• Abilenian Advances From ‘Playing Priest’ to Ordination

    By LORETTA FULTON As early as kindergarten, Kevin Lenius loved Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church, usually celebrated by Father Fred Nawarskas.   He would even “play priest” at home, urging

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  • Friendly Fire

    By DANNY MINTON April 6, 1945, brought a fierce battle off the shore of Okinawa, Japan. The American fleet consisted of three large carriers, a dozen destroyers, four light cruisers,

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  • Truth Can Exist at Different Levels

    By JIM NICHOLS It was a heavily traveled road, but a dangerous journey. You certainly did not want to walk it alone. It was not called the “way of blood”

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  • Abilene Realtor Guiding People into Jobs, Housing

    By LORETTA FULTON As a real estate broker and owner of a local company, Vance Cooksey is used to putting people into houses. But an additional job as program coordinator

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  • Pew Survey Finds U.S. Jews Increasingly Diverse

    U.S. Jews are culturally engaged, increasingly diverse, politically polarized and worried about anti-Semitism, according to the findings of a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. The survey found

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  • B.O.B.S. Still Cookin’ After 25 Years

    By LORETTA FULTON Day One of a feeding ministry started by First Christian Church didn’t look promising, with bad weather causing a detour. But 25 years later, B.O.B.S., or Breakfast

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  • Leveled

    By JIM NICHOLS Do you remember your first elementary school building? I do. I spent the first three-plus years of my education at Francis Willard Elementary in Kansas City. In

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  • And Justice For All

    By NANCY PATRICK Last summer (2020), I attended a community gathering held at Stevenson Park in Abilene. I went to support the Black Lives Matter Movement. The sweltering June evening

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  • T-A-N, G-O!

    By MARIANNE WOOD The first thing you learn as students of the Latin dance Tango is to keep your knees bent. Our instructor, Sophia, taught that essential lesson to our

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  • A True Mother

    By DANNY MINTON In 1963 I watched the news and the report on the funeral service of a man named Lee Harvey Oswald. There were no pallbearers, so the newsmen

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Abilenian Advances From ‘Playing Priest’ to Ordination

By LORETTA FULTON As early as kindergarten, Kevin Lenius loved Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church, usually celebrated by Father Fred Nawarskas.   He would even “play priest” at home, urging his parents to listen to him preach. Even on the swing set, gently swaying back and forth, Lenius felt God’s love and presence. When he got a little older, his

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Friendly Fire

By DANNY MINTON April 6, 1945, brought a fierce battle off the shore of Okinawa, Japan. The American fleet consisted of three large carriers, a dozen destroyers, four light cruisers, and a couple of light carriers. It also included three battleships, of which one was the USS North Carolina. Onboard the BB55, North Carolina, was my dad, Smitty Minton.  The

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Bishop Eases COVID Restrictions in Area Episcopal Churches

Bishop Scott Mayer has eased COVID-19 restrictions for churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas. Masks will still be required for indoor worship social distancing requirements will be lifted. The diocese issued the following statements, with changes effective Sunday, May 16: After more than a year of living with COVID-19, we may finally be seeing a light at the

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Pew Survey Finds U.S. Jews Increasingly Diverse

U.S. Jews are culturally engaged, increasingly diverse, politically polarized and worried about anti-Semitism, according to the findings of a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. The survey found that many Jewish Americans participate, at least occasionally, both in some traditional religious practices and in some Jewish cultural activities. Among young Jewish adults, however, two sharply divergent expressions of

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Leveled

By JIM NICHOLS Do you remember your first elementary school building? I do. I spent the first three-plus years of my education at Francis Willard Elementary in Kansas City. In kindergarten a boy held a crayon in his hand for a long time and it soon got softened and melted enough he could bend it into a curl; I was

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And Justice For All

By NANCY PATRICK Last summer (2020), I attended a community gathering held at Stevenson Park in Abilene. I went to support the Black Lives Matter Movement. The sweltering June evening drew a large number of Abilenians. I proudly observed people of all races and ethnicities, most carrying placards with expressions of protest for George Floyd’s recent murder. Others expressed hope

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T-A-N, G-O!

By MARIANNE WOOD The first thing you learn as students of the Latin dance Tango is to keep your knees bent. Our instructor, Sophia, taught that essential lesson to our ballroom dancing class about two months ago. She followed up with these steps: a corte and a sit-down. The first step advances; the second retreats. We then learned to promenade

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A True Mother

By DANNY MINTON In 1963 I watched the news and the report on the funeral service of a man named Lee Harvey Oswald. There were no pallbearers, so the newsmen at the funeral were asked to help carry the coffin to the graveside. It even became difficult to find a preacher to perform the service. Despite all this in the

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It’s OK to Grieve

By DANNY MINTON This past week I took our dog outside and sat in one of the rockers, staring at the night sky. Then, without warning, a sudden sense of sadness swept over me as my thoughts came back to our son, who died seven years ago. For a few moments, my heart swelled, filled with grief over the loss.

