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Perspective: Showing convictional kindness
Mar16

Perspective: Showing convictional kindness

Few events produced by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma have proved to be timelier or more needed than the recent conference on “The Gospel, Sexuality, and the Church.” While this was a conference primarily for pastors and staff, the sessions will be available online so anyone can listen to them. My purpose in this column is not to revisit the conference in a detailed way, but I would like to draw some conclusions that...

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Perspective: A new perspective
Mar09

Perspective: A new perspective

Loss of those precious to us and the accompanying grief are common experiences of us all. Over these 47 years of ministry, I have walked with many through these times. Yet, when life requires us to walk this path in a personal loss, one gets a new perspective. I have been reminded of some things that I want to share with you. One clear lesson in the time of death is that faith in the Lord Jesus means everything. While death is our...

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Perspective: An incredible Mom
Mar03

Perspective: An incredible Mom

As this is going to press, our family will celebrate the life of this remarkable lady—Norma Lenora Jordan. I wrote about her several years ago on Mother’s Day. I pray each woman would follow her legacy with her family. Few words in the English language bring greater joy or evoke stronger feelings than the word Mom. It is only three letters, but the person behind the name has a huge impact in our lives. Perhaps no other person has so...

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Perspective: Some concerns
Feb24

Perspective: Some concerns

I am often asked what I see on the landscape of Oklahoma Baptist life. I wrestle with this question on a regular basis because I believe Oklahoma Baptists are key to reaching our state with the Gospel and advancing the Kingdom of God in Oklahoma. We, as Oklahoma Baptists, are not the only group who preaches the Gospel, but we are the largest evangelical group in this state. I have concerns about our future. Let me share some of the...

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Perspective: Engage in worship!
Feb17

Perspective: Engage in worship!

One of the great blessings of my ministry is the opportunity to worship in many different settings. One Sunday, I may be in a very contemporary worship experience with theater lighting and a stage set for a rock concert. Guitars and drums punctuate each song with sounds unfamiliar to my country church experience. The next week, I may be in a church with a choir and orchestra. Most weeks, I am in a setting with a style somewhere...

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