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Perspective: I was blessed
Jan27

Perspective: I was blessed

One of the great blessings of our Oklahoma Baptist family is its pronounced diversity. While Oklahoma Baptists, on the whole, are white middle class, we increasingly have become multi-racial and multi-socioeconomic in our background. In fact, Oklahoma Baptists are the most diverse denomination in Oklahoma, and the same is true of Southern Baptists in our nation. Because my ministry takes me to a different church nearly every Sunday, I...

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Perspective: It’s time—Part 2
Jan20

Perspective: It’s time—Part 2

It’s time we tell our story and Christ’s story! Silence has had its time in the limelight, but we can be silent no more. If we do not tell our story and His—who will? If we do not faithfully communicate the Gospel with Oklahoma, who will? God pressed upon my heart as I prayed about 2015 that I must vigorously challenge individual followers of Christ and not just the church as a whole. God’s desire is for me to challenge all of us to...

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Perspective: It’s time
Jan13

Perspective: It’s time

During the first week of January, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma staff meet together each day for worship, information, and training. During this time, I have the opportunity as their leader to share my heart. I try to lay before the staff thoughts God has placed on my heart that will direct our work among the churches during the year. I have determined it would be worthwhile for me to share those thoughts with you. The...

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Perspective: A Gospel of grace
Jan07

Perspective: A Gospel of grace

In recent years, few moral issues have brought greater challenge to the American church than sexual immorality and homosexuality in particular. While 2,000 years of Christian doctrine provide clear and undiluted teaching on the issue, modern denominations and churches have sought alternative interpretation of Scripture in face of a rapidly changing culture. I’m not surprised. When Christian leaders begin to follow opinion polls rather...

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Perspective: A service of prayer
Dec30

Perspective: A service of prayer

As we turn the page to 2015, I want to lay before us a challenge to incorporate more strategic and intentional efforts of prayer into this new year. While we will set times for pastors and staff to come together for prayer and fasting, it is imperative that prayer becomes a major priority in ongoing church ministry. I do not think anyone would argue with me when I declare that our churches, state, and nation are in desperate need of...

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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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