Category Archives: Faithful Responses

WORLD RELIGION LEADERS RESPOND

  (Editor’s Note: Following are statements from religion leaders about the deadly shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27. Rob Sellers, retired religion professor at Hardin-Simmons University, is chairman of the board of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Cliff Stewart, pastor of First Central Presbyterian Church, is president of the Abilene Association of Congregations.) A

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CALLED TO BE STEWARDS OF CREATION

By LORETTA FULTON Do Christians have a responsibility to be caretakers of creation? Absolutely, a unversity professor said at a recent Wednesday night program at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest. “If you don’t believe me, read Genesis 1,” Jonathan Camp, associate professor of communication at Abilene Christian University, advised. Camp’s presentation was one of several that the church,

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MORE THAN A METAPHOR: REFLECTIONS FROM WADI RUM

By LESLIE STRADER Sand and stars. Those are the two images – or metaphors – the Lord gave to Abraham when He plucked him out of obscurity and made a covenant with him 4,000 years ago. The first mention is in Genesis 15:5: “And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able

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ABILENIANS AT THE PARLIAMENT

Abilene will be well represented when the Parliament of the World’s Religions meets Nov. 1-7 in Toronto. Retired Hardin-Simmons University religion professor Rob Sellers is chairman of the board of trustees of the parliament. And Dennis Land, a McMurry University graduate, is an ambassador. And, a number of university students and others in Abilene are expected to attend. Land is recruiting others to

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GOD CALLS AND EQUIPS PREACHERS

By LORETTA FULTON In the second grade, Rick Atchley announced what he was going to be when he grew up. And, no, it wasn’t a fireman, policeman, or cowboy. “I’m going to be a preacher,” he proclaimed. For the past 40 years, Atchley, senior teaching minister at The Hills Church in North Richland Hills, has been making more proclamations. And

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HARD CONVERSATIONS AND GRACE

By LORETTA FULTON “My name is Houston Heflin, and I don’t like hard conversation.” That opening remark was made by one of the speakers for the fourth annual Summer Seminar hosted by Abilene Christian University, but most likely anyone in the audience could have said the same thing. “The Gospel and Culture: What’s a Christian to Do?” was the theme

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