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Conventional Thinking: Sexual identity crisis
Feb10

Conventional Thinking: Sexual identity crisis

I recently attended my first-ever gender identity reveal party, in which the expectant mother and father revealed the sex of the baby. More and more couples are finding out whether it’s a boy or girl through ultrasound these days. At the same time, more and more in society are confused about their own sexual identity. Last June at the meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, messengers to the annual meeting took up the issue and...

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Conventional Thinking: Piercing arrows
Feb03

Conventional Thinking: Piercing arrows

If there were one takeaway from the 2015 State Evangelism Conference, it’s the desperate urgency to pray for revival in the church and to work like never before to reach the lost in this state. If there were another, it was voiced by author and pastor Jim Cymbala. He spoke how we are losing the reached, namely some of our own children and grandchildren. On Tuesday evening, the final night of the conference, Cymbala led a special...

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Conventional Thinking: Homosexuality & the church
Jan27

Conventional Thinking: Homosexuality & the church

Society’s rapid acceptance of homosexuality—and the arrival of same-sex marriage in particular—has caught the church flat footed. We know what we believe and why, based on the Scriptures, but we often do not know how to talk about it. Or at least not in productive ways. I see two unproductive responses among Christians on the issue of homosexuality. One is to shout all the louder about it being sinful. The other is pure silence....

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Conventional Thinking: Keep telling the story
Jan20

Conventional Thinking: Keep telling the story

“Tell me a story, Daddy!” That is something I hear almost every day from my children. There’s something about stories that capture the attention of children. Then again, there is something about stories that speak to us grown-ups, too. Jesus, Himself, knew this. Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus told dozens of parables, each of which are recorded in the pages of the New Testament. From the parable of the lost sheep to the...

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Conventional Thinking: Whatcha talkin’ ‘bout?
Jan13

Conventional Thinking: Whatcha talkin’ ‘bout?

News reports show that, as of 2015, more than 1 billion people and organizations around the world now have a Facebook account. Social media, like Facebook and Twitter, have given an unprecedented number of people a platform to communicate. A review of how we are using social media and how we can use it even more effectively is in order. /// “Look at me” Sociologists have coined the term the “Look-At-Me Generation,” referring to...

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Conventional Thinking: Not mere statistics
Jan07

Conventional Thinking: Not mere statistics

Joseph Stalin, the evil Soviet tyrant, once said, “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” Since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, an estimated 55 million babies have been aborted in America. These are not mere statistics, but real boys and girls. There would have been one more death to add to those numbers, if Melissa Ohden had not survived the saline-infused abortion in 1977. Ohden, who not only...

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