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Perspective: For all people
Jul20

Perspective: For all people

The social ferment and the accompanying eruption of violence that has plagued our nation in recent days threatens to tear the fabric of peace, unity and freedom that marks our nation. The blame can go in multiple directions. Analyzing causes and pointing fingers are easy paths to follow—finding solutions is much harder. I am not a politician or social scientist. As a white American, I do not think it is possible for me to understand...

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Perspective: My greatest quest
Jul13

Perspective: My greatest quest

Without question, our American form of government is the greatest government ever to appear on the Earth. Over the July 4 holiday, I re-read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. America’s founders realized that the very drafting of these documents was beyond their human reason, and, as a result, they were guided by the hand of Almighty God. No, all of them were not devout Christians, but there was...

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Perspective: The genius of Falls Creek
Jun29

Perspective: The genius of Falls Creek

This week, I had the joy of introducing the staff of one of our newest Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) churches to Falls Creek and CrossTimbers. Taking people on tours of our conference centers is one of the greatest joys of my life. During these tours, I do not try, or need, to sell the highlights of our camps, I just let the group experience what God is doing. People are always interested in “why” these camps have...

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Perspective: Love all
Jun22

Perspective: Love all

Sometimes, the waves of news crash against us with such force we think we will be swept away. Such was the case last week as news broke of the unspeakable shooting in Orlando. The reality that someone would intentionally shoot 49 people in cold blood and attempt to kill another 53 people is hard to grasp. Some people have called it terrorism and others have suggested it was also a hate crime because it was perpetrated in a popular gay...

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Perspective: SBC & State Conventions
Jun10

Perspective: SBC & State Conventions

I have watched with interest a number of Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leaders raising the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC) as the model for state conventions of the future. For those who do not know, the FBC is selling their state convention building, has dramatically down-sized staff and regionalized them, and has cut ties or greatly reduced funding for several ministries. The FBC now utilizes 51 percent for SBC and utilizes 49...

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Perspective: Traits of an SBC president
Jun08

Perspective: Traits of an SBC president

Next week, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) will meet in St. Louis for its annual meeting. These annual meetings are filled with preaching, remarkable music, side meetings and business. This year’s meeting will be of significant importance because of the election of a new president of the convention. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, has served for the past two years and is ineligible to serve another...

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