Category Archives: Insights

Changing Tracks

A Christian University in a Secular Culture Changing Tracks A few years ago, my wife and I traveled from Paris to Madrid.  We’ve always loved the European trains.   They are quick, clean, and on time.  On our first 14-hour trip to Madrid, something very surprising happened.   We had our own sleeper room and were sound […]

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Campus Unrest: The Collision Point

Campus Unrest: The Collision Point B. F. Skinner and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn­­ – no two figures in the 20th century more vividly demonstrate the collision of the spiritual and the physical in the modern era. Some of the current “unraveling” on university campuses can trace its roots back to the collision of these two powerful ideas […]

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If the Horse Is Dead, Dismount

If the Horse is Dead, Dismount Years ago (back in the Dark Ages) when I was a young pastor, I would attend many of the leadership conferences offered by Willow Creek Community Church. Willow Creek was one of the early pioneers in the megachurch movement. At one of the conferences (I don’t remember exactly which one) I […]

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Collision Points and the Pastor Professor

I love teaching philosophy. I teach it at another school in Tulsa which is secular in nature. I have long contended that it takes more faith to be an atheist than it does to believe in God. At OKWU we have the privilege of working with tomorrow’s leaders. In this way, we influence the future. […]

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The Power of Curiosity

I’ve always been curious – about everything. Every child is. Curiosity is innate. When I was in the sixth grade in Ogden, Utah, I was raking leaves in our backyard and putting them in a cinder-block incinerator my dad had built. Back then it was permissible to burn trash in the city. I could not […]

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Viktor Frankl and Meaning

Why do we teach? In December of 1988, I was having morning coffee with one of my heroes. I could scarcely believe the moment; it was such a “dream come true.” Viktor Frankl had captured my attention when I was a freshman in college. I had pored over his Man’s Search for Meaning until I […]

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