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Perspective: Reaching all people
Sep23

Perspective: Reaching all people

Have you been to Walmart lately? Did you stop to observe your fellow shoppers? If you did, one thing was very clear—the ethnic make-up of Oklahoma’s population has dramatically changed. The mix of people groups who live in Oklahoma is more diverse than ever. Fifty years ago, our state population was predominately Anglo with a mix of Native American and African American people. While still predominately Anglo, this state is a beautiful...

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Perspective: Words of truth
Sep16

Perspective: Words of truth

In recent years, attempts have been made to change the language we use in church. In an honest effort to make the language of the Bible more clear for those outside the faith, many have shied away from using these sometimes foreign words with the general public. While I greatly appreciate a genuine desire to make Christian language simple and understandable, I fear we may be dumbing down some very important truth. In the end, changes...

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Perspective: Good stewards
Sep09

Perspective: Good stewards

Recently, David Platt, president of the International Mission Board (IMB), announced that there will be significant reductions in the number of staff and missionaries on the field because of a six-year $21 million per year overspend. This per year overspend has drastically reduced reserves, which are of great significance when there are thousands of people under your stewardship deployed all over the world. With the large swings in...

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Perspective: A ‘WE’ effort
Sep02

Perspective: A ‘WE’ effort

Baptists can be a very independent group of people. Oklahoma was pioneered by hardy pioneers who were individualistic and willing to face every kind of obstacle to plant their lives in a “brand new state.” But one thing Baptists and Oklahomans have learned is that when our focus is on “WE,” more can be accomplished than alone. The Oklahoma State Missions Offering is a “WE” effort. The mission endeavors funded through this offering...

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Perspective: Good out of tragedy
Aug26

Perspective: Good out of tragedy

As an Oklahoman, stormy weather has always been a part of my life. Through the years, I have had people react to my being an Oklahoman by suggesting they would not live here because of the scary tornadoes. So, when Polla and I moved to New Orleans for seminary, the thought of hurricanes did not really frighten us very much—until we experienced one! The hurricanes that blew through Louisiana while we lived there were frightening, but...

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