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Conventional Thinking: Barking dogs
May25

Conventional Thinking: Barking dogs

“What’s on your mind, Brian?” That is the question I wake up to every morning from Facebook. That same question is being posed by the social media giant to its two billion other members around the world every day. With the advent of social media, we have arrived at a place where the average person can have the power once held only by those in authority or perhaps those in media. That is the power to comment. Americans, in particular,...

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Conventional Thinking: Worthy examples
May18

Conventional Thinking: Worthy examples

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, and Oklahoma has been in a foster care crisis for years. In fact, according to the Oklahoma Fosters Initiative, there are nearly 9,600 children still in state custody in Oklahoma. Nationally and globally, the orphan crisis continues. According to the Christian Alliance for Orphans, there are an estimated 140 million orphans around the world, including 111,820 children in the United States...

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Conventional Thinking: Maximize care
May11

Conventional Thinking: Maximize care

Last month, the world became aware of a “critically ill infant in England” named Alfie Evans. In a horrifying and controversial decision, British courts overruled Alfie’s parents’ wishes to continue medical care, and instead, switched to “palliative end-of-life care,” denying Alfie of needed oxygen, nutrition and more. Despite Pope Francis and countless others getting involved in hopes of moving Alfie to a different medical facility...

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Conventional Thinking: Gallup-ing away
May04

Conventional Thinking: Gallup-ing away

In April, news headlines reported that the American public opinion polls show all-time high support for two issues: same-sex marriage and marijuana use. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, recently pointed out that the poll numbers related to these two social issues have corresponded a great deal over the last two-plus decades. Let’s take a look at the numbers. According to Gallup, one of the leading polling groups, in...

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Conventional Thinking: Take heed
Apr27

Conventional Thinking: Take heed

With recent news about other Christian leaders falling into moral failure, it is a good time to do two things. First, we ought to pray for these men and their families, who most directly experience the consequences of their actions. The second is to take heed, lest we fall (1 Cor. 10:12). It is about this second point I write today. In pondering life these days, it has been said that virtually nothing is private and nothing is off the...

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Conventional Thinking: I remember
Apr19

Conventional Thinking: I remember

On April 19, we Oklahomans always stop to remember. We remember the 168 who tragically lost their lives in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. We remember the heroes that served and helped in the immediate and long-term aftermath. Yes, today we remember. At risk of showing my age, I remember that I was a student in high school in Bartlesville at the time of the bombing, sitting in driver’s ed class when I first heard that fateful news....

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