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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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Conventional Thinking: What now?
May19

Conventional Thinking: What now?

If you believe the news headlines, our neighbors to the east are witnesses a stampede of couples lining up for gay “marriage” licenses. Arkansas, in the wake of a Federal judge striking down its bipartisan 1997 marriage protection law, has seen more than 200 same-sex couples seek a marriage. While the number of people actually pursuing these legal arrangements is relatively few, this event has added fuel to the public debate that...

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Conventional Thinking: Baltimore bound
May12

Conventional Thinking: Baltimore bound

Lord willing, I will be in Baltimore, Md., June 10-11, for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Based on comments from a blogger I like, there is reason to believe I may be one of a small number under the age of 40 to attend. “Younger Southern Baptists are focused more on local church ministry and less on Convention meetings,”  said blogger Trevin Wax, pointing to the popularity of the SEND North America...

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Conventional Thinking:  Christians & capital punishment
May05

Conventional Thinking: Christians & capital punishment

On April 29, convicted murderer Clayton Lockett was executed by lethal injection at an Oklahoma State Penitentiary. The already-controversial execution was made even more so by the fact that the drugs did not work as expected, as “Lockett was given execution drugs and reacted violently, kicking and grimacing while lifting his head off the gurney to which he was strapped.” The shocking manner of his death then delayed the execution of...

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Conventional Thinking: Moore Impact
Apr30

Conventional Thinking: Moore Impact

As the one year anniversary of the May 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes nears, countless Oklahomans are reflecting on those difficult days. Since disaster struck, God’s people—led by Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers—have shined. They served meals. They prayed with victims. Today, gifts given by Southern Baptists from Oklahoma and around the world, along with donations from other generous individuals and businesses, continue to make...

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