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Conventional Thinking: ‘Fake news’ & you
Apr13

Conventional Thinking: ‘Fake news’ & you

One phrase that has been popularized by President Donald Trump is “fake news.” Fake news, of course, refers to stories generated by journalists and other individuals that are believed to be partly, or as a whole, made up. In this age of people looking to the Internet and social media for news, “fake news” is increasingly hard to combat. Several countries, including Malaysia, are considering a crack-down on “fake news,” but this entire...

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Conventional Thinking: Is ‘medical marijuana’ OK for Okla.?
Apr06

Conventional Thinking: Is ‘medical marijuana’ OK for Okla.?

Did you know that on June 26, Oklahomans will vote on allowing the use and distribution of a schedule one narcotic, as identified by the Federal Controlled Substances Act in the United States and the Drug Enforcement Act? I refer to marijuana. To be specific, a ballot initiative (State Question 788) is coming before Oklahoma voters that “legalizes the licensed use, sale and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma for medicinal purposes.”...

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Conventional Thinking: Risen indeed!
Mar30

Conventional Thinking: Risen indeed!

Some call it Easter. Others refer to this holy day as Resurrection Sunday. Either way you prefer, the annual day on the Christian calendar on which we specifically celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is upon us. Hallelujah! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed! As we stop and celebrate, I will underscore four important truths connected to the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. ///He is alive! In my philosophy class...

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Conventional Thinking: Capitol ideas
Mar23

Conventional Thinking: Capitol ideas

I cannot recall another time in which more people were in tune to what is, and what is not, happening at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The level of interest and frustration is high, especially as it relates to teacher pay and education funding issues. While these education issues remain the center stage of attention—and rightly so—I wanted to take this moment to highlight two other issues that are also of moral and ethical concern to...

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Conventional Thinking: Five alive
Mar16

Conventional Thinking: Five alive

“In the beginning, God created…” These are the first five words in the Book of Genesis and of the Bible as a whole. Recently, one man who interprets literally those words came to Oklahoma, causing a major stir. To be specific, Ken Ham, the young-earth creationist who founded Answers in Genesis ministry, was scheduled to speak at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). After protest from an LGBT student group on campus, Ham was...

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Conventional Thinking: The journey of 1,000
Mar09

Conventional Thinking: The journey of 1,000

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” once said a philosopher. Two decades ago, two prominent and much-beloved Baptist Messenger writers began a journey of a thousand articles. I’m talking about Anthony Jordan and Walker Moore, each of whom have written weekly Messenger articles for 22 and 20 years, respectively. On behalf of Baptist Messenger readers, I want to express the most heartfelt appreciation to Dr....

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