• A WORD TO A WEARY WORLD

    (Editor’s Note: “A Word to a Weary World” was published on the first day of Advent by Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. John Whitten is lead pastor of The Gathering at

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  • THE CASE OF THE SHRINKING WOMAN

    By NANCY PATRICK I grew up as a big girl. I reached my height of 5’ 7” when I was a twelve-year-old sixth grader. I always stood on the back

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  • ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES

    By LORETTA FULTON Local and area Catholic churches will be have penance services during Advent, which begins Sunday. Advent marks the beginning of a new church year and is the

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  • JOY TO THE WORLD (AND MORE)

    By LORETTA FULTON What could be more Christmasy than an outdoor sing-a-long ending with merry carolers belting out “Joy to the World” or an operatic rendition of Handel’s “Messiah”? How

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  • LET’S HEAR IT FOR TREES

    By JIM NICHOLS The two trees are rather like twins in many ways. They stand next to one another, separated by perhaps thirty feet. One of the trees is on

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  • THE DAYS OF YOUTH AND DREAMS

    By DANNY MINTON When I was young, my friend and I would climb a tree and jump from the branches like we were parachuting from a plane. There were two

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  • A WELCOMED PAUSE

    IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury It is a simple request, embodied in a one-syllable, five-letter word. Yet, it is potentially sobering, whether perused by an individual, or considered

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  • FOOD PANTRIES, MEALS AID STUDENTS

    By LORETTA FULTON The neatly arranged rows of boxed and canned foods, diapers and wipes, laundry detergent and other household goods make a statement that this pantry is tended to

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  • MISSION: THANKSGIVING THIS FRIDAY

    By LORETTA FULTON The parking lot of Arrow Ford will be busier than usual on Friday, Nov. 22, when the 21st annual Mission: Thanksgiving is held 7 a.m. to 7

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  • THE CHALLENGE OF MORAL DISGUST

    By LORETTA FULTON When your mother de-Friends you on Facebook, you know you’ve got a problem. Dan Stiver, a religion professor at Hardin-Simmons University, was at a philosophy conference when

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I NEED TO READ THIS

By JIM NICHOLS It has been said that sometimes you write what you need to read yourself. Here goes. There are two linked pieces to my thinking here. Consideration of them causes me to talk to myself and the conclusions boil down to just a few words. Unfortunately, though this conclusion consists of minimal words, they are functionally difficult for

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STIVER, COPELAND AIC SPEAKERS

Hardin-Simmons University professors Dan Stiver and Tom Copeland will be guest speakers for the November meeting of the Abilene Interfaith Council at noon Tuesday. Topic is “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.” The public is invited to the meeting, which begins at noon in Gerhart Hall at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest,

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