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Conventional Thinking: Now what?
Jul13

Conventional Thinking: Now what?

The people have spoken. On June 26, Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788, presented to the voters “medical marijuana,” by a 57-43 margin. Ignoring reasonable voices of caution, including U.S. Senator James Lankford and Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore, as well as leaders from the business and medical community, Oklahoma voters took one giant leap toward marijuana with this ballot. While this should sadden Christians, it...

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Conventional Thinking: Liberty takes the cake
Jul02

Conventional Thinking: Liberty takes the cake

Approximately six years ago, a man named Jack Phillips, who is a cake artist and owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, was asked by a same-sex couple to bake a cake for their wedding ceremony. At the time, same-sex marriage was not the law of the land in Colorado—or in America for that matter. Phillips, a devout Christian, decided his sincerely-held religious beliefs and conscience would not allow him to bake the cake, but said...

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Conventional Thinking: Jesus, the SBC & women
Jun22

Conventional Thinking: Jesus, the SBC & women

The recent annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas, June 12-13, featured a number of important events. From the elections of officers, to the commissioning of IMB missionaries to ministry reports, the 2018 meeting was consequential and important. One aspect of the annual meeting that continues to be of interest is the resolutions report. The SBC resolutions committee presented 16 resolutions, on topics ranging from...

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Conventional Thinking: 2018 elections & F-A-I-R play
Jun15

Conventional Thinking: 2018 elections & F-A-I-R play

With the 2018 elections drawing near, the political temperature is heating up. In some ways, with today’s social-media-saturated, partisan climate, the political temperature stays hot year round. At some level, though, people’s elevated passions for politics is understandable. Not only do elections determine our government leaders, they determine the course of action on key issues. And from the state to federal level, the 2018...

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Conventional Thinking: Say NO on SQ 788
Jun08

Conventional Thinking: Say NO on SQ 788

In 2013, the state of Illinois passed a law allowing for so-called “medical marijuana.” On Nov. 6 of this year, Illinois voters will likely consider a measure that would set the stage for recreational use. That means in just five short years, Illinois could go from so-called “medical” toward full-blown recreational use. Unless Oklahoma voters reject State Question 788 on June 26, Oklahoma will make its own first step toward marijuana...

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Conventional Thinking: A losing bet
Jun01

Conventional Thinking: A losing bet

All bets are off. Sports gambling is now permissible in all 50 states, according to a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Within days of the ruling, sports leagues of all stripes—from professional to collegiate—seemed to join the bandwagon, welcoming the news with open arms. They also appear to be positioning themselves to financially benefitting from this forthcoming glut of sports gambling. Once viewed as a bad influence on...

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