Nov. 23, 2007 Religion Digest

Healing hour held on Main Street Beginning at the 11 a.m. service on Wednesday, St James’ Church, 1117 N. Main St., will be holding a public service of healing hour during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, to continue every fourth Wednesday of each month. Information: 763-4638.

Faith, art walk hand in hand

By Clyde Davis: Columnist A book by Madeliene L’Engle, “Walking On Water,” given to me by a close friend almost a year ago, explores the relationship between art and religion, or more dynamically, between art and faith. Coincidentally, I was giving it a reread last week, seeking for some inspiration. It caused me to rethink […]

Pastor spreads colorful religion

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Pastor Scott Blazek of Immanuel Lutheran Church displays some of the work he created for children’s coloring books featuring Bible characters and stories. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer While his day job is being pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Rev. Scott Blazek spends much of his time doing […]

Legalism bad in society but worse in religion

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Legalism. Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines “legalism” as “strict, literal, or excessive conformity to the law or to a religious or moral code.”   In our society, the silliness of legalism is so pervasive we hardly notice it anymore.   Have you installed a computer program recently? If you have, […]

Religion Digest: Church presents mission speakers

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer John and Vicki Moore, newly appointed regional directors for Nazarene Missions in northern Europe, will be special guests on Sept. 8 at the Broadview Church of the Nazarene. The church is located on the curve of Highway 209, 30 miles north of Clovis. The Moores will speak with an […]

Hollywood weighs in on Mel Gibson

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Someone suggested to me the morning after Mel Gibson’s thunderclap that his career was over. Ha! Far from it. This is the start of a whole new gig. If Gibson had used the N word, or defamed feminists, or praised George W. Bush, he might be in serious trouble. Those […]

Initiative would add ministers

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A fledgling Clovis Municipal Schools initiative bridges schools and the church. The Chaplaincy Program will link school employees, students and families with chaplains, or church ministers. It should be ready for implementation by August. In a crisis such as the death of a family member or a house fire, […]

Christ’s sacrifice Is indeed all-sufficient

By Curtis K. Shelbure: Religion columnist A friend e-mailed me a few days ago for help in finding the source of a quotation from C. S Lewis.   Whatever the source, it’s vintage Lewis: “When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When […]

Paris riots reveal French economic model’s instability

Freedom Newspapers There is no single reason for the riots that have continued and spread throughout France with results that are likely to go well beyond the physical and economic damage to endanger whatever bonds of social cohesion remain after the rioting finally runs its course. Several preliminary explanations, however, suggest themselves. The most fundamental […]

Miers’ bid backfired on administration

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist In a way, you can’t blame the Bush Administration for turning the conversation to Harriet Miers’ religion. What else are they going to talk about? Her qualifications? Those, as we have learned in the two weeks and counting since President Bush nominated her to the Supreme Court, are a trifle […]