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Perspective: Good out of tragedy
Aug26

Perspective: Good out of tragedy

As an Oklahoman, stormy weather has always been a part of my life. Through the years, I have had people react to my being an Oklahoman by suggesting they would not live here because of the scary tornadoes. So, when Polla and I moved to New Orleans for seminary, the thought of hurricanes did not really frighten us very much—until we experienced one! The hurricanes that blew through Louisiana while we lived there were frightening, but...

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Perspective: Shaped by the right values
Aug20

Perspective: Shaped by the right values

In everyone’s life, there are those defining moments or seasons that shape us dramatically. I can think of no more season of defining character and direction in life than the years spent at a university. The university season of life is designed to challenge, shape, and prepare a person for vocation and life itself. As Christians, we believe that the shaping of the mind also involves the shaping of one’s character. The Book of...

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Perspective: Offer your children
Aug13

Perspective: Offer your children

One of my favorite services as a pastor was the dedication of children. As Baptists, we do not believe in infant baptism, but we do believe in parents committing their children to the Lord. In those dedication services, the parents pledge to give their children back to the Lord and to rear them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The church commits to walk beside the parents in prayer and to provide Christian training in the...

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Perspective: Defund Planned Parenthood!
Aug03

Perspective: Defund Planned Parenthood!

Thirty years ago, when I first entered the pro-life battle, pictures of mutilated bodies of unborn children were perceived as too graphic for public consumption. If someone showed the pictures of children who had been systematically ripped body part by body part from their mother’s womb, it was considered radical and overly dramatic. With the latest video from inside a Planned Parenthood clinic, the lens cover has been removed. The...

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Perspective: Be a good steward!
Jul29

Perspective: Be a good steward!

A recent survey indicates that 72 percent of Americans will die without an estate plan. When you die without an estate plan, your assets, small or large, default to the government’s plan for you. You may be a fan of the government and courts, but I admit they are not the people I want determining how my estate will be divided. Many younger couples ignore estate plans because they feel they have nothing to leave and forget that the...

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Exposing Planned Parenthood
Jul16

Exposing Planned Parenthood

Each time I look into the eyes of my adult children, I give thanks to God for His gracious and kind acts toward Polla and me. I give thanks to God that Missouri and Oklahoma Baptists, rather than Planned Parenthood, were there to minister and guide two young women caught in the vortex of crises pregnancies. Instead of Planned Parenthood trying to convince these young mothers that death for their unborn children was the solution,...

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