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Conventional Thinking: Just 40 days
Sep14

Conventional Thinking: Just 40 days

Moses spent 40 days face-to-face with God on Mount Sinai (Ex. 34:28). Jesus spent 40 days in the desert, fasting and praying (Matt. 4:1-11). Starting later this month, pro-life Christians across the country and other parts of the world will likewise spend 40 days focused on one godly goal: praying for an end to abortion. Yes, the 40 Days for Life, which is a cross-denominational peaceful prayer effort focused on saving unborn...

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Conventional Thinking: 7 deadly sins & social media
Sep07

Conventional Thinking: 7 deadly sins & social media

In other faith traditions, we hear about the seven deadly sins. These are considered sins that literally and spiritually lead unto death. Various authors and writers in recent years have drawn links between popular social media platforms and the tendency of each one toward various sins. As more young people—and people of all ages—spend increasing time on social media, I wish to echo and expand upon this conversation. Here are the...

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Kavanaugh hearings open, abortion draws spotlight
Sep05

Kavanaugh hearings open, abortion draws spotlight

(Featured image by Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images) WASHINGTON (BP) — Abortion drew the spotlight today (Sept. 4) as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings opened for judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, expressed concern about...

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Rite of passage: Translation tales
Sep04

Rite of passage: Translation tales

I have spent most of my career working overseas, engaging the lost. I have used hundreds of translators over the last 45 years to interpret as I preached the Gospel. One day, I spoke to a group in China where seven different Chinese dialects were represented. Next to me stood seven different interpreters. As I spoke, the man next to me translated from English into Mandarin, the next from Mandarin into Cantonese, the next from...

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Never too old to serve the Lord
Sep03

Never too old to serve the Lord

  John and Bonita Watts were not the type of people to sit at home and watch television. “They were a pastor’s dream,” said Steve Lewis, pastor of Tulsa, Parkview, where the Wattses were members for more than 30 years. Parkview members have great appreciation for both John, 92, and Bonita, 77, and their reputations of being active in serving. The church is now grieving as the couple died after an automobile accident that didn’t seem...

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Ministry Wives Weekend planned Sept. 28-29
Aug31

Ministry Wives Weekend planned Sept. 28-29

Every year, the Women’s Ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) hosts a special event designed specifically for ministry wives. As a ministry wife, Amy Cordova, BGCO women’s missions and ministries specialist, understands the importance of encouraging friendships and faithful prayer support. In an effort to create a time of refreshment, the 2018 Ministry Wives Weekend will offer opportunities for wives to connect...

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