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Perspective: Be like the psalmist
May12

Perspective: Be like the psalmist

Sometimes, we must just step back and watch while God does remarkable things before our eyes. Like the Psalmists, who regularly called on the people of God to recount the mighty acts of God, our generation of Baptists has seen God move in remarkable ways. As the children of Israel were given the Promised Land, so our God has provided for the work of Oklahoma Baptists. When we think of mission fields, we often think of faraway places...

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Perspective: Bless our mothers!
May05

Perspective: Bless our mothers!

As I sat at my computer to compose this article, I found myself overwhelmed with topics. The headlines blare of very critical subjects such as the Supreme Court and same-sex marriage, riots in Baltimore fueled by race issues, the devastating earthquake in Nepal, and the ever present danger of ISIS and their cohort of minions. All of these issues are important to the future of our world. My choice of topic this week ignores all of them...

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Perspective: Falls Creek update
Apr28

Perspective: Falls Creek update

Some time has passed since I have given you an update on Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. The busy spring and summer seasons are upon us. In the last few weeks, the conference center has hosted Texas Easter Retreat, Hispanic Falls Creek, Baptist Collegiate Ministries retreat, Ladies Retreat, and Men’s Retreat. Nearly 7,500 people attended these events. For many years, Falls Creek has been a year-round destination. The camp is...

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Perspective: A stand for life
Apr20

Perspective: A stand for life

Recently, Polla and I had the wonderful privilege of seeing the ultrasound image of our granddaughter, who is at 19 weeks gestation. Seeing this image was one of the most thrilling and overwhelming experiences of our lives. We could see the profile of her sweet little face, arms, hands, and legs. This was not our first view of her since we had seen her tiny form in the womb at 10 weeks. Our hearts overflow as we look at the handiwork...

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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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