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Conventional Thinking: Is the SBC building mosques?
Jul15

Conventional Thinking: Is the SBC building mosques?

“I am in shock that you Southern Baptists are building mosques,” said one message I recently received. Still others wondered aloud as to “why on Earth?” Southern Baptists are supporting the building of a mosque, when radical Islamic terrorists are threatening and murdering Christians and others around the world and here in America. What exactly is going on here? At BaptistMessenger.com, you can listen to an interview with Russell D....

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Conventional Thinking: War for women?
Jul01

Conventional Thinking: War for women?

With a new wave of terrorism, and nations in threatening postures toward one another, the world seems once again teetering on the brink of war, perhaps of historic proportions. Meanwhile, the President and Congress are looking to vastly expand the potential pool of people who could be sent to fight in it by making the military draft mandatory for women. Under the banner of “equality,” many leaders are increasingly succumbing to the...

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Conventional Thinking: A people of resolve
Jun24

Conventional Thinking: A people of resolve

From abortion to same-sex marriage, gambling to racism, the way Southern Baptists traditionally have spoken forth on key social and cultural issues through the years is by resolutions at the annual SBC meeting. At the 2016 meeting in St. Louis, Messengers passed the following resolutions: // On the Orlando Tragedy Messengers affirmed that all people are made in the image of God and have worth, which underscores the terrorist attack in...

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Conventional Thinking: Teens & sexual temptation
Jun17

Conventional Thinking: Teens & sexual temptation

According to a recent Reuters news report, “The birthrate among U.S. teenagers dropped 8 percent last year to another record low, the latest sign of major progress in efforts to reduce teen pregnancies.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the teen birth rate has “dropped 64 percent from its peak in 1991” among women ages 15-19. Some are crediting government efforts to curb the teen birth rate. Others like Planned...

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Conventional Thinking: So help me God
Jun10

Conventional Thinking: So help me God

Next January, the newly-elected President of the United States will stand forth and say these words: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.” Of the 44 U.S. Presidents, many have said these words with one hand raised and the other placed on the Holy Bible,...

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Conventional Thinking: The lure of nostalgia
Jun03

Conventional Thinking: The lure of nostalgia

I recently read a book by the great Herschel Hobbs (for the record, I am not his grandson, but I do know we are related by our distant relatives from Noah’s Ark). In it, he was explaining why Southern Baptists are growing by leaps and bounds and even the newly-elected president at the time of his writing, Jimmy Carter, is Southern Baptist. Hobbs went out of the way to say he was not offering a “Baptist brag.” Looking at baptism...

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