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Perspective: Exercise your blood-bought right
Nov02

Perspective: Exercise your blood-bought right

I have had the privilege of traveling to many countries across the years to preach, teach and minister in the name of our Lord. After visiting nearly 40 countries, one conclusion is irrefutable in my mind and heart—I am always thankful that God has privileged me to live in and be a citizen of the United States of America! Even at our worst, America is the greatest nation on earth, and her citizens have more rights and privileges than...

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Perspective: Response to religious liberty attacks
Oct26

Perspective: Response to religious liberty attacks

There has never been a time in American history when religious liberty has hung so precariously in the balance. Indeed, one can only conclude that religious liberty is under assault, and the courts and the government are at the headwaters of such attacks. We, in the heartland, often speak of the east and west coasts as the “left coast” and for good reason. Religious liberty attacks have their seedbed on the progressively liberal...

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Perspective: Appreciating pastors
Oct19

Perspective: Appreciating pastors

Over the last several years, the Christian community has designated October as a time to honor pastors. I think it is a splendid idea, and I encourage you and your church to make October a special month to give honor where honor is due. I know of no time in my life when there are more challenges for a pastor.  The world in which he ministers is more challenging than ever.  The myriad of problems that confront a pastor as he serves his...

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Perspective: SQ 790 should be passed
Oct12

Perspective: SQ 790 should be passed

During each political season, many issues arise. This year in Oklahoma, we are not only going to vote for candidates for political office, but also make decisions in regard to seven state questions. This week, you will see a guide to the state questions in the Baptist Messenger. This guide is an attempt to simply help you have a clear understanding of the individual issues covered in each question. The guide is designed without...

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Perspective: Only one blood line
Oct05

Perspective: Only one blood line

The events of the last few weeks have brought great turmoil to our nation. Even the most hardened among us could not watch the videos, broadcast in living color, showing the deaths of two African-American men shot by police. My heart aches for their families. Both men were fathers and leave behind children who now face life without them. At the same time, my heart aches for the police officers involved—one an African-American and the...

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