Easy to answer question of faith

Curtis Shelburne Long, long ago a very old man stood before the Roman proconsul in Smyrna who literally held over him the power of life or death. Old Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, had been taught by the Apostle John and had known many others who had walked physically with the Lord Jesus Christ and with […]

‘Nice’ Pharisees lack compassion

Curtis Shelburne We need to ponder long and often the particularly fascinating truth that our Lord Jesus was the sinless “friend of sinners.” “Sinners in denial,” Pharisees past and present, are seriously bothered by that. “Confessed sinners,” past and present, who know they fall terribly short, love him deeply for it. Only two types of […]

Religion feature: Former archbishop speaking in lecture series

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Courtesy photo Lord George Care of Clifton will be a guest speaker for the St. James Bishop Terence Kelshaw Lecture Series. Carey served as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002. CNJ staff Lord Carey of Clifton of the Church of England will be giving guest presentations during the St. James Church’s annual lecture series. […]

A little child shall lead them

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The Lord Jesus and Charles Dickens were both right: the way to be saved is to become a child. That’s not easy. We spend most of our lives trying to be all grown up. Sadly, we generally succeed. All too often, our imaginations start to shrivel about the time […]

Thank the Lord we don’t get what’s comin’ to us

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist I don’t remember exactly when Garrison Keillor told the story, but the tale I find myself recalling today is definitely one of his. The details are fuzzy, and Keillor tells the story much better than I can, but . . . I seem to remember that it was an […]

And the bear said to the atheist …

Charles Hemphill passes along a joke about an atheist in the woods: As he walked along, the atheist heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. When he turned to look, a 7-foot grizzly bear was charging toward him. He ran but the bear was soon on top of him and the atheist began crying […]

A day of joy, for our Saviour brings peace

Today we gather with family and friends, share gifts and meals, maybe go out for a movie, maybe cruise and enjoy Christmas decorations around town. May we all experience peace. May our faith move mountains. May the unbounded potential of love be unleashed in our lives and hearts. And may the story recorded in the […]

Why are some folks afraid of joy?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist It has taken me a long time to figure this out because it is so hard to believe, and I really didn’t want to come to this conclusion. But I’m afraid it is true: Some folks are scared of joy. I guess we all know that some folks, for […]

No job too small if it serves the Lord

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist As a kid, I always wanted “a job.” I wanted to earn extra money. But in that day and time, unless a person’s family owned a business, there were not too many jobs for 14 and 15 year olds. Today, a teenager in junior high and high school can work […]

God can bless us by slowing us down

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion Columnist As I write, a goodly portion (How’s that for a really preacherly — yea, verily, a goodly — sort of word?) of our country has been shut down by a major winter ice storm.   Truth be told, I’m glad.   Our world desperately needs to be shut down every […]

Clovis soldiers do parents proud

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Rudolph Johnson II always figured at least a few of his eight children would follow in his footsteps and join the military. He was right. Rudolph “Rudy” Johnson III, 28, joined the Navy and serves on a submarine now dry-docked in Hawaii undergoing maintenance. April Yolanda Johnson, 26, just […]

Lord, I’ve got this great plan …

By Curtis K. Shelburne I haven’t read from the King James Version of the Bible for years, and it’s never been my main version for preaching. As beautiful as the language can be, I’ve never thought it was good stewardship for me to take time in the pulpit to explain words that in a more […]

These truths have saved many lives

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist You would have to work hard to find any place that more seriously tests faith and theology than a hospital waiting room. An honored clergy colleague, Bill Love, himself now with the Lord, once wrote about just such a place and his experience there. The lady lying in intensive […]

Pageant performance led to spiritual understanding

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist One Christmas as a child, I participated in the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas play. It was really a simple program with the farm children in the area whose families attended that church. We were to tell the Christmas story. On that day, my sister Susie had strep throat so […]

10/21 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. just being there part one boss i ran into dewey duck the other day you remember dewey he wanted to be a business duck start a cracker factory and make his first million before […]

6/19 Letters to the editor

Congress’ silence condones Bush’s lies Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition, defines hypocrite as “a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion.” From my vantage point, here in the expensive seats (I’m a middle-income taxpayer), hypocrite describes the 109th Congress perfectly. As I recall recent history, that is the group of citizens […]

For Christians, forgiving is never optional

Curtis Shelburne The Apostle Peter once came to Jesus with a question: “Lord, how often do I have to forgive?” (Luke 18:21) “Lord,” he seems to be saying, “I’m a reasonable man. I want to do the right thing. If my brother keeps sinning against me, how many times do I let it go by? […]

February’s memories not all romantic

By Bob Huber Now that all the sentimental Valentine love stuff is over, let’s talk about why this month always gives me the flimflams. It’s an emotional roller coaster dating back to a religious experience I had in the fourth grade. Each February in those days, docudramas were staged in towns across the land commemorating […]

Different factors make great churches and great preachers

By Curtis K. Shelburne:CNJ columnist An aging and highly-respected minister who’d been serving the same congregation for many years was once asked by a group of young pastors, “How can you stay in one church and work successfully for such a long time?” I don’t know what kind of sage counsel they expected, but his […]

Hearing the story of man’s faith challenges our’s

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist Long, long ago a very old man stood before the Roman proconsul in Smyrna who literally held over him the power of life or death. Old Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, had been taught by the apostles themselves and had known many others who had walked physically with the Lord […]