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Perspective: Don’t miss Thanksgiving
Nov21

Perspective: Don’t miss Thanksgiving

The news story was so sad; a driver hit someone and then left the person in the middle of the street to die—a hit and run. Over the last few years, I feel like that is what we have done with Thanksgiving. The commercialization of Christmas hits Thanksgiving and leaves it in the middle of the road to die. If there ever was a people who ought to give thanks for the guiding and blessing hand of God, it ought to be Americans. To walk back...

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Perspective: A work greater than politics
Nov16

Perspective: A work greater than politics

The dust has begun to settle after one of the most divisive and vitriolic presidential elections in American history. Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States of America. The American people have spoken. Among conservative Christians, there was, and I suspect remains, much heartburn. If Secretary Clinton had been elected, there would still be the same heartburn. There were certainly Trump supporters among...

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Perspective: Come celebrate our legacy
Nov09

Perspective: Come celebrate our legacy

Next week, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) holds its annual meeting at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs. These annual get-togethers are marked by fellowship, inspiration and business. Oklahoma Baptists come together to celebrate the mighty works of God through Baptists during the year past and look with vision and excitement to God’s direction in the year ahead. The theme this year is “Legacy of Faith,” and the theme...

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Perspective: Exercise your blood-bought right
Nov02

Perspective: Exercise your blood-bought right

I have had the privilege of traveling to many countries across the years to preach, teach and minister in the name of our Lord. After visiting nearly 40 countries, one conclusion is irrefutable in my mind and heart—I am always thankful that God has privileged me to live in and be a citizen of the United States of America! Even at our worst, America is the greatest nation on earth, and her citizens have more rights and privileges than...

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Perspective: Response to religious liberty attacks
Oct26

Perspective: Response to religious liberty attacks

There has never been a time in American history when religious liberty has hung so precariously in the balance. Indeed, one can only conclude that religious liberty is under assault, and the courts and the government are at the headwaters of such attacks. We, in the heartland, often speak of the east and west coasts as the “left coast” and for good reason. Religious liberty attacks have their seedbed on the progressively liberal...

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Perspective: Appreciating pastors
Oct19

Perspective: Appreciating pastors

Over the last several years, the Christian community has designated October as a time to honor pastors. I think it is a splendid idea, and I encourage you and your church to make October a special month to give honor where honor is due. I know of no time in my life when there are more challenges for a pastor.  The world in which he ministers is more challenging than ever.  The myriad of problems that confront a pastor as he serves his...

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