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Conventional Thinking: Conviction & compassion
Nov18

Conventional Thinking: Conviction & compassion

“The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 Messengers to the 2014 annual meeting of the BGCO considered several resolutions on weighty topics, including confronting domestic violence, opposing the legalization of marijuana, fighting for religious liberty in America and abroad and decrying the rise of...

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Conventional Thinking: Election reflections
Nov11

Conventional Thinking: Election reflections

The 2014 midterm elections proved to be a major pendulum swing in America. Once more, voters favored one political party—this time the Republican Party—over the other. Previous years have seen the opposite, and many now wonder what is in store for 2016 and beyond. Various Christians have wondered if this swing represents a shift back toward social conservatism after years of embraced social liberalism. Some are even calling it...

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Conventional Thinking: Flowers of faith
Nov04

Conventional Thinking: Flowers of faith

As Thanksgiving nears, I am thankful for the prayers of God’s people. It was these prayers that carried my family through a recent trial of great magnitude. Some Baptist Messenger readers are aware that in July, my wife gave birth to our child. What was unexpected about this birth and this baby—a girl we named Violet—is that she was born at 24 weeks gestational age, more than three months early due to pregnancy complications. Weighing...

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Conventional Thinking: Houston & homosexuality
Oct28

Conventional Thinking: Houston & homosexuality

“Touch an Englishman in a hundred places about his freedom and he will not squawk. Touch him in his pocketbook with unfair taxes, and he will revolt.” That is what Edmund Burke, 18th Century British Member of Parliament speaking about the causes leading up to the American Revolution. In October, Houston Mayor Annise Parker found out you can bother a pastor in a hundred places, but if you try to touch his pulpit, he will...

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Desperate times, desperate prayers
Oct27

Desperate times, desperate prayers

MOORE—Repentance, reformation, revival. These were among the themes prayed about and spoken of at the inaugural Day to Pray event on Mon., Oct. 20, at Moore, First. The all-day prayer event, which attracted more than 250 pastors and church staff members from across the state, was hosted by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) and led by BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony L. Jordan and BGCO President Nick Garland,...

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