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Perspective: Breathe
Jul26

Perspective: Breathe

I have an interesting feature on my Apple Watch. From time to time, the factory setting on the watch causes me to feel a vibration on my arm. This vibration is a notification from my phone. When I look to see if it is a call, email, text or Twitter alert, I find the simple word “BREATHE.” That bold word is followed by a short sentence, “Take time to breathe.” My first response to the alert is to have a sarcastic thought, “Duh, if I...

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Perspective: My friend Sam
Jul19

Perspective: My friend Sam

We have been friends for more than 30 years. He and I first worked together when I was president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Pastors’ Conference, and he was vice president. He has been pastor to my parents and my sister’s family. When my dad died, he preached his funeral. When I became executive director-treasurer and we needed someone to lead men’s ministry and partnership missions, I went directly to him to...

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Perspective: We must equip young people
Jul12

Perspective: We must equip young people

Spending a week embedded in the youth culture at Falls Creek earlier this summer has left a significant impression on my mind and heart. I have spent many hours pondering some of the experiences and encounters I had with Oklahoma Baptist young people. I discovered a large number of intellectually-bright, spiritually-aware, sold-out, gospel-centered and culturally-challenged teens. This discovery has caused me to draw some conclusions...

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Perspective: Erasing racism
Jun28

Perspective: Erasing racism

Racism is one of the most despicable, ugly, unchristian and inexcusable things on the planet. Racism moves in multiple directions, and wherever it goes on display, we should give our best to eradicate it from society. When, and if, racism finds its way into the church, it should be given a swift and certain funeral. There is just no place for racism. Period. Exclamation point! Racism defies everything we, as Christians, believe and is...

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Perspective: SBC assessment
Jun21

Perspective: SBC assessment

Last week I attended the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), which has always been a good experience if for no other reason than to see friends from across the years who live throughout the United States. The convention is our time as Southern Baptists to do business and be inspired. Through the years, the convention has not always been inspirational. There were many years marked by turmoil, as Messengers fought for the soul of the...

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Perspective: Falls Creek observances
Jun14

Perspective: Falls Creek observances

I am writing this article in the middle of the first week of the 2017 Falls Creek Youth Camps. It is my privilege to preach this first youth week of the 100th year of Falls Creek. Without question, this experience is an extraordinary honor. Preaching a youth week at Falls Creek at the age of 68 challenges you like no other. While this is my fourth time to preach a youth week, it is my first time as a senior adult preacher. I took...

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