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Conventional Thinking: Keep the ‘mas’ in Christmas
Dec09

Conventional Thinking: Keep the ‘mas’ in Christmas

The year 2016 offers a unique opportunity in that Christmas falls on a Sunday. Years ago, a non-denominational megachurch publicly decided to cancel its worship services when Christmas fell on a Sunday, citing families’ needs to spend time together that day and the church’s inability to get enough volunteers together to make services work. This move, perhaps unintentionally, showed a great misunderstanding of Christmas. You see, it...

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Conventional Thinking: Be kind
Dec02

Conventional Thinking: Be kind

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Gal. 5:22-23). The Christmas season is supposed to be one of joy. But with long lines at stores, increased traffic in the cities and growing frustrations with businesses secularizing or watering down the real reason for the season, Christmas can become a time of jeers, not...

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Conventional Thinking: Christmas gift idea
Nov24

Conventional Thinking: Christmas gift idea

With Black Friday upon us, Oklahomans are trying to find the perfect Christmas gift for family and friends. Looking at a catalogue, I saw you now can order a robotic pet, which promises all the fun of a puppy without any of the messes. I saw, too, you can order a vintage PacMan game for someone’s “man cave.” As alternative to these, may I suggest that, for young and old, you consider giving a book this Christmas? The gift of good...

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Conventional Thinking: Media mentors
Nov11

Conventional Thinking: Media mentors

Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published some blockbuster information regarding digital media as it relates to young people. The findings were important and concerning, though probably not shocking. The AAP’s Council on Communications and Media’s findings related to screen time and various age groups, including infants, children and teens. Too much screen time—through TV and specifically portable digital devices...

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Conventional Thinking: Elections and consequences
Nov10

Conventional Thinking: Elections and consequences

Election 2016 has come and gone. From the election of Donald Trump as our next U.S. President, to Congressional and State Legislative races, Election Day was full of surprises. Many evangelical Christians hope the people they voted into office will work toward important aims, like protecting unborn human life. For Christians of this mindset, it would be tempting for people who supported candidates and causes that prevailed to relax...

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Conventional Thinking: Before & after Election Day
Nov04

Conventional Thinking: Before & after Election Day

“Hillary” and “Trump.” We hear their names every hour of every day in the news; so much so that many feel like we know them really well (even too well) by now. Yes, Americans have spent an enormous amount of time, money and energy focused upon who will be the next President of the United States of America. There is no denying it: this is an election of historic proportions. So much so that many Evangelicals have gotten directly...

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