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Regaining focus: Practicing disciple-making behaviors
Nov07

Regaining focus: Practicing disciple-making behaviors

“A disciple finds and teaches other disciples”—Bill Hull. There is a disconnect in the church. Somewhere along the way, believers have replaced, or at least short-changed, obedience to fulfill the mandate the Lord gave to the Church of making disciples. Believers talk of seeking to fulfill the Lord’s will but have accepted simple transmission of information over transformed living and advancing the Gospel. Recent Barna studies show...

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Encourage: Support and challenge
Oct18

Encourage: Support and challenge

Oklahoma Baptists will gather at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs, Nov. 11-12, for our Annual Meeting. This is an important year for our cooperative work. I invite you to come and participate, even if you do not normally do so. As we move toward our meeting, let’s continue to reflect on the reason why we work together. We encourage one another to advance the Gospel. In my previous article, we have already considered the vital significance...

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Sword & trowel: ‘Sending’ a message
Oct17

Sword & trowel: ‘Sending’ a message

Someone once said, the best ability is availability. Next month, Oklahoma Baptists have an excellent opportunity to bless a group of missionaries through their availability, with their very presence. Connected to the Annual Meeting of Oklahoma Baptists on Nov. 11-12, the International Mission Board’s (IMB) Sending Celebration is set for Tuesday evening, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs. Oklahoma was hand-picked by...

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Strengthen: Lessons from the ‘no clutch shift’
Oct16

Strengthen: Lessons from the ‘no clutch shift’

Growing up around the farm in southwest Oklahoma provided many wonderful opportunities, including learning how to drive at any early age. While I’m not sure of the details of the transaction, my dad acquired my grandfather’s late 1960s Ford farm truck when I was a boy.  Because of the age and the condition of a well-used farm vehicle, they thought teaching a boy to drive it would not do any further damage. The truck had a standard...

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Sword & trowel: Suicide watch & 13 reasons why (to choose life)
Oct08

Sword & trowel: Suicide watch & 13 reasons why (to choose life)

People in Evangelical Christian circles expressed heartbreak, shock and sadness at the recent news of the apparent suicide of Jarrid Wilson, a young pastor and advocate for mental health. The suicide epidemic is real. Everyone from mental health experts to Christian leaders who know God’s Word forward and backward, seem perplexed as to what is accelerating this trend. Contrary to Netflix’s damaging series “13 Reasons Why,” today I am...

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Sword & trowel: Transgender to transformed
Sep06

Sword & trowel: Transgender to transformed

According to a recent Gallup Poll, “the percentage of American adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) increased to 4.5 percent in 2017, up from 4.1 percent in 2016 and 3.5 percent in 2012 when Gallup began tracking the measure.” These reported percentages were even higher among Millennials and young adults. Whether the actual numbers are statistically higher than reported by this poll or not, what we do...

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