Ghosts, Goblins, and Saints

By LORETTA FULTON Fall festivals, religious services, and a Cypress Street takeover are among the many offerings this week as Abilenians prepare to celebrate Halloween, All Saints and All Souls days, and Dia de los Muertos. (Click here to read separate article, including dates of observances, about “El Dia.”) To add an event, send details to editor@spiritofabilene.com Pioneer Drive Baptist

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Choices

By DANNY MINTON Winter and her close friend decided to take a trip to New York City to meet another friend and have an office picnic in her Twin Tower office. Before the trip, Winter’s mother called and said she planned to come for a visit. Winter tried to persuade her to change the plans, but her mother felt it

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Sticks and Stones

THE IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Alexander William Kinglake is a name snuggled deeply inside of all-knowing Google. He was a 19th century lawyer who gave up his legal practice to become an author, best known for a single proverb: “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.” It is believed that Kinglake’s intent was to help

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Pew Center: Americans Trust Clergy on COVID Vaccine Advice

By ANNA SCHILLER Pew Research Center As houses of worship continue to reopen, most U.S. adults who regularly attend religious services voice confidence in their clergy to provide guidance on the coronavirus vaccines – and far more say they have heard their pastor, priest, rabbi or imam encourage people to get vaccinated than have heard their clergy raise doubts about

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McMurry Honors Dr. Robert Monk

By LORETTA FULTON Letters from former students, colleagues, and friends poured in a year ago when McMurry University planned to honor professor emeritus of religion Dr. Robert C. Monk. But COVID-19–the grinch that stole 2020–dashed that plan and the ceremony was postponed until Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Monk has had a year to savor those letters, and on Friday he

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All in a Night’s Work?

THE IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury During almost two decades of writing weekly accounts of humorous and/or unlikely occurrences, I’ve never come across anything quite so bizarre as the subject of this week’s epistle. It is a legal case in progress, as the wheels of justice necessarily turn slowly. Otherwise, the folks at Alta Mesa Church of Christ in Fort Worth

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Then I Wondered

By DANNY MINTON I walked into the backyard one evening, sat in the rocker, and gazed into the clear night sky. I thought about the grandeur of all the heavenly bodies that God placed within our sight. Then I wondered, “How many others over the centuries had gazed at the same array and felt the awe of something greater than

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From Jay Moore: A Churchless Sunday

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

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A Quiet Hero

THE IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury J. Ron Hardin, from most angles, might appear to be the kind of guy others would enjoy competing against. They might figure him to be a “push-over” in recreational or business endeavors, and they’d be wrong. He’d probably get so far ahead of ‘em that he’d soon be out of sight to the naked

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Love & Care Ministries Hosting Annual Revival

By LORETTA FULTON The annual revival hosted by Love & Care Ministries is set for four nights, Oct. 10-13, at the Abilene Convention Center. The revival will include nightly worship, with a different preacher each night, children’s church for grades 1-6, music, meals, clothing give-aways, haircuts and other ministries. Everything is free. “We are extremely excited the theme for this

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Pew Research Survey: Global Social Hostilities Toward Religion Down, Governmental Hostilities Peak

Pew Research Center By SAMIRAH MAJUMDAR Social hostilities around the world involving religion declined in 2019 to the lowest level in five years, while government restrictions on religion remained at a peak, according to Pew Research Center’s 12th annual global study of restrictions on religion. The Center’s study analyzes 198 countries and territories and is based on policies and events in

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Still At It

By MARIANNE WOOD Joan Didion is still at it. At age 86 (she’ll be 87 in December), her latest book, published this year, Let Me Tell You What I Mean, is a treasure for those of us who love to write and who love to read. I have enjoyed this book a lot, but I especially love this quote: “…a writer,

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First Baptist ‘Give Hope’ Campaign Gets a Boost

The Hope Center by the Numbers7,500–square footage of existing activity building6,900–square footage to be added to activity building for kitchen to train students in Culinary Academy18,000–square footage of existing structure to be converted to GLO Daycare facility4,200–square footage that can be converted into after-school program14,400–square footage for future development By LORETTA FULTON The Give Hope Campaign at First Baptist Church

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Last Day

By DANNY MINTON Browsing through a scrapbook of World War I that belonged to my great-grandmother, I came across a poem from 1916 by a young British soldier named Leslie Coulson. The poem expressed a little of the loneliness and longing to be back home and out of harm’s way. “When I Come Home” When I come home and leave

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On the Matter of Buck-Stopping

The IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Jokes and stories attributed to U.S. presidents–true or not–have to make some of them blush with embarrassment. File drawers of the late President Harry S. Truman must have bulged nigh unto disintegration. He was arguably the most plain-spoken president of the 20th century. (Admittedly, in the 21st century, he probably would have been a distant second to

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‘Being Christian in a Secular World’ Topic of FCPC Program

David Wray, who teaches in the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University, will begin a two-part series Wednesday evening at First Central Presbyterian Church. Wray will speak on “Being Christian in a Secular World.” The talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. at First Central Presbyterian, 400 Orange St. Both presentations on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and 29, are free.

