• Marriage and family scholar to speak Tuesday, Feb. 9, in OKC

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Marriage and family scholar Brad Wilcox will give several presentations on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Oklahoma City. Wilcox is being hosted by the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma. He will discuss his latest research findings on why marriage matters for the economic success of states and the well-being of children. Timothy Tardibono, president of the Family Policy Institute, said he is excited about Wilcox’s visit. "Professor Wilcox is one of America’s preeminent scholars on natural marriage and the positive impact intact families have on people, communities and states,” Tardibono said in a news release.

  • What to Give Up for Lent 2016? Consider Twitter's Top Ideas

    Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    (UPDATED) Charting how Lenten abstinence has changed over time, as 2016 data comes in.

  • Grab a sweet pastry at Corn Bible Academy's German Feast

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    CORN -- Despite my best intentions, I did try a piece of  schnetka during my interviews Corn Bible Academy earlier this week. I watched as members of the private Christian school's junior class made the dessert in the kitchen of nearby Corn Mennonite Brethren Church. Schnetka is a pastry made with cream, sugar and cinnamon rolled up in dough and backed in the shape of an eclair. The end result is a piece of ooey, gooey caramel heaven so I just couldn't resist trying a sample. Oklahomans interested in trying this sweet treat our for themselves are in luck. Corn Bible Academy's 52nd annual German Feast & Auction is going on today, Saturday, Feb. 6, at the school, 208 N Reimer in Corn, which is just

  • America's largest cross begins construction in Corpus Christi, Texas

    Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    If all goes to plan, one day Corpus Christi will be the home of the largest cross in the Western Hemisphere. The Corpus Christi Cross Project has been working for three years to make the cross a reality. On Sunday afternoon the project broke ground on a site off Interstate 37 in Northwest Corpus Christi.

  • OC BB players are raising money for Lubbock Christian volleyball player

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    People who attend the Thursday, Feb. 4 men's basketball game at Oklahoma Christian University will have an opportunity to donate money to a special fund set up to help a volleyball player from Lubbock Christian University. The OC men's team decided their matchup against Lubbock Christian would be a great time to help a fellow student athlete. Malori Maddox is a Lubbock Christian University volleyball player who had to undergo emergency surgery for a brain bleed during a match back in November. OC leaders said her story has been featured regionally and even nationally on NBC's Today show.  Oklahoma Christian and Lubbock Christian are sister institutions and Heartland Conference rivals.

  • Faith Notes-Weekend: Jan. 30-31

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    The weekend is finally here. There are several noteworthy events taking place at metro churches: Saturday, Jan. 30 -- A women's conference with the theme "Celebrating Girlfriends and Gratitude" will be 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8005 Dorset Drive. The event is being sponsored by the women of Christ the King and All Souls’ Episcopal Church. Guest speakers are broadcast journalist Robin Marsh and Christian speaker, author and entertainer Vonda Skelton. Breakout sessions plus a workshop called "Wine and Chocolate" also are planned. Cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch.

  • 7 types of evangelicals -- and how they'll affect 2016 - CNNPolitics.com

    Published: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

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  • Pope Francis overturns tradition to allow women in Lenten foot-washing rite

    Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Pope Francis on Thursday overturned centuries of tradition that banned women from a foot-washing service during Lent, upsetting conservatives and delighting women's rights activists.

  • Wanted for winter: Salvation Army needs blankets

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is urgently seeking donations of blankets for its homeless shelter. Leaders of the faith-based organization said the 109-bed shelter is housing an extra 40 people each night due to ongoing cold temperatures. Maj. Charlotte Gargis, a leader with the Central Oklahoma Area Command, said donors may bring the blanket donations to the Salvation Army Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope, 1001 N Pennsylvania, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. She said monetary donations may be made at the office or online at www.salvationarmyokcac.org.  She said they need new twin size blankets that are machine washable so they can be easily cleaned.

  • Concert alert: Kirk Franklin, Martha Munizzi, TobyMac ...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Plenty of contemporary Christian and gospel concerts are coming down the pike in the next few months. Here's a list of some of them. As always, look for more information in future stories of The Oklahoman. February First, the Rock & Worship Road Show will bring the Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Mandisa and Audio Adrenaline to Tulsa on Feb. 6. The concert, which also will feature Phil Wickham and others, will be at 7 p.m. at the Mabee Center, 8100 S Lewis. For more information or tickets, go to https://mabeecenter.com. Contemporary Christian recording artist TobyMac will perform in concert as part of the "Hits Deep Tour" set for 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno.

