Roman Catholic parishes prepare for Fatima Statue
July 31, 2008
PHOTO FROM PILGRIMVIRGINSTATUE.COM
The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be touring the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City through August.
The statue will arrive in Oklahoma on Saturday, Aug. 2 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Guymon.
The mission of the tour is to... Read More
Celebration for Israel continues on
July 30, 2008
PHOTO FROM SHALOMTV.COM/Actress Valerie Harper, best known for her starring role on TV’s “Rhoda, ” talks with a Shalom TV correspondent at Sunday’s Salute to Israel Parade on New York’s Fifth Avenue.
The Jewish communities in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas gathered... Read More
Bishop Ed at Lambeth
July 29, 2008
PHOTO FROM EPISCOPALOKLAHOMA.ORG/The Rt. Rev. Edward Konieczny, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, poses for a picture with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, at the 2008 Lambeth Conference in England.
As he prepared to travel to the much-anticipated Lambeth... Read More
Safety in the pews
July 28, 2008
The same church doors that invite in the lost, the weary and the downtrodden also swing open for people bent on hurt others.
Such was the case Sunday, when a man gunned down two people and injured several others at a Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tenn.
Sweet melodies at local temple
July 26, 2008
The old adage “you learn something new everyday” couldn’t have been more appropriate as I set out to work on a short story about the new cantor-in-residence at Temple B’nai Israel in Oklahoma City.
The new cantor, Adelle Nicholson, visited the temple for a first round of Shabbat services, workshops and... Read More
Ancient Bible just a mouse click away
July 25, 2008
This week a portion of a fourth-century Bible was posted online.
The Codex Sinaiticus is thought to be one of the world’s oldest Bibles.
The British Library just started a new project to reconnect portions of the 1,600-year-old Bible in digital form. Project leaders said the Codex Sinaiticus includes what... Read More
Faith at bat
July 15, 2008
I watch baseball from time to time, but don’t necessarily have any favorite players that I keep up with.
That may change.
I heard about Major League Baseball player Josh Hamilton from a co-worker and began to read about his journey of redemption from golden boy to cocaine addict to overcomer.... Read More
Muslims speak out against cartoon
July 14, 2008
A satirical cartoon depicting U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama has caused a stir with some Oklahoma Muslim leaders.
Razi Hashmi, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Oklahoma chapter, said the cartoon illustration on the July 21 cover of The New Yorker magazine... Read More
Whose handprint on "Footprints"?
June 19, 2008
Most people are well familiar with the “Footprints” poem. This touching poetry describes a Christian noticing two sets of footprints in the sand as he walked with Jesus, only to discover there were times when only one set of footprints were outlined in the sand.
Dismayed, the person assumed... Read More
Sitting in the bleachers on Sunday morning
June 13, 2008
I’ve found myself sitting in the bleachers on Sunday mornings more than I care to admit.
Twice since mid-May, I’ve missed church services due to my teen’s youth sports events.
I haven’t felt this guilty since … well, I haven’t felt this guilty in a long time …perhaps because I rarely miss worship... Read More
Get the scoop on "Sexless in the City"
May 31, 2008
If you are reading this blog posting, you may already have read my column about author Anna Broadway and her new book, “Sexless in the City: A Memoir of Reluctant Chastity.”
As promised, I’d like to share information about Broadway’s blog, which actually preceded the book.
For some interesting... Read More
When a Christian blogs ...
May 24, 2008
Blogging may be a fairly new phenomena in terms of today’s technology, but not so new that there aren’t any rules to govern those bloggers with ethical standards.
Those ethical standards should be especially important for Christians — or other people of faith. One would think that the teachings of... Read More
Steven Curtis Chapman family's loss
May 22, 2008
In 2005, I interviewed Steven Curtis Chapman just as he was about to visit Oklahoma City for a concert tour promoting his album “All Things New.”
It wasn’t our first interview, but I have always remembered it fondly, no less so than today, upon hearing the news of the tragic death of his youngest daughter,... Read More
Experiencing summer... one VBS at a time
May 22, 2008
I’ve written several stories on vacation Bible school and there’s something that most people don’t know about me:
When I go to the vacation Bible school activities I write about, I don’t ever want to leave.
I want to do all the fun things that the kids are doing.
That’s right, I’m just a big... Read More
A father's dream
May 21, 2008
Carey Casey, (Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman)
Carey Casey said he is living out his dream to transform America.
Casey, chief executive officer of the National Center for Fathering, believes the nation’s transformation will come when fathers become the leaders they were destined to be.
In... Read More
More on tithing
May 11, 2008
I struck a nerve when I ran a small brief on tithing in April.
For those who are not familiar with the term, tithing is the practice of giving 10 percent or more of one’s income to the church.
I asked readers to let me know if they tithe or not and they were more than happy to respond. We ran several... Read More
Tell Mom it's Pink Sunday
May 08, 2008
Pink Sunday isn’t a campaign to get Mom to wear her pink suit to church on Mother’s Day.
It’s a three-year-old outreach effort of the Central Oklahoma Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
People in churches throughout the metro area will distribute Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer... Read More