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Perspective: Shining examples
Dec17

Perspective: Shining examples

Every year during the Christmas season, I read the Advent passages from Scripture, which is an astonishing look at the Hand of God at work. At first glance, one would think that everything seems out of kilter, as if God took all things normal and rational and threw them to the wind. But with closer examination, God is simply confounding the wisdom of the wise in this world to prove His power and His might. A teenage peasant girl and...

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Perspective: They have NEVER HEARD!
Dec09

Perspective: They have NEVER HEARD!

How many Bibles does your family own—five, 10, or more? Consider the abundant ways we have in this world of technology to obtain access to the Bible. How many times have you heard the Gospel in the last year? Most of us have heard the Gospel no less than 50 or 60 times on the low side, and many of us have heard the Gospel hundreds of times during the year. Pastors may preach on tithing, but before the sermon ends, a simple Gospel...

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Perspective: Our primary effort
Dec02

Perspective: Our primary effort

Some months ago, I wrote an article on the need for immigration reform. It was a call to us as believers to pray for wisdom for members of Congress and to call for action on their part to deal with the 11 million undocumented immigrants. As you well know, the President recently issued an executive order effecting nearly half of those in the country illegally. The vast majority of those affected are Hispanics from Mexico and other...

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Perspective: ‘Thanksgiving Jazz’
Nov25

Perspective: ‘Thanksgiving Jazz’

This may surprise you, but one of my favorite cities in America is New Orleans. Polla and I moved to this very unique city to attend seminary. The people in New Orleans are wonderful. While there are many dark and sinful things there, the city is a cultural delight. In fact, I often tell people to choose a seminary on the basis of which one has the best food. New Orleans Seminary wins hands down! One of my favorite and affordable...

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Perspective: Celebrate!
Nov18

Perspective: Celebrate!

I have often stated that Baptists rarely take time to celebrate victories. We always have another river to cross or another mountain to climb. But folks, it is time to step back and celebrate the work of the Lord. During the annual meeting last week, a video (one we would be glad to provide for your church) was shown regarding the remarkable progress of the facilities at Falls Creek. As you can imagine, I am immersed in Falls Creek...

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Perspective: We affirm . . .
Nov11

Perspective: We affirm . . .

This week, messengers from Oklahoma Baptist churches meet together for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) annual meeting. This gathering is a time of reflection and celebration of the past years’ work and a projection of the direction of our “Together” ministries for 2015. This meeting is also a time of affirmation. By our votes and actions, we affirm several very important beliefs. First, we affirm that we...

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