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Reader responds to OSSAA prayer ban editorial
Jul20

Reader responds to OSSAA prayer ban editorial

EDITOR NOTE: The July 9 Baptist Messenger featured a guest editorial submitted by State Rep. Bobby Cleveland. The following is a response to the article by Mike Whaley Member, Blanchard, First I have been an assistant director for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) for the last six years and prior to that time spent 30 years coaching and teaching in Oklahoma’s public schools that were members of OSSAA. Never...

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Guest Editorial: State Rep. responds to OSSAA prayer ban
Jul06

Guest Editorial: State Rep. responds to OSSAA prayer ban

EDITOR NOTE: The following is a guest editorial submitted by State Rep. Bobby Cleveland who is a member of Norman, Bethel. The June 14 edition of The Oklahoman featured a comment from Ed Sheakley, director of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA), “…we’re not going to allow student-led prayer at our contests.” The OSSAA recently reiterated and in fact bolstered its policy prohibiting student-led prayers at...

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Guest Editorial: Is Easter too violent for kids?

>> by Russell Moore, Dean, School of Theology, Southern Seminary Every year, around this time, parents and churches ponder how to communicate the Easter story to children as something more than dyed eggs. The problem is, of course, that it’s impossible to talk about the resurrection of Jesus without talking about death. And, in the case of Jesus, it’s really hard to talk about death without talking about crucifixion. Some...

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Guest Editorial: Is culture at war with Christmas?

>> By Russell Moore Dean, School of Theology, Southern Seminary  Flipping through magazines on an airplane, I found myself sighing with irritation. An advertisement for Budweiser was tagged with the headline, “Silent Nights are Overrated.” In a second magazine, I saw an ad for a high-end outdoor grill, which read: “Who says it’s better to give than to receive?” My first reaction was one I’ve critiqued in others, to take some...

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Guest Editorial: The church and homosexuality

by Kevin DeYoung, Pastor University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Mich. Of the many complexities involving the church and homosexuality, one of the most difficult is how the former should speak of the latter. Even for those Christians who agree that homosexuality is contrary to the will of God, there is little agreement on how we ought to speak about homosexuality being contrary to the will of God. Much of this disagreement is owing...

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First Person: Save a baby; share the Gospel

Five hundred million dollars. That’s how much of our tax dollars went to funding an institution whose sole purpose is to fight against the value of life. This insight became public knowledge when in its latest annual report Planned Parenthood listed that it had received approximately $487 million of funding from the federal government. That same report showed a steady increase in the number of abortions performed at its clinics and a...

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