Some Father’s Day reflections on fathers

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Well, here comes Father’s Day. Honestly, I don’t much need a calendar, a card company, and a proclamation or a few for me to wax reflective about fathers and fatherhood. I’m a fellow who thinks that perhaps the most poignant verse in all of Scripture is the heart-rending cry [...]

Humans can be as witless as dogs

May I state the obvious? People react to other people, situations, and issues on the basis of their perceptions of those people, situations, and issues, and not necessarily on the basis of reality. I mean no particular disrespect to either breed, human or canine, but in that regard I think we humans generally operate a [...]

Man no stranger to god-making

Curtis Shelburne “Make me a god!” It seems like such a strange request—until we realize how often we probably make this same request ourselves. Israel’s children were waiting in the desert at the foot of Mount Sinai. Moses had been summoned up the mountain by God Himself. Jehovah was about to give to Moses to [...]

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Curtis Shelburne You don’t have to be an English major to be amazed by the power of words, but the English major under my hat is still amazed every time I open a really great book and find myself inside the head of a really great person. It’s almost a miracle to be able to [...]

‘The Root of All Kinds of Evil’ still thrives

Curtis K. Shelburne I’m not sure it would be particularly appropriate for me to begin, “There should be a special place in hell for . . .” So I won’t. But I’m tempted to. (And there really should.) A fine older lady and dear friend (who I’d nominate for a special place in heaven when [...]

TV show hits right chords

Curtis Shelburne I learned long ago to be careful about recommending movies or television shows to anyone. Either they’ll hate the show and wonder about you, or they’ll love the show and tell other people you recommended it. Then, chances are, a good many of those people will wonder about both of you. But I’ll [...]

Resolution making can be dangerous business

Curtis Shelburne Please forgive me for beginning here with a probably painful query, but, if I may ask, how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Maybe a better question at this point in the calendar is not how they’re coming but if you even remember the resolutions that you made! I very effectively solved [...]

Use time to fill up on Father’s grace

Curtis Shelburne I’m beginning to wonder if someone—maybe Someone—is trying to tell me something. Since my oldest granddaughter just turned 5 and I just turned 55, I suppose the good news is that I’m ripe for the message (poor metaphor). That’s also the bad news. We might as well admit it: When it comes to [...]

Author asks right questions

Curtis Shelburne Of the three major events of Jesus’ life—Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter—only the Crucifixion took place completely out in the open for all the world to see. And when the four writers of the Gospels set forth their accounts of Jesus’ life, they devote one-third of their time to that most excruciating event [...]

Count on God’s promise of joy

Curtis Shelburne I began writing this particular column a week ago. The wind had been howling all day long. Someone has said that nothing in nature is more beautiful than gently falling snow and the pristine glittering blanket it creates. I agree. But if that’s on one end of beauty’s scale, a wind-begotten brown dust-storm [...]