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Conventional Thinking: A springboard for ministry
Aug31

Conventional Thinking: A springboard for ministry

According to the Oklahoma Fosters website, there are presently 8,498 children in DHS custody, presenting a massive unmet foster care need in Oklahoma. In this edition of the Baptist Messenger (see page 6), we see how one association stepped up to meet the need in a unique way. To be specific, LeFlore Association hosted a Foster Family Retreat at which families who are fostering could have a safe, fun environment for their foster...

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Conventional Thinking: Congratulations, Walker!
Aug24

Conventional Thinking: Congratulations, Walker!

While Walker Moore will continue to write his weekly column for the Baptist Messenger into the future, the beloved Oklahoma Baptist missionary recently announced his retirement from his role as president of Awe Star Ministries. Awe Star is the Tulsa-based, internationally-renown non-profit organization that helps countless thousands of students go on mission trips. As the founder and president of Awe Star, Walker did not merely lead...

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Conventional Thinking: Disorderly conduct
Aug17

Conventional Thinking: Disorderly conduct

As summer comes to a close and the school year begins, many parents breathe a sigh of relief. For far too many families, the 2018 summer hours were spent, not with fun in the sun, but in endless screen time. This screen time often comes in the form of movies, TV shows, music and the ever-present video games. According to Fortune Magazine, one video game alone—“Fortnite”—“has snagged more than 125 million players in less than a year,...

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Conventional Thinking: Faithbook
Aug10

Conventional Thinking: Faithbook

In the wake of recent Facebook security breaches, in which many account users’ personal information was compromised, the stock price of Facebook took a major fall, costing its founder and owner Mark Zuckerberg billions of dollars. The sudden drop in Facebook’s stock price has been accompanied by people, many of whom have grown weary and leery of the social media giant, cancelling their accounts. Yet, Facebook remains the largest...

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Conventional Thinking: VBS, a great success
Aug03

Conventional Thinking: VBS, a great success

The cookies and lemonade are consumed. The clever decorations are put away, and the volunteers have moved on to the next ministry opportunity. Yet the fun memories, take-home crafts and important spiritual lessons that happened, still linger. Yes, as many Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) have come to a close, it’s a good time to think about what just happened and what can happen next. First, there is the opportunity for VBS follow-up. Not...

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Conventional Thinking: Incognito Christians?
Jul27

Conventional Thinking: Incognito Christians?

in·cog·ni·to—Adjective: “(Of a person) having one’s true identity concealed.” There’s been a lot of discussion lately in the media about secret agents. Not of the fictional James Bond sort, but real life FBI and CIA agents and their work. A recent LifeWay Research poll shows that there is another group that is often living under cover: Christians. While the poll of Protestant Christians showed that a majority of “American churchgoers...

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