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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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Perspective: Cooperation on display

Since May 20, life in Oklahoma has centered on disaster relief. People have given so generously. Oklahoma and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief have both done the usual remarkable job of serving. Local churches in the affected areas have given their all in service to people in need. Frankly, this ministry of service is a beautiful picture of the love of God at work through His people. It is also a wonderful expression of cooperation on...

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Perspective: Faith in action

The devastation wrought by the storms May 19-20 brings us to our knees. As I have driven through these areas that stretch many miles surrounding Shawnee and Moore, my heart breaks for those who have lost so much. Also, we have had to watch families bury their loved ones whose lives were lost in the storms. In the midst of this tragedy, I have seen the “Oklahoma Standard” turn into “Oklahoma Strong.” The resolve of Oklahomans to begin...

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