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From Jay Moore: Snapshots of Abilene Universities

Jay Moore’s newest book, “Abilene Daily: Snapshots of Home,” can be purchased at Texas Star Trading Co., 174 Cypress St. http://www.texasstartrading.com or call 325-672-9696. Books are $27.50. The book 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 on Spirit of Abilene. Following

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‘Your Jewish Friend’

By DANNY MINTON I opened the Houston Post in July of 1993, looking for the obituary of my father-in-law. While browsing the page, I discovered a small personal obituary in the bottom corner of the page. The note contained few words, and there were no pictures. I don’t remember the exact words, but the message remains with me even today.

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They Let Us Eat Cake

The IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Blackie Sherrod—arguably the best sportswriter this side of the ancient Olympic Games begun in Greece seven centuries before the birth of Christ–had a name for us. He classified us as drones and worker bees, mostly “9-to-5’ers” with little hope of ever getting ahead. He called us “The Great Unwashed.” He described the masses as

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ACU Reschedules Summit for spring 2022

Abilene Christian University is postponing its annual Summit until spring 2022, due to concerns over the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. A revamped on-campus Summit is scheduled for March 31-April 1, 2022. Summit originally was scheduled to coincide with homecoming, which will proceed Oct. 14-17. The following news release was issued by Leah Andrews, Summit director. “We are sorry to announce that,

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We Can Do That Later

By JIM NICHOLS It is reasonable that few of us live with much sense of urgency. Occasionally, we find ourselves having to make specific plans and implement them with care, but, generally, what we have as tasks today can wait until tomorrow. Even with important tasks it is our tendency to delay them or build them into some plan. This

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Ballet Folklorico Leads 16 de Septiembre Festivities

St. Vincent 16 de Septiembre celebrationThursday, Sept. 166 p.m.–parade from St. Vincent Pallotti Catholic Church to Sears Park6:45 p.m.–Festivities at Sears Park, including Ballet Folklorico, mariachi band, and moreAll events are free, and the public is invited16 de Septiembre celebrations honor Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1810. Sept. 16 is believed to be the day that a cry for independence

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Remember

By DANNY MINTON Tradition in Texas History states that Sam Houston addressed his men on April 19, 1836, as they prepared for the “Battle of San Jacinto” with the words “Remember the Alamo.” Many of his men had friends in the battle at San Antonio and were anxious to take revenge. A little over a hundred years later, there would

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Muslims Still Face Negativity in U.S.

By BESHEER MOHAMEDPew Research Center An unprecedented amount of public attention focused on Muslim Americans in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The U.S. Muslim population has grown in the two decades since, but it is still the case that many Americans know little about Islam or Muslims, and views toward Muslims have become increasingly polarized along political lines.

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High Holy Days Observances Return to Temple Mizpah

The Temple Mizpah schedule for High Holy Days observances follow. Unless otherwise noted, services will be at the temple, 849 Chestnut St.. Monday, Sept. 6:7 p.m. serviceTuesday, Sept. 7:9:30 a.m. service; lunch at noonSunday, Sept. 12:10 a.m. Elmwood Memorial Park cemetery service led by Marc OrnerWednesday, Sept. 15:7 p.m. Kol Nidre serviceThursday, Sept. 16:9:30 a.m. service3:30 p.m. Yizkor service; 6

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The White Rose

By DANNY MINTON May 9, 2021, marked what would have been the 100th birthday for Sophia Magdalena Scholl. Sophia and her brother, Hans, died on February 22, 1943, beheaded for treason against the Nazi government. She was only 21 years old.  Sophia was a student attending the University of Munich, where she discovered leaflets that her brother and others had

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Living as ‘Both/And’

By JIM NICHOLS Whatever its mechanism for you, what was really occurring when you were baptized? That is, understanding that important spiritual things were happening, what were they? Here is a suggestion—actually, two suggestions. On one hand, when you were baptized, you were individually connected to God as a redeemed being. It was a point of salvation for you, a

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Two Centuries Later, Restoration Document Still Relevant

On Sept. 7, ACU‘s Center for Restoration Studies will host a Restoration Day observance 6-8 p.m. in the Chapel on the Hill. Dr. Wes Crawford, assistant professor of church history at ACU and director of the center. explains why 212 years later, Thomas Campbell’s Declaration and Address is still relevant to the church. By WES CRAWFORD September 7 marks the

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FCC Opens Mother’s Day OUt Program in New Location

By LORETTA FULTON First Christian Church opened in a new location with a new minister last spring and now the church has restarted its Mother’s Day Out program, known as Children Come First. The program is held in a remodeled house on the church property, 5125 Antilley Road. Colorful rooms, decorated with child-sized furnishings, will greet children ages three months

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Survey: Religion Played Role in 2020 Elections

The Pew Research Center conducted a survey of voters in the 2020 elections and the findings weren’t surprising. Similar to past elections, religion played an important role in the 2020 U.S. presidential contest: Republican candidate Donald Trump continued to garner strong support from White evangelical Protestants, while Black Protestants and the religiously unaffiliated backed the Democratic candidate and eventual winner, President

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ACU Gets Immigration and Inclusion Grant

Wendy Kilmer, wendy.kilmer@acu.eduDirector of Communications and Media Relations The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities announced that Abilene Christian University is one of six CCCU-member institutions selected to receive a $10,000 grant as a part of the Inclusion Immigration Collaborative.  The grant is designed to support projects that engage students with other groups to build more inclusive and welcoming communities

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