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Perspective: Smile!
Nov04

Perspective: Smile!

Each week when writing this column, with rare exception, I try to speak to issues that we face as God’s people and especially to those issues involving Oklahoma Baptists. While falling short many times, my intent is to offer insights that challenge, stretch, and confront us. Sometimes I feel the urge to step away from issues of our day and seek to encourage. Such is this column. Being a grandparent is awesome! As many of you know, a...

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Perspective: Annual Meeting time
Oct28

Perspective: Annual Meeting time

On Nov. 9-10, messengers from the member churches of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) will meet at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills. While we will conduct business, sing, and preach, the annual meeting can best be described as a family reunion. Each year in November, pastors and lay leaders from across the state come together to renew friendships and make new friends. Oklahoma Baptists love to get together, and the...

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Perspective: Protect the unborn!
Oct21

Perspective: Protect the unborn!

I stand amazed at the total disregard for the life of the unborn on display in the courts of the land. We will protect every kind of animal and plant species because they are endangered, yet we refuse to protect human life in the form of the unborn. This past legislative session, the legislature of Oklahoma passed a law that would have protected the unborn, House Bill 1721, the “Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.” It was...

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Perspective: Pastor, shepherd, servant
Oct14

Perspective: Pastor, shepherd, servant

Few words in the English language have more significance to me than the word “pastor.” Pastor, in the original language of the New Testament, can be translated “shepherd.” I assure you, when the apostles used that word to describe the leader of the flock of God, people understood its imagery quite well. They saw shepherds every day in the fields caring for their flocks. Jesus used shepherds as examples in stories to communicate truth....

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Perspective: Old plan better than no plan
Oct07

Perspective: Old plan better than no plan

This past week, I had the privilege of participating both as an attendee and panel member at the Midwestern Seminary Symposium on The SBC and the 21st Century. I value opportunities to be challenged to reflect on the past and then to think about the future. I plan to re-listen to every presentation and would suggest it a worthy adventure for any and all of you to visit www.mbts.edu and listen to or view these presentations.    During...

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Perspective: A confession of faith
Sep30

Perspective: A confession of faith

For 110 years, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) has not had an official confession of faith. Interestingly, the BGCO has been, and continues to be, one of the most theologically conservative Southern Baptist bodies and remains united around the infallible, inerrant Bible as the foundation for faith and practice. But times, they are a changin’. With the recent assault on religious freedom, exacerbated by the recent...

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