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An open letter to Oklahoma Baptists regarding abortion and protecting human life
Feb21

An open letter to Oklahoma Baptists regarding abortion and protecting human life

Dear Oklahoma Baptists, The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s stance against abortion and for protecting human life is long-held and well-known. We want to make sure you hear directly from us what our position is regarding recent efforts to fight abortion and protect life. The BGCO is categorically opposed to abortion, and it is our prayer and goal to see lives saved and an end to abortion in Oklahoma and beyond. Through the...

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Sword & trowel: Listen up
Feb21

Sword & trowel: Listen up

Do you remember phone booths? These rectangular boxes once were located everywhere, so people could place a phone call while in public, yet have a private (or semi-private) conversation. These days, phone booths are nowhere to be seen, and people will simply take a phone call anywhere and everywhere. This is perhaps symptomatic of a society that values talking more than listening (and maybe one that has forgotten manners, as well). It...

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Sword & trowel: Life after New York and Virginia
Jan31

Sword & trowel: Life after New York and Virginia

On January 22, the New York legislature passed the Reproductive Health Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. To a casual observer that might not seem like earth-shattering news, yet a closer look reveals that this is one of the most outrageous and devastating developments in decades. On “the 46th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, the New York legislature passed… (the) law that significantly expands abortion...

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Sword & trowel: Champions for life
Jan24

Sword & trowel: Champions for life

We live in a time that is hungry for heroes. Look no further than the popularity of comic book action heroes or to idolized professional sports stars to see that there is an impulse in people to have heroes. While the world often looks to the strongest, richest or most beautiful as exemplary heroes, the Christian faith honors the humble, the unheralded and those who stand up for the weak. Let me share about two heroes I admire....

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‘Sword & trowel’: New beginnings
Jan11

‘Sword & trowel’: New beginnings

Since 2011, I have had the privilege of writing editorials for the Baptist Messenger, which I have done under the headline “Conventional Thinking.” For 2019, in this era of new beginnings and a New Year, I am reintroducing my column as “Sword & trowel.” The phrase, which is a reference to the Book of Nehemiah, was used by the late, great preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, whose publication that was founded in the 1860s still bears...

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Conventional Thinking: Baby steps
Dec21

Conventional Thinking: Baby steps

Some time back, I saw one of those social media posts that make you smile or cringe, depending on who you are. Called “The top 10 reasons liberal atheists don’t like the holidays,” the list included things like “Christmas lights waste electricity” and “The pilgrims and Indians gave thanks to Whom?” The list, which I did not know if it were serious or silly, did end on a very somber note. It said they don’t like the holidays because...

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The Baptist Messenger and its beloved writer, Walker Moore, are joining forces to produce a readers' cookbook.
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