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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...

 

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...

 

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