April 2017

After sixteen years, the Tulsa Beacon is still going strong


This month, the Tulsa Beacon celebrated its 16th anniversary. Susan and I started the newspaper on April 25, 2001. Have we been successful? Well, yes and no. Our longevity is a good measure of success. Since 2001, many newspapers have gone out of business. That includes the Glenpool Post (which we started in 1984 and […]

Worldwide persecution of Christians has been growing


Christian persecution across the globe is becoming more common and widely accepted among other religions, primarily in Islamic settings, but also at the hands of other religions as well.  As many as 900,000 Christians have been slaughtered worldwide because of their faith in the last decade, 90,000 of those in the last year. The Center […]

‘See the Eagle?


When my wife’s brothers were caught in a “white lie” or other mixups by their parents, many times they would resort to looking out the window, saying “See the eagle.”  They hoped their parents would leap to the window to see the giant bird. It might have worked once, but not twice. Today, Oklahomans are […]

The most important thing not to miss…


I was sitting with an older gentleman not long ago, and we got to talking about what it was like when we were growing up and how life has shifted. For thousands of years, there wasn’t much of a shift. Your grandfather farmed the land, then your dad took over the farm and one day, […]

Memorial Day has important memories


Has Memorial Day become just another three-day holiday weekend in May to the majority of Americans? They may know it’s a day to remember the dead, but why did it get started? Decoration Day or Memorial Day, as it came to be called, was established in 1868 just after the Civil War, to honor those […]

OU, OSU and TU players will be taken in the NFL draft


Despite his baggage, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon may be the first area player taken in the NFL draft on April 28. Mixon was the No. 1 running back recruit in the nation when he arrived in Norman three years ago. But in July 2014, he had a confrontation with a female student. She shoved […]

Kentucky wide receiver Badet has transfered to Oklahoma


Kentucky graduate transfer Jeff Badet has signed a financial aid agreement with Oklahoma. A wide receiver, Badet will be immediately eligible for the Sooners and has one year of eligibility remaining. The 6-0, 180-pound Badet, who is scheduled to earn a bachelor’s degree from Kentucky next month, started all 13 games for the Wildcats in […]

2019 NCAA back in Tulsa


The NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds will return to Tulsa in 2019 with The University of Tulsa serving as the host school. In March, Tulsa hosted first and second round games of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in Downtown Tulsa. The 2019 tournament games in Tulsa are scheduled for March 22 and […]

Drake, Ill. State join SL


The Summit League has added Drake University and Illinois State University as affiliate members for men’s tennis beginning with the 2017-18 academic year. Drake and Illinois State will be immediately eligible for regular season and postseason championships along with all individual awards in their initial 2018 Summit League campaign. Summit League men’s tennis membership will […]

Cooper joins OSU staff


STILLWATER – John Cooper, a veteran of over 100 wins as a Division I head coach, has joined Mike Boynton’s staff as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma State basketball team. A Kansas City, Missouri native, Cooper spent the previous five seasons as the head coach at Miami (Ohio), where his defense-first approach saw the […]