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Conventional Thinking: Pray, listen, love
Mar24

Conventional Thinking: Pray, listen, love

We’ve all done it. When somebody does something wrong, we take to Facebook to criticize or comment on it. When a controversial issue or event happens, we throw in our two cents on Twitter. We have come to a place nowadays when our first impulse reaction to any controversy is to post something on social media. For many, this can be a drive-by comment. For others, this can be arguing back and forth with others online. For many, this...

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Conventional Thinking: Screen saver
Mar17

Conventional Thinking: Screen saver

A new report showed that American teenagers spend approximately nine hours a day of screen time. You read that right: nine hours! This accounts for daily use of “tablets, smartphones, personal computers, multimedia devices, video games, radios, DVDs, DVRs and TVs.” Before we scold these out-of-control teens, hear the other news. Another report by the Nielson Company revealed that adults are even worse, spending an average of 10 hours...

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Conventional Thinking: Save the people
Mar10

Conventional Thinking: Save the people

Millions of people in the online world sat watching and waiting for days on end, as livestream showed video coverage of a 15-year-old named April about to give birth to her baby. April, though, is not a teen mom. April is a giraffe who lives at Animal Adventure Park in New York. The world is captivated by the birth of this baby giraffe. We see it now with April the giraffe, as we saw it when many grieved over the deaths of “Cecil the...

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Conventional Thinking: Addictions & renewal
Mar03

Conventional Thinking: Addictions & renewal

As Evangelicals in the Protestant tradition, we sometimes are puzzled by the many holidays and special Sundays in other denominations. We are quick to recognize Christmas and Palm Sunday and Easter, but you will never find a hard-core Baptist celebrating All Saints Day. In Southern Baptist life, we especially are minimal in our holiday celebration. At the same time, we have become adept and known for observing special emphases...

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Conventional Thinking: A heartbeat away
Feb24

Conventional Thinking: A heartbeat away

“Abortion stops a beating heart,” says one bumper sticker. If one Oklahoma lawmaker has his way, abortions that stop a beating heart would be a thing of the past in this state. To be specific, Oklahoma State Senator Paul Scott, R-Duncan, has proposed Senate Bill 710, which would greatly expand the Heartbeat Informed Consent Act passed by the Oklahoma Legislature four years ago. The original Heartbeat Act said an “abortion provider who...

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Conventional Thinking: ‘Take the stairs’
Feb17

Conventional Thinking: ‘Take the stairs’

The U.S. President who perhaps was most concerned with strength and wellness was Theodore Roosevelt. Growing up, Teddy Roosevelt was a sickly, weak child. But through hard work and discipline, he learned to be tough and one time said he felt “as strong as a bull moose.” Meanwhile, his successor as President, William Howard Taft, was an enormous man who was introduced to the American people as “three hundred pounds of solid...

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