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Showers of blessings
May26

Showers of blessings

Altus, Martha Road sees explosive growth in Sunday School ALTUS—For more than two years, Kevin Baker, pastor of Altus, Martha Road, and other leaders have been praying fervently for God to send rain. Only in recent weeks has the drought-affected area seen abundant rain, which they view as a direct answer to prayer. The church, however, has experienced a spiritual downpour through Sunday School growth during those same two years. Baker...

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Conventional Thinking: Preying on the poor
May26

Conventional Thinking: Preying on the poor

We’ve all seen them. Some communities have more than one. They are called payday lending centers, and they are coming under criticism from a new group called the Faith for Just Lending Coalition, for charging obscenely high loan rates that hurt families. According to the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (which is part of the Coalition), here’s how it typically works: “A payday lender...

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Q&A: Is religious liberty in danger?
May19

Q&A: Is religious liberty in danger?

The Baptist Messenger recently sat down with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to discuss issues of religious liberty. Pruitt is a member of Broken Arrow, First. Messenger: Could you talk about the right to worship over and against the right to the free exercise of worship? Pruitt: This issue is equally a very important issue, not only currently, but in years ahead. When you look internationally, you look at history as compared...

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Conventional Thinking: Be active
May19

Conventional Thinking: Be active

With the merry month of May nearing its end and June around the corner, families are gearing up for summer plans that may include vacations, trips to camp, swimming and other fun in the sun. Between these times of traditional summer activities, however, we are tempted to stay indoors to beat the heat, relax and enjoy air conditioning. There is nothing wrong with that; yet summertime, like any other time of year, affords people the...

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Conventional Thinking: Dear graduates…
May12

Conventional Thinking: Dear graduates…

The classes of 2015 have their moment in the sun, as high school, college and post-graduate students across the state are rightly receiving recognition now for their educational achievements. As part of this rite of passage, many students and young adults will take part in commencement events that will include long speeches with advice to live by. Rather than attempt to offer my own original thoughts to them, I want to pass along...

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