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HENRY SMITH, A BABY BOOMER’S DADDY Nancy Patrick shares a Father’s Day remembrance of her dad, a World War II veteran who died in 2012. “I still miss my dad. I always called him “Daddy,” even on the day he died.” Read more
A FATHER’S DAY PRAYER The Rev. Mary Glover, rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, shares a special prayer: Let us pray to our Creator: Every day, but on this day especially, we ask your blessing on all fathers…Read more
NEVER TOO LATE TO FORGIVE I can still see the hurt in my Mother’s eyes that came after my father left us, but she never said unkind words about him, always fostering a relationship with Daddy and me. She said that he was my father, no matter what he had done. Years later, Carolyn Newman was able to forgive. Read more
HOW DOES POVERTY AFFECT LEADERSHIP? Richard Darden answers that multi-facted question in his new book, “Leadership Shaped by the Potter’s Hand.” Darden is pastor of Abilene’s Shining Star Fellowship. Click here to read Loretta Fulton’s story in the Abilene Reporter-News.
RIGHTEOUS ANGER: A BIBLICAL GUIDE We see anger in the world every time we turn on the TV or read the news. Anger starts unending Twitter wars and attacks those who think, act, look, or believe differently from us. Leslie Strader, a freelancer who grew up in Abilene, writes that thankfully, God’s Word doesn’t leave us to our own devices. There is plenty of guidance in the Bible. Read more