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Conventional Thinking: Home alone at Christmas
Dec14

Conventional Thinking: Home alone at Christmas

“Home Alone” continues to be one of the most popular Christmas movies. To recall the plot, an eight-year-old boy’s family accidently leaves him at home for the holidays, while they jet off to Europe for vacation. Realizing his family is gone, the boy (Kevin) thinks he has permanently wished his family away, when he is confronted with two bungling burglars trying to raid his home, all while his mother tries to get back home to her...

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Conventional Thinking: Christmas wars & peace
Dec07

Conventional Thinking: Christmas wars & peace

I recently saw a Facebook contest that encouraged people to pick their favorite Christmas song. In an NCAA Tournament-style bracket, the contest pitted 64 songs against one another in a round-by-round process, with one song to win out in the end. While I’m not sure if “O Holy Night” or “Jingle Bells” or “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (or another) will ultimately prevail, this was a reminder that Christmas songs continue to hold a...

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Conventional Thinking: Turkey & table talk
Nov23

Conventional Thinking: Turkey & table talk

Thanksgiving is here, and that means family members who may not normally gather will assemble around tables to give thanks. This joyous opportunity, though, is often marred when disagreements and debates arise. From politics to sports to religion, there are no shortage of topics these days that can divide people quickly. Christians are not immune to the temptation toward sharp division and disagreement. That’s why it’s important to...

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Conventional Thinking: Marijuana’s march
Nov16

Conventional Thinking: Marijuana’s march

The 2018 midterm elections saw many winners and losers. Yet the much-discussed Nov. 6 vote had one big winner that some people are not talking about. That “winner” is marijuana, which is actually a loser for families and society. On Nov. 6, voters approved recreational marijuana use in Michigan, as well as so-called medical marijuana in Missouri and Utah. Indeed, 2018 as a whole has been a banner year for the advancement and...

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Conventional Thinking: It’s time
Nov09

Conventional Thinking: It’s time

Let me admit something. I did not grow up being involved in Southern Baptist life. In fact, I did not attend the annual meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention or the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) until I was well into my 20s. It’s not because I was out of church. I was saved as a child and in church for the most part, but my involvement was minimal and certainly not far-reaching. When I finally did decide to...

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Conventional Thinking: The Care in foster care
Nov02

Conventional Thinking: The Care in foster care

We live in times of continual outrage, in which a bombardment of news and events come at us daily. This is so constant it creates a numbing effect, so that when an issue comes along that needs our full attention, Christians have grown apathetic. Take, for example, the urgent issue of foster care. Did you know that there are approximately 8,500 children currently in Oklahoma DHS custody? A number like that can sound like a mere...

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