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  • Magi-themed postal stamp for the holidays

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The U.S. Postal Service has issued a Christmas Magi Limited Edition Forever stamps.  The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the St. John’s Church in Washington, DC.   The stamp celebrates the biblical story of three visitors from the east who came...

  • More on Hance Dilbeck, Oklahoma Baptists' new prez

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The Rev. Jeremy Freeman,  pastor of First Baptist Church of Newcastle, nominated the Rev. Hance Dilbeck to lead the state’s Southern Baptists today. Dilbeck (pictured), senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church, faced no other candidates for the post of president of the Baptist General...

  • Surrounded by "soul" food

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    It didn’t take me long to figure out that I would get my fill of food covering the religion beat. I’m always surrounded by food and interesting cuisine. I can still remember my first Passover Seder, a meal in which the food helps tell the Exodus story (thank you again, Ann Dee Lee!). Then there […]

  • UM Bishops' panel draws criticism for excluding gays

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    One of the more high profile sessions of the United Methodist Council of Bishops was held Saturday  morning in Oklahoma City in a closed-to-the-public discussion about the way gays are treated within the United Methodist denomination. The Connectional Table’s Human Sexuality Task Force was...

  • 'Beardless one' from 'Duck Dynasty' talks about shaving and the show

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    He’s known as the “beardless one” in a family of bearded men and he’s OK with that. I’m talking about the Rev. Al Robertson, the oldest son of the Robertson family made famous by the hit reality TV show “Duck Dynasty.”  Al Robertson (pictured)  told me in a recent interview about how he...

  • ORU students are treating homeless this Halloween

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    TULSA — It’s Halloween and numerous Oral Roberts University students have already decided they will “treat” instead of “trick.” Turns out, they are treating the homeless as part of ORU Outreach’s fall outreach event. Instead of the usual trick-or-treating for candy, students plan to go...

  • Lifetime TV to offer special on women in the Bible

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    The same duo that brought to the small screen the hit series “The Bible” and  the feature film “Son of God” to the big screen is now offering a two-hour special called “The Women in the Bible.” The cable channel Lifetime just announced news that it has ordered the special from...

  • Kelly Dyer Fry, Editor of The Oklahoman, speaks at luncheon forum

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Wonder what role the news media serves? The press shines the light on injustice, among other things, Kelly Dyer Fry, Editor of The Oklahoman, said at an interfaith luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Turkish Raindrop House, 4444 N Classen. Fry  made her  presentation “Newspapers and...

  • Movie review: "Meet the Mormons"

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    I didn’t know what to expect from the documentary “Meet the Mormons” when I was invited to a recent VIP screening of the film here in Oklahoma City. Members of the metro area stakes (a stake in the Mormon church is akin to a Roman Catholic or Episcopal diocese in terms of a congregations within […]

  • Right now: Rick Warren shines spotlight on mental health

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    In conjunction with World Mental Health Day, Rick Warren and his wife Kay of Saddleback  Church in California are hosting “24 Hours of Hope,” a free global online event deisgned to encourage people living with mental illness, educate and support their families and equip church leaders for...

  • YouVersion Bible app: more on translations milestone

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    There’s more to say about the recent YouVersion Bible app milestone being celebrated this week by and the app’s creator Bobby Gruenewald. Today’s story in The Oklahoman shares some basic information about the fact that the free Bible app has now expanded to include more than 1,000...

  •'s Bobby G. hopes to inspire you ...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    There are numerous angles and twists and turns in the story of’s extremely popular YouVersion Bible app and its creator Bobby Gruenewald. So much so that I couldn’t quite capture it all in my story in today’s Oklahoman.  For years, I’ve wanted to follow Gruenewald...

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