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Conventional Thinking: S-L-A-Y the dragon
Jun08

Conventional Thinking: S-L-A-Y the dragon

There’s a scheme of the devil doing untold damage to the church, to families, to marriages and entire communities. It is so drastic, so dangerous it can be compared with a raging dragon. Far too many people, however, are lured into letting this “dragon” into their homes and hearts, thinking they can keep it on a leash, only to have it burn up everything they have and are. I am talking about pornography. It is everywhere, and people...

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Conventional Thinking: ‘Hit-and-run evangelism’
Jun01

Conventional Thinking: ‘Hit-and-run evangelism’

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on Earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (Matt. 28:18-20). Summertime presents an excellent opportunity to advance the...

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Conventional Thinking: Preying on the poor
May26

Conventional Thinking: Preying on the poor

We’ve all seen them. Some communities have more than one. They are called payday lending centers, and they are coming under criticism from a new group called the Faith for Just Lending Coalition, for charging obscenely high loan rates that hurt families. According to the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (which is part of the Coalition), here’s how it typically works: “A payday lender...

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Conventional Thinking: Be active
May19

Conventional Thinking: Be active

With the merry month of May nearing its end and June around the corner, families are gearing up for summer plans that may include vacations, trips to camp, swimming and other fun in the sun. Between these times of traditional summer activities, however, we are tempted to stay indoors to beat the heat, relax and enjoy air conditioning. There is nothing wrong with that; yet summertime, like any other time of year, affords people the...

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Conventional Thinking: Dear graduates…
May12

Conventional Thinking: Dear graduates…

The classes of 2015 have their moment in the sun, as high school, college and post-graduate students across the state are rightly receiving recognition now for their educational achievements. As part of this rite of passage, many students and young adults will take part in commencement events that will include long speeches with advice to live by. Rather than attempt to offer my own original thoughts to them, I want to pass along...

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Conventional Thinking: Mothers we love
May05

Conventional Thinking: Mothers we love

Sunday, May 10, marks one of the most important holidays in America, Mother’s Day. A brief review of history shows that this revered holiday came into being only within the last 100 years. Yet, in church life, Mother’s Day takes its place right along with the major holidays, even surpassing in size of the celebration of older holidays, such as Palm Sunday. Why is this? It is explained by the importance of women, specifically mothers,...

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