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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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Conventional Thinking: Houston & homosexuality
Oct28

Conventional Thinking: Houston & homosexuality

“Touch an Englishman in a hundred places about his freedom and he will not squawk. Touch him in his pocketbook with unfair taxes, and he will revolt.” That is what Edmund Burke, 18th Century British Member of Parliament speaking about the causes leading up to the American Revolution. In October, Houston Mayor Annise Parker found out you can bother a pastor in a hundred places, but if you try to touch his pulpit, he will...

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Conventional Thinking: For Voters of Faith
Oct21

Conventional Thinking: For Voters of Faith

Elections have consequences, so the saying goes. The 2014 election is supposed to have major ramifications for America and right here in Oklahoma. We will vote on Oklahoma’s Governor and other statewide elected officials, numerous legislative races, as well as state questions and judicial races. In modern elections, with the barrage of campaign marketing on TV and in print, and through fevered conversations on social media, it can be...

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Conventional Thinking: Our same-sex ‘marriage’ moment
Oct14

Conventional Thinking: Our same-sex ‘marriage’ moment

Ten years ago, Oklahoma voters took to the polls to approve State Question 711, then known as a marriage protection law. The question was approved by 75 percent of voters. Ten years later, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down this law, now commonly referred to as a “ban on gay marriage.” As announced last week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of this decision, and related ones, and same-sex...

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Conventional Thinking: LGBT…Q
Oct07

Conventional Thinking: LGBT…Q

If you are following the public conversation about homosexuality, you may have noticed a new letter to the acronym, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender). It is now politically correct to say “LGBTQ” where the Q stands for “Questioning.” Before I begin analyzing what I think this signifies, let me say a couple things. I am in no way presenting an “us versus them” scenario here or perpetuating a...

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