Sin is real, but God’s grace is deeper, stronger

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist If a writer has ever lived who could better turn a phrase than the early 20th-century author G.K. Chesterton, I can’t imagine who it would be. Here are a couple or a few quotable examples: “Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they […]

Player of the week: Peloton

Each Monday, Editors’ Notebook selects a player of the week to honor the author of a Web site comment that strikes us as particularly witty, insightful or eye opening.

Proverbs distinguish between mistake, sin

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist What is the difference in a mistake and a sin? It seems to me that a mistake is putting the whites in with the dark colors in the wash. A mistake is adding five eggs to the cake batter when the recipe only calls for two. A mistake is forgetting […]

Reviews didn’t wrong Rowling or Scholastic

By Freedom Newspapers There was no magic in the way two American newspapers obtained copies of the long-awaited, final installment of the Harry Potter series before its official release early Saturday morning. But there are questions of ethics involving the “embargoed” book, the early reviews those newspapers chose to publish and the amount of advance […]

Their perspective: Melrose grads sound off

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Melrose High School’s class of 2007 includes 20 students. By Freedom Newspapers Thoughts and insights by Melrose’s graduating seniors based on a written survey: Most will be going to college The U.S. military is in Iraq for a good reason Most will likely not return to Melrose to live Alcohol, […]

Book review

Title: “Plant My Feet on Higher Ground” Author: Ila E. Flinn Publisher: Trafford Publishing Genre: fiction Overview: I heard many stories about the Galveston Flood when I was a child, although I then grasped none of its tragedy. I realized what an impact the storm had left with my mother and her family, so I […]

Business Digest: Grant writing workshop scheduled

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A grant writing workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Holiday Inn, according to the organizer. Author and educator Don Myers will hold the workshop. Myers is author of “The Joy of Writing Grants” and heads RCS Grant Writing Systems, a […]

Red not just color of holiday season

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I’ve been seeing a lot of red lately, and I’m not referring to my bank account. Yes, it has something to do with the red bows, lights and candy canes of Christmas, but there’s more. Have you ever noticed there is something about the color red that puts people on […]

Author releases first book

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer TWO LIFE-ALTERING events led a former Clovis resident into the world of fiction. IN MAY 2001, Barbara Cook flew to her native England to arrange her mother’s funeral. Meanwhile, a devastating tornado was ripping through Colorado, where Cook was living at the time. Cook said the events destroyed her […]

Author visits area elementary students

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James Bickley Elementary fourth grader Andres Garza plays a pot belly pig as interaction with author Susan Stevens Crummel during a her presentation at the school Friday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Her granddaughter refers to her simply as “book.” It isn’t too difficult to understand why: Susan Stevens-Crummel is the […]

Tahiti a must-miss for your vacation

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist Some folks yearn for a balmy life of lust and leisure on the island of Tahiti. But here at the Trendy Travel Bureau we’ve been studying this urge and have second thoughts about promoting the South Seas as a worthwhile tourist trap. For instance, Tahitians think the stomach is the […]

Some Thoughts on Long Pastorates and Great Churches

Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist An aging and highly-respected minister who’d been serving the same congregation for many years was once asked by a group of young pastors, “How can you stay in one church and work successfully for such a long time?” I don’t know what kind of sage counsel they expected, but his […]

Different factors make great churches and great preachers

By Curtis K. Shelburne:CNJ columnist An aging and highly-respected minister who’d been serving the same congregation for many years was once asked by a group of young pastors, “How can you stay in one church and work successfully for such a long time?” I don’t know what kind of sage counsel they expected, but his […]

Life: Adventure filled with surprises

By Curtis Shelburne Years ago I read an excellent book by a man of deep faith, Swiss psychiatrist Dr. Paul Tournier. He entitled his book “The Adventure of Living.” Life is an adventure, he wrote, precisely because you never really know what is going to happen next. But for Christians, it is an adventure that […]

Clovis High School students hooked on reading program

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Clovis High School seniors Michael Stallcup, left, and Mathew Coker, look for books at the school’s library Gary Mitchell Charles Downing didn’t really like to read before he became involved in Clovis High School’s outside reading program. “It just took me forever to read a book — I would just put it off,” the 17-year-old […]

Want to believe? Travel to Roswell

By Angela Peacock The Roswell UFO Festival is an out-of-this-world experience, according to event organizers. The festival celebrating the world-renown1947 incident is scheduled for July 3-6. There will be a variety of activities at the Roswell Civic Center, International UFO Museum and elsewhere in Roswell. Each day the UFO museum is planning special events including […]