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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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Conventional Thinking: Contending for marriage
Apr20

Conventional Thinking: Contending for marriage

It all comes down to this. In late April, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments about key cases related to marriage law in America. Experts believe their ruling, which is set to come in early summer and will be based on the April hearings, will provide a definitive answer on the issue of same-sex marriage. Between that time and this, you will likely have multiple opportunities to converse with family members, neighbors...

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Conventional Thinking: Never forget
Apr14

Conventional Thinking: Never forget

Those of us who were living in Oklahoma at the time could never forget that fateful day. April 19, 1995, like the Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11 attacks, is a date that will live in infamy. Yet, rising from the ashes, the people of this state, led by pastors and people of faith, discovered some hidden strength that God had given us that we did not even know was there. The photos and stories of heroism from the time following the Oklahoma...

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Conventional Thinking: After the Hoosier hysteria
Apr06

Conventional Thinking: After the Hoosier hysteria

Indiana is not typically considered to be a hotbed of controversy. That is partly why it was so surprising to find the Hoosier State at the center of a national controversy in recent weeks. The hysteria began when lawmakers passed a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA). Within hours of its passage, voices of opposition from activists could be heard, sparking a boycott of the entire state by many. Businesses like Angie’s List and...

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Conventional Thinking: Alive forevermore!
Mar31

Conventional Thinking: Alive forevermore!

My philosophy professor in college once compared Jesus to Elvis. He said both were popular in life, even dubbed “King,” and that people claimed to see them alive after their deaths. “But professor,” I spoke up and said nervously in front of the large class, “I have been to Graceland and seen Elvis’ tomb occupied. The tomb of Jesus is empty.” Yes, the empty tomb silenced the skeptical college professor. But greater than that, from the...

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Conventional Thinking: Under the dome
Mar24

Conventional Thinking: Under the dome

Will Rogers was reported to say, “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” While many proposed laws across this country can and should create a chuckle, there are several pieces of key legislation at the Oklahoma State Capitol under consideration, that are no laughing matter. Earlier this month, the Legislature moved beyond a major deadline by which bills had to pass either the House or Senate to stay...

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