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Conventional Thinking: Rude awakening
Oct05

Conventional Thinking: Rude awakening

A recent public opinion poll reported by ABC News said that Americans today are “ruder than ever,” with “nearly eight in 10 respondents to the poll said lack of respect and courtesy is a serious national problem, and six in 10 said the problem is getting worse.” The evidence for this shows in simple things. For example, we used to have phone booths, so people could have public phone conversations in private. Today, people are...

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Conventional Thinking: All in the family
Sep28

Conventional Thinking: All in the family

In his newest book, The Storm-Tossed Family, Russell Moore “teaches readers whether you are married or single, whether you long for a child or are shepherding a full house, you are part of a family.” For many, that is surprising to hear. Too often, when the subject of family comes up, we quickly pigeonhole people. “That’s a topic for newlyweds” or “that’s for married people raising children,” people think. Even in church life, we...

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Conventional thinking: Dear Messenger readers
Sep21

Conventional thinking: Dear Messenger readers

For more than 100 years, the Baptist Messenger has been informing and inspiring Oklahoma Baptists and others, and serving as the flagship publication for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). By God’s grace, that continues to be the case going into the future, though the Baptist Messenger will enter a new era with some key changes in 2019. To be specific, the BGCO board of directors recently voted to move the Baptist...

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BGCO Board approves Baptist Messenger changes for 2019
Sep20

BGCO Board approves Baptist Messenger changes for 2019

DAVIS—During the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) September Board of Directors meeting at Falls Creek, board members approved significant changes to the print edition of the Baptist Messenger that will take effect in January 2019. In a move that trimmed the budget and also expanded opportunities to focus on its growing digital publication, BGCO Board members voted that as of January 2019, the Baptist Messenger print...

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Conventional Thinking: Just 40 days
Sep14

Conventional Thinking: Just 40 days

Moses spent 40 days face-to-face with God on Mount Sinai (Ex. 34:28). Jesus spent 40 days in the desert, fasting and praying (Matt. 4:1-11). Starting later this month, pro-life Christians across the country and other parts of the world will likewise spend 40 days focused on one godly goal: praying for an end to abortion. Yes, the 40 Days for Life, which is a cross-denominational peaceful prayer effort focused on saving unborn...

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Conventional Thinking: 7 deadly sins & social media
Sep07

Conventional Thinking: 7 deadly sins & social media

In other faith traditions, we hear about the seven deadly sins. These are considered sins that literally and spiritually lead unto death. Various authors and writers in recent years have drawn links between popular social media platforms and the tendency of each one toward various sins. As more young people—and people of all ages—spend increasing time on social media, I wish to echo and expand upon this conversation. Here are the...

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