Religion digest — Feb. 17

Sermon series culminates Sunday The final part in a series of sermons by Pastor Scott Seymour focusing on young Americans opting out of Christianity will be held at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church. Part of the sermon “Road Blocks to Faith: When Christians Get it Wrong in Dealing With Homosexuality” is based […]

Sermon on the Mount timeless, timely

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist One of the most beautiful portions of Scripture in the Bible is the sermon that Jesus delivered sitting on the side of a mountain near Capernaum. Thus it is called the Sermon on the Mount. That sermon contains three well known passages: The Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer and The Golden […]

Local residents march in tribute to civic leader

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Members of the Clovis community take part in a symbolic walk Monday morning during the 16th annual celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday in Clovis. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Chautauqua Acy and Mary Graham stood before the Martin Luther King Jr. monument at Potter Park reading the names […]

Spilled coffee tests faith

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I’ve never understood how anyone writes without coffee. It’s been years since I tried anything so foolhardy.   I may drink too much of it, though as evidence of coffee’s health benefits keeps accruing, I won’t concede that point. Friends have suggested that I just hook up an I.V. […]

Pastors prepare for packed houses on Easter

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The pews will be packed, worshipers will be dressed in their finest and pastors have been preparing for weeks. All will be in preparation for what is sometimes referred to as the Super Bowl of Sunday worship — Easter. Clovis pastor Larry Tittle said while the Easter sermon is […]

Happiness comes when we learn to trust in God

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist What are the ingredients for a happy life? How do we find happiness? With the Galilean countryside stretching out below him and the Sea of Galilee in the distance, Jesus, in what we call “The Sermon on the Mount,” talked to his listeners about the Kingdom of God and […]

‘Ghetto preacher’ shares testimony with troubled teens across nation

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Willy “The Ghetto Preacher” Ramos, of Hollywood, Fla., talks with children between preaching sessions during teen youth day Saturday at the Clovis Seventh-Day Adventist Church. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer William “Willy” Ramos, who says he’s known as “the ghetto preacher,” visited Clovis’ Seventh Day Adventist Church from Hollywood, Fla., […]

By the grace of God

Curtis Shelburne If I could somehow know that I had but one more opportunity to stand before Christ’s people and share God’s word, I would like to think that final sermon would be centered on the good news of God’s grace. What grace? The grace of God as expressed through Christ Jesus and his death […]

What does it take to build a cathedral?

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD A CATHEDRAL? It was one of those weeks. I’d been working hard on a thousand things that week — except my sermon. And then it was crunch time. Lots of things had gotten done, but my sermon for that particular Sunday wasn’t one of them, and the well seemed […]