Movie reminder Christmas isn’t so simple

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Seeing “The Nativity” movie this busy holiday season really helps put this whole Christmas thing into perspective. The greatest story every told didn’t happen in a Hallmark card setting. There was cow poop and all. My daughter Laura and I went to see “The Nativity” last weekend and I felt […]

Local churches perform living nativities

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Mary, played by Cas Velez, left, and Joseph, played by Kolton Miller, 12, await the arrival of the three wise men during a performance of the First United Methodist Church’s Living Nativity Wednesday at the church. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Nativity sets are a popular holiday decoration in many […]

Portales courthouse hosting nativity scenes

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The presence of three nativity scenes on the lawn of the Portales courthouse has caused a few people to call in and ask questions. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers National department stores, including Wal-Mart and Target, have recently been criticized by some Christians for refusing to use the word “Christmas” in […]

Don’t forget the reason for the season

by Ned Cantwell The two Jesus Patrol agents sat glumly in a coffee shop on the outskirts of Artesia. Their mood had sunk to levels matching the plummeting winter night temperature, and blowing snow threatened to close the highway back to Albuquerque. “Lord, what a day,” muttered one of the agents. “Watch your language!” warned […]

God to the state of New Mexico: Shape up

Ned Cantwell: Local columnist I heard a lot of you talking about me last week. That was good. No surprise, though. You always do during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday. As well you should. Look what I did for you. Some of you folks, Easter Sunday is about the only time I see you. […]