Movie producer speaking on faith

CNJ staff The Matt 25 Hope Center is sponsoring an event Sunday featuring the producer of the movie “Amazing Grace.” The producer, Ken Wales, is also known for his work on “Chariots of Fire” and the TV series “Cagney and Lacey.” He is also the author of “Sea of Glory.” Wales will speak on Christianity […]

Faith, art walk hand in hand

By Clyde Davis: Columnist A book by Madeliene L’Engle, “Walking On Water,” given to me by a close friend almost a year ago, explores the relationship between art and religion, or more dynamically, between art and faith. Coincidentally, I was giving it a reread last week, seeking for some inspiration. It caused me to rethink […]

Baptism goes on the road

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Garvin Chandler, left, and Bob Norris lift the lid of the portable baptism tub they designed for use at the jail. Chandler, a farmer by trade, chose the tank and designed the lid with built-in baffle. Norris built a heating system. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Since inmates can’t […]

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 […]

Students deserve to be informed of religious rights

By Freedom Newspapers Everyone celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Monday recognizing the religious leader who led a faith-based campaign against government racial discrimination. Yet few noticed that Tuesday was Religious Freedom Day, created to celebrate the constitutional right, which 300 million of us still enjoy, just as did the Rev. King. In his proclamation […]

Hanukkah history pertinent lesson

By Freedom Newspapers Jews throughout the world have begun the celebration of Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights that commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after Israel regained its independence from the Seleucid or Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C. After Alexander the Great died, the empire he conquered was divided among his generals, […]

Freedom for all main philosophy of late founder

In a long life of 91 years, R.C. Hoiles saw it all. From the “rugged individualism” that still marked America at the time of his birth on Nov. 24, 1878, to the rise of socialist and communist ideas and policies in the 1920s and 1930s – especially in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia – to […]

Major League pitcher shares Christian testimony

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Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brandon Claussen spoke to about 200 Fellowship of Christian Athlete students Monday at Rock Staubus Gym. Claussen was drafted by the Yankees and later traded to the Reds. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The sea of fans was so dense it eclipsed all 6 feet, 1 inch […]

Women in religion inspiration for today

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Many wonderful women characters are chronicled in the Bible. When we look at their lives, women of today really have much in common with those women of long ago. Despite differences in the culture, dress, times, customs and places, they both exhibit strength to show how creativity and faith can […]

When seas get stormy, put trust in captain

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist On a family vacation during my growing-up years, our family headed across country to Niagara Falls. Our route led us to experience a ride on a ferry in West Virginia. Because we couldn’t get to the other side of the river, it was necessary for us to take the ferry. […]

Seeing God requires faith, spiritual vision

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist When I was a little girl, I often played a game of making objects out of the huge clouds that would cross the sky. I would play guessing games with Susie, telling her to look at the clouds to guess what animal or tree or person or whatever my imagination […]

Some weeks writing comes easier than others

By Curtis K. Shelburne I might as well confess: it’s “one of those weeks.” What I mean is that it’s the kind of week that comes along occasionally for everyone who tries to line up words on a page where none of those words seem to be waiting in line just to be lined up. […]

Truth takes a while to penetrate thick skulls

By Curtis K. Shelburne   It bothers me about me to realize how long it takes for even the Lord of the universe to get his truth through my thick skull. The problem is not on God’s end of the equation; the problem is the thickness of what he’s trying to penetrate. For example, how […]

3/17 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. cheetos and faith boss i m facing a lull in my faith life right now a void in my quiet time a […]

This grace stuff sounds too good to be true

By Curtis Shelburne If mortals like us were big enough, strong enough and wise enough to reach up into the night sky with a paper cup and scoop up a drink of the Milky Way’s liquid light, maybe we’d be big enough, strong enough and wise enough to catch with our minds some idea of […]

Smith, Sandy

Sandy Smith, 47, of Portales, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2005, at her home. She was born Oct. 13, 1958, in Portales to Ruby and Roy McCain. She moved to Roswell with her family when she was 4 years old. They returned to Portales 10 years later. She worked for a year at Boothe Pharmacy before […]

Church spreading Word through rubber wristbands

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Mike Griffin wears four wristbands, including one that glows in the dark. “My problem is selling them; I just give them away.” said Griffin, referring to the wristbands that are sold for $2 apiece. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Rubber wristbands: Trendy fashion accessory or clever way to spread a […]

Wayland staff helps man find pathway to faith

By Teresa Young: Wayland Baptist University Raymond Atchley admits he was unsure of his faith when he enrolled at Wayland Baptist University’s campus in Clovis a few years ago. “I’m not really sure that I’m a Christian, and I may be agnostic,” he told Carol Green, then dean of the Clovis campus, asking if he […]

Battle over Christmas greeting absurd

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Let me begin by speaking the forbidden words. Merry Christmas. There, I said it. So did the sky crack? Did the oceans turn to blood? Is a horde of angry Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists storming the gates, demanding a retraction? Or does the world look much the same as it […]

9/23 view from under the pew

Editor’s note: Last week, Amos described an encounter with a college hamster named Henry, an agnostic who sincerely wanted to know how to have faith. Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the agnostic hamster – part two silly me boss i decided to […]