• FCC MOVING ON AFTER SALE

    By LORETTA FULTON Members of First Christian Church gathered May 5 in a circle around the sanctuary, held hands,and sang, “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in

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  • FIRST, YOU CRY

    By DANNY MINTON The date was sometime in January 1966 when I lay in bed, alone in a hospital room at Baylor medical center, encased in a body cast that

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  • WOUNDED MOMS–RECOGNIZING BOUNDARIES

    By NANCY PATRICK Although my husband Mike and I married very young, we had the good sense to wait seven years to have a family. We managed to earn our

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  •  LOTS IN A NAME

    IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury Brits have long been viewed as folks who seem bent on probing details of “whys” on many topics, some of them unlikely. Maybe it’s

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  • A MEAL AND A PAT ON THE BACK

    By LORETTA FULTON It didn’t take David Lofton long to reach a conclusion. “I think it’s pretty good,” he said, “and the cobbler’s excellent.” Lofton is warden of the Middleton

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  • CELEBRATING 50 YEARS AS ORGANIST

    By LORETTA FULTON Larry Wolz will celebrate 50 years in church music, 38 of them at First Central Presbyterian Church, with an organ recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19,

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  • IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO SAVE ORPHANS

    By LORETTA FULTON The numbers are startling-1.2 million orphans in Zimbabwe, accouting for 10 percent of the population. It sounds hopeless, but the people who operate Harvest Family Village near

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  • GRADUATES CALLED TO SERVE GOD

    By LORETTA FULTON Scroll through a list of the top-paying career fields for 2019 college graduates and you won’t see the word “ministry.” Most likely, anyone entering a ministry field

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  • ‘AND NOW IN CONCLUSION’

    By LORETTA FULTON Seventy-one years after preaching his first sermon, Jack Ridlehoover is stepping down–but not from everything. He’s just giving up his regular meetings with fellow pastors at the

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  • ABANDONED IN PLACE

    By DANNY MINTON In what seems to be the middle of nowhere stamped on a weathered concrete structure are the words “Abandoned in Place.” It means leave it like it

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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’S FRAMPTON NAMED PROVOST AT SCHREINER UNIVERSITY

Dr. Travis Frampton, longtime religion professor and administrator at Hardin-Simmons University, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Schreiner University in Kerrville. Frampton, who has been at Hardin-Simmons 19 years, currently serves as vice president for university mission and strategic vision at HSU. According to a news release from Hardin-Simmons, Frampton has held numerous positions, including professor

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MAJORING IN MAJORS

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury A minister friend–aware of ever-growing complications and mounting tonnage at the trough of trivia–often used the expression from the pulpit, in staff meetings and in conversation. He felt strongly about “keeping the main thing the main thing.” It was a serious challenge made so often that friends often referred to him as the “main

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ONE MONTH IN ABILENE

By NATHAN JOWERS Now winter distributes cold lungs under bows of wind, the reddish haze of Abilene’s sky spread by streetlamps that pin the seams of our poorly wrapped city. This poured-out town will roll into wilderness, a pacified lake of civilization between empty sweeps of a blue-norther chill. Waking to daylight, a bright-beaten ruin is level and wide as

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IT ALL STARTED AT THE RODEO

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury We’ve heard about the chances of being hit by lightning, winning the lottery or scoring a hole-in-one on the golf course, but nothing about the probability of two distinguished educators meeting up at a rodeo. Dr. Ronny Collins, former school superintendent at Wellington, Jacksboro, Snyder and Mineral Wells, was a rodeo clown to

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BAPTISM

By JIM McDONALD Baptism is a sacrament that John the Baptist performed for many and later baptized Jesus and this was firmly approved by God. Baptism is by water. Water is a component created by God. It is essential and useful in many applications. One interesting example is that fire must have fuel and heat to burn. Water (H2O) contains hydrogen, a

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