A Devastating Work of Art for Holy Week

The unexpected always seems to happen when you least expect it. Deep, huh? There I was, slogging (and whining) through my civic duty, when I met a new friend who just happened to be a curator for my favorite museum in Tulsa. I was fortunate to not only make a new art acquaintance, but also one … Continue reading A Devastating Work of Art for Holy Week

Father Maximilian Kolbe and World War II – trading one life for another

I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to the nation of Poland with outstanding mission teams in the last two years. Our trips always begin and end in the capital city of Warsaw.  Warsaw has grown to be a very important westernized city, though much of it is plain and far from unique. In … Continue reading Father Maximilian Kolbe and World War II – trading one life for another

Francis of Assisi: What it Means to Kiss the Hand of the Leper

From the book of Genesis forward, God has made clear that His people are to bless others as a natural outflow of the blessings God has given them. Over the last few weeks, I have tried to identify some important Judeo-Christian teachings concerning the responsibility of God's people to care for the needy. We began … Continue reading Francis of Assisi: What it Means to Kiss the Hand of the Leper

The still-undefeated #towerman – Simeon Stylites

In light of the recent news in my city (Tulsa, OK), I have decided to postpone writing at Katherine von Bora (Luther's wife) for one week. As most of you know, #towerman has been dominating the lead stories in Tulsa. A troubled young man spent nearly a week a top of large broadcasting tower in … Continue reading The still-undefeated #towerman – Simeon Stylites

A wake up call to the greatest nation on Earth from Augustine of Hippo

The words came straight from the words of President Obama last week: The United States of America is "the greatest country on earth." He made this statement while encouraging all-partisan leaders to work towards a compromise concerning the US debt crisis. Admittedly, even a compromise seems to be a no-win situation for our nation's economic … Continue reading A wake up call to the greatest nation on Earth from Augustine of Hippo

Columba says, “Take that, Loch Ness Monster!”

Perhaps no other group of people in history have been responsible for such major contributions to the Christian story while receiving so little credit as the medieval Celtic Christians. Many Christians are somewhat wary of anything that ties spirituality to Celtic influence because of its modern secularization. This is a grave mistake. The most renowned … Continue reading Columba says, “Take that, Loch Ness Monster!”

The Original Mother Teresa and the Game of Chess

It would be hard to find an adult in the 21st century that has never heard of Mother Teresa. Our Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) is nothing short of iconic in the Western and Eastern world. She remains an inspiration to Christians and non-Christians around the globe. Most people, however, know very little of the … Continue reading The Original Mother Teresa and the Game of Chess