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Conventional Thinking: Home of the ‘bravado’?
Sep23

Conventional Thinking: Home of the ‘bravado’?

If the 2016 election cycle has proven anything, it’s that many Americans will say almost anything when they are behind a computer keyboard. Look at the average Facebook conversation about politics, and what will you see? Someone will post an article or news story that attacks a politician, which may be all or partly false; then the comments begin, for and against. During this back and forth, what emerges is a scenario in which people...

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Conventional Thinking: Fighting ‘The new drug’
Sep16

Conventional Thinking: Fighting ‘The new drug’

Can you guess who said these words? Pornography is “a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness given how freely available, anonymously accessible and easily disseminated pornography is nowadays . … What is required is an honest dialogue about what we are witnessing—the true nature and danger of porn—and an honor code to tamp it down in the collective interests of our well-being as individuals, as families and as communities.” Would...

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Conventional Thinking: Just say ‘no’
Sep09

Conventional Thinking: Just say ‘no’

In November, Oklahoma voters may vote on a ballot measure that legalizes so-called medical marijuana, State Question 788. Whether it’s in November or a later vote, the issue is worth discussing now. This is not the first time a ballot push for marijuana has happened in Oklahoma. As recently as the last election (2014), a group named “Oklahomans for Health” was trying to get so-called medical marijuana before voters. Thankfully that...

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Conventional Thinking: Wins and losses
Sep02

Conventional Thinking: Wins and losses

It’s almost football time in Oklahoma, and that means gridiron glory is now on the line. It’s amazing how slim the margin is between a game being won or lost, between a winning and losing season. Just one single play going right or wrong can tip the entire outcome of the game and season. And once a W or L is posted in the standings, those results are on record permanently and remembered—for better or worse—for years to come. I have...

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Conventional Thinking: ‘Reproductive Rights’ as religion
Aug26

Conventional Thinking: ‘Reproductive Rights’ as religion

In America, the rise of so-called “sexual liberty” as a totally made-up right has corresponded with the decline of religious liberty as a true right. Amid this chaotic and costly trade, a new term has risen to the forefront of conversations: “reproductive rights.” This term was a highlighted focal point at the recent Democratic National Convention and was sadly supported with a nearly religious fervor. The term dominates everyday...

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Conventional Thinking: Elections & eternity
Aug19

Conventional Thinking: Elections & eternity

“He said this.” “She said that.” The American public is obsessing over every detail of the Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump presidential race, exerting an unusual amount of energy in this election. To be fair, this is an historic election, with untold consequences for many years to come. Yet I wonder, what if we spent as much time and energy talking with our neighbors this fall, not focusing them on an election, but instead on the...

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