God’s grace worth preaching, sharing, living

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist If I had but one final opportunity to stand before Christ’s people and speak his word, I pray that my sermon would be centered on the good news of God’s grace. The grace of God as expressed through Christ Jesus and his death on the cross. Grace that is […]

God asks of us only what we can give

By Judy Brandon God does not expect us to give to him what we do not have. But he does expect us to give to him what we do have. These thoughts came to me last week from an unlikely source. I had purchased Christmas songs for the grandchildren while I was in Lubbock several […]

Clear boundaries not slavery but freedom

By Judy Brandon I must be very naïve. If most of the people live like the dysfunctional guests on daytime televisions talk shows, then I am really not in touch with how most of America thinks and lives. The strange is has become the norm on these shows. The live audiences on these various shows […]

Encounter with Christ changes life

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I have watched all the presidential debates on television so far. The 2008 election campaign season has started early. In my lifetime I have seen, in person, three presidents: Dwight Eisenhower, George W. Bush and Harry Truman. I saw Harry Truman when I was a child. My parents attended a […]

Grace is amazingly hard — and amazingly wonderful

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Grace is hard. It is almost incomprehensibly wonderful. It seems almost too good to be true because it actually is almost too good to be true. It is amazing! But it is hard. Grace is hard because accepting it means nothing less than death to our pride. If the […]

Christ like first day of school every day

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist Oh, the days of buying school supplies. The stores are stocked with them with the long aisles of notebooks, paper, pencils, glue scissors, rulers, crayons, totes and backpacks, all stacked several feet high on the shelves. When I was a child, there were certain preparation activities that surrounded the beginning […]

Shelburne: The only way for imperfect people to be saved Is . . .

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist As members of the fallen human race, we’ve got a problem. We’re always fouling something up, messing something up, shaking, scratching, bumping, breaking, and otherwise mutilating this amazing gift we’ve been given — the gift we call life.   Even at our best, and we are rarely at our […]

God loves ordinary people

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist  God loves ordinary people, and that is one of the most amazing and hope-filled truths of the Christian faith.    That truth was Exhibit A in the Pharisees’ case against Jesus. Pharisees are hard people to make happy. As Jesus noted, “John came neither eating nor drinking, and they […]

To be truly meek is to Be truly strong

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist The Bible says regarding one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known that the man Moses was the meekest of all the men on the earth. Two men who I esteem as among the finest men I have ever known also possessed that quality in amazing measure— […]

Religion doesn’t change with technology

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist We do live in amazing times. Computer technology has given us new words such as travel drive, Wi-Fi and blogs. Think about the word blog. I read each week Beth Moore’s blog and two or three others. Funny though, five years ago, I would have thought blog was something that […]