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July 11, 2017
Why it was good that we broke away from Britain
Some say that the American revolution was not really necessary. That staying with Great Britain...
July 07, 2017
Why ancient Roman concrete gets stronger while ours erodes
Buildings from ancient Rome are still standing after two thousand years and more. Whereas modern...
July 06, 2017
Why the second paragraph in the Declaration of Independence?
The purpose of the Declaration of Independence was for the American colonies to formally break...
July 05, 2017
Declaration of Independence vs. Progress
Our newspaper, The Daily Oklahoman, observed the 4th of July by printing excerpts from a...
June 30, 2017
A fun summertime book
Dragon's Teeth is based on the real life adventures and misadventures of two rival paleontologists, Othniel...
June 29, 2017
The history of Vacation Bible School
This week is Vacation Bible School at our church, as well as at others I'm...
June 22, 2017
The Thucydides trap
The White House is full of aficionados of Thucydides, the Greek historian and chronicler of...
June 22, 2017
The history of pews
Lutheran writer and humorous church historian Luke T. Harrington writes about the history of church...
June 08, 2017
From preoccupation with society to preoccupation with the self
Still more things I've picked up from Kenneth L. Woodward's Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and...
June 07, 2017
“When the secular was sacred”
I grew up in a liberal mainline denomination in the 1950s and 1960s, going to...
June 02, 2017
Embedded religion vs. movement religion
I've been reading Kenneth L. Woodward's Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age...
June 01, 2017
The founding document of professional sports
On February 2, 1876, the constitution of the National Baseball League was signed. Before that,...
May 24, 2017
The invention of breakfast cereal and other wacky church history
You need to know about Luke T. Harrington, a Missouri Synod Lutheran who like me...
May 23, 2017
The cup for the laity
The communion practice of the Roman Catholic Church, up until Vatican II, was for the...
May 19, 2017
The Reformation wars as board game
Right after Luther's death, the Holy Roman Emperor resolved to undo the Reformation by military...
May 15, 2017
The little nation that defeated the Soviets
A nation is defined by its history and its people's common experiences. That is especially...
May 12, 2017
Repealing chivalrous laws
The Oklahoma state legislature, supposedly a conservative lot, has repealed the criminal seduction law, which...
April 19, 2017
The search for Christ’s DNA
Forensic archaeologists have been extracting the DNA that can still be found in old bones...
April 17, 2017
The writer and producer explains the two versions of the Luther movie
We reviewed the new dramatized documentary, Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World, and...
April 12, 2017
The connection between Martin Luther and Martin Luther King
As the world reflects on the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, it...
April 11, 2017
The new Martin Luther movie
Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World is a film funded by Thrivent to mark...
April 10, 2017
The Jewish argument for “closed” Passover meals
Many churches during Holy Week hold a "Seder" meal, a version of the Jewish Passover...
April 07, 2017
Martin Luther as inventor of freedom
Lutherans aren't the only ones celebrating the 500th anniversary of Luther's posting of the 95...
April 05, 2017
What Germany is doing for Luther’s 500th Anniversary
Germany has lots going on for the 500th Anniversary year of Luther's posting of the...
March 27, 2017
Holy Sepulchre needs more repair or it might collapse
Restoration work on the shrine built around the likely spot of Christ's tomb has been...
March 22, 2017
Luther as populist and freedom fighter
Much of Europe, including Catholics, will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting...
March 21, 2017
Work on Jesus’ burial site completed
We blogged about the excavation and renovation of Jesus' tomb at our post "See the...
March 17, 2017
St. Patrick’s confession
Instead of celebrating St. Patrick's Day by just wearing green, making a big deal about...
February 24, 2017
Why conservatives need Edmund Burke
In another in our series of my-former-students-who-are-making-me-proud-by-their-writing, Gracy Olmstead explains why today's conservatives need to...
February 21, 2017
What the Reformation did for preaching
Evangelical theologian Timothy George has written a fascinating and illuminating post entitled "How the Reformation...
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