Accepting Christ life-changing experience

Judy Brandon It was in the early 1950s, and my parents were in seminary in Kansas City. Our family had the opportunity to live at the seminary with other couples and families. All were full time students at the seminary just like my parents were. We lived on the seminary grounds in apartment buildings that […]

Time too precious to be wasted

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist While mother and daddy were in seminary, the family budget was tight. So frugality was a word we lived by. Early on, I became familiar with thrift shops and the exciting bargain basement at the Macy’s department store in Kansas City. One time mother bought an old sofa at a […]

Culture shock second to Jesus

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Years ago when my parents were in seminary in Kansas City, Kan., our family had the opportunity to live among other families at the seminary. We lived on the seminary grounds in apartment buildings three stories high. So we had seminary families all around us, below us and above us. […]

Summer seminarian

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CNJ staff photo: Helena Rodriguez John Trambley, a second-year seminarian, is spending the summer in a priestly internship at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales, learning firsthand about his future career as a man of the cloth. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer John Trambley believes he was called to the priesthood over several years […]

Life’s drastic turns can lead to spiritual lessons

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist In February, we moved a huge aspen in our yard that is more than 20 feet tall. It was quite an event. The first few weeks, we were worried about its ability to withstand the transplant. After all, it is more than 20 feet tall. We waited in wonder as […]

Early religious roads helped produce strong faith

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Years ago, we brought an aspen tree home from the mountains and planted it in our yard. Worried about the tree’s ability to withstand the transplant, we chose an area by the patio because it seemed to be a cooler spot. The following days made us think the tree was […]

Jesus’ love brings about greatest change of all

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Years ago when my parents were in seminary in Kansas City, our family had the opportunity to live among other families who were living at the seminary. We lived on the seminary grounds in apartments three stories high so we had seminary families all around us, below us and above […]

Pastor exchanges for business suit for clergy cloth

Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Bonita Knox hopes to help church members reach out in service to the community. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Although she’s a lifelong Lutheran, Pastor Bonita Knox never planned to enter the ministry as a young girl. In fact, before going to seminary she […]

Return to your childhood spirits for strength

By Judy Brandon Years ago we brought an aspen tree home from the mountains and planted it in our yard. Worried about the tree’s ability to withstand the transplant, we chose an area by the patio because it seemed to be a cooler spot. The following days made us think the tree was going to […]

The greatest changes in life come from within

Judy Brandon Years ago, when my parents were in seminary in Kansas City, our family had the opportunity to meet other families living at the seminary. They were from all over the United States and even foreign countries. We lived on the seminary grounds in apartments three stories high. So we had seminary families all […]

Titles not always revealing

By Clyde Davis I had completed my first year of seminary, and for my life could not understand why my seminary friends were not more accepting of Laura, who was between her junior and senior years of college. She was from Annapolis, a field hockey player with dark, short, wavy hair and the firm femininity […]