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Conventional Thinking: Christmas vanishing?
Dec25

Conventional Thinking: Christmas vanishing?

In the C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the “White Witch” (who represents evil), through her wicked ways, made so it was “always winter and never Christmas” in Narnia. It is not only in works of fiction, though, that people come along to abolish Christmas. Throughout history, we know of several dictators and government leaders who abolished Christmas. The Soviet Communists officially...

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Conventional Thinking: Absent-parent parenting
Dec18

Conventional Thinking: Absent-parent parenting

Many of today’s college-age people were raised by so-called “helicopter parents,” who coddled and cuddled children to a fault. In a recent column, Oklahoma Wesleyan University president Everett Piper decried one such student in his midst—a possible product of this kind of parenting—who complained he felt “victimized” because he was offended by a sermon he heard in chapel. Piper said, to many applauding, “This is not a day care. This...

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Oklahoma Baptists’ ERLC launches Sanctity of Life Sunday resources for pastors, churches
Dec17

Oklahoma Baptists’ ERLC launches Sanctity of Life Sunday resources for pastors, churches

Each year, Southern Baptist churches and various Christian denominations celebrate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SHLS), an annual Sunday emphasis to recognize the importance of protecting unborn human life in an abortion-on-demand culture. Just in time for the 2016 SHLS, which is set for Jan. 17, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Committee (ERLC) of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) introduced and promoted new online...

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Conventional Thinking: The truths of Christmas
Dec11

Conventional Thinking: The truths of Christmas

As someone observed, it means everything that at Christmas, we celebrate a birth, not an abortion. It is of the highest significance that Christmas celebrates a birth that, while it was a surprise to many, was planned all along by God and foretold by the prophets. Truths about Christmas, like these, are not far-off truths, only for a manger in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. Instead, the Virgin Birth and the Incarnation of the Lord Jesus...

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Conventional Thinking: Barbie & biology
Dec04

Conventional Thinking: Barbie & biology

Just in time for Christmas, the toy company giant Mattel, maker of the Barbie doll, has a new TV video commercial. For the first time ever, Mattel shows a young boy playing with a Barbie doll. When asked about the ad, a Mattel spokesperson said, “The video celebrates how boys and girls alike play with Barbie—it’s all about self-expression, fashion, imagination and storytelling.” Jeff Johnston, a Focus on the Family expert on sexual...

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