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Conventional Thinking: Go to it!
Dec09

Conventional Thinking: Go to it!

Prior to his historic “We shall fight them on the beaches” speech by Winston Churchill on June 4, 1940, all of Britain, Europe, the United States—indeed Hitler himself—expected the British to make a negotiated peace with the Nazis. With that historic address, Churchill rallied his fellow countrymen to fight, going on to defeat the evil Nazi foe against all odds. Though not an explicitly Christian speech, Churchill does...

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Conventional Thinking: The answer
Dec02

Conventional Thinking: The answer

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness… we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.” These words by Charles Dickens, which describe the attitudes, climate and conditions of the days surrounding the French...

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Conventional Thinking: ‘Happy holy-days!’
Nov25

Conventional Thinking: ‘Happy holy-days!’

Ho-ly adjective \’hō-lē\—def. “set apart; sacred” With the arrival of Thanksgiving, Christians and others are now in holiday high gear. This brings forth the “war on Christmas” debate. Society continues to take Christ out of Christmas through the commercialization and the change in terms (e.g. “Holiday tree” instead of Christmas tree or trying to make us say “Happy Holidays”). Christian...

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Conventional Thinking: Conviction & compassion
Nov18

Conventional Thinking: Conviction & compassion

“The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 Messengers to the 2014 annual meeting of the BGCO considered several resolutions on weighty topics, including confronting domestic violence, opposing the legalization of marijuana, fighting for religious liberty in America and abroad and decrying the rise of...

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Conventional Thinking: Election reflections
Nov11

Conventional Thinking: Election reflections

The 2014 midterm elections proved to be a major pendulum swing in America. Once more, voters favored one political party—this time the Republican Party—over the other. Previous years have seen the opposite, and many now wonder what is in store for 2016 and beyond. Various Christians have wondered if this swing represents a shift back toward social conservatism after years of embraced social liberalism. Some are even calling it...

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Conventional Thinking: Flowers of faith
Nov04

Conventional Thinking: Flowers of faith

As Thanksgiving nears, I am thankful for the prayers of God’s people. It was these prayers that carried my family through a recent trial of great magnitude. Some Baptist Messenger readers are aware that in July, my wife gave birth to our child. What was unexpected about this birth and this baby—a girl we named Violet—is that she was born at 24 weeks gestational age, more than three months early due to pregnancy complications. Weighing...

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