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Author Bruce Prescott

Bruce Prescott, now retired, served as executive director of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists from 1998-2014. has posted severalarticles about the March 7 meeting between goodwill Baptists and Obama administration officials. It was a good meeting. I asked a couple questions during the meeting. The most important was a question I asked of Paul Monteiro, associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Monteiro had distributed a sheet […] Read More

News reports for the last few months have been filled with dire accounts about Iran’s growing capacity for enriching uranium, the United States’ exertion of greater pressure on Iran by strengthening sanctions and tightening an embargo on Iranian oil, and Israel’s preparation to launch “a preventive war” against Iran. News reports say the United States […] Read More

Editor’s note: The remarks below are excerpted from a speech given by Bruce Prescott at a peace conference Sept. 14 in Ames, Iowa. Peace (shalom) in the Hebrew Bible means more than the mere absence of conflict and strife. It speaks about the joy, prosperity, well-being and wholeness of a life that exists when men […] Read More

Thirty-six years ago, I enrolled for my first semester of studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. That was before the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention, which made the seminary a ghost town. In the mid-1970s, Southwestern Seminary was the largest seminary in the world with a student body approaching 5,000 […] Read More

I went to a town hall meeting recently at the National Weather Center in Norman, Okla., held by U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). Cole said he favored a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget, and that reform of “entitlement programs” was necessary and inevitable. He also said he opposed raising taxes to address the national […] Read More

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is using her bully pulpit to call Oklahomans to prayforrain. More than 40 percent of Oklahoma is experiencing an exceptional drought, the most severe category measured by climatologists. Currently, 58 percent of Oklahoma is facing either an extreme or an exceptional drought. Meanwhile, a record-setting heat wave continues throughout the state […] Read More

An organization called United for a Fair Economy (UFE) issued the report “Flip It to Fix It: An Immediate, Fair Solution to State Budget Shortfalls” in late May. The report discusses the injustices caused by the regressive systems of taxation that prevail in states across our country. UFE suggests a simple and fair solution to […] Read More

Editor’s note: The Oklahoma City chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens held an immigration rally on the steps of the state capitol April 16. Bruce Prescott was one of the speakers. Below are his remarks. 4,000 years ago God told a man named Abraham to go to a land that He would […] Read More

Editor’s note: The Sierra Club sponsored a panel discussion April 13 at a venue near an EPA hearing in Oklahoma City to educate Oklahomans about the effects of coal pollution. Bruce Prescott served as one of the panelists. Below are his remarks. I am here to speak in favor of the EPA’s plan for implementing […] Read More

Until I saw Charles Ferguson’s documentary film “Inside Job,” I thought Simon Johnson and James Kwak’s book “13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown” provided the best introduction to the causes for the current economic calamity facing our nation and the world. “13 Bankers” provides the details, and everyone knows that […] Read More