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About Paul Kirbas

Dr. Paul J. Kirbas is the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology and Culture at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Guest Professor of Theology at Wheaton College, and teaches course in Philosophy and Ethics at North Central College. He is the Senior Pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City.

Taking a Name in Vain

Roberston ParksIn the biblical recording of the Ten Commandments, God states “Thou shalt not take my name in vain.” (Elizabethan English reminiscent of the King James Version added for dramatic effect!).  I think that is good advice for humans too. We should be very […]

By |2019-02-18T17:10:55+00:00January 6th, 2014|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on Taking a Name in Vain

Look for the Butterfly!

butterflyThis week, we recognized World Aids day. We mourned the loss of life that AIDS has brought to our world, we confessed the early bios that kept us from a full pastoral and medical response to the crisis, and we celebrated the advances of AIDS treatments […]

By |2019-02-18T17:10:55+00:00December 4th, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on Look for the Butterfly!

DNA: The Great Equalizer

article-2493491-194B663A00000578-295_634x449For several months now, a man by the name of Craig Cobb has been making quite a stir. An unapologetic white supremacist, Cobb recently purchased a small town in North Dakota and has been proceeding with plans to eradicate all non-white residents […]

By |2019-02-18T17:10:55+00:00November 13th, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on DNA: The Great Equalizer

Re-Arranging the Deck Chairs: How the Church has become the Titanic

titanic-deck-chairsOne of the lasting images of the Titanic Disaster is one that no one can confirm as actual, but lives on as a sad and poignant metaphor. It is the image of someone frantically re-arranging the furniture on the sinking Titanic. Linguistic experts have traced this […]

By |2019-02-18T17:10:55+00:00September 6th, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on Re-Arranging the Deck Chairs: How the Church has become the Titanic

The Science/Religion War: Apparently, it’s Never too Early to Start!

This week, some feathers have been ruffled by a small Christian elementary school that gave this “science” test to the 4th grade class.  The test obviously shows that the students are being taught to distrust science, and to make the Bible and its simple origin […]

By |2019-02-18T17:10:55+00:00May 21st, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on The Science/Religion War: Apparently, it’s Never too Early to Start!

Cloning Stem Cells: From the Frying Pan into the Fire

It is always interesting for me to teach my college course on Ethics, as we explore the many ethical “hot potato” issues that are a part of our current lives. One of the more controversial ones is the subject of embryonic stem cell research. Embryonic […]

By |2019-02-18T17:10:55+00:00May 15th, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on Cloning Stem Cells: From the Frying Pan into the Fire

Glow in the Dark Sheep! Neat, but Why?

The picture here shows the first of its kind: Glow in the Dark Sheep! Last week a team of researchers from Uruguay announced that they successfully bred genetically altered sheep that were engineered with a protein from jellyfish.  I first heard the news on […]

By |2019-02-18T17:10:56+00:00May 1st, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on Glow in the Dark Sheep! Neat, but Why?

Is the Spirit of St. Francis Back Among Us?

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen as the new Pope yesterday, we saw a lot of firsts. He is the first Pope from the Southern
Hemisphere, the first Jesuit Pope, and perhaps the first pope who has ever used the city bus to get to […]

By |2019-02-18T17:10:56+00:00March 14th, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on Is the Spirit of St. Francis Back Among Us?

The Not-So-Great Lakes!

It seems that a week cannot go by these days without settingnew records here in the Chicago area. Until a series of short snow storms arrived here in February, this winter had gone down in the history books as one of the warmest and […]

By |2019-02-18T17:10:56+00:00February 8th, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on The Not-So-Great Lakes!