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Perspective:  Speak the truth in love
Jun18

Perspective: Speak the truth in love

For those who love Christ and seek to walk in His way, there has been and is a holy tension between speaking truth and doing so in love. Paul declares in Ephesians 4 that a part of our maturity is revealed when we are able to speak truth in love. I don’t know about you, but I find it far easier to speak truth than to do so in love. For one who believes the infallibility and inerrancy in the truth of Scripture and believes in absolute...

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Perspective:  Downtime . . .
Jun11

Perspective: Downtime . . .

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I hosted the BGCO Board of Directors on Monday and Tuesday, held the rehearsal and performed the wedding for our son on Friday and Saturday, then had surgery the following Tuesday. Now, that will run you through some significant emotional ups and downs. In the end, everything went very well, and the Hand of God was evident in each of these significant life experiences. I would be remissed to...

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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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