We, as humans, pride ourselves on our superior communications skills. Next to walking upright and operating can openers, it’s the single most important attribute separating us from our pets and our food. Over the last 50,000 years (give or take a few) we have refined linguistics to the point of having only 7,000 recognized languages … Continue reading Use your words … and listen!
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ … stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” Philippians 1:27-28 We must strive to live up to the gospel. But, we sin. In ways great and … Continue reading Stay in the fight
The thought of selling the church was hard for the congregation, "but ultimately, we're called to minister to people — we're not called to minister to a building." --Pastor Peter Olson, Faith Lutheran ELCA, Enid, Okla. ENID, Okla. — An Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregation and a United Methodist retirement community are strengthening … Continue reading Ecumenicism: The way forward?
ENID, Okla. — The families of Ryker Sutherland and Jett Hartling have long had a lot in common. Both boys now are 11 years old and sixth-graders at Waller Middle School. Both have been active boys, and both enjoy baseball. But over the last two years, the families have been drawn closer together by … Continue reading PANDAS and PANS: Families drawn together by rarely diagnosed diseases
In order for our society to secure a more just, harmonious and peaceful future, there is perhaps no endeavor more important than a compassionate and honest accounting of our past. Tulsa mayor G.T. Bynum reopened an important effort on that front this week, with attempts to locate and excavate the unmarked graves of victims from … Continue reading Truth, reconciliation and digging up the ugliness of our past
“’Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Matthew … Continue reading Finding grace in the vineyard