New rules may help academy regain focus

Freedom Newspapers Sensitivity rates high on the list of contemporary American virtues, right up there with “diversity,” “economic justice” and “bilateralism” in international affairs. And by that measure, the U.S. Air Force Academy is about to become a more sensitive, and thus more virtuous place than in recent years, when the shadow of religious intolerance […]

The selling of spirituality misleads people

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Our recent trip to Sedona, Ariz., brought us in touch with one of the most striking landscapes I have ever encountered. The red rock formations that we were able to do a little hiking among, the spectacular views that we were treated to, and the sensory overload on the beauty […]

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 […]

It’s OK to do good

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist “Teacher,” John the Apostle said to Jesus, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” (Mark 9:38). The disciples were royally ticked. They were absolutely indignant, and who can blame them? They’d discovered a fellow […]

Catalog gives unexpected definition of spirituality

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist I got yet another catalog in the mail recently. Nothing unusual about that. Like most folks, I get lots of them. And, like lots of folks, I occasionally enjoy just thumbing through the pages of an interesting catalog. I don’t know if anyone has a contest for catalogs, but […]

Lonely soldier in Iraq seeks pen pals

David Stevens: CNJ Editor A few notes worth sharing: n Jackie Tucker Davidson of Hereford, Texas, is asking the public to help find those responsible for her father’s slaying. J.C. Tucker was killed west of Clovis on Sept. 4, 2003. “I have prayed daily for justice,” she writes. “I am a strong believer in the […]

Locals gather in prayer

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Rhonda Boswell, of Clovis, bows her head during prayer services during the National Day of Prayer ceremonies Thursday outside the Master’s Center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer The National Day of Prayer drew nearly 150 people to a Thursday noon prayer rally in the parking lot of the […]

Prayer and a Lesson Learned in the Garden

By Curtis K. Shelburne A time of trouble is a time to pray. The Apostle James tells us plainly, “Is any of you in trouble? He should pray” (5:13). Have you tried it? What happened? Maybe the answer to your prayer was a resounding, “Yes.” Remember the time you prayed for a dear one in […]

The grumpy old toad

Gary Mitchell and Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the grumpy old toad boss there s a grumpy old cuss who s always up for a fuss he lives at the far end of the road just under the […]

Area students gather for flagpole prayer

By Gary Mitchell About 440 students rose early to pray together at Clovis, Portales and Texico schools on Wednesday at the 14th annual See You at the Pole national student day of prayer. The total was about 30 fewer than a year ago, organizers said, and only one student participated from Gattis Junior High. Despite […]