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Conventional Thinking: Wins and losses
Sep02

Conventional Thinking: Wins and losses

It’s almost football time in Oklahoma, and that means gridiron glory is now on the line. It’s amazing how slim the margin is between a game being won or lost, between a winning and losing season. Just one single play going right or wrong can tip the entire outcome of the game and season. And once a W or L is posted in the standings, those results are on record permanently and remembered—for better or worse—for years to come. I have...

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Conventional Thinking: ‘Reproductive Rights’ as religion
Aug26

Conventional Thinking: ‘Reproductive Rights’ as religion

In America, the rise of so-called “sexual liberty” as a totally made-up right has corresponded with the decline of religious liberty as a true right. Amid this chaotic and costly trade, a new term has risen to the forefront of conversations: “reproductive rights.” This term was a highlighted focal point at the recent Democratic National Convention and was sadly supported with a nearly religious fervor. The term dominates everyday...

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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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