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Conventional Thinking: Elections & eternity
Aug19

Conventional Thinking: Elections & eternity

“He said this.” “She said that.” The American public is obsessing over every detail of the Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump presidential race, exerting an unusual amount of energy in this election. To be fair, this is an historic election, with untold consequences for many years to come. Yet I wonder, what if we spent as much time and energy talking with our neighbors this fall, not focusing them on an election, but instead on the...

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Conventional Thinking: Praying together
Aug12

Conventional Thinking: Praying together

For the second time in two years, self-described Satanists are having an event at the OKC Civic Center that mocks Christianity and takes a particular jab at our Catholic friends. Meanwhile, news comes that a new abortion clinic is coming to Oklahoma City. As several Christian leaders recently noted, darkness is showing its face again in Oklahoma. When darkness comes, Christians shine the light. That’s why it is important that...

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Families blessing families: Foster care VBS event draws unique blend of volunteers
Aug09

Families blessing families: Foster care VBS event draws unique blend of volunteers

JENKS—When Teri Blanton began making plans for a new Vacation Bible School (VBS) event specifically designed for foster care families, she was unsure what all and who all she would need to make it work. Blanton, who serves as Foster Care Coordinator for Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC), wanted to serve foster care families by helping them get their required annual training and offering their kids a great VBS experience....

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Conventional Thinking: Suppertime
Aug05

Conventional Thinking: Suppertime

In the wake of racial division in America, many are talking about the problem, yet few are offering solutions. Fortunately, many church leaders are stepping up through prayer and various events to bring reconciliation. Others are suggesting public policy ideas to work toward justice and racial reconciliation. I will leave it up to wise preachers and policy makers to create solutions that work toward racial reconciliation. But I want...

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Conventional Thinking: Politics & consequences
Jul29

Conventional Thinking: Politics & consequences

This month is showcasing the political conventions of America’s two largest political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans. If politics is the new form of entertainment, then these two conventions are the Super Bowl of civics. With high-flown speeches, flags waving and crowds roaring, each political party will show off its prowess, as the media pundits and self-appointed social media critics analyze every word and gesture. To be...

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