Jan 2017 2

Purity Vs. Unity

One special week near the end of the college football season is referred to as “Rivalry Week.” It is a week of games between teams in the same conference (though not always) that despise each other. Even if one of the rival teams has a down year, beating its rival makes everyone feel better about the rest of the season. …

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Jan 2017

Achieving a Unified Church

This issue of the Baptist Times initiates a step I’ve wanted to take for quite some time. In the past, we’ve published issues that dealt with particular themes, but this year we’re taking that to another level. I’ve long had a desire to create coordinated substantive content about various subjects that are, or should be, important to independent Baptist churches. …

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Nov 2016

Clueless Christians in Need of Discernment

A moving sidewalk revealed two classes of people recently and confirmed something I’ve been promoting in a current preaching series on discernment. You know what a moving sidewalk is, right? It’s an escalator without the up and down. I stepped onto one a few weeks ago and noticed the same sign that most all of them display, “Walk to the …

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Sept 2016

Execution: The Danger Lurking in Every Invitation

I know some of you likely will refuse to read more than this opening paragraph. That is understandable because my premise is shocking, but you might just be one of those who needs most to read a little further. Here it is: It is possible for environments that involve the most preaching to actually have the most deceived people. Since …

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July 2016

Don’t Bypass the Blessings

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. (Prov. 27:1) I started out on my typical morning run of three miles at Boomer Lake in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It was about 5:45 a.m. and temperature in the 20s. The early chest pains in the first mile were easily chalked up to running in the …

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A Deliberate Vote for President by Samuel Hardy

I know I am an 18-year-old boy who hasn’t lived long, hasn’t developed the wisdom or maturity of most adults, and my opinion doesn’t carry a lot of weight. I am facing my first opportunity to vote for the President of the United States and was helped by listening to his acceptance speech at the Republican Convention. My challenge is …

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May 2016

The Willing Unknowns (Guest Editorial)

Article written by Pastor Dan Preston of Bethany Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas. A memorial that I visited in the Philippines occupies 152 acres on a prominent plateau and is visible at a distance from the east, south and west. It contains the graves of 17,201 soldiers, most of whom lost their lives in New Guinea and the Philippines during …

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March 2016 1

Recovering from Heart Surgery (Guest Editorial)

Article written by Jason Jett, the associate pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Editor Wayne Hardy’s editorial, The Ready Writer, which normally appears on this page, is not appearing in this edition of The Baptist Times because Bro. Hardy unexpectedly had to have open-heart surgery and currently is recovering at home. He is showing steady improvement in recovering …

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Jan 2016

Why You Need a Willing Spirit

Peter planted his right foot firmly on the chest of the dead soldier lying at his feet. He clutched his bloody sword with both hands and lifted it high above his head, letting out a victorious cry. Dozens of the emperor’s best fighting men lay scattered around him, each victim to Peter’s lethal battle skills. Pilate would think twice next …

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Musings on Things GIBF

I wish that I could convince every pastor to take time to come to a GIBF meeting in the future. For their own sake, not for that of the GIBF. The GIBF is not an end in itself, but a means in order to encourage and strengthen pastors. Every pastor understands that one reason folks need to come to church …

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