Iraq elections: Ongoing game of wait and see

Freedom New Mexico Two weeks after the election in Iraq that optimists hoped would be a significant step toward forming a reasonably stable democracy that would at least be able to govern itself fairly peacefully, a final vote tally is still not available. However, two things seem certain. It will probably take months for a […]

Troops won’t help troubled Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner and four straight days of intensive discussions with Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry provided the pressure. The result was to convince the current and probably future President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, to agree to a runoff election Nov. […]

Preacher father and four preacher sons

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist People are sometimes surprised when they learn that I am not only a minister, I am the son of a minister and the brother of three ministers. You should have been at the wedding when my widower father in his eighties married a slightly older but wonderful woman. There […]

Resignation leaves Japan

Freedom New Mexico Last month, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda resigned suddenly, leaving the ruling Liberal Democratic Party somewhat adrift and the government tied in knots as the economy drifts toward recession. This makes him the second Japanese prime minister to stay in office for less than a year. A country that has been viewed […]

Local Pastors offer preview of Easter Sermons

Local church leaders were invited to submit their Easter Sunday sermons to the Clovis News Journal. Here are selected excerpts from those submissions. Larry Tittle, preaching minister, West 21st Street Church of Christ — John, in the last book in the Bible, received the ultimate view of Jesus in a powerful vision. He saw a […]

Pastors prep for new starts

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Gutierrez Rev. Margot Thompson, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, moved to Clovis from Espanola in June. Ministry is a second career for Thompson, who was a teacher in California. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer The Rev. Margot Thompson spent her first night in Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center […]

Already stretched thin, U.S. faces Turkish troubles

By Freedom Newspapers Most of the commentary surrounding the election in Turkey revolved around the fact that the Justice and Development Party (known as AK), a moderate Islamist party, achieved a solid victory. This in a country that was established in the 1920s by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who expected to have an explicitly secular rather […]

Blair gracefully pulls back from power

By Freedom Newspapers British Prime Minister Tony Blair, after weeks of speculation and leaks about when exactly it would come, has announced he is stepping down as leader of the Labor Party and therefore as prime minister — as of June 27. As the longest-serving prime minister besides Margaret Thatcher in recent British history, he […]

Ministers combine talents at 21st Street Church of Christ

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Lupe Naceanceno, left, Larry Tittle, center, and Scott Rektenwald minister at 21st Street Church of Christ. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Three ministers. One mission. The 21st Street Church of Christ is taking a new approach to pastoring by utilizing the unique skills of three ministers instead of relying […]

Church profile: First Christian Church

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Church: First Christian Church Location: 1700 N. Main St., Clovis Who’s in charge: Senior Minister Jon Forrest Staff: Darren Goddard, associate minister of children and youth; Carla Anaya, secretary; Keith Risdon and Wendell Blair, elders; Bill Wallace (board chairman), Doug McGregor, J.D. “Jim” Hileman, Claude Elswick, Gary Logsdon and […]

How Hungary handles problems worth watching

Editorial Based on U.S. government priorities one might think nothing much was happening in the world besides the ongoing conflicts with Islamic jihadists and Iran’s possibly related desire to enrich uranium. But other issues turn out to be just as or more important to other parts of the world. Take Hungary. It is tempting to […]

Iraqi PM glossed over potential Middle East problems

Freedom Newspapers “Trust that Iraq will be the graveyard for terrorism and terrorists for the good of all humanity,” said Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in an address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday that went reasonably well despite some grumbling in advance. “Iraq is the front line in this struggle, and history […]

Iraq prime minister: Militant al-Zarqawi killed in air raid

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday […]

God’s punishing hand recurrent Robertson theme

Freedom Newspapers The stroke that laid Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon low is a medical condition; a cranial injury inflicted by hemorrhaging following a vascular rupture. Some have speculated that a blood-thinning medication Sharon had been taking as a preventative measure may have exacerbated the damage he suffered by increasing the flow of the hemorrhage. […]

U.S. should not interfere, but watch Israeli politics

Freedom Newspapers The human impulse is to hope that he survives and has years of restful peace remaining. Whether that happens or not, however, the serious stroke suffered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is likely to be a setback to hopes for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation. And for a time, at least, it will throw Israeli […]

Letcher, Stanley

Stanley Letcher Services: Have been held. Stanley E. Letcher, 80, of Haymarket, Va., died Thursday, July 7, 2005, at his home. He was born on Aug. 19, 1924, in Garber, Okla., to Stanley D. and Gertie Klophenstine Letcher. He married Sue Adams on Dec. 21, 1946, in Carthage, Mo. He was a minister at Central […]

By the grace of God

Curtis Shelburne If I could somehow know that I had but one more opportunity to stand before Christ’s people and share God’s word, I would like to think that final sermon would be centered on the good news of God’s grace. What grace? The grace of God as expressed through Christ Jesus and his death […]

Democracy works best when handled locally

Freedom Newspapers The unfolding election drama in Ukraine continues to fascinate Americans. We want to see democracy succeed. But we must insist that Ukraine be allowed to work out its future without U.S. government interference. Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko appears to have handily won Sunday’s vote for prime minister, which was scheduled after last month’s […]

A rough childhood turned Baptist preacher to Christ

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Sandia Baptist Church’s new pastor Jason Schwope wants to reach out to Clovis residents who may not have a church home. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Some Southern Baptists expect their ministers to be lifelong Baptists whose fathers and grandfathers were deacons or even pastors. That doesn’t describe […]

Gandhi seen as noble woman for renunciation

It is always instructive, whatever the reason, to watch a politician decline to assume power that might have been hers. In the case of India’s Sonia Gandhi, perhaps in an illustration of the pervasiveness of paradox in human affairs, it might lead to her becoming an even more powerful political presence over time than if […]