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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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In with the new: El Reno, First dedicates new property, celebrates milestone
Sep15

In with the new: El Reno, First dedicates new property, celebrates milestone

EL RENO—The weekend of Sept. 7 was a celebration time for El Reno, First, as members gathered Saturday evening for a time of fellowship worship and rejoicing at its new location. After months of construction of the new facilities, the new doors were finally opened for worship, culminating a long journey. “Our church has been abundantly blessed,” said Charlie Blount, who has served as pastor for more than six years....

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Conventional Thinking: Sports on Sunday
Sep08

Conventional Thinking: Sports on Sunday

Jameis Winston, the Heisman-winning quarterback of the Florida State Seminoles (whom OSU almost defeated), said in a recent interview with ESPN, “I have played at every level of football, except on Sundays.” Winston, who boasted of his playing days in Little League and in High School, was of course referring to the NFL. The comment shows just how much has changed in so little time, as a vast majority of Little League and...

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