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Conventional Thinking: Our same-sex ‘marriage’ moment
Oct14

Conventional Thinking: Our same-sex ‘marriage’ moment

Ten years ago, Oklahoma voters took to the polls to approve State Question 711, then known as a marriage protection law. The question was approved by 75 percent of voters. Ten years later, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down this law, now commonly referred to as a “ban on gay marriage.” As announced last week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of this decision, and related ones, and same-sex...

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Conventional Thinking: LGBT…Q
Oct07

Conventional Thinking: LGBT…Q

If you are following the public conversation about homosexuality, you may have noticed a new letter to the acronym, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender). It is now politically correct to say “LGBTQ” where the Q stands for “Questioning.” Before I begin analyzing what I think this signifies, let me say a couple things. I am in no way presenting an “us versus them” scenario here or perpetuating a...

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Conventional Thinking: Weapons of mass distraction
Sep30

Conventional Thinking: Weapons of mass distraction

In September, Apple released its new iPhone 6. Based on people’s glowing reactions, you might think we’ve discovered the eighth wonder of the world. The overwhelming awe and buzz surrounding this new electronic device goes to show just how much “smart phones” have transformed the way we think and live. Without a doubt, cell phones and mobile devices have created huge conveniences, such as access to information, ease of...

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Conventional Thinking: Let’s wrap
Sep23

Conventional Thinking: Let’s wrap

For more than 100 years, the Baptist Messenger has been informing and inspiring Oklahoma Baptists. Along with the Cooperate Program and Falls Creek, it is one of the three great points of connection for our churches in Oklahoma that God has used to unite us. The Bible says in John 13:16, “A messenger is not greater than the one who sent him.” The same is true about your Baptist publication, the Baptist Messenger. We are...

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Conventional Thinking: Know when to fold ‘em
Sep16

Conventional Thinking: Know when to fold ‘em

Take a drive from Dallas to Oklahoma City on I-35, and one thing becomes readily apparent. Texas is plagued with pornography shops, and Oklahoma is not. Yet before we feel too good about ourselves, stop to think how many casinos and billboards advertising the state lottery we have along the highway in Oklahoma. In the grand scheme of things, pornography provides a more universal temptation, but gambling also has a corrosive influence...

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