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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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Conventional Thinking: Last full measure
May27

Conventional Thinking: Last full measure

“It is rather for us … from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” – Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address (1863) If Lincoln...

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Conventional Thinking: Mad (lib) America
May20

Conventional Thinking: Mad (lib) America

Many Americans are just plain angry these days. Our politicians are a reflection and sometimes the instigators of these angry outbursts, which are often vented without reserve on places like Facebook. The sound of these rants, from left to right, from cities to rural, are starting to sound shockingly alike. Unfortunately, sometimes Christians join in the rage and look and sound no different than lost people. Using the old mad lib...

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Conventional Thinking: Bible times
May13

Conventional Thinking: Bible times

Many of us committed to read the Bible daily in the New Year, some with hopes of reading the Bible cover to cover in one year. It’s now May, so does your Bible know where you are? Too many of us have not followed through on our commitments. What is at stake in this form of neglect? If you trust the research from the Center for Bible Engagement, a lot. In fact, according to the Center, time spent in the Word of God is the single best...

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Conventional Thinking: Distracting devices
May06

Conventional Thinking: Distracting devices

The late Adrian Rogers said, “If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” With the advent of the smartphone, the Devil is getting two birds with one stone. Cell phones, which today are Internet-enabled portable devices, have created an instantaneous platform for all manner of wrong. Pornography, once reduced to the “red-light” districts, is now available in an instant, if a person desired. Even if a person does not seek it out,...

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