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Conventional Thinking: Victory!
Jul08

Conventional Thinking: Victory!

The ancient Romans had a phrase about winning and losing. In Latin, “Vae victis” meant “woe to the conquered.” Within the last five years, conservative Christians have known all too well the feeling of being conquered, being on the losing side of many cultural battles. From the unhindered advance of so-called “gay marriage” to the normalization of once looked down upon things like pornography and marijuana use, the Christian view has...

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Conventional Thinking: Anger games
Jun24

Conventional Thinking: Anger games

If the 2014 campaign season has reminded us of anything, it is that politics is a contact sport. We have not yet arrived to the general elections, and the negative ads and mudslinging are in full force. The question to ask, though, is not why they act that way. The question is, do we the people act that way, too? In other words, are our politics just a reflection of who we have become as a society? The answer appears to be yes, if you...

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Conventional Thinking:  Resolved
Jun17

Conventional Thinking: Resolved

Anyone who attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in Baltimore would walk away with the impression that our people and our churches should recommit to prayer in a great way. Amid the reports and voting issues, dedicated times for prayer punctuated the meeting, which was attended by 5,100-plus Southern Baptist messengers, suggesting now is a time for more than “business as usual.” That is not to say...

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Conventional Thinking: Decisions & Disciples
Jun10

Conventional Thinking: Decisions & Disciples

And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”— Matt. 4:19. Summer is in full view, and that means churches, Christian camps and others are working overtime to share the Good News with children and young people. Lord willing, Oklahoma will have many who hear Jesus’ call, and we will see many decisions for Christ in summer 2014. The idea of making decisions for Christ, however, has fallen on hard times. David...

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Conventional Thinking: Just say no
Jun02

Conventional Thinking: Just say no

Oklahoma has a long history of state ballot questions coming to a vote of the people as a way to amend the State Constitution. A new group, innocuously named “Oklahomans for Health,” announced it is trying to get enough petition signatures to put its issue on the November ballot. The issue: legalize medical marijuana. The public debate about this whole policy idea, which allows for residents 18 and older with a doctor’s note to buy...

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Conventional Thinking: #hashtag, you’re it
May27

Conventional Thinking: #hashtag, you’re it

In social media circles, one punctuation mark rules them all. The “hash tag” sign (#), previously known as a pound sign, is used in front of words to indicate the topic at hand. Whether on Facebook or Twitter, if you see a hash tag in front of the word, it indicates a conversation is going on and aggregates posts and tweets about it. The topics vary from the silly to the serious. One such trend topic was “#BringBackOurGirls,” a global...

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