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Perspective: No compromise!
Jun02

Perspective: No compromise!

Next week, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) will meet in Baltimore. If predictions are right, this will be one of the smallest gatherings in many, many years. Meeting in Baltimore takes us away from our base in the south, and interest in meetings has dropped dramatically. Presidential elections at one time would draw larger crowds, but it seems these days that only a good fight will call for larger numbers to attend. I could...

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Perspective: Fired up, blessed, excited
May27

Perspective: Fired up, blessed, excited

I have spent a lot of time in board and committee meetings across the years. In fact, I often tell people that if one makes it to Heaven by attending meetings, I overshot Heaven many years ago! Some people think of board meetings as a place to be bored. That may be so in some places, but it is not true in Oklahoma. I just finished a round of board meetings of our affiliate organizations and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma...

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Perspective: The Falls Creek ‘secret’
May19

Perspective: The Falls Creek ‘secret’

The time has come for the 97th year of Falls Creek to begin. Across the years, I have been asked on innumerable occasions, “What is the secret of Falls Creek?” That is a question that I am willing to venture an attempt to answer. Some would say the secret is the quality of programming. Without a doubt, the year-round preparation by staff and local church leaders to plan a program of ministry that is creative is very important. The...

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Perspective:  Advice to graduates
May12

Perspective: Advice to graduates

Over the next few weeks, graduates will walk across the stage to receive their high school and college diplomas. This ceremony will conclude one stage of life and mark the beginning of another. This is a day most parents both long for and, at the same time, dread. Conflicting emotions of pride and realization that parenting is about to take a different turn are present. To complete high school is a great accomplishment. Most of us...

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Perspective: Relationships are key
May05

Perspective: Relationships are key

On Easter Sunday, I turned 65 years old, which was actually a fun trip. People were basically nice, and I partied all week. The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma staff and my family gave me parties, and Kingfisher, First, where I preached on Easter, provided a birthday cake for me. I was reminded of my age in unique ways. My niece and nephew were so kind to place 65 plastic Easter eggs in my yard. They also wrote on my driveway...

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Perspective: A springboard to serve
Apr30

Perspective: A springboard to serve

There are few ministries that have the impact on people’s lives as Disaster Relief does. Almost 41 years ago, Laddie Adams had the vision to lead Oklahoma Baptists to establish a Disaster Relief team. Since that time, the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief team has grown to more than 5,000 trained volunteers with one of the largest number of trained Disaster Relief chaplains in the nation. In 1982, a building to house Disaster Relief...

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