission. The 21st Street Church of Christ is taking a new approach to pastoring by utilizing the unique skills of three ministers instead of relying […]

Learning all the worth of pain

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist The tones ascend in the sanctuary, winged praises launched heavenward by the band of assembled worshipers.   “When my love to Christ grows weak, / When for deeper faith I seek, / Then in thought I go to thee, / Garden of Gethsemane!”   J. R. Wreford’s familiar words […]

We can be right and still be terribly wrong

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist If heaven were not already Paradise, the mere fact that no misunderstanding will mar its joy would make it heavenly.   Drat it, yet again, I’ve heard of another misunderstanding that has broken relationships, caused deep hurt, and wasted precious energy that could be put to far better use. […]

April 2, 1961

“Clovisites join mankind across the world today in paying homage to the risen Christ, recalling the supreme sacrifice the Son of God paid on the cross at Calvary 2,000 years ago for the redemption of humanity,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. … Barnes Cleaners at 1500 Thornton announced coin-operated dry cleaning was available. Four blankets could […]

Christians really do stand on shoulders of giants

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Christians really do stand on shoulders of giants By Curtis K. Shelburne   It’s been a long time since I sat in a classroom in the old main building at Abilene Christian University and listened to Lemoine Lewis lecture on church history.   Professor Lewis knew whereof he spoke. Harvard-educated […]

Church profile: First Christian Church

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Church: First Christian Church Location: 1700 N. Main St., Clovis Who’s in charge: Senior Minister Jon Forrest Staff: Darren Goddard, associate minister of children and youth; Carla Anaya, secretary; Keith Risdon and Wendell Blair, elders; Bill Wallace (board chairman), Doug McGregor, J.D. “Jim” Hileman, Claude Elswick, Gary Logsdon and […]

God’s gift redeems every aspect of life

By Curtis Shelburne Andrew Greeley writes: “It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God—the lesson that we who are […]

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 […]