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Sen. John McCain, who died Aug. 25, modeled extraordinary courage as a prisoner of war, a presidential candidate and in the face of his own death, which should inspire the admiration and respect of all Americans. […] Read More

I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2006, so I was fortunate enough to see Adrian Peterson burst onto the scene. I remember watching Peterson’s first collegiate game against the mighty Bowling Green State University Falcons, standing (because you don’t sit in the student section) with a friend watching this specimen of athleticism. He […] Read More

Very few, if any, of my boyhood heroes were of the religious variety. Everybody I knew held tremendous affection for Billy Graham. But what I noticed about the famed evangelist was his story of the time when, as a boy, he shook hands with Babe Ruth. He said he didn’t wash his hand for a […] Read More

The commemorative holidays that we celebrate this month and next invite us to remember the contributions of national heroes whose lives represent the values we aspire to as a people. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. are icons in our collective memory, and but a few of the lives by which we […] Read More

Heroes have been in the news recently. My attention was drawn to the story of Henry Langford, someone I hadn’t heard of until the 93-year-old’s death on Oct. 7 was reported in the religious newspapers.  Langford supported the cause of racial equality in the 1950s and was subsequently hounded out of his church. The Religious […] Read More

Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Wednesday evening: nine miners trapped. Sunday morning: nine miners saved. “Praise the Lord,” the governor said; throughout America, all the people said, “Amen.” It was a marvel, we all agree, if not an outright miracle; it fed the soul of a nation in desperate need of good news. On Monday, the stock market […] Read More