Scripture: Genesis 6:5-22; 8:6-12; 9:8-17
The house where I spent most of my childhood, on Ohio Street in Coffeyville, was built on the bank of Sycamore Creek. Nowadays they’d never let anyone build a house that close to a creek, but the rules were different in the 1950s, when that part of town had been developed.
Scripture: Psalm 119:105-112
I grew up a little less than 20 miles from the site of the “Little House on the Prairie,” the log cabin where Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family spent about a year when she was very young. The story of how they found exactly where the cabin had been located is sort of interesting; Laura remembered it in her book of the same name as being “forty miles” from the city of Independence, Kansas, in Indian Territory. What nobody seemed to be aware of is that there was a strip of Kansas, just north of where the Oklahoma border is now, that was an Osage reserve in 1870.
Scripture: Romans 11:1-2a, 25-36
In August of 1980, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of a church in suburban Oklahoma City, Dr. Bailey Smith, spoke before a gathering of like-minded Christians in Dallas. In the midst of his talk he made a remark, quite possibly off-the-cuff, that set off a bit of a furor.