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Q&A: Is religious liberty in danger?
May19

Q&A: Is religious liberty in danger?

The Baptist Messenger recently sat down with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to discuss issues of religious liberty. Pruitt is a member of Broken Arrow, First. Messenger: Could you talk about the right to worship over and against the right to the free exercise of worship? Pruitt: This issue is equally a very important issue, not only currently, but in years ahead. When you look internationally, you look at history as compared...

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Conventional Thinking: Be active
May19

Conventional Thinking: Be active

With the merry month of May nearing its end and June around the corner, families are gearing up for summer plans that may include vacations, trips to camp, swimming and other fun in the sun. Between these times of traditional summer activities, however, we are tempted to stay indoors to beat the heat, relax and enjoy air conditioning. There is nothing wrong with that; yet summertime, like any other time of year, affords people the...

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Conventional Thinking: Dear graduates…
May12

Conventional Thinking: Dear graduates…

The classes of 2015 have their moment in the sun, as high school, college and post-graduate students across the state are rightly receiving recognition now for their educational achievements. As part of this rite of passage, many students and young adults will take part in commencement events that will include long speeches with advice to live by. Rather than attempt to offer my own original thoughts to them, I want to pass along...

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Conventional Thinking: Mothers we love
May05

Conventional Thinking: Mothers we love

Sunday, May 10, marks one of the most important holidays in America, Mother’s Day. A brief review of history shows that this revered holiday came into being only within the last 100 years. Yet, in church life, Mother’s Day takes its place right along with the major holidays, even surpassing in size of the celebration of older holidays, such as Palm Sunday. Why is this? It is explained by the importance of women, specifically mothers,...

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Conventional Thinking: A losing bet
Apr28

Conventional Thinking: A losing bet

Returning from a Baptist conference in California recently, I had an unexpected change of airplanes in, of all places, Las Vegas. I had not walked two feet off the airplane before I heard the sound. Really it was more like noise—the noise of slot machines. We are all-too-familiar with the sight of slot machines and casinos in Oklahoma. A Baptist Messenger editorial published in 1993 called “Oklahoma a hot spot for casinos” because we...

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