Author Archives: Loretta Fulton

COVID Won’t Halt Operation Christmas Child

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILDWhen: National collection week Nov. 16-23Where: Local drop-off locations are First Baptist Church, 1133 N. Third St., and Wylie United Methodist Church. 3430 Antilley Road. First Baptist drop-off hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16-Friday, Nov. 20; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21; 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22; and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23.Wylie UMC drop-off hours: 12-4

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What Defines Us?

By DANNY MINTON Second Lt. Charles “Charlie” Brown and his B-17 crew had just finished a mission bombing several areas in Germany. Their B-17, severely damaged in the skirmish and riddled with bullets tearing the plane apart, amazingly could still fly. There was a dead gunner with injured crew throughout. Their main obstacle was that they would have to cross

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Airing Dirty Laundry

   IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury The words “wash and wear” exploded in the 1950’s, thanks to the introduction of treated cotton and synthetics that meant clothing could be worn straight from the washing machine. Ironing board sales plummeted, and housewives singing “Wash Day Blues” gave way to “Happy Days are Here Again.” Never in our dreams–up to and including wildest–did

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Character Counts

By JIM NICHOLS My editor has issued a caution to avoid writing anything that is too political. I will do my best, but note that I am presenting a testimonial here; you do not have to agree with it. It is mine. Two items have come together in my thinking. The first is the great story of Samuel choosing David

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FBC Music Minister Composes Piece for Book of Devotions

By LORETTA FULTON Todd Wilson, pastor for worship and music at First Baptist Church, contributed a devotional to a new book, “Rise Up and Praise Him.” The book of daily devotionals was compiled by Phil Barfoot. Wilson’s devotional, “The Question That Everyone Asks,” is posted below.  Wilson has been at First Baptist Church since December 2002. He also has served

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McMurry Announces Community Commitment Scholarship

McMurry University News releaseAlaisha Montanez McMurry University is offering a Community Commitment scholarship for new freshmen and transfer students whose families have chosen careers in service. The scholarship will offer a minimum of half tuition for students who fit that category. Students do not have to financially qualify, and additional merit and need-based scholarships may be added. “This meaningful and

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Local Universities show increasing denominational diversity

By LORETTA FULTON In March 2019, Bishop Michael Sis of the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo conducted Ash Wednesday services at all three of Abilene’s universities–and no one did a double-take. All three universities are affiliated with a denomination, but none has a Catholic connection. The campuses are affiliated with the Church of Christ (Abilene Christian), Baptist (Hardin-Simmons) and United

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With Head Held High

  IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Mike Wilson, editor of the Dallas Morning News since 2015, has resigned the position, and the almost six-year tenure probably has seemed much longer. He was charged with what likely is an inevitability, that of converting most delivery of news from “the printed page” to digital transmission. Somehow, he has maintained excellence in both. There’s no

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