Churches take stand on immigration

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist A new coalition of more than 100 evangelical Christian organizations is finally stepping up to say what the Catholic church has being saying all along: Show compassion for our neighbors, the weak, and the alien. According to the New York Times, evangelical leaders are making increasingly visible efforts to push […]

Letters to the Editor: Sportsmanship missing from local sports

When I was at the Clovis/Hobbs basketball game on Feb. 16, I noticed the Wildcats played their hearts out. Unfortunately they fell short and lost the game. The student body present to support their team lost so much more. They lost their self-respect. During the game the student section chanted “Hobbs sucks.” When a Hobbs […]

Heritage plays role in people we become

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist This is the season; the time of year is on us. It’s usually perfect, too; not too hot, not yet cold. Maybe some rain, but more often only the threat. It’s a good time of year to make a road trip, which in our case was necessary. The trip was […]

Recognizing unity in Christ is a beautiful thing

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ Columnist We had a great time of worship at church Sunday morning. Most folks seemed appreciative of the sermon I gave. Maybe one of these days somebody will tell me what I said. Just kidding. I wasn’t totally comatose Sunday — just partly. I’d just returned late Saturday evening from […]

Judging by earthly standards often incorrect

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Sometimes people judge others by earthly standards. A valid measurement involves looking at ourselves and others by God’s standards. An incident in my childhood just verifies this. I had no idea of the implications of the lesson at the time, but now I realize its significance. When I was a […]

Free book worth every penny

By Curtis Shelburne Good news/bad news.   The good news is that I got a free book in the mail. The bad news: It’s obviously worth every penny I paid. I don’t know how many shillings were shelled out to mail copies of this erudite volume to churches all over the country, but a note […]

Texico native returns as director of missions

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Texico native Dan Pearce has returned home after 34 years to serve as director of missions for the Eastern New Mexico Baptist Association in Clovis. Pearce said his mission in this position is to aid in the direction and coordination of approximately 30 Southern Baptist churches in eastern New […]

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 […]

Cops & Courts: Clovis churches recently burglarized

CNJ staff Clovis police are looking for suspects in a recent string of church burglaries. Police say three churches have been burglarized in the past month, and suspects have stolen everything from musical instruments and food to computers and televisions. Among the churches burglarized are Prince Street Baptist Church, hit twice between Jan. 8-10; Kingswood […]