• CHILI DAY ON A CHILLY DAY

    By LORETTA FULTON The weather was perfect–for a steaming bowl of chili. And there was plenty of that Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Open Door Community Garden sponsored by Aldersgate

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  • ST. ANN PLACE WILL SERVE HOMELESS

    Drive by the old St. Ann Hospital at 1350 Cypress St. and it looks like nothing is happening. Chain link fence surrounds the property and there are signs of some

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  • BAPTIST WOMEN MEET AT HSU

    What: Texas Baptist Women in Ministry Conference When: Friday (Feb. 22) Where: Hardin-Simmons University, Logsdon Seminary Admission: $30 regular admission; $5 student admission (includes all sessions and lunch) Registration: https://www.txbwim.org

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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,

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  • BE AN ENCOURAGER

    By DANNY MINTON Jerry Kramer was an offensive lineman drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft by Green Bay in 1958. In 1959 Vince Lombardi became the head

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  • ‘SOCIAL JUSTICE IN MY VEINS’

    By LORETTA FULTON Even if Stephanie Hamm didn’t want to be a social activist, she would have little choice. “I have social justice in my veins,” she said. Hamm, an

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  • GOD QUALIFIES THE CALLED

    By LORETTA FULTON In case anyone missed the point, Joseph Tobias made sure they got it. The audience in Hardin-Simmons’ Behren’s Chapel had just heard Scripture read in various languages

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  • CHURCH ORGANISTS IN SHORT SUPPLY

    Two of Abilene’s larger churches–First Baptist and the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest–have been looking long and far for an organist. They join a long list of other congregations

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  • ANIMALS ADD MUCH TO OUR LIVES

    By LORETTA FULTON I heard a man once say that the family dog was the best Christian in his household. A sign in my veterinarian’s office says, “Be the Person

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  • HOMETOWN HERO?

    By TERRY CAGLE Back in the fall of 1995, I attended my 20th high school reunion for the Abilene High class of ’75. Since many of us were in town,

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ACU HOSTING TWO LECTURES

John Boyles, left, and Jorgen Boytler will speak at two lectures Jan. 19 and 21, respectively, at Abilene Christian University.  Abilene Christian University is hosting two upcoming lectures, the first by its Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts and the second by the university’s Center for Heritage and Renewal in Spirituality. Both lectures are free and open to

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IN GOOD HANDS

By DANNY MINTON Turn on the TV, listen to a conversation, or walk down the mall and you’ll get a picture of the world of our youth today. Sex, violence, drugs, are shown and discussed in many circles. The apathetic work ethic and laziness are thrown out for us to consider. We label a whole generation based on what we

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FRIENDLY FIRE

By DANNY MINTON It was April 6, 1945, just off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The U.S. naval forces were preparing for an eventual attack on the island with many of the U.S. fleet off the shores. One of those ships was the USS North Carolina, the ship which my dad served on during the last few years of WWII. On

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