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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 Donne, poet and...

 

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, arrogance, and...

 

Faith: Mind meanders a bit at 9 a.m. on Monday

Well, here we go again. It’s a normal Monday morning. At least, as close to normal as anything gets in 2020. Our clock just chimed 9 a.m. I know that because it chimed nine times in the key of G,...

 

Faith: Victory in God's kingdom is assured

Here we go. Election Day 2020. Tomorrow, as I write. I’m not sure I remember ever dreading one, an election day, more (though the 2016 experience was very close). It’s not the day I dread so much...

 

One of my best Christmas gifts an a-salt gun

Fair warning this is, given to protect your eyes and general psyche from sudden and perhaps overwhelming shock: If you open the door at our house that leads five steps down into the garage, you will f...

 

Shelburne: Statistics may vary, but God is 100 percent

Death. There seems to have been a lot of it lately, at least in my experience. Funerals have been the order of the day. I know. Your first thought will likely be of COVID-19 deaths. According to...

 

Tolerance a plastic idol compared to God's love

Tolerance. I find myself wondering if the word, these days a sickly, anemic, anorexic wraith of a word barely staggering around on its wobbly feet — and yet incredibly loud despite its weakness ...

 

Faith: Political leaders should try laughing at themselves

I wonder what would happen ... Well, it probably wouldn’t happen, at least, not with the folks I’m thinking of, though I think there’s a pretty good chance it could happen, would happen, and doe...

 

May we never forget Bible's real purpose

I hear this comment made fairly often: “Wow! That person really knows the Bible!” I always wonder what the speaker means. Usually they mean that someone is quite familiar with the words of the...

 

Faith: Angry words should be allowed to marinate

Two or three folders stuffed with little pieces of paper covered in scrawled notes. A computer file folder named “ColumnSeed” with files named “ColSeed0001” and on up, presently, to...

 

Faith: Keeping in mind the times I've 'reaped the whirlwind'

Some wrecks you simply cannot see coming; others, well, it’s almost criminal negligence not to see them heading your way. The latter can and should be avoided. If you are busy minding your own...

 

Faith: God always happy to open door to his children

I might as well just admit it: I am not a good door-knocker. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Probably not me, or you’d not have heard the clatter. I don’t like to make noise. I like peace and quiet...

 

Faith: Only one real truth - and that's God's truth

When my first grandchild, a beautiful little girl, was born, I was surprised to learn that grandchildren are born with an integrated GPS. All of mine have come thus equipped. The Grandpa Positioning...

 

Faith: Thinking about my baseball cap message

I’ve been thinking about ordering some hats. Caps, really. Baseball-style caps. Something like those famous red ones that are emblazoned “MAGA.” But those won’t work for me. Oh, we can...

 

Faith: Thankful for the gift of Mondays

Well, here we are again. Monday morning. At least, in my corner of the universe. I mean, of course, as I’m writing this. I don’t know when you’re reading it. Whenever it is, I do very much...

 

Faith: 'Dead as a doornail' isn't end of story

Lazarus was dead. Of that sad fact everyone was now absolutely sure. He had been barely breathing when Mary and Martha, his sisters, had sent the urgent message to Jesus to beg the Lord to return to...

 

Faith: Please bring on the merciful needles of dental work

“I think I made a mistake.” Those, I’m told, were the words on a note a dying 20-something-year-old wrote to his nurse before he expired. He was referring to his, as it turns out, suicidal...

 

Faith: Good thing nobody can hear my thoughts

Wow, it’s a good thing nobody can hear what I’m thinking right now. An “open mic” transmitting from my brain might show how incredibly jumbled it is today. I’m sure the funeral directors...

 

Opinion: God isn't short of grace, peace, power and comfort

The drips and the crickets. My brother Jim has long said that those are the sorts of things that finally drive you “over the edge” when you’re already under stress. Along the same line, we...

 

Opinion: If you can't trust a turtle, who can you trust?

Well, I guess the turtle was right, and rain was on the way. If you can’t trust a turtle, the epitome of slow, faithful plodding, who can you trust? Not flighty or flitting, manic or depressive,...

 

Opinion: Sleep is as necessary as eating or drinking

The segment actually aired several years ago, but I still remember a fascinating piece 60 Minutes produced on sleep. (About sleep. Not while sleeping.) Since sleeping is one thing I’ve always been...

 

Opinion: Take a stroll into a mine field with me

By writing today’s column, I am breaking a promise, one that I made to myself. I didn’t make myself take an oath aloud or sign anything. I suppose it was less a promise than a mental warning not...

 

Opinion: Incredibly thankful to both my father and my Father

In the midst of this roller coaster year and its blur of events and emotions, we’re speeding toward Father’s Day. As I find myself thinking of my father, my thoughts quickly turn in immense...

 
 By Curtis Shelburne    News    June 10, 2020

Opinion: Even through times of difficulty, we still come one day closer

A glance through the window on the other side of the room tells me that we’re “in for it” again. It’s mid-morning and the trees are already waving their branches maniacally, flailing arms...

 

Opinion: People of good will can learn to love each other

The man we know as the prophet Amos wrote these words: “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet.” He said he was just a shepherd and a caretaker of sycamore trees when he was called by...

 

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