• A Place at the Table

    Inspired by Janice Six Come, visit, share,You are welcomeAt the table. Come, one and all,You are welcomeAt the table. Come, be yourself,You are welcomeAt the table. Come in joy and

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  • VBS, a Summetime Favorite, Is Back

    By LORETTA FULTON Summer is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for “Space Blast,” “Passport to Peace,” “Be Strong & Courageous,” and the many other Vacation Bible School themes

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  • Danger Is Dangerous

    By JIM NICHOLS The two sisters had spent their whole short lives wading through the legal system. Their biological parents were dysfunctional, so consumed with their own concerns that the

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  • Our Most Valuable Possessions

    By DANNY MINTON At the end of the movie “The Time Machine,” the primary character, George, makes one final journey to a time century in the future. His friends arrive

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  • Janice Six Retiring as FCPC Associate Pastor

    By LORETTA FULTON Exactly 25 years to the day after Janice Six joined the staff of her lifetime church, she will be retiring as associate pastor. Click here to read

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  • Goal: To Finish the Race

    By DANNY MINTON If you happened to catch the national news this week, you might have seen the story of Zippy Chippy. Zippy passed away just shy of his 31st

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  • A Good Place

    By NANCY PATRICK In today’s world, it may seem hard to find a good place to live, work, raise a family, and build a life of peace and accomplishment. As

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  • Looking for Perspective

    By JIM NICHOLS One of my most trusted mentors taught me that one should never begin a presentation with an apology or explanation. He had good reasons for that suggestion,

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  • Love & Care Expanding Into Anson, Romodeling in Abilene

    By LORETTA FULTON By mid-summer, Love & Care Ministries will open a new location in Anson to go with its Abilene, Merkel, and Clyde facilities. And, the Abilene location is

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  • Holy Family Gets Second New Priest in a Year

    By LORETTA FULTON For the second consecutive year, Holy Family Catholic Church is getting a new priest. On Monday, Bishop Michael Sis of the Diocese of San Angelo announced several

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A Place at the Table

Inspired by Janice Six Come, visit, share,You are welcomeAt the table. Come, one and all,You are welcomeAt the table. Come, be yourself,You are welcomeAt the table. Come in joy and love,You are welcomeAt the table. Come, join, and sing,You are welcomeAt the table. Come, sit, smile, eat,You are welcomeAt the table. Come, be with God,You are welcomeAt the table. Come,

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VBS, a Summetime Favorite, Is Back

By LORETTA FULTON Summer is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for “Space Blast,” “Passport to Peace,” “Be Strong & Courageous,” and the many other Vacation Bible School themes that are popular this year. Most churches are back to the traditional VBS format after the COVID shutdown two years ago and some experimentation with new formats last summer. However,

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Danger Is Dangerous

By JIM NICHOLS The two sisters had spent their whole short lives wading through the legal system. Their biological parents were dysfunctional, so consumed with their own concerns that the girls had little care or guidance. The child protection system was cumbersome but helpful enough to keep the children from obvious danger, but it involved a succession of foster homes. 

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Goal: To Finish the Race

By DANNY MINTON If you happened to catch the national news this week, you might have seen the story of Zippy Chippy. Zippy passed away just shy of his 31st birthday, and his fan club gathered to pay tribute to him. His legacy is firmly established in two books about him, one a children’s book, and the chances are that

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Grace UMC Facilitates Neighborhood Initiative

Follow up meetingWhen: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17Where: Grace United Methodist Church, 1402 Grape St. By REV. TRAVIS REAMES In the process of a ministry study, Grace United Methodist Church at North 14th and Grape streets recently hosted a neighborhood betterment colloquial focused on community interaction with representatives of the City of Abilene. Some thirty residents of the neighbor bordered

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A Good Place

By NANCY PATRICK In today’s world, it may seem hard to find a good place to live, work, raise a family, and build a life of peace and accomplishment. As I remember my parents’ last few years, I often thought or said words such as “I will never . . . .” One of those areas in their lives related

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Looking for Perspective

By JIM NICHOLS One of my most trusted mentors taught me that one should never begin a presentation with an apology or explanation. He had good reasons for that suggestion, and it was good counsel, but I am going to break that rule right now. As you read what follows, please remember that my primary identification is as a child

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UMC Bishop McMurry Baccalaureate Speaker

McMurry University news releaseRobin Daniels, Vice President of Marketing and Communicationser. Bishop Robert Schnase of the Rio Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church will be speaker for the baccalaureate service at McMurry University on Friday. The service will be held in Radford Auditorium beginning at 5:30 p.m. In January, Schnase also was named presiding bishop of the New

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Pew Center: American Views on Abortion

