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November 01, 2013
Naming the blessed dead
All Saints' Day is the Christian Memorial Day, a time to remember loved ones who...
October 15, 2013
Hitting retirement age
When you are young, you want to get older, looking forward to milestone birthdays--16 (I...
October 02, 2013
Yet another crown for the aged
Our grandchildren are coming in great profusion and in rapid succession. Our other daughter had...
September 27, 2013
Off for the baptism of Michael Gustavus
This weekend, I'm making a mad dash to Oklahoma to be there for the baptism...
September 24, 2013
The Crown of the Aged
I am the grateful recipient of the Biblical blessing: "May you see your children's children!"...
August 09, 2013
Mazeppa and Teddy Jack Eddy
I told you about the Tulsa mini-renaissance of my college days in the 1970s, mentioning...
July 29, 2013
The Tulsa Sound
J. J. Cale died, the musician and songwriter responsible with Leon Russell for developing the...
July 15, 2013
Thanks for holding down the blog for me while I was gone. It looks like...
June 14, 2013
I was doing an interview on KFUO with my daughter on our book Family Vocation:...
June 03, 2013
Oklahoma City and surrounding communities were struck by multiple tornadoes Friday night, killing nine people. ...
May 31, 2013
How I dreaded the "visitation." Having to see my father's dead body. Having to meet...
May 30, 2013
Two kinds of funerals
Funerals being on my mind lately, I offer you an essay I wrote that was...
May 29, 2013
Making the arrangements
My heart isn't in blogging today. I'm certainly not in the mood to complain about...
May 28, 2013
God in the whirlwind–and a personal interruption
Well, in our travels, we went through Moore, seeing the devastation that was truly awful--in...
May 27, 2013
Have a happy, but thoughtful Memorial Day. I know it's mainly become just the beginning...
May 21, 2013
Tornado destroys Moore, OK. Again.
Growing up in Oklahoma, in tornado alley, I remember hearing that tornadoes, like lightning, never...
May 17, 2013
Your Local Attractions
We are getting ready to set forth on an epic road trip, going the length...
May 17, 2013
My book on George Herbert is back in print
My first book, Reformation Spirituality: The Religion of George Herbert, is back in print. It...
May 13, 2013
What is a nation?
As college classes, including my own, conclude for the Summer, I will reveal an academic...
April 17, 2013
Comic genius dies
Comedian Jonathan Winters died. When I was a kid and heard he was appearing on...
April 16, 2013
Maria Tallchief died. perhaps the best-known American dancer in the field of ballet. I confess...
April 11, 2013
Happy Baptism birthday to me
I didn't grow up a Lutheran, so I don't have the Baptismal sponsors or the...
March 11, 2013
Who will get elected pope?
The conclave of 115 cardinals who will elect the pope convenes on Tuesday. They will...
February 18, 2013
My book on literature gets re-released
My book Reading Between the Lines: A Christian Guide to Literature has been re-issued in...
January 22, 2013
Blog developments update
We now have e-mail subscriptions to both posts and follow-up comments! That's one of your...
December 05, 2012
Structure and freedom for kids
Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews discusses some findings in Michael Petrilli's book The Diverse...
November 23, 2012
Rock ‘n’ roll for adults
Bob Dylan came to the nation's capital earlier this week, and I went to his...
November 22, 2012
Rules for Thanksgiving
Timothy R. Smith, a 26-year-old single guy, says that he is in the position this...
November 20, 2012
Kurt Vonnegut on writing and living
Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse-Five among many others, seems like a much better author when...
November 19, 2012
I was glad to see that the Washington Nationals' Davey Johnson won the National League's...
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