Columns

The FairTax would be a good idea to boost the economy of America

    

As this is written, Congress has begun, without very much media hype because of the ongoing special prosecutor investigation news(?), to work on the income tax changes proposed by PRESDT in his campaign last year. For us overtaxed citizens ruled by overpaid bureaucrats, it appears that the loyal(?) opposition has resorted to their usual tactics […]

A heart, not a costume, makes a hero

    

I am not a big fan of the holiday we call Halloween. I don’t like scary things or those that glorify the underworld. My philosophy has always been to keep my eyes upon Jesus, and everything else will fall into place. Like many other churches, my church, Parkview, Tulsa, holds an alternative to Halloween called […]

Abortion abolitionists want to end the holocaust now

    

In 19th Century America, a group of Christians decided that human slavery violated Biblical principles (all men are created equal). They sought to abolish slavery immediately and that didn’t set well with many Americans who didn’t think of black people as fully human. The slave owners had come to depend upon not only the economic […]

The best community is a church following the Scriptures

    

Articles by urbanists who talk about the importance of community fascinate me.  It’s as if it is some new concept that we need to embrace, along with the notion that the only way for people to connect to each other is to encourage them the live closer and closer together. Moreover, the community unit, if […]

Where is the Trump credit?

    

You may have seen that consumer confidence climbed to a 17–year high in October.  The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index rose to 125.9 in October from an upwardly revised 120.6 in September.  That’s the best reading since December of 2000. “Confidence remains high among consumers, and their expectations suggest the economy will continue […]

Think about King David when you think about Veterans Day Nov. 11

    

For almost 100 years it has been the practice of patriotic citizens of the United States to pause on the 11th day of November (originally) to honor the armistice which ended World War I. That ceremony was held in a railroad passenger car “on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month.” […]

Jesus set the stage for our playground

    

The other day, my wife and I were walking into a toy store when she commented that Titus the Honorable and Cohen the Goodhearted are about the right age for a swing set. At the sound of those two words, “swing set,” my mind took me to a fond place in the distant past. How […]

The OU Baptist Student Union had a big impact on me

    

In the fall of 1973, I transferred from Tulsa Junior College (now Tulsa Community College) to The University of Oklahoma. Freshmen were required to live in the dorms but since I was a sophomore transfer, I rented an apartment with a friend from my church in Tulsa. The three-story apartment house, which originally was a […]

Property rights are the key to equality in the United States

    

It has been some time since I have addressed the property rights issue as it pertains to city government’s propensity to adopt policies that deny people their rights, but I am I no less interested in the subject than I have been in the past.  The issue is alive and well, and placing pressure on […]

Who Trusts Government Anymore?

    

I recently finished reading Mark Bowden’s exceptional book about the turning point of the Vietnam War entitled, Hue 1968. This is a meaningful book for me since the bulk of the U.S. response to recapture the city was fought by the Second Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.  The Tet Offensive and its battle at Hue raged […]