Pew Research CenterMedia Contact: Kelsey Beveridge kbeveridge@pewresearch.org  WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2022) – As the country approaches what could be a watershed moment in the history of abortion laws and policies, relatively few Americans on either side of the debate take an absolutist view on the legality of abortion – either supporting or opposing it at all times, regardless of

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A Thought on Mothers

By DANNY MINTON “Mother!” cried out a soldier wounded in a World War II battle. He didn’t know why he said it; the word automatically came from his subconscious. The scenario represented a moment in the lives of many soldiers, some wounded, some dying. Why do grown men cry out for their mothers when they feel trapped in a live-or-die

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By the Bedside

By JIM NICHOLS One of the most well-known pieces of the Bible is the set of parables of Jesus. Concentrated in certain areas of scripture but also sprinkled at random elsewhere, they contain lessons that are both profound and precise. That is not to say they are necessarily easy to understand. We generally suggest that they are stories using a

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How Big Is Your Heart?

By DANNY MINTON On March 1, 2009, Corey Smith drowned along with two friends, Marquis Cooper and Will Bleakly. The three men and Nick Schuyler were on a fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico when it overturned while they tried to pull up an anchor that had gotten stuck. Smith and Cooper were both NFL football players. Schuyler would

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Brook Hollow Christian Church Pastor Honored

Penny Biddy, co-pastor of Brook Hollow Christian Church will be honored at a come-and-go reception Saturday, May 7, at the church, which is located at 4606 S. 14th Street in the Woodhaven Shopping Center. Hours are 10 a.m.-noon. Biddy recently earned master of divinity degree and a master of arts degree in ancient and Oriental Christianity from Abilene Christian University.

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Newbury Family Center Grand Opening

Howard Payne UniversityNews Release The grand opening of Howard Payne University’s Newbury Family Welcome Center is set for Thursday, May 5, featuring self-guided tours from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. The public is invited and no R.S.V.P. is required. The nearly 8,000-square-foot facility will serve as an inviting “front door” to HPU’s campus and

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Bus Ministry

By JIM NICHOLS His given name was Leroy, although everyone called him Roy (except for his children and grandchildren).  Roy was a bus driver eventually, although he worked his way through other jobs. One of his early positions was as a door-to-door salesperson for the Fuller Brush Company. That sentence sets the period for his life and this story. Roy

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Ukraine

By STEVEN T. MOORE American teens sticky beachbeneath their toesgossip laughdrink beerseagulls scream jump and singit’s springtimesun sparklingthis afternoon faraway a young girl wearing yellow lies frozennext to a halfeaten buildingthe grass is graytrees have losttheir leaves a lone arm dangles down the streeta leg leans against wooden fence, a hand rests nearby  charred boy still on bike no screaming train in sight vacant homes hollow schools blinking streetlights no birds at allmoon and starshave gone silent  Dr.

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Pew Center: Americans Pray Less

Pew Research CenterNews release The United States celebrates National Day of Prayer May 5, a day Congress set aside in 1952 for Americans “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” Pew Research Center surveys indicate that the frequency of prayer among Americans has declined in recent years.  Fewer than half of U.S. adults (45%) say they pray on a daily basis, according

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Local National Day of Prayer Services

By LORETTA FULTON At least two organizations will host live National Day of Prayer services on Thursday. 1-Kingdom, an organization of local civic leaders and ministers, and the Abilene Interfaith Council, which has members from various faith traditions, will host services that are open to the public.  1-Kingdom is sponsoring several prayer opportunities throughout the day, all at Festival Gardens

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Former Chaplain Among McMurry Honorees

Tim Kennedy, former Univerisity Chaplain and director of Religious Life at McMurry University, was one of seven graduates honored by the university on April 22. Kennedy received the Outstanding Alumni Award in Religious & Spiritual Life. The awards were announced at the Annual Night of Distinction dinner. The Distinguished Alumni Award and Young Alumni Achievement Award were among the honors

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McCown Honored at HSU

Palmer McCown, Class of 1961, former director of the HSU Baptist Student Ministry, is the recipient of the Altom Christian Service Award for 2022. The award is given in recognition of McCown’s devoted service to Christian higher eduation and for his exemplary influence in the lives of university students and senior adults. The award was given April 11 at HSU.

