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Perspective: Not death, but hope!
Apr14

Perspective: Not death, but hope!

What began as a beautiful spring morning ended as one of the darkest days in the  history of Oklahoma and our nation. I remember the day well. I had spent the early morning in my study at home preparing Sunday messages. As I drove toward the church, the beauty of the spring morning made my heart glad and thankful. At about 9 a.m., I stopped at the intersection west of Integris Baptist Hospital, which provided a full vista of downtown...

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Perspective: Feeling like Caleb
Apr06

Perspective: Feeling like Caleb

This is a very significant month in my life. First, I will turn 66 years old on April 20. Second, I will begin my 20th year as the Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. I remember watching my older friends reach this stage in life. While some friends have entered into the next stage of life with energy and expectancy, others smacked hard against the inevitable aging process and faced the future...

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Perspective: A special Sunday
Mar31

Perspective: A special Sunday

This Sunday is the central day in Christianity. This Sunday is the day we celebrate the substitutionary death of Christ Jesus on the cross and His resurrection from the grave for lost and broken sinners. Easter is the foundation of our faith. Without the Gospel of the cross and resurrection, we are hopeless, but Christ is risen! On Easter morning, more Americans will make their way to church than on any other day of the year....

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Perspective: The symbol of hope
Mar24

Perspective: The symbol of hope

What would you think if people everywhere wore jewelry shaped or imprinted with an electric chair? Think of it—beautiful and ornate jewelry made of gold, silver or platinum, and adorned with diamonds or other precious stones. I rather think we would consider the whole world to have gone off their collective rocker! Fine jewelry, beloved jewelry made in the shape of an electric chair, which is the symbol of death to murderers, does not...

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Perspective: Showing convictional kindness
Mar16

Perspective: Showing convictional kindness

Few events produced by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma have proved to be timelier or more needed than the recent conference on “The Gospel, Sexuality, and the Church.” While this was a conference primarily for pastors and staff, the sessions will be available online so anyone can listen to them. My purpose in this column is not to revisit the conference in a detailed way, but I would like to draw some conclusions that...

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Perspective: A new perspective
Mar09

Perspective: A new perspective

Loss of those precious to us and the accompanying grief are common experiences of us all. Over these 47 years of ministry, I have walked with many through these times. Yet, when life requires us to walk this path in a personal loss, one gets a new perspective. I have been reminded of some things that I want to share with you. One clear lesson in the time of death is that faith in the Lord Jesus means everything. While death is our...

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