Deep cleaning begins with ourselves

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I subscribe to religious news services via e-mail, and recently I read an interesting survey on Americans and the way they view Christians.

Romans 14: Wise words for Christians in all times

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I didn’t want to write this column. First, it might sound political. I try to avoid that. Second, I’m already hearing in my brain all the warning bells one hears before he decides to stick his hand into a buzz saw. Smart move, Curt. Oh, well. I dread the November […]

Christianity has stood the test of time

Freedom New Mexico If not for the teachings of tolerance, peace and love, a recent cartoon would have Christians rioting in the streets. They’d kill, threaten, and burn buildings to the ground. When Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a cartoon in 2005 depicting the Prophet Muhammed with a bomb in his turban, parts of the Islamic […]

Christians can celebrate with deep and genuine joy

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I hope you’re having a great Christmas. If our hearts are really prepared for it, it can be such a wonderful time. I know. A lot about the way our society “celebrates” Christmas is nothing to celebrate. In fact, as Andrew Greeley writes, some aspects of the sometimes-not-so-holy “holy-day” […]

Chosen Christians should be set apart from rest

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I am saving “boxtops” for my grandchildren’s school. While clipping and cutting from cereal and cake mix boxes, I think about my mother, who purchased a silverware set with coupons. When my parents were in seminary, we were on a tight budget. Yet, my mother believed that as a pastor’s […]

Christ’s people have amazing heritage

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist In a little over a week, my wife and I are heading “across the pond” to Africa for three weeks with our sons and the other missionaries at Mbale, Uganda.   My oldest brother and his family served as missionaries in Malawi, Africa, for 20 years. We’ve had up […]

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 […]

Internet unleashes power of freedom

Freedom Newspapers In an authoritarian nation, individual freedom is subordinate to the state’s authority. Dissenters risk their lives and personal fortunes. In the People’s Republic of China, those risks are ongoing. As the U.S. State Department noted for 2006, China’s “human-rights record remained poor, and, in certain areas, deteriorated. There were an increased number of […]

Easter reminder of ultimate sacrifice

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist The Easter season is near. For some, Easter is about new clothes, a visit to church and Easter egg hunts. Yet, the message of the resurrection is about sacrifice and hope — Christ’s sacrifice and then, as a result, the hope and assurance for Christians of eternal life. But what […]

Letters to the Editor: Sportsmanship missing from local sports

When I was at the Clovis/Hobbs basketball game on Feb. 16, I noticed the Wildcats played their hearts out. Unfortunately they fell short and lost the game. The student body present to support their team lost so much more. They lost their self-respect. During the game the student section chanted “Hobbs sucks.” When a Hobbs […]