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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...

 

Shelbunre: Mobs never easy to trust

Mobs. I never have cared much for them. Personality — mine, that is — explains part of this. I’m not particularly freaked out by large crowds, I just don’t enjoy them and am happy to avoid...

 

Opinion: 'Judge not' makes most sense of any rule

Just for the record, it might be worth mentioning that “sheltering in place” is what we’re not doing. Forgive me, please. I am far too much in love with freedom to turn anyone over to the...

 

Opinion: Our church back at church - even if things are a little weird

Our church went back to church on Sunday. Our governor had said that we could, within some COVID-19 guidelines. Our little bunch chose to wait a week longer than required and, just speaking for me,...

 
 By Curtis Shelburne    Voices    May 6, 2020

Opinion: Our creator knows our every need and feeling

One size never fits all. If you’ve lived for 10 minutes or so, I probably don’t need to tell you that. But one of my brothers just sent in a text to the rest of his brothers a photo of a...

 

Opinion: 'Your' truth an opinion, not to be confused with real truth

I was scrolling through some news and ran across a completely nonsensical “headline” in the midst of much “non-news.” Some popular actress or other generic celebrity (I don’t remember her na...

 

Opinion: Listening how we begin to talk to each other

A language problem. We have a language problem, writes geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Marc Agronin in the Wall Street Journal, which is “Why It’s So Hard to Talk to Your Parents About the...

 

Opinion: Season calls for prayer, hope of Resurrection

As most of our friends and parishioners know, my brothers and I, all four of us preachers, head to Robert Lee, Texas, a couple of times a year to spend some time together at the old home place of our...

 

Shortage can make bad situation worse

Did you see the COVID-19 news conference the other day featuring a particularly noted, well-published, and often-quoted professor of epidemiology? Dr. Angus Jones-Brown has been studying virus transmi...

 

Opinion: Lord has plenty to teach us through all this unpleasantness

Like most humans with a few years on them, I’ve had an occasion or a few (not too terribly many) to mention to the Lord that, in this distress or that difficulty, I have at least two requests. Jesus...

 

Life's biggest blessings are the smaller ones

I’ve long thought that, in so many ways, the biggest blessings of life are the small ones. The weeks we’re living through right now underline that, don’t they? If, just a few weeks ago, you...

 

Even without virus, life breezes on by

I must begin this column with an apology and a plea for your patience. This is third column, in as many weeks, in which I mention the coronavirus. Witless, I know. But terror drives people to...

 

When God needed miraculous measures, he sent his son

Oops! I doubt he cares, but it looks like a billionaire toy maker for cool kids just got himself into a bit of a bind. (He makes high-priced and over-hyped electric cars — he can keep those, as far...

 

Taking reassurance from the promise of God's love

Quail. I have nothing at all against those birds. I enjoy looking at them. I’ve fed a few. Raised a few. Shot a few. Eaten a few. I enjoy them on every level, from my eyeballs to my taste buds. So...

 

Don't forget to thank God for beauty of music

“I love you for sentimental reasons ...” Yes, indeed, and I love singing that sweet old song and so many more of the “Great American Songbook” songs, songs like “It Had to Be You,” “The...

 

Lord points us toward sturdy foundations

Dealing with reality can be hard, but it’s better than the alternative, which looks easy and turns out to be much harder. In Jesus’ parable of “The Two Builders,” he talks about two gents who...

 

It's good to explore past the four walls you know

It’s a good thing when your world expands. When I was a child living at 125 N. Goliad St. in Amarillo, my world expanded one sidewalk at a time. My younger brother and I were great adventurers. His...

 

Focus on Jesus to find genuine freedom, joy

A good many folks believe that if you do everything right, you might live to be well over 100. Two glaring presuppositions shine forth from this belief. One is that you actually might want to live to...

 

Water only what you really, really want to grow

Recently, I watered a weed. “Big deal,” you say. “Most folks in your neighborhood, mortals whose lawns are not perfect, water weeds every time they water. What makes you special?” No, you...

 

A few biblical quotes can put a greeting in perspective

This was the greeting offered to me recently by a cherished (and dare I say?) old friend who is one of my respected predecessors in my present (for almost 35 years) pulpit: “Well, you got old, too....

 

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