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Faith: Shame we forget how much grace we receive

I’ve long ago forgotten where I found the tale I’m about to relate, but I like it. Personally, I very much doubt that it’s factual; it does, however, hold a lesson or two... — Updated 5/11/2021


Faith: Fights are almost never worth the fuss

If heaven were not already paradise, the mere fact that no misunderstanding will mar its joy would make it heavenly. Drat it! I got word recently of yet another misunderstanding and... — Updated 5/4/2021


Faith: A conversation with the Apostle Thomas

Ah, Thomas, I hate to mention this, but you could have saved yourself a great deal of trouble if you’d just hung with the rest of the disciples on that first Easter evening. You... — Updated 4/27/2021


Opinion: Ultra-left, ultra-right have more in common than they think

Since this column has my name on it, this should be obvious: The opinions expressed herein are simply my own to own. G.K. Chesterton died far too long ago for me to tell him, in... — Updated 4/20/2021


Shelburne: Running out of time sounds OK

Won't it be nice to be out of time? Say what? I'm serious, and I repeat: Won't it be nice to be out of time? I don't wonder that you're confused. You're probably thinking: Whaddaya... — Updated 4/13/2021


Faith: Even a tomb becomes an incubator for glory

“He is risen!” “He is risen indeed!” Such power is difficult to imagine. We read the Gospel accounts and try to view the scenes in our mind's eye. Mind-boggling. Pick any... — Updated 4/6/2021


Faith: Christ's kingdom more powerful, real than any earthly land

“I could be wrong to swing this sword, but swing it I will! Try to arrest my Lord, if you will, but this sword says that there will be blood!” Was something like that going thro... — Updated 3/30/2021


Faith: People of faith at their best when humble

The people of faith who impress me the most are the people who are the least impressed with their own faith. Folks like this are slow to throw down glib and easy answers to life's... — Updated 3/23/2021


Faith: As an English major, I am troubled by 'woke'

I am a self-confessed English major. And I'm choosing words carefully here, words that in our present cultural climate serve as — take your pick — solemn and grim warnings, red... — Updated 3/16/2021


Faith: Most amazing fact is that the Word loves us

I am an English major. I am an English major who wears many hats in my work and the various aspects of it, but most of them are colored by the fact that, as I mention yet again... — Updated 3/9/2021


Faith: God has no trouble identifying his children

During one of the most famous battles ever fought, the World War II “Battle of the Bulge,” the Germans made use of a battalion of men commanded by Maj. Otto Skorzeny, “the... — Updated 3/2/2021


Faith: If Peter could crumble, I need to turn to Jesus' power

Sirens. Lots of them. I might not have heard them, but one of my sons and I were engaged in a dart game or a few out in the garage. The recent blizzard had receded. We had the... — Updated 2/23/2021


Faith: Best to focus on what's good and true and beautiful

I don’t wish to be indelicate (gotcha; those words guarantee an audience as surely as “viewer discretion advised”), but it’s increasingly difficult to venture out of your... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story


Faith: Winter good time to consider the stars

I love winter. Plenty there is to love about each of the four seasons. The best features of each one are incredibly amazing and delightful and might tempt you to cast your vote... — Updated 2/9/2021


Faith: Unplug and let God's spirit update your soul's software

Software update. I love those, don’t you? Doesn’t it make you feel good to know that the folks who created your computer’s operating system are so completely on top of things... — Updated 2/2/2021


Faith: Need God's grace to be citizen of His kingdom

Tomorrow, as I write this column, is Inauguration Day. It’s a particularly good time to think about our citizenship, I think. And I think it’s a particularly good time for me... — Updated 1/26/2021


Faith: Best way to vote for change is with God

Change. I love it. Yes, and I also love each morning to throw open the blinds immediately to retina-scorching sunlight and then to jump into pep-rally-volume conversation. If you... — Updated 1/19/2021


Faith: At times like this, we should unclench our fists

I’m writing this column on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. That matters. I don’t know if henceforth all one will have to do is say “1/6” to bring forth images of a terrible assault... — Updated 1/12/2021


Faith: Old hymn brings new comfort

Years ago, when my oldest brother and his wife left for almost 20 years of mission work in Malawi, Africa, I was barely a pup. I was too small then to remember now much of the... — Updated 1/5/2021


Faith: God comes to us as we are

At first, the quotation I’m about to share may sound a bit cynical. But when you have a little time to think about it, I think you’ll agree with me that it is not only... — Updated 12/29/2020


Faith: All light belongs to God the Father

“The true light that gives light to everyone,” writes the Apostle John, “was coming into the world.” -- John 1:9 And so each year at this time, we drape our trees, our... — Updated 12/22/2020


Faith: Taking some time to reflect on God's suffering servant

For 16 years now, during the second and third weeks of Advent (the word has to do with “coming”), a centuries-old traditional time of “preparing our hearts” before Christmas... — Updated 12/15/2020

 By Curtis Shelburne    News

Shelburne: Best to read and heed warnings of our Creator

“I’m pretty sure I can wire around that.” Right. That’s the sort of statement that fits in very well with other Famous Last Word pronouncements of the Tim “the Toolman... — Updated 12/1/2020


Faith: Give thanks and trust the giver of all blessings

“O most gracious God,” wrote the eloquent sufferer, “on this sickbed I feel under your correction, and I taste of humiliation, but let me taste of consolation, too.” John... — Updated 11/24/2020


Faith: Apart from God, safety is a myth

We can be safe, or we can be truly alive. Not both. Opting for “safety” is an illusion both unsafe and pathetic, a gag gift all wrapped up with three bedraggled ribbons: fear,... — Updated 11/17/2020


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