Let’s talk about flat tires and faith

By Curtis K. Shelburne Sometimes I think my funny bone is oddly shaped or a bit dislocated. Oh, it’s definitely there and works at least as much as it should, but what strikes me as funny doesn’t always grab other folks the same way. Like this, for example: I was heading toward home from Lubbock […]

Family that performs together, stays together, spreads God’s word

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33 PORTALES — The dramatic faith presentations of Matthew 6:33 Academy, Inc., are big on visuals, with vibrant colors and oversized props, but low on spoken dialogue. However, the […]

Easter a good day to reflect on our blessings and joy

Freedom Newspapers Today is Easter, the day Christians will celebrate the apex of their faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul concisely summarized Easter’s message when he said in I Corinthians 15:3-5: “I delivered to you as of first importance … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that […]

Deadly illness redefines singer’s faith

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Kevin Mark Gardels has played in local bands and recorded music for years, but his upcoming album, “God’s Hands,” will have a different focus from much of his previous work. A year ago, Gardels was on the verge of death from myelofibrosis, a rare cancer for which the […]

Being misunderstood is no fun at all

By Curtis Shelburne Being misunderstood is no fun at all By Curtis Shelburne Being misunderstood is no fun at all, as Mel Gibson is now finding out firsthand. Not that many months ago, Mel would certainly have been considered the darling of any television talk venue. Reel him in to talk about any upcoming movie, […]

Religion Roundup 2/13

The African Children’s Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at Faith Christian Family Church. The concert is sponsored by the Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance and Faith Christian Family Church and Kingswood United Methodist Church are coordinating the housing of the choir members and their sponsors. The concert is free but donations are accepted. For […]

Q and A: Career prosecutor makes way back home to Clovis

Matt Chandler, 28, an assistant district attorney in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, is one of the newer members of the local legal profession but he’s not new to the area. His great-great-grandfather was one of the community’s earliest settlers in 1908. His father spent 24 years in the Clovis Police Department, retiring as […]

An unusual road to christ

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Mike Kennedy, who played baseball in college and is a baseball fan, is the new pastor at the 21st Street Church of Christ in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis’ second-largest Church of Christ congregation has received a new pastor — one from an unusual background. “I spent 23 years […]

If you see me singing, don’t be surprised

Judy Brandon: Local columnist I meditate at times on the sovereign power of God and the depth of his love. I stand amazed that he loves me. Before I doubt my faith, I realize that I am not alone; these thoughts have been the thoughts of many throughout the ages. One of Job’s friends reminded […]

Veltrop, Faith

Faith Veltrop Services: Have been held. Faith Veltrop, 68, a retired teacher, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003. She was born June 13,1935, in Valparaiso, Ind., to Scotty and Ana Mae McKellips. She came to Clovis in 1966 and was a first-grade teacher at Ranchvale Elementary School until her retirement. She married Keith Hall, Aug. 25, […]

R.C. Hoiles’ legacy continues

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico We are privileged to walk in the editorial footsteps of one of America’s remarkable journalists, Raymond Cyrus Hoiles, who was born on Nov. 24, 1878, and founded Freedom Communications Inc.. The descendants of R.C., as everybody called him, still own our Irvine, California-based parent company, and maintain his legacy of […]

Don’t be one of Job’s friends

DON’T BE ONE OF JOB’S FRIENDS The Book of Job is the textbook on suffering. Open it and you’ll see an extraordinarily good man undergoing extraordinarily terrible affliction. He loses his family (except his wife, and keeping her might easily be counted among his afflictions!), his wealth, and his health. He’s reduced to sitting on […]

You never know where you will find your calling

Judy Brandon There was a time in my life when I thought I would be a junior high schoolteacher forever — or at least until I retired. Yet, after seven years of junior high school days filled with spit wads, students sent to the office with disciplinary notes, early morning pep rallies and hall duty, […]

Community leader loses bout with cancer

By Gary Mitchell Those who knew her best invariably described Mary Carol Hartley as a brave, compassionate lady. Hartley, 62, died at her home Thursday after a 15-year on-and-off bout with cancer. Hartley’s husband, 9th Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley, choked back his emotions late Thursday. “It’s kind of a tough time, but the Good […]

Mother’s legacy will effect eternity

By Judy Brandon The year was about 1910. The occasion was the annual “Decoration Day” at the century old Salem Methodist Church in a little town in Georgia. The congregation had gathered for this special event. On this unusual day their singing seemed to ring upward through the wood rafters and beyond. The table on […]

St. Helen Fiesta shows cars, food

By Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — The region can be well fed — spiritually and physically — at St. Helen Catholic Church’s annual Fiesta and Car Show which began Thursday and continues with daily activities through Sunday. Portales’ four-day fiesta of faith will feature “good food, praise and preaching,” said Father Tobin Hitt, pastor of St. […]

Jeremy Camp’s songs come to Clovis

By Gary Mitchell With lyrics and music born out of the death of a loved one, up-and-coming Christian musical artist Jeremy Camp has been touching the hearts of music audiences around the nation. The 25-year-old singer/composer will perform in concert at 7:30 tonight at Central Baptist Church, 2501 N. Norris St., in Clovis. Admission to […]

Government, religion don’t mix well

By Tibor Machan Alabama’s suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore has argued in television appearances that requiring him to remove the 5,300-pound monument of the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama judicial building amounts to a violation of his constitutional right to declare his faith in God. There is also the fact that other […]

Faith on two wheels

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Faith Riders Richard Gomez Jr. (left), Geri Gomez, Richard Gomez and Bruce DeFoor will be leaving Clovis at 5 a.m. Saturday to travel to Sturgis, S.D., to share their faith. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell When you’re a Faith Rider, you can handle powerful machines, the open road — just about anything. Except […]

Students to express faith at graduation ceremonies.

By Gary Mitchell Federal guidelines issued by the Department of Education in February that ensure schools give teachers and students as much freedom to pray as the courts have allowed have received mixed reviews from educational and watchdog camps. Schools are scrambling to adhere to the guidelines, issued as part of the No Child Left […]