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Perspective: A special Sunday
Mar31

Perspective: A special Sunday

This Sunday is the central day in Christianity. This Sunday is the day we celebrate the substitutionary death of Christ Jesus on the cross and His resurrection from the grave for lost and broken sinners. Easter is the foundation of our faith. Without the Gospel of the cross and resurrection, we are hopeless, but Christ is risen! On Easter morning, more Americans will make their way to church than on any other day of the year....

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Perspective: The symbol of hope
Mar24

Perspective: The symbol of hope

What would you think if people everywhere wore jewelry shaped or imprinted with an electric chair? Think of it—beautiful and ornate jewelry made of gold, silver or platinum, and adorned with diamonds or other precious stones. I rather think we would consider the whole world to have gone off their collective rocker! Fine jewelry, beloved jewelry made in the shape of an electric chair, which is the symbol of death to murderers, does not...

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Perspective: Showing convictional kindness
Mar16

Perspective: Showing convictional kindness

Few events produced by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma have proved to be timelier or more needed than the recent conference on “The Gospel, Sexuality, and the Church.” While this was a conference primarily for pastors and staff, the sessions will be available online so anyone can listen to them. My purpose in this column is not to revisit the conference in a detailed way, but I would like to draw some conclusions that...

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Perspective: A new perspective
Mar09

Perspective: A new perspective

Loss of those precious to us and the accompanying grief are common experiences of us all. Over these 47 years of ministry, I have walked with many through these times. Yet, when life requires us to walk this path in a personal loss, one gets a new perspective. I have been reminded of some things that I want to share with you. One clear lesson in the time of death is that faith in the Lord Jesus means everything. While death is our...

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Perspective: An incredible Mom
Mar03

Perspective: An incredible Mom

As this is going to press, our family will celebrate the life of this remarkable lady—Norma Lenora Jordan. I wrote about her several years ago on Mother’s Day. I pray each woman would follow her legacy with her family. Few words in the English language bring greater joy or evoke stronger feelings than the word Mom. It is only three letters, but the person behind the name has a huge impact in our lives. Perhaps no other person has so...

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Perspective: Some concerns
Feb24

Perspective: Some concerns

I am often asked what I see on the landscape of Oklahoma Baptist life. I wrestle with this question on a regular basis because I believe Oklahoma Baptists are key to reaching our state with the Gospel and advancing the Kingdom of God in Oklahoma. We, as Oklahoma Baptists, are not the only group who preaches the Gospel, but we are the largest evangelical group in this state. I have concerns about our future. Let me share some of the...

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