• Influencers

    By DANNY MINTON January 30, 1933, is a date very few of us have in our list of dates to remember. However, of all the dates in the 20th century,

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  • ACU Hosting Spring Summit

    After postponing Summit last fall, Abilene Christian University is hosting a spring version March 31-April 1. Registration opens at the end of January.  ACU also will introduce a new Summit

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  • New Director Leads First Summit

    Dr. Jennifer Schroeder is the new director of Summit at Abilene Christian University. Her first Summit will be held on campus March 31-April 1 after being postponed from last fall.

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  • Are We Writing Our Own ‘2084’?

    By NANCY PATRICK Do you remember reading George Orwell’s novel 1984 or Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World?  When I first read them in 1968, the predictions of future society seemed

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  • Let’s Vote on It!

    By JIM NICHOLS It was raining at recess time for the second day in a row. Yesterday the fourth-graders had to play some sort of inside game in the room

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  • MLK Jr. Day ‘All About the Legacy of Unity’

    By LORETTA FULTON Unity–a major tenet of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message and legacy–was evident Monday  as Abilenians gathered to honor the slain Civil Rights leader and pastor. Monday,

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  • ACU Students Serve Others on MLK Jr. National Day of Service

    By LORETTA FULTON About 80 Abilene Christian University students honored the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday in a way that he certainly would have approved of. Instead

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  • Making the Wrong, Right Decision

    By DANNY MINTON In a summer many years past, Kathy and I made one of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make. We were not getting a

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  • From Jay Moore: Sunday Cinema Skirmish

    Jay Moore’s newest book, “Abilene Daily: Snapshots of Home,” contains one or morevignettes from Abilene’s history for each day of the year. Periodically, stories with some connection–however loose–to Abilene’s religious life

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  • Standing on Shoulders

    By JIM NICHOLS I taught a biology majors seminar class for many semesters targeted at students in their senior year of college. One of my favorite questions to ask them

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Influencers

By DANNY MINTON January 30, 1933, is a date very few of us have in our list of dates to remember. However, of all the dates in the 20th century, that day would stand out as a day that changed the world. On that day, an unlikely candidate became chosen as chancellor of Germany. Even though the date may not

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ACU Hosting Spring Summit

After postponing Summit last fall, Abilene Christian University is hosting a spring version March 31-April 1. Registration opens at the end of January.  ACU also will introduce a new Summit director, Jennifer Schroeder, who has served in congregational ministry the past two decades. She also is an accomplished musician, teacher, and scholar. Click here to read more about Schroeder. ACU

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New Director Leads First Summit

Dr. Jennifer Schroeder is the new director of Summit at Abilene Christian University. Her first Summit will be held on campus March 31-April 1 after being postponed from last fall. Karissa Herchenroeder, assistant director of the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry, recently posted a Q&A with Schroeder. Click here to read the Q&A that was included in Mosaic, a blog

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Are We Writing Our Own ‘2084’?

By NANCY PATRICK Do you remember reading George Orwell’s novel 1984 or Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World?  When I first read them in 1968, the predictions of future society seemed farfetched; however, much later as I taught literature students through three and a half decades, I realized that many of the predictions had actually happened or would soon manifest themselves.

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MLK Jr. Day ‘All About the Legacy of Unity’

By LORETTA FULTON Unity–a major tenet of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message and legacy–was evident Monday  as Abilenians gathered to honor the slain Civil Rights leader and pastor. Monday, Jan. 17, was the official holiday honoring King, who was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.  In the afternoon, people

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ACU Students Serve Others on MLK Jr. National Day of Service

By LORETTA FULTON About 80 Abilene Christian University students honored the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday in a way that he certainly would have approved of. Instead of taking a day off on the holiday set aside to honor King, the students spread out over Abilene Monday morning to do community service work for three agencies–Christian Service

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From Jay Moore: Sunday Cinema Skirmish

Jay Moore’s newest book, “Abilene Daily: Snapshots of Home,” contains one or morevignettes from Abilene’s history for each day of the year. Periodically, stories with some connection–however loose–to Abilene’s religious life will be featured in Spirit of Abilene. The book can be purchased at Texas Star Trading Co., 174 Cypress St. www.texasstartrading.com or call 325-672-9696. Books are $27.50. Following is an excerpt from

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Looking for a Rewarding Job? Here’s Your Chance

