RELIGION BULLETIN BOARD

Spirit of Abilene wants to share what’s happening at your place of worship with other Abilenians. Please send notice of events and ideas for human interest stories to: editor@spiritofabilene.com or call Loretta Fulton, editor, at 325-669-9006 Photo credit: MyTudut on Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-SA   BIG DADDY WEAVE BRINGS TOUR TO ABILENE The “When the Light Comes Tour” is coming to the Paramount Theater

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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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A Really Big Goof…

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury It still lurks in my mind’s “crannies,” jumping to the forefront of my thoughts more often than I’d like. It was a single sentence–uttered by someone whose name I don’t know–imparting an important truth usually requiring paragraphs, chapters or even volumes. It was uttered in a large room where a few dozen people were scattered,

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Church: ‘The Last Refuge when Everything Else Fails’

Editor’s Note: McKenzie Flowers Fergus, a McMurry University graduate, is actively engaged in various human rights, anti-discrimination, sustainable development, and peace-building organizations. After graduating with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Yale University, she was awarded a Russell Berrie Fellowship in a program that collaborates globally with interfaith institutions and universities to promote interreligious dialogue. She also received her degree

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VBS ONLINE AT FBC JULY 27-31

Vacation Bible School is going online July 27-31 at First Baptist Church. All children are welcomed to tune in. First Baptist joined other churches in town, and across the country, this summer in moving the summertime favorite to a virtual experience. VBS was just one of many summer experiences either canceled or altered, thanks to COVID-19. VBS at First Baptist

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No Broken Bones…Yet

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Give me a break. There are pitfalls when one is in tall weeds trying to determine the origin of expressions. I’m “old school,” still delighting in reading newspaper comics. A recent Bizarro panel from the fertile mind of cartoonist Dan Piraro struck a chord. (I tend to communicate best at a fourth-grade level, so I miss the

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‘God Will. God Always Has’

Editor’s Note: The following Lectionary to Life reflection, based on Psalm 145: 8-14, was written by Loretta Fulton for the Center for Congregational Ethics Facebook page. It was posted July 3. The center was founded by Bill Tillman, former ethics professor at the Logsdon School of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University. Psalm 145: 8-14, the appointed reading for today, is one

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ACU’s Summer Seminar Moving Online

Registration URL: https://summerseminar2020.eventbrite.com/Event page URL: https://www.siburtinstitute.org/event/2020/7/30/summer-seminarCost: Free. Attendees must register to receive a link to the webinar. The annual Summer Seminar at Abilene Christian University is moving online this year as a precaution against spread of COVID-19. Online registration is open now for the July 30 event. The seminar will be streamed 9 a.m. to noon one day only, Thursday, July 30. The

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