God’s gift redeems every aspect of life

By Curtis Shelburne Andrew Greeley writes: “It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God—the lesson that we who are […]

Religions unite over outlandish enemy

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist I offer three cheers for Katherine Harris. Harris has brought this nation together, done a more effective job of uniting people than any prayer breakfast, sensitivity class or Benetton ad I’ve ever seen. Thanks to her, Christians and Jews, Muslims and atheists, Republicans and Democrats are now standing as one […]

“Hey, Coach Shelburne! Hey, Coach!”

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Hey, coach Shelburne! Hey, coach!” The kids on our brand-new Little League team had a question and needed some answers. No problem. It just took me a minute to answer to “Coach Shelburne.” Who, pray tell, was he? I was helping coach Ted Johnson coach the team or, well, technically, he […]

Battle over Christmas greeting absurd

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Let me begin by speaking the forbidden words. Merry Christmas. There, I said it. So did the sky crack? Did the oceans turn to blood? Is a horde of angry Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists storming the gates, demanding a retraction? Or does the world look much the same as it […]

A man named Jesus

Clyde Davis T he vast majority of Christians, and even some non-Christians, maintain that slightly less than 2000 years ago a man by the name of Jesus — a Jewish itinerant rabbi — confirmed his own claims to be God’s unique Son by being raised from death. This being said then, what does resurrection mean […]

Ruby Bridges was ‘Triumphant in Trouble’

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist Years ago now, I wrote a series of short essays entitled “Triumphant in Trouble.” How good it was, I don’t know, but I do know one truth came through at least to me, if to no one else. To be “triumphant in trouble” requires far more than that we […]

Christians should live up to their purpose

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Early on I found out what it meant to save something for a designated purpose. When my parents were in seminary, we were on a tight budget. Yet, my mother believed that as a pastor’s wife, she would someday want to have folks into our home for meals. Having the right […]

Organizers hope show will bring Christians and Jews together

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Corrie ten Boom had unfaltering faith. Her father Casper died in a Nazi prison. Her sister Betsie died in the Ravensbruck Nazi work camp. And her nephew Christiaan never returned from the Burgen Belson Nazi camp. Her brother William, a leader in the Dutch underground, contracted spinal tuberculosis in […]

Lobo coach scores with athletes

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New Mexico men’s basketball coach Ritchie McKay spoke Monday to the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Clovis High School. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Ritchie McKay likens many Christians to youngsters during Halloween, a day in which children pull masks over their faces in the hopes of becoming — […]

Portales priest understands vaule of sports

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Sports is so powerful in our collective psyche that everybody wants to win, says Father Tobin Hitt, pastor of St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. And for this, Hitt said that Pope John Paul’s designation of a new sports department at the Vatican to help the Catholic church evangelize […]