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Bible Q&A: Turn the other cheek?
Dec10

Bible Q&A: Turn the other cheek?

Because some of Jesus’ sayings appear too radical to live out in everyday life, many assume that Jesus often set up an ideal ethic that is not realistic for people who live in this present evil age. As a result, there is a school of thought that argues Jesus’ more strenuous sayings were meant to drive us to our knees in recognition of our inability to keep God’s lofty moral standards. True enough, we are all in need of God’s grace,...

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Strengthen: Make the most of Christmas
Nov26

Strengthen: Make the most of Christmas

You probably grow weary of the cliché, but it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Regardless of whether you think it is the most wonderful time of the year or not, the reality is Christmas is just around the corner. That means that your church’s celebration of Christmas is just around the corner, as well. Over the next few weeks, churches of all sizes and settings will be celebrating the birth of Christ in a wide variety of...

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An Open “Thank You” Letter to Southern Baptists
Nov24

An Open “Thank You” Letter to Southern Baptists

I don’t typically write a post specifically for my denomination, but I’m making an exception today. In the past few weeks, I’ve been with Southern Baptists in Maryland, California, Ohio, North Carolina, and Virginia. They’ve been college students, pastors, church planters, laypersons, and denominational leaders. I’ve been reminded in these weeks of how much Southern Baptists mean to me, so I’m writing this thank you note to you. Thank...

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First person: Here’s Hope
Nov19

First person: Here’s Hope

I have a friend who found herself facing a very difficult choice. She was in her late twenties, divorced twice, with four children. Then she became pregnant with her fifth child. She and her boyfriend knew that they couldn’t provide for another baby, so they sat down to consider other options. As a Christian, my friend knew in her heart that God is the giver of life, and that she could never have an abortion. So, they chose to put...

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Falls Creek surveys: Suicide prevention
Nov13

Falls Creek surveys: Suicide prevention

Because of the large number of students on grounds at Falls Creek each summer, the student ministry office of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) takes the opportunity to survey several of them on various biblical and life issues. This is the final report of a series of articles that share some of the information gathered from surveys conducted in the summer of 2017. The intention of the articles is to challenge churches...

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Powerful prayer: A Christ-centered Thanksgiving & Christmas
Nov12

Powerful prayer: A Christ-centered Thanksgiving & Christmas

In a world where Thanksgiving and Christmas are over-commercialized, it is all too easy to forget the true meaning of the season. Even in the church, believers can end up doing so many special meals and programs “about” Christ. There is little time to actually talk to Him. Too often, we give personal time, attention and gifts to everyone but Jesus. Yet, with just a little focus, Thanksgiving and Christmas can again be about Jesus, not...

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