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Conventional Thinking: S-E-C! S-E-C!
Jan19

Conventional Thinking: S-E-C! S-E-C!

In the days leading up to the college football national championship, which featured two teams from the Southeastern Conference, chants of “S-E-C! S-E-C!” could be heard across the country. For Oklahoma football fans like me, these chants bring at best an eye roll, and at worst a cringe reaction. For all Christians in Oklahoma, though, another SEC is coming that should bring a great reaction that will lead to Gospel-sharing action. I...

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Conventional Thinking: We stand for life!
Jan12

Conventional Thinking: We stand for life!

Most recent news reports surrounding Oklahoma State government and politics have been largely negative. Yet in approximately one month, a beautiful and unifying event is set to take place at the State Capitol, one that brings people from various political and personal backgrounds together. I refer to Rose Day, the annual pro-life event that takes place inside the State Capitol each February. Now in its 27th year, the Rose Day event...

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Conventional Thinking: Three phrases for 2018
Jan05

Conventional Thinking: Three phrases for 2018

Over the Christmas break, our family watched Ernest Saves Christmas more than once. One of the main characters, while teaching a group of kids, says this pearl of wisdom: “They never get old. They always stay new. Those three little words, ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You.’” In 2018, I have resolved not only to teach my children the power in these little words, but to live it myself. I also have discovered three other phrases that, if said and...

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Conventional Thinking: An app-ed moment
Dec22

Conventional Thinking: An app-ed moment

A new smartphone app launched oversees aims to help “pregnant women get seats on public transport.” The app, which was launched in Britain, was developed to make passengers on trains and buses who are constantly staring at their mobile phone, alerted to the needs to others around. It takes two apps to make this work. “Once an alert is triggered, people nearby with the app receive a message saying there is someone who needs to sit...

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Conventional Thinking: A believable Christmas
Dec15

Conventional Thinking: A believable Christmas

A recent Pew Research Forum study has interesting news about what Americans believe about Christmas these days. Those surveyed said the following about the historical accuracy of the Christmas story: • 81 percent believe “baby Jesus was laid in a manger;” • 75 percent believe “wise men, guided by a star, brought gifts of gold, frankincense (and myrrh);” • 74 percent say “an angel announced the birth of Jesus to Shepherds;” and • 73...

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Conventional Thinking: A day of history
Dec07

Conventional Thinking: A day of history

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” —U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941 Seventy-six years ago, FDR delivered these words in one of the most famous speeches in American history. Immediately, the United States was thrust into World War II, a war that would...

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