Answering the call: How can we say ‘Yes’ to God today?

I had the pleasure Tuesday of interviewing Pastor Billy Benson at Garland Road Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma. My favorite part of these clergy interviews is hearing how they discerned their call to ministry, and the path toward surrendering to that call. Benson was called as a teen, during an altar call at Falls Creek, … Continue reading Answering the call: How can we say ‘Yes’ to God today?

Our resolute response to threats and violence: we publish

Five journalists in Annapolis, Md. lost their lives Thursday, victims of another angry man who felt entitled to settle his grievances with a gun. The events preceding and following their tragic deaths are concerning and inspiring — underscoring the toxicity of discourse and disagreement in America today; but also the resolve of journalists to uphold … Continue reading Our resolute response to threats and violence: we publish

‘HELLFIRE AND BACK’ Desperation drives families to skirt law for medical marijuana

Oklahoma voters will consider medical marijuana in a state question on June 26. The following package of articles was written for the Enid News & Eagle in advance of that vote. The first article shares the stories of two families who have illegally brought medical marijuana to Oklahoma to treat loved ones, and why they … Continue reading ‘HELLFIRE AND BACK’ Desperation drives families to skirt law for medical marijuana

Be proactive about your care: a breast cancer survivor’s advice

Ringwood Okla. -- Michelle Schmidt was in her mid-30s when she found a lump in her breast during a self-examination. The discovery led to the early detection of breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death in American women, according to the American … Continue reading Be proactive about your care: a breast cancer survivor’s advice