Local clergymen discuss significance of Easter Sunday

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico spoke to some area clergy about their thoughts on this Easter Sunday. What is the importance of Easter and its message in everyday life? Gary Piepkorn, pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Portales: There are three major points. One would be that Jesus’ resurrection […]

Facts prove Jesus Christ did rise from dead

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Daddy, Susie and I faithfully used to watch “Dragnet.” Jack Web was a no nonsense kind of guy, and a skilled investigator. He was focused on getting the facts right. He said many times over in that series: “Just the facts ma’am…just the facts.” Was it a fact that Jesus […]

God’s love constant in our lives

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist My conception of Jesus has evolved over the years. I knew him first as the Baby Jesus. At a young age, I knew him as Savior, and through the years I have known him as deliverer, healer, adviser and comforter. He is not the one that has changed — I […]

You can’t go home if you don’t think you’ve left

By Curtis K. Shelburne Someone has called Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son “the Gospel within the Gospels” as Jesus tells us the story of us all, and the story of God’s love. You know the story. A father has two sons. The younger son — immature, rebellious, and headstrong — impetuously demands his inheritance, […]

Aug. 15, 2008 Religion Digest

Historical Jesus class offered Clovis Community College will be offering a class on The Historical Jesus. The class begins on Aug. 25 and will be a weekly class. The instructor will be the Rev. Alvin Petty.

Could this be right?

Blogger Alvin Petty answers the question, “Was Jesus ever mistaken?”

Churches ready for communitywide service

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CNJ photo: Tony Bullocks The Rev. Margot Thompson from Trinity United Methodist Church is one of seven area pastors chosen to speak about the last seven statements of Jesus on the cross at tonight’s Good Friday community service. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico Area pastors will join together tonight to take listeners on a […]

Pure participation doesn’t save souls

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Sometimes I think we get participation in church mixed up with real change in our hearts. Let me explain. As a child, I participated all the time in church. I attended many two-week long vacation Bible schools that were days packed with crafts, cookies, grape Kool-Aid, games and Bible activities. […]

One night in Bethlehem changed the world

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I will always remember the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas play many years ago. It really was a simple program, with several of the children who lived in that rural area. We were to tell the Christmas story at night on the Sunday before Christmas. On this Sunday, my sister […]

12-9 Anniversaries

Ampey Clarence and Ruth Ampey of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 3-6 p.m. Dec. 15, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The celebration will be hosted by their children. The couple was married Dec. 17, 1957, in Chicago. They have seven children, 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He […]

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 […]

Jesus was ‘sinless friend of sinners’

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Guest columnist Of all of the many astounding qualities of Jesus, one of the most amazing and winsome is that, as Philip Yancey has written, Jesus was “a sinless friend of sinners.”   I keep being drawn back to this amazing fact. This is not the first time I’ve tried to […]

Jesus provides light in darkness

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Kansas and parts of Oklahoma and Texas have been in the news lately because of the heavy rains. We had an experience in Kansas years ago when the rain was heavy and the tornadoes were threatening. But just to note how long ago that was, it was before emergency lighting […]

Characters’ flaws help us relate

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I was visiting the other day with some parents who were leaving on a weekend trip to Six Flags in Texas. Our conversation brought back a flood of memories about Six Flags. Our youngest daughter, Buffy, was 6 when she got lost at Six Flags in Texas. Charlie and I […]

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 […]

Flannel boards taught many lessons

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Learning Bible stories with flannel boards was a significant aspect of my childhood spiritual heritage. Flannel boards went right along with Bible school, Sunday school and Mrs. Kitten Skarda, who taught children using flannel boards. Flannel board teaching was simple. It was a cardboard covered with flannel material. The characters […]

Jesus’ story survived, even without TV

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist News spreads within minutes these days. Major earthquakes, fires in California or “leaks” in governmental investigations are spread around the world in minutes via 24-hour news channels. However, the breaking news that weekend Jesus was crucified spread quickly even without sophisticated technology. Jerusalem was a packed city because of Passover, […]

Meaning of Easter needs resurrection

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers And then he bowed his head and died. John 19:30 sounds like a great ending to a dramatic story, but for billions of Christians worldwide, it marks a new beginning. The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were open and the […]

Jesus’ procession tops all parades

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I love a parade. From the time I was little, I can remember watching parades at one time or another. My far back memories take me to Missouri when we would always go to parades in downtown Kansas City. It just takes an occasion to throw a parade. Each time […]

Work not as important as The Word

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist What if you are having several people over for Sunday dinner? Women, are you concerned with the rolls and dessert or do you want just to visit with your guests? It seems trivial but let me explain. Among the many characters mentioned in Bible passages that chronicle the week before […]