• KNITTERS AID THOSE IN NEED

    By LORETTA FULTON As soon as Candy Key learned about Brian Massey’s Houses for Healing in Abilene, she knew that was the answer. The ministry provides free lodging, plus personal

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  • WYLIE UMC PASTOR ORDAINED

      By LORETTA FULTON After spending parts of 14 summers at Duke Divinity School, Cisco College, McMurry University and Asbury Theological Seminary, Jeff Hatcher finally has made it. On June 7,

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  •    HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNCLE MORT

    IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury Uncle Mort, who attains age 107 come July 4, issues requests for “no talking” and “no chore assignments” about this time every year. It’s

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  • VBS MEANS IT MUST BE SUMMERTIME

    By LORETTA FULTON “Do you know where to find out more about Jesus?” a group leader asked, as eager hands waited to shoot into the air. “In the Bible!” a

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  • A GOLDEN CELEBRATION

    By LORETTA FULTON “For all those who are here to celebrate this fantastic time in our priest’s life,” the prayer leader said. And the enthusiastic congregation, packed into every available

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  • ON GROWING GREATNESS

    IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury A retired school superintendent–weary of the sameness of approaching his job in the traditional manner–dreamed of serving in an unlikely place. The school

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  • BOOK EXPLORES TRANSFORMATION

    ACU PRESS NEWS RELEASE Leafwood Publishers, an imprint of ACU Press, just released a new book by Shane J. Wood titled Between Two Trees: Our Transformation From Death to Life.

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  • ARE WE PEOPLE OF INTEGRITY?

    By DANNY MINTON Years ago, while in high school, I was given a book by Foy L. Smith entitled “The Days of Thy Youth.” In one chapter of the book,

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  • HSU CULTURAL MISSION TRIP

    HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASE Eight graduate students from the Clinical Counseling and Marriage & Family Program at Hardin-Simmons University recently returned from a travel course titled “Counseling Diverse Populations.” This course

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  • BUSH FAITHFULLY SERVES FOR 50 YEARS

    By LORETTA FULTON The first time Robert Bush served as priest of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, it was for eight months. The second go-round has lasted considerably longer, beginning 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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PUTTING KNOWLEDGE TO WORK

Hunter Brown with flowered cross at Potosi Baptist Church. Photo courtesy Hardin-Simmons University By GRACE MITCHELL Hardin-Simmons University While Logsdon students take classes in preparation for ministry, many students are already putting their knowledge into practice in ministry positions. Hunter Brown has been serving as the youth minister of Potosi Baptist Church for almost two years. During that time, he

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DIY IN MY REARVIEW MIRROR

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury Warnings abound concerning the danger of saying “never again.” Most of us are guilty of making false promises on topics such as New Year’s resolutions, diets and exercise. I’m ready, though, to admit past failures, place my right hand on a Bible stack and gaze heavenward for this solemn pledge. Never again will I

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KEEPING AFLOAT IN DEEP WATERS

By NANCY PATRICK  People who don’t know me well consider me smart, energetic, outgoing, upbeat, and quite nice. I know this because others have told me, but sadly, these assessments describe the veneer that covers the melancholia I fight daily. I have written about depression before, thus establishing the gravity of a condition inexplicable to those immune to it. However,

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PANEL 14 WEST LINE 088

By DANNY MINTON You stand quietly and read name after name. Names of people you don’t know. Names of people you’ve never met. Mostly kids. It’s difficult to read the names without tears welling up in your eyes. You are standing before The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Each name represents a sacrifice of a young life in pursuit of

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ON NEVER SAYING NEVER

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury Surely it was a slow news day on both coasts recently. In Rhode Island, they unrolled fireman-grade water hoses to wash egg from the faces of school board members, and in California, a small, “highest-scale” coffee spot sold out of a new magical coffee brew despite its introductory price of $75 PER CUP. Left-coast

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