Category Archives: Loretta Fulton

‘LEADERS NEED A HEART TO CARE’

  By LORETTA FULTON The usual high-energy opening from the founder of the Global Leadership Summit was missing this year, replaced by a statement of confession and contrition from the president of the association that sponsors the summit. In April, the founder of the summit and lead pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, Bill Hybels, resigned

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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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ABILENE HOSTS WORLD VISITORS

      Dr. Mohammad Al-Sayyad, an Abilene physician, leads Juma’a Prayers     By LORETTA FULTON The theme for a two-week gathering in Abilene of people from various ethnicities and countries is “Hospitality and the Stranger,” but the group, hosted by Hardin-Simmons University, is learning that in Abilene at least there aren’t any strangers, just plenty of hospitality. The

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JULY FOURTH FUN AT ALAMEDA CENTER

  By LORETTA FULTON The Alameda Neighborhood Association hosted its annual patriotic parade June 29 in front of the Alameda Community Center. The festivities were started by the former New Haven Community Church. “Now it’s a neighborhood thing,” said Erica Currie, associate pastor for missions at nearby Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. The church owns the property where the community center

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ABILENIANS RALLY FOR FAMILIES

  Religious signs were popular at the June 30 rally for families held in downtown Abilene. In the video, Chesna Riley, co-pastor of Brook Hollow Christian Church, denounces the Trump administration immigration policies. By LORETTA FULTON The voices were loud and clear at a June 30 rally for families in Everman Park in downtown Abilene. The rally, one of hundreds

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OWT CELEBRATES 115TH ANNIVERSARY

Music, scripture, and welcoming words were part of the opening ceremonies for the Original West Texas Baptist Association. Photo by Loretta Fulton           By LORETTA FULTON Abilene is honored this week to have the Original West Texas Baptist District Association observing its 115th year of existence at the Abilene Convention Center. Celebrating 104 years alongside the

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A CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY

  By LORETTA FULTON Prayers said and sung, poems, including one that traveled to the moon, the beating of a Native American drum, and a ceremony of “breaking bread together in peace” added to the mosaic of the National Day of Prayer Service sponsored by the Abilene Interfaith Council. The service was held at noon Thursday at the Center for

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ISRAEL EXHIBIT OPENS MAY 14

An evening at the Paramount Theater, with a guest speaker, dramatic presentation, and special music, will open the new Miracle of Israel Exhibit at the Discovery Center. The Paramount event will begin at 7 p.m. May 14. The following day, the new exhibit, with its own building, will open to the public at the Discovery Center, located at South Eighth

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