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Perspective: Standing on the Word
Oct14

Perspective: Standing on the Word

The dramatic non-decision by the Supreme Court of the United States marks one of the most historic events in American history. Because the Supreme Court refused to hear cases from the lower courts, which had struck down laws prohibiting same-sex marriage in several states, same-sex marriage became legal immediately in those states. Same-sex marriage will now become the rule of law in America. This non-decision was one of the most...

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Perspective: Toward spiritual awakening
Oct07

Perspective: Toward spiritual awakening

It was October of 1904 when a young man by the name of Evan Roberts asked his pastor if he could preach a message God had placed on his heart. Roberts, though young, had been praying for several years that God would send a mighty revival in his land of Wales. On that October night, the preacher told him he could preach to whoever would remain after he, the pastor, had preached. Roberts preached to 17 people that night. It was an...

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Perspective: The sound of silence
Sep30

Perspective: The sound of silence

I challenge you to try an experiment. Find a place, turn off all sound, sit, and listen. You will hear something you rarely hear—silence. Consider that silence can be good. There is something about silence that centers the soul and purifies the mind. Also consider that, at other times, silence is not so good. Frankly, silence would be the appropriate word to describe the vast majority of believers today. Silent when it comes to...

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Perspective: Join us to pray, Oct. 20
Sep23

Perspective: Join us to pray, Oct. 20

Nick Garland, president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, and I have set aside Oct. 20 as a special day of prayer and fasting. We join Ronnie Floyd, Southern Baptist Convention president, in calling Oklahoma Baptists to their knees to pray for a great spiritual awakening in our churches, state and nation. For years, we have all talked about the lack of spiritual power evidenced by our lack of baptisms and vitality in our...

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Perspective: ‘WE’ can make a difference
Sep16

Perspective: ‘WE’ can make a difference

Creative ministry is often at the root of state missions allocations. God places innovative ideas within the hearts of people who desire to impact Oklahoma with the Gospel. Together, you and I get to participate in making these dreams a reality when WE give to the Oklahoma State Missions Offering. For the past few years, ReConnect Sunday School has continued to be the strategic process of helping churches revitalize their small...

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Perspective: Platt-form for unity?
Sep08

Perspective: Platt-form for unity?

The Board of Trustees of the International Mission Board (IMB) has elected David Platt as its new president. Platt has been a seminary professor, author, sought-after preacher, and since 2006, the pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala. Platt is 36 years old. His election has been met with celebration and concern. Younger Baptists are thrilled someone from their generation now leads the flagship mission organization...

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