• Vehicle Parade to honor MLK Jr. January 18

    A vehicle parade will substitute for the traditional foot parade Monday, Jan. 18, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “Divided We Fall, United We Stand” is the theme

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  • A Blanket of Beauty

    A beautiful snow blanketed Abilene early Sunday morning, the second snowfall of the new year–a great start to 2021! These photos were shot by Kristen Harris-Bridwell, director of Christian education

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  • Never Give Up

    By DANNY MINTON I remember 1968 primarily because it was in the summer of that year, my wife and I were married. However, most of us alive during that year

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  • Fundamental Questions

    By JIM NICHOLS During my years of college professor work, I often envied the students’ enthusiasm, naivete, and joy for life. I did look out from the front of the

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  • From Super-Woman to Insufferable Wimp

    By NANCY PATRICK Honestly, no one ever labeled me a super-woman, and I hope I have not become an insufferable wimp. I do confess that hyperbole appeals to me; my

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  • COVID Brings Unlikely Opportunity for ACU Student

    By LORETTA FULTON Not many people can cite something good from the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Elizabeth Miller is an exception. She, like everyone else, would

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  • Receiving the Moment

    By JIM NICHOLS Another author used the phrase “receiving the moment” as a paraphrase for contemplation and it struck a positive note with me. It was an admonition to pay

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  • 2020 in the Rearview Mirror

    By LORETTA FULTON It shouldn’t surprise anyone that members of Religion News Association voted the effects of COVID-19 on religious institutions and their members as the top religion story of

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  • Second Chances

    By DANNY MINTON She found herself in trouble. Kidnapped from her home, she now faced death from her captors. Her voice remained paralyzed, tears began to well up in her

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  • COVID Cancels Traditional Watch Night Service

    By LORETTA FULTON The traditional Watch Night service, which dates to the days of slavery, will not be held in Abilene this year, another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic that

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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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Words Fitly Spoken

Editor’s Note: The following column was written by Dr. Lanny Hall when he was president of Howard Payne University. It was published in “College Faith,” a publication of Andrews Press in 2004. Its message is relevant today. Hall also is past president of Hardin-Simmons and Wayland Baptist universities. By DR. LANNY HALL My university years represented a time of searching

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Redeeming the Time

By MARIANNE WOOD Ephesians 5:15-16 says “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. (NIV) The NKJ versions translates “make the most of every opportunity” as “redeeming the time.”  Colossians 4:5 says “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of

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That ‘Doofus’ Feeling

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Purple is a color I am generally neutral about, but it has taken decades for me to elevate it from negative status.   I’m guessing it barely made the grade for inclusion in those tiny boxes of crayons used down to the very last smidge by Early School first-graders in 1944. Somebody claimed that it started

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Moral Disgust

By DAN R. STIVER As I watched television throughout the day Wednesday, January 6, riveted and horrified at the scenes unfolding before my eyes and the eyes of the world, I kept thinking that this was a 9/11 moment, one which will be remembered and whose scenes will be viewed by my grandchildren’s grandchildren. It did not have the same

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Parliament of the World’s Religions Urges Trump Ouster

Parliament of the World’s Religions news release The trustees of the Parliament of the World’s Religions call on the Vice-President and the Cabinet of the United States to transmit to the President pro tempore of the United States Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unfit and therefore unable to discharge

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Evangelical Groups Urge End to Violence and Claims of Election Fraud

The Rev. Mitchell C. HescoxPresident/CEO of EEN The Rev. Kyle Meyaard-SchaapNational Organizer and Spokesperson of YECA The Evangelical Environmental Network and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action are calling for an end to the senseless violence and chaos at the United States Capitol today, and for President Trump to immediately cease the baseless claims of election fraud.  In the fall, over

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Center for Public Justice Calls for Honoring ‘true Prince of Peace’

The following statement was issued Jan. 7 by Stephanie Summers, CEO of the Center for Public Justice in Washington, D.C. Since November 3, 2020–Election Day–CPJ has published daily prayers for our nation, our government, and our communities. These prayers have been delivered by email, through social media and doubtless, some form of these prayers have been uttered aloud by each

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Religious Makeup of New Congress Looks Familiar

PEW RESEARCH CENTERAnna Schiller When it comes to religious affiliation, the 117th U.S. Congress looks similar to the previous Congress but quite different from Americans overall. While about a quarter (26%) of U.S. adults are religiously unaffiliated – describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – just one member of the new Congress (Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.) identifies

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Olympic Gains?

 IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Uncle Mort, age 108, said he was ‘locked and loaded’ to give me an earful when he called recently. Reflecting on our lengthy conversation later, I decided he had unloaded at least two “earfuls,” rapidity at 250 words per minute, with gusts to 300. He had Olympic Games on his mind, but managed to include

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