Author asks right questions

Curtis Shelburne Of the three major events of Jesus’ life—Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter—only the Crucifixion took place completely out in the open for all the world to see. And when the four writers of the Gospels set forth their accounts of Jesus’ life, they devote one-third of their time to that most excruciating event […]

Jesus our hope in uncertain times

In this Christmas season 2011 the fact that Jesus is our hope means so much more to me. As I write this column four days before Christmas, I am thinking about the changes in our world since our children were small. Many things have changed. Christmas presents for kids have changed. Annie and Buffy went […]

Children are at center of life in heaven

Curtis Shelburne If I were to ask you to name some occasions in Scripture when Jesus was angry, where would you start? Probably the incident that would come to mind first for most of us is Christ overturning the tables of the greedy money-changers in the temple. If he wasn’t awfully angry on that occasion, […]

Luke provided window into Jesus’ early life

Beloved doctors … we all have had them or we all know of them. Any one my age who grew up in Clovis remembers Dr. George Prothro as a beloved doctor. When my sister and I were sick, Dr. Prothro would even make house calls. My mother would feel better about us just knowing Dr. […]

Military clergy should not fear ministering gays

Freedom New Mexico Jesus dined with prostitutes and far, far worse sinners. He even dined with tax collectors, perhaps the worst sinners of all. Jesus loved sinners, representing to them the power of God’s love for humanity. He was truth and he had no fear of sin. He knew that love always conquered hate and […]

Preparing for marriage more important than preparing for wedding

Curtis K. Shelburne The setting Jesus chose for his first miracle is almost as amazing as the miracle itself. He changed water to wine at a wedding feast (John 2). I’m told that when my maternal grandparents decided to get hitched, they first hitched a horse to a buckboard and bounced and rattled down the […]

a view from under the pew: the mystery and miracle of christmas

Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pewEditor’s note: When Amos went shopping recently for a tiny little red flashing light to decorate the Christmas tree sprig he had propped against his cozy matchbox home, he encountered the trials and tribulations of last-minute Christmas shoppers. In frustration, he called out for […]

Jesus’ birth ignites hope for all people

Freedom New Mexico This year might be a good one to contemplate just how unlikely and yet inspiring the Christmas story is. Christmas, of course, celebrates the birth of Jesus, who, Christians believe, came to Earth to save humankind from its multifarious sins and transgressions, to offer hope of salvation to those who believe. Yet […]

‘Nice’ Pharisees lack compassion

Curtis Shelburne We need to ponder long and often the particularly fascinating truth that our Lord Jesus was the sinless “friend of sinners.” “Sinners in denial,” Pharisees past and present, are seriously bothered by that. “Confessed sinners,” past and present, who know they fall terribly short, love him deeply for it. Only two types of […]

Parmer County inmate recaptured after escape

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Magallanes By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Parmer County inmate police say escaped while taking out the trash Thursday morning was recaptured about an hour later near the jail in Farwell. Sheriff Randy Geries said 17-year-old Jesus Magallanes had less than two months left on his sentence for misdemeanor charges but now faces up […]