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Conventional Thinking: Baptists, beliefs & the Bible
Apr28

Conventional Thinking: Baptists, beliefs & the Bible

Hank Hanegraaff, best known as “The Bible Answer Man” from his popular call-in radio program, sent shockwaves around parts of the Christian world by recently announcing he has converted to Orthodox Christianity. Some were outraged by the news, wondering how such a longtime voice among Evangelical Christians with so much stock in the Bible, could make such a leap. Others were puzzled, knowing little-to-nothing about Eastern Orthodoxy....

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Conventional Thinking: Is social media smart for youth?
Apr21

Conventional Thinking: Is social media smart for youth?

PsychologyToday.com published an article titled “Why Social Media is Not Smart for Middle School Kids,” and the piece is catching the attention of many parents and others connected to student ministry. The author argues that the world of social media—with media like Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and Twitter—is not ideal for today’s youth. The writer cites reasons like the following: • “Social media was not (originally) designed for...

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Conventional Thinking: Si Señor
Apr14

Conventional Thinking: Si Señor

It is no secret that the Hispanic population is growing at a rapid rate in Oklahoma. Particularly in the metro areas, we are seeing dynamic growth among Hispanics, which presents an opportunity for ministry, evangelism and church planting. It also presents a communications opportunity as well. That is partly why, in the fall of 2013, the Baptist Messenger introduced a quarterly publication called “El Mensajero Bautista,” a fully...

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Conventional Thinking: Fan-atics?
Apr07

Conventional Thinking: Fan-atics?

It’s less than two weeks away. It’s the highlight of our year, and everything we have been putting our energies toward thus far culminates in this one special, even sacred, time of year. No, I’m not talking about Christians and Eastertime, I’m talking about the NBA playoffs and our beloved Oklahoma City Thunder. For die-hard sports fans like me, it could be embarrassing if we were to calculate and display, side by side, just how much...

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Conventional Thinking: Where have all the manners gone?
Mar31

Conventional Thinking: Where have all the manners gone?

The famous British parliamentary leader, William Wilberforce, once said, “God Almighty has set before me two great objects: the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.” Toward the first goal, Wilberforce, by God’s strength, lived to see the end of the slave trade and ultimately the end of slavery itself in Britain. Toward the second goal, the reformation of manners (which in this case Wilberforce meant the...

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