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Sword & trowel: Game O-V-E-R
Aug15

Sword & trowel: Game O-V-E-R

This summer, news media reported on a 16-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who took first place in a video game tournament. That might not seem like headline news until you hear that this young person won a $3 million prize for the contest, which featured the wildly popular game FORTNITE. Connected to this video game contest is an entire wave of young people addicted to gaming. In a recent Christian radio interview, one mother called in...

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Sword & trowel: Daily bread
Aug04

Sword & trowel: Daily bread

A recent statistic revealed that the average person looks at his or her phone 150 times per day. Another recent poll, meanwhile, showed that a third of Protestant Christians look at the Bible only once a day. To be specific, “The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found those who regularly attend Protestant churches are inconsistent in their reading and thinking about Scripture.” While...

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Sword & trowel: Summer reading
Jul21

Sword & trowel: Summer reading

Summertime means extra daylight hours and extra fun in the sun. It also means that young people and adults alike may have extra leisure time for reading. C.S. Lewis once said, “I can’t image a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” To that end, here are a few books on my reading list that you might enjoy reading—or re-reading—this summer. ‘Not What You Think’ by Michael and Lauren McAfee This new book, written by an...

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Sword & trowel: On freedom
Jun20

Sword & trowel: On freedom

With the Fourth of July drawing near, Americans will soon be recognizing and celebrating the freedom we enjoy in this great land. We should, though, remind ourselves more often than one day a year at what a high price that freedom was won, and what we can do with it. Like many of you, I cannot express enough appreciation or admiration for the men and women who have served in uniform. We the people of the United States are truly...

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Sword & trowel: Is Sunday still special?
Jun06

Sword & trowel: Is Sunday still special?

A recent LifeWay Research Poll indicated that “77 percent of churchgoers say they take an intentional day of rest, and most do so on Sunday.” This idea of a Sabbath dates back to the Old Testament, even to the Creation week itself. Societies and nations impacted by Christianity almost always have viewed Sunday as special. In America, however, we are seeing Sunday is increasingly treated like any other day. We see this through little...

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Sword & trowel: A, B, C… D!
May16

Sword & trowel: A, B, C… D!

This summer, from Vacation Bible School to Christian camps, children and youth across Oklahoma and the nation will be hearing the Gospel. One of the more impactful Gospel presentations designed for children is the “A-B-Cs of Salvation,” popularized by LifeWay. A-Admit to God you are a sinner; B-Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin; and C-Confess your faith in Jesus Christ and Savior and...

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