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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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Perspective: Just the beginning
Jun08

Perspective: Just the beginning

Summer is full of spiritual harvest events in most Oklahoma Baptist churches. Camps have already begun at CrossTimbers and Falls Creek. Across our state, many fine associational camps will host groups for several weeks this summer. In every place, the Gospel rings out with clarity, and many children and youth will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Vacation Bible School (VBS) remains one of the most significant evangelistic...

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Perspective: To stand on shoulders
May31

Perspective: To stand on shoulders

Talk to any state convention leader and each one will tell you his state is unique. While there are similarities in Southern Baptist life, it is true we all are distinctive. One of the hallmarks of Oklahoma Baptists has been our unity. Through the tumultuous years of the conservative resurgence and the upheaval of recent years in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) has remained...

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