Commentary

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.
 
Sun
01
Jun

Called to serve . . .

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
I will never know if the student was serious or simply smile-seeking when he scheduled a visit to my office a quarter-century ago. It was early in my Howard Payne University presidency. The student, whose name I don’t recall, presented a gift. It was a colorful poster showing a beautiful mansion, luxury sedan, sports car, decked-out boat and huge motor home. “Five reasons I want a college education,” the caption read.

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Sun
25
May

Story of the bats

Two vampire bats wake up in the middle of the night, thirsty for blood. One says, “Let’s fly out of the cave and get some blood.” “We’re new here,” says the second one. “It’s dark out, and we don’t know where to look. We’d better wait until the other bats go with us.”
 
Wed
21
May

We all want rain...

By Marco A. Colina.
 
I was at a pastors meeting in Lubbock and the speaker spoke about the water crises that the Panhandle is living. We remember the crises that happened three years ago. The water deficit is 32 inches. I don’t know if you believe in God, what religious group you belong to; we should all cry out in unity to the only one that can give us the inches of water that we need: God.

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Sat
17
May

Kids: ‘Thumbs Up’ for Cruising. . .

By Dr. Don Newbury.
 
The dots could have been connected quickly by a two-year-old, during the few weeks or months between pacifier-sucking and iPhone text-messaging. Predictably, my mental connection of the dots stretched over a few hours. We came out at the same place, however—that the upcoming cruise would include an inordinately large number of children. Never mind we arrived at this conclusion slowly—as we say in Texas—by “blind hog luck.”

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Wed
14
May

Decision upholds prayer in public meetings

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Governmental bodies’ right to begin meetings with a prayer — so long as the prayer does not favor a particular religious denomination — was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rendered May 5. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott reacted to the decision in Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway et al. “I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has once again upheld the longstanding and constitutionally protected right of governmental bodies to begin their meetings with prayer,” Abbott said.
 

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