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Perspective: Whoa! Wow!

Whoa! Not Wow, but Whoa! This is a good Oklahoma word used as a command to your horse to get it to stop running. I am not a horse, nor are you, but I am suggesting that this would be a good time for Oklahoma Baptists to holler “Whoa!” I would propose that it is of utmost importance because we won’t shout “WOW!” if we don’t “Whoa!” Now, let me explain. If we are honest with ourselves, we stay so focused on doing that we rarely stop to...

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Perspective: A remarkable tithe

Read the words quoted in the lead article of this issue from Pastor Hance Dilbeck regarding the remarkable tithe and subsequent gift through the Cooperative Program (CP) by Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. “The church members (husband and wife) who gave this did so as a matter of principle,” he said. “They tithed on a large increase just as they have in the past on a smaller scale. Quail Springs followed the same...

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Perspective: I cannot be silent

Some will read this column and deduce that I have stepped beyond my focus on moral and ethical issues into the political arena—allow me to provide a disclaimer. My purpose is not to be political. I do not put my hope in any political party. While my views may align more with one party than another, I have sought to never advocate for a particular party. On the other hand, even though I may be misunderstood, I cannot keep silent. We...

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Perspective: We will not bow down

Jan. 22, 1973, is a day that will live in infamy. On that day, the Supreme Court of the United States made a decision that sealed the doom for more than 50 million unborn children in America. The Court declared in its decision that the unborn child did not have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The right to abortion became the law of the land. Over the years, those who stand to profit from abortion and their...

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Perspective: Tithing: A Kingdom perspective

I am very thankful for the spiritual training I received as a child. My parents taught me very early to read my Bible and pray. In Sunday School and Church Training (OK, I just dated myself), these two spiritual disciplines, as well as other very important disciplines, were taught, lived, and reinforced over and over again in my life. Spiritual disciplines were never presented as a means to salvation, but were seen as the fruit of...

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