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February 08, 2019
“One of the Great Weirdo Cities of the World”
Sam Anderson is a writer for the New York Times Magazine who came to Oklahoma...
December 31, 2018
The Late Bre Payton on Protecting Down Syndrome Babies
I am saddened at the death of Bre Payton, one of my students at Patrick...
November 13, 2018
Where the Action Is in Ministry
As I keep harping on in this blog, the white working class in rural small...
November 12, 2018
Veterans Day, History, & Baptisms
Yesterday, November 11, was Veterans Day, which is also being observed today. (Those of you...
October 25, 2018
The Non-Angry Bob Dylan
Last week I was in Houston. While my wife was on an accreditation visit for...
September 10, 2018
More About Me
Google has some new algorithms, so Patheos told its writers to bolster the E.A.T. factor...
July 31, 2018
What about “Sheep-Stealing”?
Our recent post about proselytizing has gotten me thinking about "sheep-stealing." One kind of proselytizing...
July 17, 2018
Towards the Restoration of Journalism
When we retired a few years ago, we moved back to Oklahoma, where our roots...
June 18, 2018
Kansas City BBQ & Anthony Bourdain
I recently wrote a post called My BBQ Pilgrimage about my five days in Texas visiting acclaimed...
June 11, 2018
The Suicide’s Question
TV bon vivant Anthony Bourdaine committed suicide last week, just days after fashion mogul Kate...
June 11, 2018
My BBQ Pilgrimage
The week before last I found myself in Texas at the very epicenter of the...
May 28, 2018
Memorial Day should include memories. The holiday was established specifically to remember those who died defending...
May 28, 2018
“The Anticipated Davidic Figure” in the Psalms
My son-in-law Adam Hensley, Old Testament Lecturer at Australian Lutheran College, has just published his book Covenant...
April 20, 2018
Millennials Don’t Know About Extermination Camps
In 1961, the Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was put on trial for his role in...
April 18, 2018
Peter Berger on the New Class Struggle in American Religion
Thirty-seven years ago, I stumbled upon an article by Peter Berger, "The Class Struggle in...
April 12, 2018
“Beyond Anything I’ve Seen Before from Modern Lutheran Writers”: A Review of Our New Book
I hate promoting myself, but I have to share with you this review of my...
April 10, 2018
Google Comes to Pryor, Oklahoma
Since retiring to a small Oklahoma town, such as the one I grew up in,...
April 05, 2018
Back to the U.S.A.
We leave Australia early Thursday morning for our 17 hour flight back to the U.S.A. ...
April 02, 2018
Good Advice vs. Good News
The essence of Christianity is not good advice, but good news. And there is a...
March 30, 2018
Our Power Struggle with God
I just got back from our Good Friday service. Here in Australia we're a day...
March 26, 2018
When Christ’s Work Comes Together “For Us”
Our new granddaughter, Hannah Grace Hensley, was baptized on Palm Sunday. Now comes Holy Week. ...
March 11, 2018
Our daughter here in Australia had her baby! In the photo you can see John,...
February 26, 2018
We’re On Our Way to Australia
Today we leave for Australia, where we will be through the month of March, coming...
February 09, 2018
A Tribute to James Sire, Who Got Me Started
James W. Sire, the former editor of InterVarsity Press, has died at the age of...
January 19, 2018
An Interview About Our New Book
The Concordia Publishing House blog has posted an interview with Rev. Trevor Sutton and me...
January 15, 2018
Visiting Churches When I Was Seven
Was my response an indication that I would eventually leave the bland, liberal mainline Protestantism...
January 12, 2018
“The Church of Tomorrow” Is For Sale
The church had no creeds. You could believe whatever you wanted! Surely that's a formula...
December 25, 2017
Have a Merry, Happy, Blessed Christmas!
Christmas greetings to all of you! Many thanks to both long-time readers and the legions...
December 18, 2017
My New “Publications” Page & an Interview with the Author
A week or so ago, I noticed that several hundred readers had accessed the...
December 06, 2017
Because God Is Merciful
Before we retired a couple of years ago and moved to Oklahoma, we attended St....
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