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Perspective: A greater need
Mar09

Perspective: A greater need

The political season is in full swing. Both major political parties are in a struggle to find the right candidate to carry their banner to a hoped-for victory in November. Perhaps more than any year in my lifetime, these parties are in a struggle for identity. I don’t think I have ever seen such a mixed bag of ideas, rancor, mudslinging, and unpresidential shenanigans by multiple politicians. Politics has always had its peculiar...

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Perspective: A cooperative effort
Feb25

Perspective: A cooperative effort

The number of International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries who will be coming home from the field is 983, or about 20 percent of the mission force. This homecoming is in response to a six-year overspend of budget by $210 million, which is an obviously unsustainable approach. To read that number of returning missionaries breaks my heart and, I suspect, the heart of every mission-minded Southern Baptist. The tragedy cannot be measured...

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Perspective: Living by faith
Feb24

Perspective: Living by faith

With every new day, it seems Oklahomans are faced with another announcement of difficult news. While Oklahoma has made progress in diversifying the economy, clearly the strength (and weakness) remains tied to the oil and gas industry. With the dramatic drop in oil and gas prices, Oklahoma’s economy is in the tank. As I travel across our state, I see fewer rigs on the skyline and more rigs stacked in yards—the exact opposite of a...

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Perspective: Ultrasounds & ads
Feb17

Perspective: Ultrasounds & ads

By now, most of you have seen or heard about the Doritos commercial shown during the Super Bowl. The ad depicts a dad and mom viewing their unborn child via ultrasound. The dad stands beside the mother eating Doritos and each time he passes one over the mother’s stomach, the child reacts by reaching for a Dorito. Cute idea for a commercial—it received rave reviews, that is, except from the National Association for the Repeal of...

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Perspective: IMB & opportunities to trust God
Feb09

Perspective: IMB & opportunities to trust God

The recent drawdown of International Mission Board (IMB) missionary personnel should hurt the hearts of all of us. Whether we agree with the strategy or think it the best approach, our hearts break for these missionaries. We would be hard pressed to find one of these missionary families leaving the field who are not facing the grief of leaving ministry and friends. In addition, they must now begin the process of developing a new plan...

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