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Adding Years

By JIM NICHOLS I suspect my friend does not remember saying it, but I have not forgotten his statement, “Not every task demands perfection.” Like many of you, I have tried to do things correctly for my whole life. It has become obvious that most pieces of life are out of my control; nevertheless, I have worked hard to perform

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The Greatest Reward

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth installment of articles about missionaries Russell and Darlene Deibler. Click here to read the first article, “Evidence Not Seen” Click here to read the second, “Beautiful Feet” Click here to read the third, “Walking With Jesus” Click here to read the fourth, Face to Face With Evil Click here to read the fifth, “Lord, Just One Banana By DANNY MINTON Darlene slowly

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Kelly Pigott Guest Speaker for Interfaith Council Meeting

Kelly Pigott, Hardin-Simmons University religion professor, will be guest speaker for the April 25 meeting of the Abilene Interfaith Council. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. at First Central Presbyterian Church, 400 Orange St. Pigott will lead a roundtable discussion of peregrinatio, the pilgrimage process for building a personal faith, as featured in his book From Eden to Heaven: Spiritual Formation for

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St. Francis Getting New Priest

By LORETTA FULTON St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is losing its priest effective April 25. Rev. Isidore Ochiabuto has served St. Francis since July 1, 2017. His new assignment, announced by Bishop Michael Sis, will be as a full-time chaplain at the federal prison in Tucson, Arizona. The new priest at St. Francis will be Rev. Innocent Eziefule, current

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Orthodox Holy Week Begins

Editor’s note: Easter is coming a week later this year for Orthodox churches than Western churches. Philip LeMasters, priest at St. Luke’s Orthodox Church in Abilene, explains why and gives a list of services at the church. The church is located at 501 Sunset Drive. All are welcome. By PHILIP LeMASTERS The Orthodox Church celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ

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Lady With a Sandwich

By JIM NICHOLS Our bodies are not the only things that need exercise. To try to keep my body functioning as well as possible as I age, I do physical activities that might maintain flexibility and strength. It is not comforting to keep reading how much muscle mass a body loses every ten years. My mind and my soul need

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Lord, Just One Banana

By DANNY MINTON Editor’s Note: This is the fifth installment of articles about missionaries Russell and Darlene Deibler. Click here to read the first article, “Evidence Not Seen” Click here to read the second, “Beautiful Feet” Click here to read the third, “Walking With Jesus” Click here to read the fourth, Face to Face With Evil The black limousine entering camp brought fear to the lives

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Get Back in the Game

By NANCY PATRICK I love my lifestyle as a homebody. I prefer to stay home rather than get out and about with other people. As a matter of fact, the COVID pandemic gave me the perfect excuse to avoid church, shopping, visiting friends and family, and volunteering in the community. I didn’t have to offer excuses or reasons for my

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HSU Students Set For Kenya Mission

Hardin-Simmons University news release From April 23 to May 7, the Hardin-Simmons University physician assistant, physical therapy, and nursing programs are going on a joint medical mission trip to Kajiado, Kenya. We are looking to secure funds for needed medical equipment while we show God’s love through service! Will you partner with us to help provide needed medical supplies? Hardin-Simmons

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Face to Face With Evil

By DANNY MINTON Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment of articles about missionaries Russell and Darlene Deibler. Click here to read the first article, “Evidence Not Seen” Click here to read the second, “Beautiful Feet” Click here to read the third, “Walking With Jesus” The worst days for Darlene and the other missionary women lay ahead. They would begin the day Mr. Yamaji

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‘The Cross, The Crown’ Presented by Pioneer Drive Baptist Church

The Celebration Choir and Orchestra of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church will present “The Cross, The Crown” in two parts at the Abilene Convention Center. Part 1, “The Cross” will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15. Part 2, “The Crown,” will begin at 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 17. Both parts will be presented at the Convention Center, 1100 N.

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‘White Too Long’ Author Featured at ACU Lecure Series

The 2022 Don Williams & Royce Money Distinguished Lecture Series, set for April 20-21, will feature keynote speaker Dr. Robert P. Jones. The series, sponsored by the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies & Spiritual Action at Abilene Christian University, will be held in ACU’s Chapel on the Hill, located in the Biblical Studies Building. Click here to register Many

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Vicarious Love

By JIM NICHOLS There is so much darkness in the world it seems, perhaps we need to speak more about light—or more specifically, love. I have always liked to learn unfamiliar words. Once I graduated from Dick, Jane, and Spot, even as a child I relished coming upon a word that contained new meaning. In junior high I learned the

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One Sunday Morning

By MARIANNE WOOD Preface Sometimes, I return to complete paintings I previously thought finished. This column, as you will quickly see, is like that. I’ve come back to review an inkling of understanding in a new light, discovering a more profound truth that I began learning one Sunday morning many years ago. The Story I feel like I’ve been to

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When Fun-Poking Gets Serious

 THE IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury The memory is lodged in my brain’s recesses, as closely as mistletoe clings to mesquite trees. Our parents–neither with educational opportunities beyond high school–provided common sense counsel for my brother and me. One admonition on their rigid “you-ought-to-do” ladder has remained on the top step. Their advice was sound then and is so today.

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Mort and Prayers for Rain

 THE IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury My old Uncle Mort is nothing if not analytical, even when he’s not even looking for ways to make easy bucks. He called recently to provide his analysis of members of the Thicket Community Church whose pastor called for a special mid-week prayer session appealing for rain. It would be at high noon on

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