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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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Conventional Thinking: Grammar & gender follies
Feb10

Conventional Thinking: Grammar & gender follies

In a disappointing yet not surprising announcement, the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow transgender “boys” into membership ranks. To be specific, the Boy Scouts will “include girls who identify as boys in their programs.” The Scouts, once a bastion of virtue training and morals, for the second time in recent years, has surrendered to the demands and whims of the sexual revolution. Rather than spilling a lot of ink criticizing...

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Conventional Thinking: Your Messenger
Feb03

Conventional Thinking: Your Messenger

Since 1912, the Baptist Messenger has been informing and inspiring Oklahoma Baptists, and new for 2017, we are pleased to announce some layout enhancements and design features that we hope you like. From Walker Moore’s column to the crossword puzzle, all of the great content you’ve come to expect remains. In fact, no content was taken away, and several new features were added. In addition, the new layout is designed to include more...

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Conventional Thinking: Apologetics and evangelism
Jan27

Conventional Thinking: Apologetics and evangelism

“Apologetics (noun): reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.” When you mention the word “apologetics” in a group of Christians these days, you are likely to get a variety of responses. Some people have never heard of the term or think it refers to when Christians apologize for our faith. Others think it is an obscure area of study that appeals only to those who like to...

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Conventional Thinking: Light and life
Jan20

Conventional Thinking: Light and life

Did you hear? The culture of death opened two new outposts in Oklahoma in 2016. A new abortion clinic was opened in south Oklahoma City, and a new Planned Parenthood clinic also came to Oklahoma, one that will perform abortions. This tragic development reminds us that the availability of abortion, which only leads toward destruction and darkness, is on the rise, even in a family-friendly place like Oklahoma. As with any tragedy,...

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