• MARCHERS HONOR MLK JR.

    By LORETTA FULTON The organizer of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march wore a white T shirt with an image of the slain Civil Rights leader and one

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  • ICONS: THE PAINTED WORD

    By LORETTA FULTON Nothing illustrates the adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words” as do icons, with their rich layering of colors and light and their deeply spiritual message.

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  • RELIGION BULLETIN BOARD

    Spirit of Abilene wants to share what’s happening at your place of worship with other Abilenians. Please send notice of events and ideas for human interest stories to: editor@spiritofabilene.com or

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  • 2 TIMOTHY TOPIC OF ACU LECTURE

    Dr. Christopher R. Hutson, a gifted speaker and professor, will be guest speaker for a special presentation Feb. 4 at Abilene Christian University. Hutson is a professor of Bible, missions,

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  • THE WEIGHT OF GRIEF

    By NANCY PATRICK I did not experience the weight and burden of grief until I was an adult. Although one of my uncles and a grandfather died during my childhood,

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  • A WRESTLING MATCH

    By JIM NICHOLS Church policy arguments can be tedious. If you are a member of a church with a clear non-local hierarchy, you have an advantage of having leaders you

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  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS

    By DANNY MINTON I arrived at Abilene Christian College as a sophomore in the fall of 1967. I signed up to be in Edwards dorm, which at the time was

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  • HYMNS OF FANNY CROSBY AT FCPC

    By LORETTA FULTON The hymns of Francis Jane (Fanny) Crosby will be featured Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Wednesday evening programming at First Central Presbyterian Church, 400 Orange St. Guest

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  • PENNS’ MINISTRY CELEBRATED

    By LORETTA FULTON The 32 years of ministry by the Rev. Andrew Penns as pastor of Valley View Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrated at the church, 3564 Clinton St.,

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  • STORIES IN THE CEMETERY

    By JIM NICHOLS The sound was faint at first. As it became louder, we were able to sense some direction to it. It was coming near to us. Finally, not

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HIDDEN WORDS

By JIM NICHOLS One of my favorite movies of recent years is “Hidden Figures.” In this 2016 film, the setting is the early 1960s and the exciting “space race” between the United States and Russia. The movie traces the lives and contributions of three African-American women, each of whom makes brilliant contributions to the eventual NASA launch of John Glenn

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NEW BEGINNINGS NEEDS MATCH FUNDS

By LORETTA FULTON New Beginnings-Big Country, a ministry that provides transitional housing and enrichment programming for women who are leaving incarceration, needs help to meet a challenge grant that will allow the ministry to purchase a house it currently rents. An anonymous grant of $75,000 will be given to New Beginnings if a matching $75,000 is raised by February. Total

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THE NECESSITY OF PRUNING

By NANCY PATRICK I know many people favor fall—the end of long, hot summers and return of cooler weather and beautiful, colorful foliage. Although I do enjoy the brief autumns we have in West Texas, I do not happily anticipate the imminent winter.   It’s not the cold weather I dislike but rather the absence of green leaves, blooms, sunshiny days,

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AT THE START OF THE DAY

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury Time has been bought, answers have been delayed and responses have been hedged as “squirmers” have opted for the “Texas two-step” instead of crystal clear comebacks to probing inquiries. I’ve “rambled” a bit–again. Let’s shoot for “bullseye centeredness” to sharpen focus on this new year, one when we’re bound to grow weary of

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INVISIBLE PEOPLE

By DANNY MINTON Churches are made up of all kinds of people, people with various social status, people with a wide variety of financial stability, inherently kind-hearted people, people who worship God on Sunday and the ways of the world on Monday, spiritually strong people, people who struggle with their faith, people who are needy and asking for help and

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‘WHAT DO WE SAY’ TO MORE VIOLENCE?

(Editor’s Note: Five people were stabbed during a Hanukkah party in New York on Saturday. During Sunday morning services, two members of West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement were shot to death by a gunman, who also was killed. Cliff Stewart, president of the Abilene Association of  Congregations, provided the following comments.) By CLIFF STEWART President, Abilene Association

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