• 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 compassionate and effective mental health ministry. The Warren’s […]

  • 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 LifeChurch.tv 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 translations of the Bible — in more […]

  • LifeChurch.tv'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 LifeChurch.tv’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 for a even a week,  just to see how he successfully juggles all […]

  • Same-sex marriage: Kenny & Bo wait no more

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    As  photographs and information from the Oklahoma County Courthouse made their way to the newsroom Monday afternoon, I wasn’t surprised to see pictures of a certain couple at the county clerk’s office preparing to get their marriage license. Kenny Wright and Barry “Bo” Bass were the focus of my April story “Waiting to Wed”  (shown above in […]

  • Run to combat human trafficking

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Earlier this year, I wrote a story about a faith-based group called No Boundaries International that has been working for several years to combat human trafficking all over the world and specifically in Oklahoma City. The organization is one of three nonprofits that will benefit from proceeds raised from the upcoming “Voices in the Dark” 5k […]

  • Jewish High Holy Days are here

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    The Jewish community is in the midst of observing the High Holy Days, with the beginning of Rosh Hashana at sundown yesterday. The High Holy Days are the 10 days between  Rosh Hashana — the Jewish New Year — and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. These 10 days also are often called the “Days […]

  • 1Day Ranch Big Build: Matt and his dog Molly

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Everyone I met during the New York Says Thank You barn raising project at 1 Day Ranch had their own unique story to tell. I told my editors that I could have written enough to fill the paper with their stories — all of them inspirational. Just the fact that most of the volunteers helping to […]

  • 1 Day Ranch Big Build: It's a small world after all

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Working on my stories about the New York Says Thank You  Foundation’s community barn raising event in Bethel Acres has  resulted in a few  surprises for me, all of them pleasant. One surprise was learning that I have known of 1 Day Ranch founder Maeghan Hadley’s love for animals for a long time … I just […]

  • Rolling away the stone of mental illness

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Before you read this post, please know that I did not come up with the metaphor in this post headline that likely captured your attention. However, I was intrigued by the writer  who did so in his essay about the church’s response to mental illness. The Rev. Rob Lee’s commentary comes a day after the tragic news of […]

  • An interview to remember: Louis Zamperini

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    I was saddened to learn of the recent death of  Louis Zamperini, the Olympic athlete and WWII veteran with an amazing story of endurance and faith. Zamperini died July 3. He was 97.  I had an opportunity to meet Zamperini in 2011 when he was guest speaker at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid. With everything we […]

  • Breakfast was a slice of heaven ... with a little religion on the side

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    I’ve been savoring my Honey Berry Jam (pictured) from St. Gregory’s Abbey for a few weeks and thought I would have some of the jam on my toast for breakfast this morning. The  jam, a blend of fresh blackberries and sweet honey, has made my toast a slice of heaven today. And to think that I found the jam after seeing a […]

  • New Catholic priests are coming to a parish near you ...

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    The five men ordained to the priesthood today in Oklahoma City (see story in Saturday’s Oklahoman) will soon begin serving their parish assignments in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Here’s a look at where they will begin their priestly ministries: The Rev. Christopher Brashears will serve as associate pastor at Christ the King Catholic Church […]

  • Can't get enough blackberries ...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    In 2000, I was editor of The Oklahoman’s Community (Metro) section and I had a column that I frequently used to share some tidbits of community news. On one of my adventures for a column, I ended up at a farm where blackberries were grown. It called to mind an anecdote my grandmother had told me […]

  • Concert alert

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    There are a bunch of  Christian concerts in the next few months, starting with Sidewalk Prophets (pictured) on Monday, June 23 at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. Here’s a list of several concerts: Monday, June 23, Sidewalk Prophets, 7 p.m. at Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland. Tickets: $10. Information: www.crossingsokc.org. This event is part of the Church of […]

  • LifeChurch.tv's new Britton & Broadway campus opening in July

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Just drove past the site where LifeChurch.tv’s newest metro campus is being constructed and noticed a sign on the building that says it will open in July. I can’t help seeing the new church take shape since it is literally right across the Broadway Extension from The Oklahoman’s offices near the corner of Britton Road […]

  • Women of Faith conference headed to OKC in August

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    There’s a certain point in the summer or fall when people working or visting downtown Oklahoma City start to see huge crowds of women making their way to the Cox Convention Center. The large crowds of women, often wearing colorful T-shirts, converge on downtown for the Women of Faith conference. The popular conference ministry is […]

  • Vacation Bible school listing for the coming week ... and beyond

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    The weekly Vacation Bible school did not get in the print edition of Saturday’s (June 14) paper so I’m sharing it via the blog with the hope that those wondering which churches are offering the traditional summer Bible school events will see it. Vacation Bible schools Bible school events are scheduled as follows. Activities are free unless […]

  • 'Duck Dynasty' Bible headed to book stores this fall

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    “The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible” will be released in October, Thomas Nelson publishers announced today. I know that many Oklahomans are interested in the hit reality TV show “Duck Dynasty” so I thought this news might be of interest. Late last year, I received a slew of emails and mail when I asked readers if A&E, […]

  • Still time to see "Where Was God" at the Warren Theatre

    chinton | Updated: Wed, May 28, 2014

    “Where Was God?,” an Oklahoma documentary film, has been extended through Thursday, June 5,  at the Warren Theatre in Moore. The documentary opened at the Warren on May 16. It sold out most of that opening weekend, the film’s producers said. The film explores the role of faith and hope in overcoming life’s storms through […]

  • Are you praying for a Thunder win tonight?

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, May 15, 2014

    Just a few hours before Game 5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs.