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Perspective: Erasing racism
Jun28

Perspective: Erasing racism

Racism is one of the most despicable, ugly, unchristian and inexcusable things on the planet. Racism moves in multiple directions, and wherever it goes on display, we should give our best to eradicate it from society. When, and if, racism finds its way into the church, it should be given a swift and certain funeral. There is just no place for racism. Period. Exclamation point! Racism defies everything we, as Christians, believe and is...

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Perspective: SBC assessment
Jun21

Perspective: SBC assessment

Last week I attended the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), which has always been a good experience if for no other reason than to see friends from across the years who live throughout the United States. The convention is our time as Southern Baptists to do business and be inspired. Through the years, the convention has not always been inspirational. There were many years marked by turmoil, as Messengers fought for the soul of the...

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Perspective: Falls Creek observances
Jun14

Perspective: Falls Creek observances

I am writing this article in the middle of the first week of the 2017 Falls Creek Youth Camps. It is my privilege to preach this first youth week of the 100th year of Falls Creek. Without question, this experience is an extraordinary honor. Preaching a youth week at Falls Creek at the age of 68 challenges you like no other. While this is my fourth time to preach a youth week, it is my first time as a senior adult preacher. I took...

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Perspective: To stand on shoulders
May31

Perspective: To stand on shoulders

Talk to any state convention leader and each one will tell you his state is unique. While there are similarities in Southern Baptist life, it is true we all are distinctive. One of the hallmarks of Oklahoma Baptists has been our unity. Through the tumultuous years of the conservative resurgence and the upheaval of recent years in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) has remained...

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Perspective: No one excels DR
May24

Perspective: No one excels DR

Over the last few years it seems that Oklahoma has faced one natural disaster after another. Tornadoes, wildfires, ice storms and floods have all impacted our state. Sadly, tornado alley has grown to include several of our neighboring states as well. We cannot stop natural disasters, but one thing we can do is be an ever-present help for those who find themselves in the devastation left behind from a disaster. In minutes, lives are...

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