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

Final Crusades and Final Results (The Crusades part 6)

The Crusades (Part 6 of 6) 1. Deus Vult: Pope Urban II Calls for the First Crusaders (AD 1095) 2. The First Crusade and Reclaiming the Holy City (AD 1096-1099) 3. Bernard of Clairvaux and the Second Crusade (AD 1144-1153) 4. Lionheart and the Third Crusade (AD 1187-1193) 5. The Fourth Crusade & Children’s Crusade: … Continue reading Final Crusades and Final Results (The Crusades part 6)

Charlemagne was great, but his son Louis the Pious may have been even better (Hangin’ with the Carolingians part 4)

[This is part four and the final selection of my series of articles entitled: "Hangin' with the Carolingians." The Carolingian dynasty, which encompassed nearly two centuries (AD 686-c.900), is a fascinating era. To this point, the articles have discussed the crowning of Charlemagne, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Venerable Bede's take on Lent. In … Continue reading Charlemagne was great, but his son Louis the Pious may have been even better (Hangin’ with the Carolingians part 4)

Why Christians Should Celebrate Lent and the Venerable Bede

[This is part three of my series of articles entitled: "Hangin' with the Carolingians." The Carolingian dynasty, which encompassed nearly two centuries (AD 686-840), is a fascinating era. The Venerable Bede, who is the subject of this article, was an English contemporary of the Carolingians who was largely responsible for the rise of English literacy … Continue reading Why Christians Should Celebrate Lent and the Venerable Bede

Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire (Hangin’ with the Carolingians part 2)

[This is part two of my series of articles entitled: "Hangin' with the Carolingians." The Carolingian dynasty, which encompassed nearly two centuries (AD 686-840), is a fascinating era. The series began with the high point of the period, the crowning of Charlemagne as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire on Christmas Day, AD 800. Part … Continue reading Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire (Hangin’ with the Carolingians part 2)

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