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Conventional Thinking: Texting while living
Sep15

Conventional Thinking: Texting while living

Earlier this month, Texas became the 47th state in the U.S. to ban texting while driving. This texting practice is universally recognized as a dangerous, hazardous one that no one should do because of the effect it has on a person’s ability to drive safely. Did you know that the average mobile phone user spends five hours per day on their device, a large portion of which is spent sending and receiving text messages? The ubiquitous and...

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Conventional Thinking: The heart of Texas
Sep08

Conventional Thinking: The heart of Texas

With football season upon us, Oklahomans typically would be revving up harsh feelings toward our sports rivals south of the Red River. But as Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas coast, causing unprecedented flooding and devastation in the aftermath, our hearts are moved toward nothing but love, care and compassion for our Texas friends and neighbors. Some things in life, like sports and politics, bring division. But when tragedy...

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Bible Q&A: John the evangelist
Sep02

Bible Q&A: John the evangelist

Despite the fact that the fourth Gospel does not make an explicit claim about the identity of its author, the early church was virtually unanimous is ascribing it to John, the Apostle, the son of Zebedee, the “disciple whom Jesus loved” (13:23; 19:26-27; 20:2; 21:7; and 21:20). But who was he, and what do we know about him? John, the Son of Zebedee and brother of James appears 30 times in the New Testament. Our first glimpse of him is...

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Conventional Thinking: Learning lessons on race
Sep01

Conventional Thinking: Learning lessons on race

U.S. Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma joined others to propose “Solutions Sunday,” wherein people would intentionally seek out opportunities to converse at the dinner table with someone of another race. Taking Sen. Lankford’s advice to heart, I have recently conversed over a meal with individuals who are African-Americans. My eyes have been opened by the experience, and I want to share some things I am learning from these men, each...

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Conventional Thinking: Ice-cold hearts
Aug25

Conventional Thinking: Ice-cold hearts

A recent CBS News report shared news almost too shocking and sad to print. The report said, “With the rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has significantly decreased, but few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland,” where “close to 100 percent who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy.”...

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Powerful Prayer: For students and teachers
Aug20

Powerful Prayer: For students and teachers

As we move into a new school year, it has never been more crucial to bathe students and teachers in powerful biblical prayer. Several years ago, a speaker at a Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma staff day shared something that made an indelible impression on us all.  He showed part of a movie where American troops were in the steel flat boats approaching the shores at Normandy Beach. As the ship doors dropped down, many young...

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