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Perspective: The battle is not over!
Feb10

Perspective: The battle is not over!

On Feb. 4, I made my way to the State Capitol joining hundreds of pro-life Christians at the 24th Annual Rose Day. This day is set aside for Oklahomans to deliver roses—the rose is a symbol of life—to the legislative and executive offices. In 1990, I had the privilege of chairing a rally on the steps of the State Capitol where nearly 20,000 pro-lifers came to stand for life. The rally was held on Sunday afternoon, and no legislators...

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Perspective: It’s time!
Feb03

Perspective: It’s time!

What a joy it was to have Franklin Graham at the State Evangelism Conference. He and I had a few minutes to talk and remember some mutual friends who had served on his dad’s evangelistic team. In 1956, Billy Graham preached a crusade in Oklahoma City at the old baseball stadium. One of the major accomplishments of the crusade was the powerful change that took place in several businessmen in our city. These men became powerful servants...

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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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