Laws curbing freedom have disastrous results

Curtis Shelburne G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” It’s no surprise that it’s easier to spend time talking about Christianity than it is to spend time practicing it. The same thing is true regarding freedom: freedom is easier […]

Trading places with God is a serious mistake

Curtis Shelburne I rarely write sequels to these columns, but last week I wrote about the trouble with perfectionism, and I can’t quit thinking about it. The best way to unburden myself of such thoughts is to burden you with them, so brace yourself for Round 2. A friend and pastoral colleague reading my column […]

Freedom of speech applies to all

I remember, not very long ago, when I wrote a column detailing my opinion of a certain radio person, who shall remain nameless, and received overwhelming negative feedback — surprisingly from many in this area, as well. (Most of this columnist’s “boo” mail usually comes from an Internet population.) I remember it because there was […]

Social issues need to be put on backburner

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Administration being deceptive with provisions

Freedom New Mexico In the New York Times News story, Robert Pear wrote drily: “While administration officials cited procedural reasons for changing the rule, it was clear that political concerns were also a factor.” No kidding. The rule in question was an administrative decision to do what Congress chose not to do when it passed […]

Life’s choices determine who we become

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I wrote about my mother’s two cousins several years ago. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas and participated in a school club, the Busy Bee Club. There they learned homemaking skills like sewing, cooking and gardening. One year their club entered a competition for rural schools. The competition was […]

Letters to the Editor: Trash bins make city look trashy

Trash bins make city look trashy I would like to agree with the gentleman who wrote about the new garbage bins. (“Leave dumpsters where they are,” Feb. 14 CNJ) I think they are ridiculous. They not only block sidewalks (we have enough vehicles and bushes that do that); they are also an eyesore. Trash overflows […]

Story of Jacob, Esau demonstrates follies of favoritism

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Last week I wrote about the frustrations of Mary and Joseph when they lost Jesus back in Jerusalem. They were like any other parents — frustration sometimes sets in when it comes to raising children. There is another account of children and frustration. Except for Christ, the sinless one, the […]

Lessons from the beasts around the manger

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist C. S. Lewis once wrote a poem entitled “The Nativity” as he reflected on the qualities the animals brought to the stable on the first Christmas: Among the oxen (like an ox I’m slow) I see a glory in the stable grow Which, with the ox’s dullness might at […]

God sees beyond the surface

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Paul wrote in his Roman letter: “So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12) People might minimize that scripture but the ramifications are worth contemplation. We might rationalize and admit, “Well I know what the Bible says but….” Yet, will we […]