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Perspective: Steady growth

Every Wednesday morning during the summer, on the grounds of the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, the Falls Creek 5K is run. This summer, I have spent each Tuesday night at the Creek, so I am there to watch the race. I am amazed at the number of students, sponsors and pastors in the race. My apartment is located beside the long, steep hill that leads past the amphitheater. I step out onto my balcony to watch and listen as...

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Perspective: Five minutes with Jesus

Recently, while scanning my Inbox, I saw a rather unique phrase in the subject line of an email from my executive assistant. It read, “Jesus needs five minutes with you today.” My first thought was that I had already spent time with Him that morning and try to stay in touch throughout the day. My second thought was that Jesus and I communicate on a personal basis, and we have never used a mediator to get us together....

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Perspective: We can make a difference

In recent days, five justices of the Supreme Court reversed 237 years of American history and the moral path of the ages by redefining marriage as no longer exclusively between one man and one woman. Now, marriage can be defined as one man and one man or one woman and one woman. Without question, it was a sad day in American history. I suspect Americans may look back on this decision as the Roe v. Wade of marriage law. While the...

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Perspective: Baptism is important

This week I want to address once again the issue, “Where have all the baptisms gone?” as articulated in a blog post by Thom Rainer. I want to offer an additional line of thinking. Even in a denomination that carries the very idea of baptism in its name, I would contend Southern Baptists have made too little of baptism. Too often, there is a void in our emphasis on baptism and its fundamental importance in the Christian life. Fewer and...

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Perspective: Repent and believe!

A recent blog post by Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, (See page 2) challenged me to think again about the state of our work in the local church. His blog post is titled “Where Have all the Baptisms Gone?” The 2012 statistics for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) reflect the lowest number of baptisms since 1948. The SBC lost another 105,000 members as well. Oklahoma Baptists fare no better than our national...

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