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Believe, Do, Be

By JIM NICHOLS Whether or not you are a follower of God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, you have some sort of spiritual stance. Furthermore, that stance did not just fall into you; it was developed over the years through what you have been told, what you have read, and the way you have interpreted what has happened

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Give to B.O.B.S or Your Favorite Charity on Abilene Gives Day

Breakfast on Beech Street (B.O.B.S) is celebrating its 25th birthday in May and is asking for one simple gift: a donation on Tuesday, May 4, through the Abilene Community Foundation’s annual Abilene Gives day. It’s a simple request and easy to grant. In fact, you don’t even have to leave the house and go shopping. The Community Foundation is making

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National Day of Prayer

By LORETTA FULTON National Day of Prayer services will look a little more normal this year than a year ago when COVID-19 had a firm grip on all public gatherings. This year’s observances, locally and nationally, will be on Thursday, May 6. 1-Kingdom will sponsor a live event at noon in downtown Abilene, and the Abilene Interfaith Council will host

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‘Miniature Anxiety’ Leads to World Water Benefit

World Vision 6K for WaterLink to Team Abilene registration and informationhttps://www.teamworldvision.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.team&teamID=14915YouTube videoshttps://youtu.be/SLkoktezFy8https://youtu.be/coxw9n2IcXIWhat: 6K (3.7 miles) run/walk to benefit World Vision 6K for WaterWhen: 9 a.m. May 22Where: ACU Lunsford Foundation TrailHow much: $50 for adults; $25 for children (All proceeds benefit World Vision 6K for Water)Deadline: Registration will be available on the day of the event. To receive a T-shirt

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It’s Now in Your Hands

By DAN R. STIVER In the aftermath of the landmark conviction of Derek Chauvin over the murder of George Floyd, a case that riveted the nation and the world, I had swirling feelings and thoughts. I was then struck by the words of lead prosecutor and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who for me hit so many notes so well.

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Disappointment in God

By DANNY MINTON In the movie “Rudy,” Daniel Ruettiger is found in the chapel praying when a priest sees him and sits down to talk with him. Daniel is trying to get into Notre Dame and inquires of the priest if he has done everything he could do. The priest responds, “Son, in all my years of theological studies, I

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Whose Consequences?

By NANCY PATRICK Back in the 1940s, Ralph Edwards created a radio program called “Truth or Consequences.” Its popularity resulted in a television version in 1950. The program’s premise required contestants to answer trivial questions correctly or reap the consequences. The consequences usually meant doing foolish, silly things that resulted in the audience’s appreciative laughter. In fact, most contestants answered

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Postponed Black History Month Program Set for April 28 at ACU

ACU NEWS RELEASEWendy Kilmer, Director of Communications and Media Relations Dr. Billy Curl, a former missionary in Ethiopia and current minister of Crenshaw Church of Christ in Los Angeles, will speak at Abilene Christian University April 28 about his experience as one of the first two Black undergraduate students to integrate ACU.  The event, sponsored by ACU’s Office of Multicultural

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I’ll Fly Away

By JIM NICHOLS The monitor lights blinked with lines and numbers. The patient lay unmoving in the bed while family members quietly entered and exited the hospital room; they spoke softly and seldom. It seems to me that those employed in medical settings have a distinct human advantage over others. This is particularly true in our modern world. Whereas, in

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Windows and Mirrors

By JIM NICHOLS In 1786 poet Robert Burns penned a line that is memorable. Paraphrased, it suggested it would be a great gift from God if we could see ourselves as others see us. I am speaking to myself now as well as readers. The two types of glass with which we are most familiar are windows and mirrors. Through

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The Way We Were

By DANNY MINTON A preacher was making his rounds on a bicycle when he came upon a little boy trying to sell a lawnmower. How much do you want for the mower?’ asked the preacher. “I just want enough money to go out and buy me a bicycle,” said the little boy.  After a moment of consideration, the preacher asked, “Will

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‘Let’s Talk With Lydia’ Ending at St. Vincent Pallotti Church

Editor’s Note: The following article by Loretta Fulton first was published in the West Texas Angelus, the newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo. By Loretta Fulton Every priest serving St. Vincent Pallotti Catholic Church in Abilene since 1985 has at one time or another said the same words when confronted with an issue that needed a decision. “Let’s

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Lost At Christmas

Editor’s Note: Jim Nichols wrote this piece for Spirit of Abilene just before Christmas 2019. The message is too good not to re-post for 2020. By JIM NICHOLS “No more let sin and sorrow grow,Nor thorns infest the ground;He comes to make His blessings flowFar as the curse is found.” Somewhere in town is an unknown clerk at a convenience

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Spread the Word: How Are You Helping Others during the Pandemic?

“The Year of COVID-19” won’t be celebrated by many people, but don’t discount the innovation and creativity that continues to pop up because of the pandemic.  Spirit of Abilene would like to share the innovative and creative ways that congregations, or individuals, are coping with the chaos brought about by the coronavirus. What does your “Everyday Ministry” look like during this

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Footwear With A Flare

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Proverbial truisms typically go unchallenged, but an expression dating back to the sixteenth century has gone by the boards when its application is directed toward men’s footwear. Historically, what men have worn on their feet has been basic, often dictated by comfort, durability and practicality. Long before Baskin-Robbins came along with 31 flavors that threatened

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