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site icon PNGIn these pages you will find informative and uplifting articles about Abilenians and what they are doing to make our city a better place, poetry by Glenn Dromgoole that will either make you pause for reflection or laugh out loud, and a page called Happenings to keep you informed about the spiritual goings-on in Abilene. Click on the featured posts below for the latest articles. Sign up here to receive a weekly email with updated content. Loretta Fulton, editor 

 

 

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Richard Beck talks about his new book with guests at a lecture Feb. 7 at First Central Presbyterian Church. Beck is chairman of the Department of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. Photo by Loretta Fulton

“Radical hospitality” calls for widening our moral or “affectional” circle, says Richard Beck, chair of the Department of Psychology at ACU. Expanding that circle to take in people we sometimes turn a blind eye to, or “radical hospitality,” is what Jesus calls for. Beck was guest speaker Feb. 7 at First Central Presbyterian Church. He talked about his new book, “Stranger God: Meeting Jesus in Disguise.”  Read more

 

‘GIVING UP’ FOR LENT SHOULDN’T BE TRIVIALIZED

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What does chocolate have to do with Jesus? Janice Six offers some thoughts on spiritual disciplines for Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. Hint: Giving up chocolate isn’t what she has in mind. Read more

 

‘THE WIZARD’ AND 1 CORINTHIANS 13 (REALLY)

MPatrick (1)When L. Frank Baum wrote “The Wizard of Oz,” he most likely didn’t have the famous love chapter (1 Corinthians 13) in mind, but an uncanny parallel exists between the two. Mike Patrick explains how in his column. Read more

 

 

 

BE LIKE CHAD THIS VALENTINE’S DAY
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Just think what the world would be like if each of us took the time to give a Valentine to the lonely or to invite someone who never gets invited to a party. We should follow Chad’s example this Valentine’s Day and every day. Read more

 

ORTHODOX PRIEST LEADS ABILENE RETREAT

frjoseph“It’s not our church, it’s God’s church,” an Orthodox priest reminded guests at a retreat Feb. 6-7 at St. Luke Orthodox Church in Abilene. Huneycutt is pastor of St. Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston. Read more

 

GLENN DROMGOOLE WAXES POETIC ON GOLF

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Golf teaches players something–but is it something they want to learn? Glenn Dromgoole poses that question in his new poem, “Golf Haiku.” Read more

 

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The National Urban Ministry Association will hold its annual meeting in Abilene Feb. 22-24, Howard Payne University is hosting a lectureship, and Ash Wednesday services are planned. All these and more are posted in Happenings. Read more