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Editor’s Journal: From good to God

Richard Weaver’s 1948 book, Ideas Have Consequences, helped entire generations to understand human culture by working to clearly examine the underlying reasons for each human action. Recognize and identify the philosophy in play, and you would be able to predict at least some of the consequences when the idea had fully worked its way through various groups or governments. Take away all manner of careful examination and a bad idea...

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Editor’s Journal: A modern Reformation?

“I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. I cannot do otherwise, here I stand, may God help me, Amen.” —Martin Luther, April 18, 1521, Diet of Worms The world of the early 16th Century could accurately be described as a religious system of corruption that had as its goal the...

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Editor’s Journal: Stay close to the Gospel

When the Oklahoma Outreach Foundation first announced the speaker for its annual banquet was Libby Cataldi, few Oklahomans knew of this professional educator who once served as head of the prestigious Calverton School in Maryland. Her leadership skills helped this college preparatory school located near the nation’s capitol to rise in reputation as one of the finest academic communities in the United States. Cataldi became nationally...

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Editor’s Journal: The school of suffering

A routine afternoon of rafting in July of 1967 turned tragic as Joni Eareckson Tada dove  into what she thought was deep water only to quickly hear her neck crack against a sandbar. She quickly found herself helplessly floating face down in the water unable to move. As she frantically held her breath, her sister Kathy was a bitten by a Chesapeake Bay blue crab on her toe causing her to look around to warn Joni that the crabs seemed to...

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Editor’s Journal: SMO 2010: A Mission of Hope

During the early years of Baptist life in Oklahoma, the entire idea of cooperative missions outreach teetered on the edge of collapse due to the convergence of three primary factors: personality conflicts which grew so fierce that various Southern Baptist leaders would not speak to each other; a doctrinal controversy that coalesced around theological ideas of “modernism” vs. “fundamentalism” with evolution at the center of the debate;...

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