Church profile: First Christian Church

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Church: First Christian Church Location: 1700 N. Main St., Clovis Who’s in charge: Senior Minister Jon Forrest Staff: Darren Goddard, associate minister of children and youth; Carla Anaya, secretary; Keith Risdon and Wendell Blair, elders; Bill Wallace (board chairman), Doug McGregor, J.D. “Jim” Hileman, Claude Elswick, Gary Logsdon and […]

To Really Worship is To Experience Wonder

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Some of us were born for the “do it yourself” age. Even if I could afford to pay someone to do the “fix it” jobs and “honey-do’s” that are continually begging to be done around the house, I’m not sure I would. Up do a point (a point I […]

Worship hits airwaves

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Faith Christian Family Church assistant minister Levan Poller edits video in the church’s TV studio. Poller also is manager for the TV station purchased by the church. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Lights. Camera. Worship. Faith Christian Family Church is embracing technology in an attempt to reach Clovis’ unchurched. […]

Dome on the range

Tonya Fennel: CNJ staff writer Meeting on the tailgate of a pickup truck in the middle of a field, three Clovis families dreamed of acquiring the property and building a church where people could worship free from preconceived notions about religion. With a monolithic dome constructed from steel and cement, the Body of Christ Community […]

How to triple your answers to prayer

By Curtis K. Shelburne By Curtis K. Shelburne   A “teaser” on the front of the little magazine touted an article inside: “How To Triple Your Answers to Prayer!” I’m wondering what might be prescribed. Incantations? A caldron filled with a steaming potion featuring eye of newt, tongue of frog? Could I get more answers […]

Country church hearkens to simpler times

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I have vivid childhood memories of the little country church in Arkansas that my parents knew well. When we attended there as a family, it was as if we stepped into a past era, and this little country church was not changed by the world and its changes. We were […]

Aging gracefully: First Baptist Church in Texico was built 100 years ago this month

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Texico Baptist Youth Minister Seth Ellsworth plays the guitar as he leads the youth group in worship Wednesday at the church. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Marie Wall of Bellview drives almost 45 miles every Sunday to attend services at the First Baptist Church in Texico. All week she […]

Music shapes, changes listeners

By Doug Brooks: Guest Columnist Editor’s note: This is part of a week-long series in which local columnists talk about their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis schools. Music has been a powerful, influential component my whole life. I was in the school and church choir and I […]

Sometimes God breaks in and surprises us

By Curtis K. Shelburne It’s not the kind of cartoon that makes you fall down and roll in laughter, but the cartoon I saw recently did make me stop, think and whisper a heartfelt, “Amen!” I don’t remember all the specifics and I can’t put my hands on the cartoon itself right now, but as […]

Genuine worship centers on God

By Curtis Shelburne A neat thing happened to me at church the other Sunday. I think I worshiped. You think I’m kidding. I mean, you know I’m a preacher, and I help lead worship in a church, and I worship, and we worship, every Sunday, right? Well, yes. But leading worship and worshiping are not […]

Genuine Worship Is Not a Matter of Externals

By Curtis K. Shelburne Most of us know that our lives are not made up of continuous “mountain top” spiritual experiences. We have valleys, plateaus, and lots of days when we are called simply to hike onward and just put one foot in front of the other, when the order of the day is simply […]

Easter Sunday sermon schedule

• 6 a.m.: Protestant Easter Sunrise Service at Cannon Air Force Base at Whispering Winds Golf Course. • 6 a.m.: Sunrise service followed by breakfast at First Christian Church, 1700 North Main. • 6:30 a.m.: Community Easter “Son” Rise Service at Greene Acres Park with the Rev. Brad Reeves of Kingswood United Methodist Church preaching […]

Churches combine for Holy Week

Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer While many area churches are sponsoring their own Good Friday or Easter Sunday services, three events are jointly sponsored by groups of churches. At 7 p.m. today, four Clovis churches will jointly host a Good Friday service at First Church of the Nazarene in Clovis under the auspices of […]

New Mexico convention for all kinds of Christians

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Larry Tedrow, the pastor of Central Christian Church, explains his fellowship of churches to others, he sometimes calls it a “nondenominational denomination.” “ I think one of the things people will find is the distinctive approach that we are trying to be Christians only, not the only Christians,” Tedrow said. […]

Reader disagrees with columnist on gays

From time to time, columnist Leonard Pitts expresses good ideas. However, his Wednesday column was possibly emotionally appealing to some, but lacking in rationality. The fact something “is” seldom justifies what it “ought” to be. There is corruption in politics, but I strongly deny it ought to be that way. There is immorality in some […]