July 2017

Trouble for big retailers could be a godsend for churches


Who would have ever thought that Amazon would change the way retail is done so much that it could give churches an opportunity to grow? In a July 11 report, Amazon stated that their sales on that day were “higher than Black Friday or Cyber Monday 2016” and that the event “grew by more than […]

A Price to Pay


Jason Riley wrote an excellent column in the Wall Street Journal about the president’s base and the larger Republican Party.  It seems that as the press continues to report Trump’s loss of popularity while confidence the base stays steady. Mr. Riley writes, “The GOP’s inability to scrap Obamacare (last) week means, among other things, that […]

With Trump as president, the United States has a bright future


Now that PRESDT has been in office for over five months, we can look back at his record and not the record of Congress and see what may be expected for the rest of his first term. From where my viewpoint starts, the record appears to be rather encouraging, at least for those of us […]

Are you seeing the ‘hand of God’ at work?


When I was growing up, I attended Sunday school and participated in Sunday-night Bible studies where each week, as a young teenager, I had to teach one part of the lesson. I went to church camp, Bible drills and of course, revivals. Those were all good things, but what captured my heart was seeing and […]

Spread the truth about climate science


On June 1, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the United Nations Paris Agreement on climate change. He correctly identified it as a very bad deal for America. In July 1997, the U.S. Senate reached a similar conclusion about the U.N. climate change policy-making process in general. Senators from across […]

NASCAR fans will enjoy Curb Museum for Motorsports


KANNAPOLIS, NC – Mike Curb is an amazing man. He’s a musician, recording artist, record label owner, owner and sponsor of several race cars, politician, and philanthropist. Recently, I toured the Curb Museum for Music and Motorsports in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The museum is appropriately located on Dale Earnhardt Boulevard; Curb was friends with Earnhardt […]

5 Sooners, 4 Cowboys on Preseason All-Big 12 team


New Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has one big advantage in his first season – the best quarterback in the Big 12. OU senior quarterback Baker Mayfield was named the offensive player of the year and a first-team selection (for the second year in a row) on the 2017 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team, as […]

OU picked to win the Big 12


For the fifth straight season, the Sooners are expected to win the Big 12, according to the preseason media poll. OU grabbed 19 of 32 first-place votes and to nudge out Oklahoma State for the top spot. The Cowboys received 12 first-place votes while Kansas State picked up the final first-place nod. For the fifth […]

Even with an $18,000,000.00 increase, DHS will cut programs for kids, adults


Despite getting an additional $18,000,000.00, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services is cutting services in an effort to get $30,000,000.00 more in state funds in the next fiscal year. State Rep. Scott McEachin, R-Tulsa, said he was disgusted by a press release by the DHS because it made it look like the agency had been […]

State tax revenues reveal the economy is turning the corner


The financial picture for Oklahoma state government is turning the corner as evidenced by the June statement – the best report since 2014. State Treasurer Ken Miller reported that at the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year, Oklahoma is experiencing a six-month pattern of recovery. With recessions typically defined as two or more consecutive quarters […]