The Highland (Christian Ministries) Food Pantry on Walnut Street and the Abilene HungerCoalition, through the the AmeriCorps Equal Heart initiative, is recruiting three to four individuals to assistthe food pantry this winter/spring. The recruits will help reduce community hunger to low income families during the COVID-19 crisis, assist with the direct service and development of the various meal or grocery

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Standing on Shoulders

By JIM NICHOLS I taught a biology majors seminar class for many semesters targeted at students in their senior year of college. One of my favorite questions to ask them was to identify the person most responsible for determining their academic major and direction. That is, “Why are you a biology major? What or who slanted you here?” As one

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LDS Church Steps Up to Aid Refugees

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Kristy McDonoughksmcdonough89@lorettafulton During the month of December 2021, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, primarily youth, collected brand new and much needed household supplies for local refugees. Their efforts were aided by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Abilene. After the gifts and supplies were collected, church youth members gathered

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PDBC Dedicates Phase 1 of Building Project

On Sunday, Jan. 9, members of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, led by senior pastor John Whitten, dedicated the completed Phase 1 of a building project to enlarge and remodel the complex at 701 S. Pioneer Drive. The building project is part of a three-year campaign called Pioneer Possibility.  Reed Ambrose, director of communications at the church, said members are in the

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Two Giants Make Exits

THE IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury As the old year ended, so did the lives of two one-of-a-kind icons, one in the world of sports and the other in theology. They died four days apart, 85-year-old John Madden in California, and almost 101-year-old Dr. John W. (Jack) MacGorman in Fort Worth. (Dr. MacGorman was born on the day after Christmas

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An Old Flash Drive Appeared

By JIM NICHOLS It was a conference organized like many other conferences. A parade of speakers came to the podium to present papers dealing with a particular area of interest to the participants. The conference organizers had supplied a meeting room, a screen and projector, and a computer connected to the projector. Each new presenter inserted his or her flash

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Living Without Judgment

By NANCY PATRICK Most people consider me a nice person. Lately, I’ve wondered if that description still aptly applies to me because I certainly don’t always have nice thoughts.  Could I blame it on the social pressures with COVID during the past two years or my advancing age producing less patience than I used to have? For whatever reason, I

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Why Love My Enemies?

By DANNY MINTON The most important teachings of Jesus involve “Love.” He teaches us to love God while the message of loving our neighbors presents a picture of how we love God. However, Jesus doesn’t stop there. He tells us we are to love our enemies and pray for those that persecute us. That command becomes one of the most

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CASA Volunteer Training Begins Jan. 13

Big Country CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is beginning a new training session. For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer, go to http://www.bigcountrycasa.org, or call Rebel Taylor at 325-677-6448.Winter January 2022 New Volunteer Training in CASA Office (Trainees must attend ALL sessions for each class)Thurs Jan 13th  @ 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. OrientationMon Jan 17th  @ 5:45 – 9:00 p.m.

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Recycling at Night

By JIM NICHOLS Perhaps this might make more sense if I write it out; sometimes that seems to help. I am thinking about how it is possible to be by yourself even though you are surrounded by humanity. My scientific background combines with my social consciousness to cause me to recycle physical material when possible. My current community has not

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Looking Back: 2021 Top Stories

By LORETTA FULTON Each December, members of Religion News Association, including Spirit of Abilene creator and editor Loretta Fulton, choose the top religion stories of the year. Voted Number 1 for 2021 was the role that religion played during the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump insurrectionists. Some voiced Christian prayers, while others displayed Christian or pagan

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Gifts From 2021

By MARIANNE WOOD Recently, a friend shared a long list of challenges from the past year. I know some of you could do likewise. I could, too. But while making lists of trials and disappointments can be cathartic, the optimist in me tries to live up to Greer Garson’s injunction to tilt the mirror up “toward the cheerful, the tender,

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McMurry Alum Sarah Weddington Dies

Editor’s note: The following news release was issued Monday, Dec. 27, concerning the death of Sarah Ragel Weddington, a 1964 graduate of McMurry University. Weddington had a distinguished legal career following her years at McMurry and was best known for successfully arguing Roe v Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court. McMurry University Office of the President McMurry University is saddened

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Shootin’ In the New Year

Jay Moore’s newest book, “Abilene Daily: Snapshots of Home,” contains one or morevignettes from Abilene’s history for each day of the year. Periodically, stories with some connection–however loose–to Abilene’s religious life will be featured in Spirit of Abilene. The book can be purchased at Texas Star Trading Co., 174 Cypress St. www.texasstartrading.com or call 325-672-9696. Books are $27.50. Following is an excerpt from

