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 […]

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 […]

Church holding ‘Amazing Grace’

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer On your mark. Get set. Solve the Biblical clues to win The Amazing Grace. The congregation of the Llano Estacado Metropolitan Community Church will host a Christian version of the reality-based television show, “The Amazing Race.” Equipped with Bibles and city maps, racers will compete in a scavenger hunt-style […]

Living life afraid more dangerous than what we fear

By Curtis K. Shelburne I’m feeling a bit over-protected. I wrote recently to make fun of some of the “lawyer litter” standing more as a monument to multimillion dollar litigation than to protecting the populace. McDonald’s started it by pawning off dangerously hot coffee on an unsuspecting public, but as I sit writing in a […]

Giving thanks with grace has many twists

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It was a sunny December afternoon and I was riding home on my bicycle. It was a wonderful afternoon with blue skies and a light eastern New Mexico breeze that carried the fragrance of something that I thought smelled like chocolate. A long-forgotten tune came to my mind for no […]

So, What’s So Amazing About Grace?

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist So . . . “what’s so amazing about grace?” The whole universe is not large enough to contain the wonderful answer, but maybe part of the answer is found in comparing grace and what has been called “ungrace,” grace’s ugly opposite. Ungrace says, “You are what you produce.” Grace says, […]

God’s love best wedding gift of all 

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist My oldest son, Chris, recently married his loving and lovely fiancee, Shayla. I’m so proud of them both. They’re enjoying the warmth of the sun and a beautiful beach right now, and I’m basking in the glow of thanksgiving right here, just knowing that Chris and Shayla are husband and […]

The Apostle Paul’s critics are still alive and well

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Some things never change. When in his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul is relentlessly pounding home to his readers the point of the gospel that salvation comes only “by grace through faith” — indeed, that it cannot come “by law through works,” he faces these two thousand years later […]

God’s grace: It’s good news that’s tough

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound!” Grace, the real thing, is precious almost beyond belief. It’s cool water to a man dying of thirst. It’s life and health to a woman who a week before was lying feverish on her deathbed. Grace really is amazing! But what even Christians, and maybe […]

Even bath water part of good stewardship

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist As a preacher’s kid, I had many unique experiences. Of all things, one such lesson for me centered on baths in the church parsonage. When Susie and I were growing up, our family lived in a house owned by the church. I have wonderful memories of the parsonage. Tithe money […]