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Conventional Thinking: That high-tech religion
Jan26

Conventional Thinking: That high-tech religion

A new LifeWay Research poll suggests that churches in America are going high tech when it comes to using communications tools. To be specific, the poll found that “Seven in 10 Protestant churches (68 percent) provide Wi-Fi for both guests and staff… Most also have a (church) website (84 percent) and a Facebook page (84 percent).” Compare that to “a 2010 LifeWay Research study (that) found less than half (47 percent) had Facebook...

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Conventional Thinking: S-E-C! S-E-C!
Jan19

Conventional Thinking: S-E-C! S-E-C!

In the days leading up to the college football national championship, which featured two teams from the Southeastern Conference, chants of “S-E-C! S-E-C!” could be heard across the country. For Oklahoma football fans like me, these chants bring at best an eye roll, and at worst a cringe reaction. For all Christians in Oklahoma, though, another SEC is coming that should bring a great reaction that will lead to Gospel-sharing action. I...

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Faithful ‘Pray for Caleb’: Freeman family inspired by prayers for son’s recovery after car wreck
Jan16

Faithful ‘Pray for Caleb’: Freeman family inspired by prayers for son’s recovery after car wreck

NEWCASTLE—On Dec. 19, 2017, Caleb Freeman and his younger brother Clayton were driving to a basketball game, when they were involved in a serious automobile wreck. Caleb, 16, who suffered major brain trauma, is the son of Newcastle, First pastor Jeremy Freeman and his wife Emily. Clayton was released from the hospital shortly after the accident. However, Caleb has been treated at the University of Oklahoma Hospital for brain injuries,...

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Conventional Thinking: We stand for life!
Jan12

Conventional Thinking: We stand for life!

Most recent news reports surrounding Oklahoma State government and politics have been largely negative. Yet in approximately one month, a beautiful and unifying event is set to take place at the State Capitol, one that brings people from various political and personal backgrounds together. I refer to Rose Day, the annual pro-life event that takes place inside the State Capitol each February. Now in its 27th year, the Rose Day event...

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Conventional Thinking: Three phrases for 2018
Jan05

Conventional Thinking: Three phrases for 2018

Over the Christmas break, our family watched Ernest Saves Christmas more than once. One of the main characters, while teaching a group of kids, says this pearl of wisdom: “They never get old. They always stay new. Those three little words, ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You.’” In 2018, I have resolved not only to teach my children the power in these little words, but to live it myself. I also have discovered three other phrases that, if said and...

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