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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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Conventional Thinking: Is ‘Default Christianity’ dying?
Aug18

Conventional Thinking: Is ‘Default Christianity’ dying?

According to the U.S. Religious Landscape Study from The Pew Research Center, approximately 70 percent of American adults still claim to be Christian, while 78 percent of Oklahomans do. Those numbers sound really high, especially when you look at the family breakdown and moral chaos surrounding American culture. The devil’s in the details when it comes to a survey like this though. When you look into specific beliefs surrounding...

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Conventional Thinking: ‘Wrong side of history?’
Aug11

Conventional Thinking: ‘Wrong side of history?’

It’s a phrase that was popularized by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. It’s a phrase that is meant to move people from one side of a debate to another, by sheer force of peer pressure of epic proportions. The phrase is, “Do you really want to be ‘on the wrong side of history’?” One online dictionary defines the phrase “on the wrong side of history” as “having policies or practices that are perceived not progressive or...

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