NBA MVP Kevin Durant thanks God, but media fail to notice

I am not a big NBA fan, although I did attend Monday night’s Oklahoma City Thunder playoff game, thanks to my 16-year-old son Keaton, who bought me a ticket. I am becoming a big Kevin Durant fan. It’s hard to witness Durant’s rare combination of extreme talent and uncommon humility and not be impressed. The [Read More...]

Wind of change comes sweeping down the plain

My home state of Oklahoma made big news Tuesday when a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The New York Times noted that the ruling occurred in the “heart of the Bible Belt,” while The Associated Press characterized Oklahoma as “the buckle of the Bible Belt.” (Religion angle, anyone?) For the Tulsa [Read More...]

Oklahoma tornado doctor: a bundle of vague faith

The Oklahoman, my hometown newspaper and former employer, is rising to the occasion in its coverage of this week’s Moore, Okla.,tornado. That’s no surprise for a newspaper that has gained way too much experience covering major tragedies — including the Oklahoma City bombing and the May 3, 1999, tornadoes. Nonetheless, I’m going to provide a little constructive [Read More...]

The faith and resiliency of Oklahomans

Just before noon Monday, my two younger children and I drove along Interstate 35 through Moore, Okla., under a bright sky. It’s impossible to comprehend the grisly scene along that same path now. Ironically, I had spent the weekend in Texas reporting on tornado relief efforts in the Lone Star State. That meant we missed [Read More...]


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