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Sun
06
Jul

Summers with New Adjectives...

A half-century ago, the late Nat “King” Cole crooned about the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer. The lyrics probably “fit” US life in the early ‘60s, but hardly so today. Current summers seem jampacked. There are “wall-to-wall” activities, early ‘til late, particularly for youngsters. In this piece, we’ll zero in on boys and girls of summer, many of whom attend vacation Bible school early on, thus avoiding conflicts with vacations, sports leagues, and many other activities.
 
Wed
02
Jul

Detention facilities swell with young border crossers

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Streams of unaccompanied Central American children continued to make their way north, crossing the United States border into Texas where federal custody awaits. Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus earlier this month jointly announced authorization for the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend $1.3 million a week to fund security operations on the border. Two state lawmakers representing border districts commented on the situation last week.

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Sun
29
Jun

Duck Calls and ‘The Swan’...

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
They’re famous for duck calls in Monroe, LA, and a few blocks away lives a Christian entertainer, Dr. Dennis Swanberg. Known as “The Swan,” he has long been known for impersonations that sound every bit as “real” to listeners as the calls do to ducks. What are the odds that such well-known personalities would live a few blocks apart? About the same, I guess, as Yazoo, MS—birthplace of two other favorite communicators, motivator Zig Ziglar and fertilizer salesman turned comedian, Jerry Clower, both deceased.

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Wed
25
Jun

Officials order surge to secure border

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus on June 18 jointly directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border. “To combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state in the absence of adequate federal resources to secure the border” was the reason given by Perry, Dewhurst and Straus.

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Sun
22
Jun

Hither, Thither and Yawn. . .

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.

Honest-to-goodness columnists who write scatter-shooting accounts on miscellaneous topics often refer to such pieces as “potpourri.” This has always impressed me, since my using the word always requires a visit to Webster or Google—my predictable response to a Spell Check squiggle. I usually call it a “Mother Hubbard” column, which, like the frontier dress so named, covers everything but touches nothing. That’s the current intent, with thoughts and observations all over the map, some of them original….

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Wed
18
Jun

Anything but ordinary ...

On June 8th, Christians around the world observed Pentecost. This is the day soon after Jesus’ ascension that the Holy Spirit arrives and lands upon the disciples, enabling them to speak in every language of the world so that  people could hear the Good News in their native tongue. Reactions to the disciples’ new power of language were mixed
 
Sun
15
Jun

On Rumble Seats and Recalls. . .

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
Just as his granddad and dad before him and more recently his own son, Dwain Bruner has risked much on fair play, business ethics and hard work—as well as occasional blind hog luck. It was surprising, though, that one of his first problems in business would involve theology. Some 45 years ago when he purchased the Stephenville Chevrolet dealership, he’d counted on the mechanic who’d been pivotal to his success in Wolfe City to join him there….

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Wed
11
Jun

Joy...

Andy and Meghan Melton Trinity Church Littlefield.
 
I recently spent several weeks teaching on the subject of Joy. I enjoyed the study time so much that I want to share a few revelations with you. Joy is a contagious and mysterious gift God has placed in this life for His children. I believe joy is essential for moving on in bad times and the ability to rejoice in the good times. Paul tells us believers to “4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” in Philippians 4:4.

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Sat
07
Jun

Changes at the top...

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
In the season when pomp is exceeded only by circumstance, B. H. Carroll Theological Institute got a “double dose” of flowing robe formality with the inauguration of a new president, followed a few weeks later by commencement exercises. Dr. Gene Wilkes, 26-year pastor at Legacy Church in Plano and former member of the Carroll faculty and Board of Governors, assumed the presidency of the Arlington seminary.

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Wed
04
Jun

Lieutenant governor’s challenger wins run-off

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Republican voters picked Dan Patrick to face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the race for lieutenant governor in November. Patrick received 65 percent of the vote to incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s 35 percent in the May 27 run-off. Sen. Patrick, RHouston, and Sen. Van de Putte, DSan Antonio, have seven years and 15 years of experience, respectively, as members of the 31-member Senate. Van de Putte ran unopposed in the March Democratic Party Primary.
 

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