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Sword & trowel: Halftime huddle
Jul26

Sword & trowel: Halftime huddle

With more than half of the calendar year complete, many are already calling 2020 an “annus horribilis,” a Latin phrase once used by the Queen of England that means “horrible year.” Perhaps the first six months of 2020 for you or your church have been especially rough. In addition to all of the Coronavirus issues and social upheaval, there still are a staggering number of people facing economic hardships or other personal problems....

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Sword & trowel: The sound of silence
Jul14

Sword & trowel: The sound of silence

I am encouraged to see more pastors and Christians step forward and speak out for racial justice (and against racial injustice). I myself realize that I previously had been too silent, or at least too hesitant, to speak on these important issues. My hesitation did not really help anybody or anything. The Bible, meanwhile, has much to say about speaking up for the oppressed. Prov. 31:8-9 says “Speak up for those who cannot speak for...

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Sword & Trowel: What’s wrong?
Jun28

Sword & Trowel: What’s wrong?

Have you ever looked at someone and seen by the look on his or her face that something was wrong? While I am not the most observant person in the world, I can sometimes do this. It does not take a genius to see that, in America today, something’s wrong. Whether we are talking about individuals or communities or America as a whole, something is obviously wrong. Dreadfully wrong. Yuval Levin, an author and analyst, said it this way. “We...

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Shine: What the world needs now
Jun25

Shine: What the world needs now

In 1965, Jackie DeShannon recorded “What The World Needs Now,” but the song didn’t reach fame until a year later when Dionne Warwick released it. It’s a simple song that has one simple but clear message. What the world needs now is LOVE.  Such a simple idea, but one that has radical implications. There is nothing more powerful against hate than love. Martin Luther King knew this to be true. When his marchers were confronted by the...

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Encourage: ‘It’s not about a place’
May20

Encourage: ‘It’s not about a place’

“It’s not about a place.” So said a man who had led a group at Falls Creek for 39 years in a row. We broke his streak when we cancelled our camps this summer. He was the group leader who took me to Falls Creek in the summer of 1983 when God called me to be a minister of the Gospel. To tell you the truth, I was surprised to hear him say it. He loves the place called Falls Creek! He has invested blood, sweat and treasure in that...

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Sword & trowel: Living trust
May15

Sword & trowel: Living trust

When it comes to a question of who you trust on any given topic, new public polling reveals that we are living in times of increasingly widespread distrust. From politics to news, from the economy to the Coronavirus, it seems Americans are divided on who to listen to, even divided on which basic set of facts (the “who-what-where-when-why”) is to be believed. This is not the first time in American history that people had to sort...

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Like so many other organizations around the state and country, Oklahoma Baptists are closely monitoring news and information about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).Learn More Here.
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