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Conventional Thinking: Politics & consequences
Jul29

Conventional Thinking: Politics & consequences

This month is showcasing the political conventions of America’s two largest political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans. If politics is the new form of entertainment, then these two conventions are the Super Bowl of civics. With high-flown speeches, flags waving and crowds roaring, each political party will show off its prowess, as the media pundits and self-appointed social media critics analyze every word and gesture. To be...

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‘More than gold’ Parents of Olympian pray for, cheer on daughter
Jul29

‘More than gold’ Parents of Olympian pray for, cheer on daughter

STILLWATER—Many parents say they are proud of their children. Bruce and Janet Barringer would not be different, as they beam when asked about their three children. Ask the Barringers about their daughter Jenny Simpson, and they would be happy to discuss how she will be making her third appearance in the Olympics, running in the 1500m next month. Their son, John, is the oldest. He is currently an associate pastor at a church in...

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Messenger Insight 259 – Joni Eareckson Tada
Jul28

Messenger Insight 259 – Joni Eareckson Tada

An Interview with Joni Eareckson Tada Admired author, artist and Christian leader Joni Eareckson Tada speaks about faith, the value of life and about a forthcoming devotional book. https://media.blubrry.com/messengerinsight/p/www.baptistmessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Messenger-Insight-259-Joni-Eareckson-Tada.mp3Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in new window | Download...

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Rite of passage: The invitation
Jul27

Rite of passage: The invitation

In a few weeks, Titus the Honorable will hit the three-year-old mark. His personality is beginning to take shape, and he is becoming much more engaging in his conversations. I’m praying he’s at the end of his “naming the colors of everything” phase, though. He and I will drive down the road when I hear his small, mouse-like voice saying, “Blue truck,” “Red car,” “Blue sky,” “Green grass,” “Big blue truck,” “Black truck.” And for the...

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Perspective: Instruments of peace
Jul27

Perspective: Instruments of peace

Some of the most painful words ever spoken are, “Shots fired! Officer down!” These words have been heard far too often in recent days. I do not remember a time when those who keep the peace have been the direct targets of assault. Being a police officer has always been dangerous. I admit to watching a few episodes of “Cops.” How do you not feel fear, as an officer, when you walk up to a car at night, not knowing who or what you will...

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A New Vision of Ministry Training: Haskins School of Christian Ministry
Jul26

A New Vision of Ministry Training: Haskins School of Christian Ministry

The Robert Haskins School of Christian Ministry (RHSCM) offers its first courses in September. Courses are offered online in a 14-week semester format with small group mentoring for every student. The RHSCM is a unique, non-degree, multi-contextual school of practical ministry training. It is particularly designed to provide bi-vocational pastors and church ministry leaders with excellent training that fits their busy schedules and...

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