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Perspective: Here I stand

The news on this day has been filled with stories related to the homosexual agenda. I am not stunned by the things I read. There is an aggressive agenda at work in America to not only make homosexual behavior acceptable, but also to discredit anyone who takes a different view as intolerant at best and totally ignorant and mean at worst. Consider three clear examples. Greg Laurie is a very successful evangelical pastor and evangelist...

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Perspective: Faithful ministry leader

Oklahoma has been a proving ground for many national leaders. In the last few years, four men from Oklahoma have moved directly to lead state conventions in other parts of the country. Two of these four men worked on our state staff before becoming leaders of state conventions. Now, a third man will join this outstanding group of leaders. Dr. Randy Adams, who has led the Church Outreach Team of the Baptist General Convention of...

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Perspective: Because of you

One of the great joys of my ministry is to represent Oklahoma Baptists on mission fields around the world. This past week, I have been in the State of Guerrero, Mexico, where the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) has had a partnership for the last seven years. This is a part of Mexico that is as dark as many places you will find in East Asia, and is also a place where the people are religious, but lost. In many cases,...

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Perspective: Season your language with grace, not filth

I was watching a music awards show recently when one of the winners (a female in this case) used a curse word in her acceptance speech. In a rather flippant way, she apologized for using that kind of language on television. She reminded me of when a man would unload a curse word in my presence and quickly say, “Excuse me, Reverend.” First, I have never liked the title “reverend,” and second, I am not the one to whom the dude needed to...

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Perspective: Legacy

This week, I have the wonderful privilege of announcing another very significant gift to Falls Creek. This gift will allow us to build a 50-room lodge that is so desperately needed for year-round use of the conference center. Two years ago, members of this family gave $500,000 to be used to honor a specific individual. What will these gifts accomplish in conjunction with the recent $7 million gift for a new dining/event center? These...

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