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Conventional Thinking: Merry XXX-mas?
Nov17

Conventional Thinking: Merry XXX-mas?

As Christmas shopping begins, many parents and grandparents will be seeking to please their kids and grandkids with the gift of technology, specifically digital devices like smartphones. According to one recent article, “children are getting their first smartphones around age 10… down from age 12 in 2012. For some children, smartphone ownership starts even sooner—including second graders as young as 7.” With technology comes Internet...

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Conventional Thinking: That’s the ‘Book’ for me!
Nov10

Conventional Thinking: That’s the ‘Book’ for me!

“The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E. What’s that spell? Bible!” For decades, these lyrics have been on the lips of boys and girls in Sunday School classes here and around the world. If taken to heart, they contain a lasting truth that can withstand life’s greatest tests, as well as waves of skepticism young people will face from the entertainment industry, the academic world and...

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Conventional Thinking: Reborn for the unborn
Nov03

Conventional Thinking: Reborn for the unborn

Five. That’s the number of abortion facilities there will be in Oklahoma by the end of 2017, according to reports. In 2016, there were two abortion facilities/businesses. Meanwhile, the number of abortion facilities/businesses across the country actually are on the decline. So Oklahoma is seeing a sudden rise in the supply of surgical and chemical abortions in the state, even while there are abortion facility closures happening in...

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Conventional Thinking: Is the end near?
Oct27

Conventional Thinking: Is the end near?

“The end is near.” That’s a phrase we have long heard that more people seem to believe. Just the other day, I had lunch with a gentlemen, a fellow Southern Baptist. We were discussing some complex issues facing our denomination, and he said at the end of our talk, “You know, I am not going to worry about it much or try to do anything, because I am convinced Jesus is coming back soon anyway.” He said, “It’s a moot point.” I sat there...

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Conventional Thinking: Mad/sad/scared
Oct20

Conventional Thinking: Mad/sad/scared

Adrian Rogers once said, “The true test of your character is not seen in your actions but in your reactions.” These days, our reactions, especially in the online world, are revealing significant character flaws. If you look at social media on any given day, you could see that there are three common reactions people have to any given issue. They are either mad, sad or scared. From sports to politics, end-times prophecies to Hollywood...

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Conventional Thinking: Music is not petty
Oct13

Conventional Thinking: Music is not petty

Last week, American music star Tom Petty died. One Gen-X-age person said on social media on the day of his death, “Tom Petty’s music was the sound track of my childhood.” There is something about music that is formative to our souls that subsequently shapes the culture at large. If you want to see how poorly or how well a culture is doing, listen to the music. C.S. Lewis once said, “In heaven, there is silence, and there is music; in...

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