  • DinnerTableOKC: Something to talk about

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    I noticed as I prepared to sit down for lunch that I didn't know the two men sitting at my table. Before we started our meal we were joined by two women I didn't know, and shortly afterward, another woman took a seat. We were a racially diverse group. In addition to myself, there was another black woman, two white women, a black man and an Indian man.  We were part of a rather large group of people from different metro churches who gathered at Crossings Community Center for a DinnerTableOKC lunch in fall 2015. We were told that we would be discussing race and race relations.

  • 3 things David Bowie can teach churches | Baptist News Global Perspectives - Conversations that matter

    Published: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

  • First Catholic service for centuries to be celebrated in chapel of King Henry VIII | Christian News on Christian Today

    Published: Wed, Jan 6, 2016

    The first Roman Catholic service for more than 450 years is to be celebrated in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.

  • Evangelicals commit to refugee resettlement efforts

    Published: Mon, Dec 21, 2015

    About 100 evangelical leaders are calling on Christians and their churches “to support ministries showing the love of Jesus to the most vulnerable, those in desperate need, and the hurting.̶" itemprop="description

  • Catholic archbishop discourages focus on satanists' Christmas Eve plans

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Dec 17, 2015

    The archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has broken his silence about a satanist group's plans for a Christmas Eve protest outside a historic downtown Oklahoma City church. The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley said he is discouraging Catholic parishioners from focusing on Satanist Adam Daniels' protest to be held outside historic St. Joseph Old Cathedral (pictured). Daniels revealed his plans Dec. 11 , saying his planned display titled the “Virgin Birth is a Lie” is aimed at “exposing lies” of the Catholic Church. In a statement posted on the archdiocese's website and Facebook page on Thursday, Dec. 17, Coakley said he was "disgusted" by the "audacity" of the satanist group's

  • Bible passages cut from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ at Eastern Kentucky school

    Published: Wed, Dec 16, 2015

    When students perform the play “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at W.R. Castle Elementary School in Johnson County on Thursday, the scene in which the character Linus quotes from the Bible is set to be deleted.

  • Tour of downtown OKC churches is Sunday, Dec. 6

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Dec 5, 2015

    There's still time to take a tour of downtown Oklahoma City area churches as part of the "Downtown Holiday Historic Church Tour and Holiday Concert." The event will be 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, to raise money for medical and dental care provided by Good Shepherd Ministries. The tour of churches will be from 2 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a tour of Good Shepherd Ministries from 5 to 6 p.m. A concert featuring concert pianist and recording artist Matt Schinske will begin at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1201 N Robinson. The self-guided tour through historic landmarks will include First Presbyterian Church, City Presbyterian Church, St. Joseph Old Cathedral, First United Methodist Church,

  • Church unveils mural at World AIDS Day service

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Dec 5, 2015

    A  colorful mural featuring flying birds and blooming flowers was recently unveiled as part of the 2015 World AIDS Day Service at Expressions Church, 2245 NW 39. The Rev. Neill Coffman, the church’s pastor, said the mural was created in a space that formerly served as Expressions’ first AIDS testing area. He said the artwork, crafted by artist and musician Parker Cunningham, was a way to honor the growing collaboration between agencies, individuals and organizations battling against HIV/AIDS. The mural is entitled “Together We Can.” “The scissortail birds represent the unity and collaboration of all the agencies here and the flowers show that we started blossoming” and expanding,

  • 'full of grace,' Broadway star enchants crowd

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Dec 5, 2015

    Broadway star Kelli O'Hara recently received a standing ovation as she stepped out in front of a crowd gathered at an Oklahoma City church. The crowd gathered Tuesday to see O'Hara seemed to anticipate her musical interlude and wanted to express their gratitude for her mini-concert at the "Esther Women" luncheon at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15.   "Esther Women" series founder Jane Jayroe, former Miss America and TV news anchor, said she was thrilled when O'Hara didn't hesitate to agree to perform for the popular monthly program.  "She is an extraordinary woman, but not only an extraordinary woman, an 'Esther,' full of grace and goodness," Jayroe told an estimated crowd of about 800.

  • Mike Huckabee to Appear in God’s Not Dead 2

    Published: Fri, Dec 4, 2015

    A recent press release from Pure Flix and Grace Hill Media has revealed that Christian commentator Mike Huckabee will be making a cameo appearance in the upcoming film.