• RUTH SHOWS GOD IS ALWAYS AT WORK

    By LESLIE STRADER The book of Ruth opens with “a famine in the land” – a stark contrast from the common “once upon a time” prologue that points us to

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  • A STONE’S THROW

    By DANNY MINTON Unless you have been asleep for the past week, it would be impossible to miss the academic scandal news. Celebrities have been caught lying and buying their

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  • TOWARD LOVE AND GOOD DEEDS

    International Women’s Day Speech By MOLLY WARREN Hardin-Simmons University Five women are named in Jesus’ earthly lineage. Two were Canaanite; two were Jewish; one was a Moabite. One was a

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  • WHEREVER HE IS, HE’S IN CHURCH

    By LORETTA FULTON No matter where Dustin Tatro is, he’s in church. That might be in the sanctuary at St. Paul United Methodist Church, where he is the organist and

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  • THE BIBLE AND IMMIGRATION

    By LORETTA FULTON Tired of the political rhetoric on immigration? How about a new take, actually a very old one? “Jesus, King of Strangers: What the Bible Really Says About

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  • SHE QUIT–BUT NOT WHEN SHE WAS TOLD TO

    By SARA CORE “The state of Texas is wasting its money educating you. You’ll probably just get married, have kids, and quit!” That was the message I was given by

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  • MIRYAM

    By SUSAN PIGOTT Why did they name you Miryam, Bitter Sea? Did they know how bitter life would be eclipsed by your brothers? Little girl keeping watch over Moses’ basket

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  • ORTHODOX BEGIN LENT

    By PHILIP LeMASTERS Eastern Orthodox Christians begin Lent this year on Monday, March 11. That is when we we begin the most intense annual period of repentance as we prepare

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  • ASH WEDNESDAY WITH BISHOP SIS

    By LORETTA FULTON Appropriately, Bishop Michael Sis prefaced the Ash Wednesday liturgy with a bit of education. Appropriate because the setting was Logsdon Chapel at Baptist-affiliated Hardin-Simmons University. The education

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  • A NEW SONG

    Editor’s Note: “A New Song” by Joshua Lain is one of the daily Lenten reflections written by members of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. It is reprinted here with permission.  

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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, and exemplify integrity and honor comprise the majority of the community. In spite of the positive aspects of living in a Christian community, some people feel alone and alienated when

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ROBOTS ON THE LOOSE

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury If a union organizer at a convention of robots urges “them” to unite, the rep might learn that “they” already have. Or, so it could appear. So far, robots generally have made us smile, releasing us from performing mundane chores. Now, however, they’re being utilized to “do the dirty work.” I shall opt out

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WALMART’S BIG GOOF

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury If Walmart can offer the best-ever recipe for turning out world-class lemonade from lemons grown in their own orchard, folks will line up to buy it, whether or not they’re greeted at the store door. The best decision-makers of the nation’s largest private employer must have been absent when the decision was made

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THERE IS A ‘SOMEONENESS’ IN US

By LORETTA FULTON The only thing missing from the Feb. 27 meeting of the Abilene Association of Congregations was an altar call. Otherwise, it would have been “church,” not a “meeting.” The presentation by Dr. Kelvin J. Kelley, who was a church pastor before he was a professor, was that powerful. Kelley, associate professor of theology in Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon

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