The day I didn’t shoot my eye out

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist It was a pretty embarrassing moment—that day years ago when I shot myself. I like to think of it as an accidental shooting, though I was holding the gun, and I was aiming carefully, and I did pull the trigger on purpose. I was intent on causing a death, […]

A look inside the mangers of our minds

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist “There is holiness to memory,” Philip Gulley writes in his Christmas in Harmony, and “a sense of God’s presence” in what Gulley calls the “mangers of the mind.” Perhaps the memories in the manger center on wonderful moments in a decades-long line of Christmas Eve services or the particular […]

Red hat in gray-suit world

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist “By the way, I’m not doing Christmas cards. If you want them sent, you’ll have to do it.” According to Sam Gardner in Philip Gulley’s delightful “Harmony” series, it was the same “fight” every year. Sam, pastor of the Harmony Friends’ Meeting (Quaker church) would buy four boxes of […]

The Red Hat in a Grey Suit World

By Curtis K. Shelburne

Thank God for shepherds, stargazers

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist While muckety-mucks in Rome were trying to figure out new and improved ways to shake even more shekels from the pockets of the subjugated populace and further filch the meager bread of the common man, the Highest of Kings was pretty much ignoring Rome. The true King was dispatching a […]

God’s words are for all

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I had just a few minutes before leading a morning Advent devotional service, and I thought I’d work on this column. Ninety-nine percent of these are written on my laptop computer, but when I opened it to “wake” it up from hibernation, it just growled and chose to hibernate […]

Two words make huge difference

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist No one has to convince me of the power of words. So why am I so often surprised by the power of the two little words, “thank you,” as they lift the corners of my mouth and make my heart soar? It was 1992 when a good-hearted fellow named […]

What kind of team captain would choose us first?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Perhaps there really are some folks in this world who are almost completely unacquainted with self-doubt. I’m thinking of three possible types of folks. The first are “successful” jerks: Donald Trump types seriously in need of the humility and mercy that comes only through the blessing of some real […]

Ah, it’s a gorgeous day in Robert Lee, Texas

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I just had a phone call from my two-years-younger brother. Helpful and concerned for my welfare as brothers always are, Jim wanted me to know how much he is enjoying an absolutely gorgeous day sitting on the porch of our grandparents’ old house in Robert Lee, Texas, and taking […]

When you come, don’t forget to bring my books

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Preachers love books. Of course, they love THE Book most of all, but the default mode for most of them is to be drawn to almost anything that has a binding on it. A friend and pastoral colleague who moderates an e-mail discussion group I enjoy also runs a […]