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Conventional Thinking: Frozen
May26

Conventional Thinking: Frozen

In 1978, people heard news about the world’s first “test tube baby,” Louise Joy Brown. Since that time, the number of children conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) has grown exponentially, as has the popularity of the practice, bringing with it major ethical questions. One such ethical question is “What do parents of embryos (children) created during IVF that are not implanted in the womb do with them?” The answer to that...

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Conventional Thinking: One reason why
May19

Conventional Thinking: One reason why

From secular psychologists to Southern Baptist voices like Russell Moore, many have spoken out firmly against the new Netflix TV program “13 Reasons Why.” If you are not already familiar with this TV series, it is a drama that tells the story of a fictitious teenage girl named “Hannah” who, after trauma and torment from her peers, commits suicide. The problem of teenage suicide, sadly, is more fact than fiction. In the United States...

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Conventional Thinking: Thanks Mom!
May12

Conventional Thinking: Thanks Mom!

Sunday, May 14, marks one of the most important holidays in America, Mother’s Day. This revered holiday came about only within the last 100 years; yet, in church life, Mother’s Day has taken its place right along with the major holidays, even surpassing in size of the celebration of some more longstanding Christian holidays. Why is this? It’s because of the immense influence of the mothers we know. On this day, I’m especially thankful...

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Conventional Thinking: Present Bibles…
May05

Conventional Thinking: Present Bibles…

Can you name the book of the Bible that comes before, and the book that comes after, Habakkuk? Can you recite, word perfect, John 3:16? Can you find the place in the Scriptures where the Ten Commandments are located? On Saturday, May 6, boys and girls from across Oklahoma, after months of hard work and memorization, will gather for the annual State Bible Drill competition, to tackle such biblical feats of strength. While mentioning...

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Conventional Thinking: Baptists, beliefs & the Bible
Apr28

Conventional Thinking: Baptists, beliefs & the Bible

Hank Hanegraaff, best known as “The Bible Answer Man” from his popular call-in radio program, sent shockwaves around parts of the Christian world by recently announcing he has converted to Orthodox Christianity. Some were outraged by the news, wondering how such a longtime voice among Evangelical Christians with so much stock in the Bible, could make such a leap. Others were puzzled, knowing little-to-nothing about Eastern Orthodoxy....

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Conventional Thinking: Is social media smart for youth?
Apr21

Conventional Thinking: Is social media smart for youth?

PsychologyToday.com published an article titled “Why Social Media is Not Smart for Middle School Kids,” and the piece is catching the attention of many parents and others connected to student ministry. The author argues that the world of social media—with media like Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and Twitter—is not ideal for today’s youth. The writer cites reasons like the following: • “Social media was not (originally) designed for...

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