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Conventional Thinking: Is the end near?
Oct27

Conventional Thinking: Is the end near?

“The end is near.” That’s a phrase we have long heard that more people seem to believe. Just the other day, I had lunch with a gentlemen, a fellow Southern Baptist. We were discussing some complex issues facing our denomination, and he said at the end of our talk, “You know, I am not going to worry about it much or try to do anything, because I am convinced Jesus is coming back soon anyway.” He said, “It’s a moot point.” I sat there...

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Conventional Thinking: Mad/sad/scared
Oct20

Conventional Thinking: Mad/sad/scared

Adrian Rogers once said, “The true test of your character is not seen in your actions but in your reactions.” These days, our reactions, especially in the online world, are revealing significant character flaws. If you look at social media on any given day, you could see that there are three common reactions people have to any given issue. They are either mad, sad or scared. From sports to politics, end-times prophecies to Hollywood...

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Conventional Thinking: Music is not petty
Oct13

Conventional Thinking: Music is not petty

Last week, American music star Tom Petty died. One Gen-X-age person said on social media on the day of his death, “Tom Petty’s music was the sound track of my childhood.” There is something about music that is formative to our souls that subsequently shapes the culture at large. If you want to see how poorly or how well a culture is doing, listen to the music. C.S. Lewis once said, “In heaven, there is silence, and there is music; in...

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Conventional Thinking: Pay it upward
Oct06

Conventional Thinking: Pay it upward

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal. 6:10). Our church family has been a real blessing to my family during good times and bad. Some time ago, when we were facing a family medical crisis, our Sunday School class mowed our lawn for weeks on end, for which we were so grateful. One of the teen boys who helped mow innocently asked his dad, “Dad,...

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Conventional Thinking: Campus calling
Sep29

Conventional Thinking: Campus calling

Students in college today face tremendous pressures. These include sexual temptation, loneliness, accumulating college debt, academic stress, disconnect with their family, technology and information overload, as well as increasing hostility toward the Christian faith. Regarding this last issue, consider the example of Professor Bart Ehrman, a religion professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Ehrman is a...

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Conventional Thinking: Pro-life role model
Sep22

Conventional Thinking: Pro-life role model

As Anthony Jordan recently announced his plans to retire as BGCO executive director-treasurer effective next April, my mind pondered the many things the Lord has accomplished through his life and ministry. From Falls Creek to evangelism to preaching the Word, much can and will be said about Dr. Jordan’s power-packed ministry here in Oklahoma and beyond. In this column, I want to highlight and focus on one aspect of Dr. Jordan’s heart...

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