• KNITTERS AID THOSE IN NEED

    By LORETTA FULTON As soon as Candy Key learned about Brian Massey’s Houses for Healing in Abilene, she knew that was the answer. The ministry provides free lodging, plus personal

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  • WYLIE UMC PASTOR ORDAINED

      By LORETTA FULTON After spending parts of 14 summers at Duke Divinity School, Cisco College, McMurry University and Asbury Theological Seminary, Jeff Hatcher finally has made it. On June 7,

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  •    HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNCLE MORT

    IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury Uncle Mort, who attains age 107 come July 4, issues requests for “no talking” and “no chore assignments” about this time every year. It’s

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  • VBS MEANS IT MUST BE SUMMERTIME

    By LORETTA FULTON “Do you know where to find out more about Jesus?” a group leader asked, as eager hands waited to shoot into the air. “In the Bible!” a

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  • A GOLDEN CELEBRATION

    By LORETTA FULTON “For all those who are here to celebrate this fantastic time in our priest’s life,” the prayer leader said. And the enthusiastic congregation, packed into every available

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  • ON GROWING GREATNESS

    IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury A retired school superintendent–weary of the sameness of approaching his job in the traditional manner–dreamed of serving in an unlikely place. The school

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  • BOOK EXPLORES TRANSFORMATION

    ACU PRESS NEWS RELEASE Leafwood Publishers, an imprint of ACU Press, just released a new book by Shane J. Wood titled Between Two Trees: Our Transformation From Death to Life.

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  • ARE WE PEOPLE OF INTEGRITY?

    By DANNY MINTON Years ago, while in high school, I was given a book by Foy L. Smith entitled “The Days of Thy Youth.” In one chapter of the book,

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  • HSU CULTURAL MISSION TRIP

    HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASE Eight graduate students from the Clinical Counseling and Marriage & Family Program at Hardin-Simmons University recently returned from a travel course titled “Counseling Diverse Populations.” This course

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  • BUSH FAITHFULLY SERVES FOR 50 YEARS

    By LORETTA FULTON The first time Robert Bush served as priest of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, it was for eight months. The second go-round has lasted considerably longer, beginning in

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HSU PA STUDENTS SERVE AND LEARN

HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASE A team comprised of 20 Hardin-Simmons University physician assistant students, nine non-medical staff, and 10 medical professionals recently returned from a mission trip in the Dominican Republic. HSU began preparing for the student-led mission trip as early as Fall 2018, with meetings held each month to communicate what the Dominican Republic community would need. Each student

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CLEAN DIRT

By DANNY MINTON I was traveling down one of the commercial streets in Abilene one day and saw the sign, “Clean Dirt.” That struck me odd since I learned years ago that dirt was “dirty.” I was told to wash the dirt off my hands before I ate. I washed the dirt out of my hair, and my mom cleaned

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FCC MOVING ON AFTER SALE

By LORETTA FULTON Members of First Christian Church gathered May 5 in a circle around the sanctuary, held hands,and sang, “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.” It is that spirit that will take the congregation on a new journey as plans come together to relocate from the downtown corner that has been home since

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FIRST, YOU CRY

By DANNY MINTON The date was sometime in January 1966 when I lay in bed, alone in a hospital room at Baylor medical center, encased in a body cast that engulfed the upper half of my body. I had been in the hospital over a month after breaking a vertebra in my neck. It didn’t hurt when it happened, and

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