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Perspective: A ‘WE’ effort
Sep02

Perspective: A ‘WE’ effort

Baptists can be a very independent group of people. Oklahoma was pioneered by hardy pioneers who were individualistic and willing to face every kind of obstacle to plant their lives in a “brand new state.” But one thing Baptists and Oklahomans have learned is that when our focus is on “WE,” more can be accomplished than alone. The Oklahoma State Missions Offering is a “WE” effort. The mission endeavors funded through this offering...

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Perspective: Good out of tragedy
Aug26

Perspective: Good out of tragedy

As an Oklahoman, stormy weather has always been a part of my life. Through the years, I have had people react to my being an Oklahoman by suggesting they would not live here because of the scary tornadoes. So, when Polla and I moved to New Orleans for seminary, the thought of hurricanes did not really frighten us very much—until we experienced one! The hurricanes that blew through Louisiana while we lived there were frightening, but...

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Perspective: Shaped by the right values
Aug20

Perspective: Shaped by the right values

In everyone’s life, there are those defining moments or seasons that shape us dramatically. I can think of no more season of defining character and direction in life than the years spent at a university. The university season of life is designed to challenge, shape, and prepare a person for vocation and life itself. As Christians, we believe that the shaping of the mind also involves the shaping of one’s character. The Book of...

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Perspective: Offer your children
Aug13

Perspective: Offer your children

One of my favorite services as a pastor was the dedication of children. As Baptists, we do not believe in infant baptism, but we do believe in parents committing their children to the Lord. In those dedication services, the parents pledge to give their children back to the Lord and to rear them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The church commits to walk beside the parents in prayer and to provide Christian training in the...

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Perspective: Defund Planned Parenthood!
Aug03

Perspective: Defund Planned Parenthood!

Thirty years ago, when I first entered the pro-life battle, pictures of mutilated bodies of unborn children were perceived as too graphic for public consumption. If someone showed the pictures of children who had been systematically ripped body part by body part from their mother’s womb, it was considered radical and overly dramatic. With the latest video from inside a Planned Parenthood clinic, the lens cover has been removed. The...

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