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.
In 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 […]
This 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 Paul Kirbas|2019-02-18T17:10:55+00:00December 4th, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on Look for the Butterfly!
For 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 Paul Kirbas|2019-02-18T17:10:55+00:00November 13th, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on DNA: The Great Equalizer
One 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 Paul Kirbas|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
Members of the Clergy, like many others, are often in need of some support and guidance. Imagine that some young pastor may be looking for that support, and decides to turn to Google to search out the possibilities. The pastor types in a search […]
By Paul Kirbas|2019-02-18T17:10:55+00:00June 28th, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on Two Roads Diverged….One with a Wall and the Other with a Bridge
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 Paul Kirbas|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!
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 Paul Kirbas|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
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 Paul Kirbas|2019-02-18T17:10:56+00:00May 1st, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on Glow in the Dark Sheep! Neat, but Why?
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 Paul Kirbas|2019-02-18T17:10:56+00:00March 14th, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on Is the Spirit of St. Francis Back Among Us?
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 Paul Kirbas|2019-02-18T17:10:56+00:00February 8th, 2013|Paul's Blog|Comments Off on The Not-So-Great Lakes!