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Odds and Ends

By NANCY PATRICK As we near the end of 2021 and begin the new year of 2022, we have a time for reflection—reflection on what has happened and what may happen in the future. I struggle to discern the difference between importance and irrelevance. I sometimes get busy or distracted and become bogged down in peripheral things. The older I

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December 7

By DANNY MINTON Mention December 7 and most of our minds will go back in history to Pearl Harbor. It was a time Christmas became a time of depression and sadness for our country as we entered into the Second World War. Not only would the war be with Japan, but with a foe from a previous war, Germany. December

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Watch Night Service Returns

After a year’s absence, thanks to COVID-19, the traditional Watch Night service will once again be held 10 p.m.-midnight, Friday, Dec. 31, at Macedonia Baptist Church, 608 N. Seventh St. Rev. Deori Newman, pastor of Ash Street Baptist Church, will preach the sermon. The service is sponsored by the Greater Abilene Ministers Alliance. The service, originally called “Freedom’s Eve,” commemorates

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Christmas Eve Returns to ‘Normal’

Editor’s Note: To add church services to this list, email information to editor@spiritofabilene.com By LORETTA FULTON The traditional glow of candlelight will once again be experienced on Christmas Eve, as most churches return to in-person worship. COVID-19 and its variants are refusing to go away, but Christmas Eve services won’t be affected this year as much as in 2020. Some

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From Jay Moore: Abilene’s Greatest Christmas Gift

Jay Moore’s newest book, “Abilene Daily: Snapshots of Home,” contains one or morevignettes from Abilene’s history for each day of the year. Periodically, stories with some connection–however loose–to Abilene’s religious life will be featured in Spirit of Abilene. The book can be purchased at Texas Star Trading Co., 174 Cypress St. http://www.texasstartrading.com or call 325-672-9696. Books are $27.50. Following is

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Advent Happens Every Day

By DAN R. STIVER “Resurrection happens every day.” This is a saying by Juergen Moltmann, one of my favorite theologians in his book, The Way of Jesus Christ. It means that the power and dynamics of the Resurrection are still present, not just long ago but continue to this day. Jesus came proclaiming that the Kingdom of God has drawn

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Community Las Posadas at St. Vincent

Community Las PosadasWhen: 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20Where: St. Vincent Pallotti Catholic Church, 2525 Westview DriveAdmission: Free, pubic invitedDetails: Event will include traditional reenactment of the journey of Joseph and Mary to find a place to give birth to Jesus, followed by Ballet Folklorico performance, mariachi band, raffle, vendor booths More information: Contact Aida Pantoja for more information or to

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From Jay Moore: Mother Hubbard Stuffs Stockings

Jay Moore’s newest book, “Abilene Daily: Snapshots of Home,” contains one or more vignettes from Abilene’s history for each day of the year. Periodically, stories with some connection–however loose–to Abilene’s religious life will be featured in Spirit of Abilene. The book can be purchased at Texas Star Trading Co., 174 Cypress St. www.texasstartrading.com or call 325-672-9696. Books are $27.50. Following is an excerpt

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Jesus Was Bad at Math

By JIM NICHOLS It is important that we not miss repeated stories and illustrations in scripture. Good pedagogy emphasizes repetition and Jesus certainly knew that. Collectively, many of his parables or descriptions also indicate that he had a different view of mathematics and, in fact, economy, than we do. We would do well to notice how far our views are

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The Scents of the Season

By DARRYL TIPPENS Christmas is in the air. I mean this quite literally. We know it’s Christmas because of the distinctive scents of the season. Whether it’s the fragrance of the pine boughs brought indoors or the odors of steaming hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies, and cinnamon rolls wafting through the house—our noses know. It’s Christmas. This is just as it

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‘Tis the Season

By NANCY PATRICK Holidays are here again. ‘Tis the season for happiness and joy. Beautiful Christmas lights adorn houses as lighted Christmas trees sparkle from living room windows. Christmas music provides atmosphere in all the stores as shoppers look for the perfect gifts for their loved ones. With so much joy and excitement around, why do some of us fail

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Old-Time Radio ‘Goofs’

THE IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Time delay-–a feature that allows deletion of serious blunders–has not always been a “backstop” when there’s tongue entanglement on radio broadcasts. A classic, of course, was the announcer who said he “got his tang toungled up.” Perhaps the first nationally recognized blunder occurred in June 1921, when Harry Von Zell needed to make

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