• GARDEN PARTY!

    The Aldersgate United Methodist Church Open Door Community Garden was the scene of a neighborhood party Sunday evening. Food and dessert trucks were provided free of charge to neighbors who

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  • CHRISTMAS BOXES CHANGE LIVES

    By LORETTA FULTON Kululu Atsiaya was 10 years old before he got his first Chrismas present, but boy was it a good one. The box came on Christmas Eve 1995

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  • SHINING LIGHT IN DARKNESS

    By LORETTA FULTON “No kids in cages!” one sign screamed. Another quoted a Bible scripture. Another Dietrich Bonhoeffer. An atheist got in his remarks too, with a sign urging action,

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  • THE MINTON SPECIAL

    By DANNY MINTON Life was simple while I was growing up in small-town Plano, Texas. At the turn of the 1950s, Plano had reached a population of 3,695. It was

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  • A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE

    By NANCY PATRICK I faithfully watch a PBS series entitled Call the Midwife. Nonnatus House, the setting, serves as the residence for several nuns and nurses who provide midwifery as

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  • TEXAS EPISCOPAL BISHOPS DECRY BORDER CONDITIONS

    The following statement to state and national leaders was issued by the bishops of the six Episcopal doceses in Texas: We are bishops of the six Episcopal dioceses in Texas.

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  • LEARNING LIFE FROM THE DYING

    HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY While Lynsi Johnson has learned much from her professors at Logsdon School of Theology and Hardin-Simmons University, she learns about life from the people she serves as a

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  • WHO DO YOU SEE?

    By DANNY MINTON I finished a hospital visit and entered the elevator following an attractive blonde lady. Already in the elevator were two men. They were good sized men who

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  • NOT IN MY BACK YARD

    IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury So awash are we in acronyms these days, we may start tossing them asunder at any time. Such drastic action carries with it

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  • SACRED HEART GETS NEW PRIEST

    By LORETTA FULTON After 23 years, the congregation at Sacred Heart Catholic Church has a new pastor. The Rev. Albert Ezeanya, a native of Nigeria, was installed July 6 in

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SPIRITUAL HONESTY IN THE BIBLE BELT

By NANCY PATRICK Living in the Bible Belt of America has many advantages. Christian people who live morally upright lives, support their families, participate in their communities, donate to charities, and exemplify integrity and honor comprise the majority of the community. In spite of the positive aspects of living in a Christian community, some people feel alone and alienated when

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HSU HUMANITARIANS HONORED

By LORETTA FULTON The following article by Loretta Fulton first was published in the Abilene Reporter-News  June 29 July will be a momentous month for Dennis and Janelle O’Connell, but June wasn’t bad either. On July 7, the couple will celebrate 40 years of marriage and on July 20 they will depart for Thailand for their 20th mission trip with

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BATTLE SCARS

By DANNY MINTON When you go into battle, chances are you are going to face an injury or wounds of some type. My battle injuries have not come from war since I have never been able to serve our country in this manner. My battle scars come from sports. In baseball, I’ve had “strawberries” from sliding into a base and

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MORT’S BIRTHDAY MISERIES

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury Radio listeners heard it from the lips of England’s Prime Minister–the inimitable Winston Churchill. In the 1939 radio broadcast, he said Russia “is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Fast forward 80 years to Uncle Mort’s 107th birthday party on July 4. This old Churchillian quote fits my kin quite well,

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MUSICAL SETS TONE FOR CONVENTION

By LORETTA FULTON The 116th edition of the annual Original West Texas District Assocation got off to a rousing start Monday night, with praise and worship music, scripture reading and words of welcome from representatives of several Abilene institutions. The opening musical program held at New Fellowship Baptist Church set the tone, literally and figuratively, for the coming five days

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