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OBU enjoying successful start to football season
Sep22

OBU enjoying successful start to football season

SHAWNEE—The 2014 season has had a different start than last year for the Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) football team. Of course, last year, the Bison were experiencing their first season on the gridiron in 73 years, concluding with a 4-7 record after an 0-5 start. Prior to facing Panhandle State University on Sept. 20, OBU was undefeated (3-0) and outscored their opponents 168-61 in those first three contests. “We knew at...

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‘When the Game Stands Tall’ doesn’t stoop on character
Sep15

‘When the Game Stands Tall’ doesn’t stoop on character

Football season is upon us. Throughout the next three months, many will be enjoying the gridiron action live and through multiple television broadcasts. For many years, I have commemorated the start of football season by watching one of my all-time favorite movies, “Rudy.” However, this year, I chose a different flick. “When the Game Stands Tall” stars Jim Caviezel, known for portraying Jesus in “The...

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Taylor takes a hike, leads 15 men on discipleship journey
Sep08

Taylor takes a hike, leads 15 men on discipleship journey

PONCA CITY—Pastor Andy Taylor was having dinner at the home of some members of Ponca City, First. As he was leaving the house, a picture caught his eye. It was a picture of his dinner host, Dwayne Tackett, and Tackett’s son-in-law backpacking. Viewing this picture started a nine-month journey, and perhaps what Taylor claims “the greatest men’s ministry I have experienced in 25 years.” Tackett and Taylor led a team of 15...

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Banner day in baptisms
Sep02

Banner day in baptisms

ADA—Rusty Fuller, pastor of Ada, Trinity, took to heart what he read in the May 29 Baptist Messenger. Alan Quigley, church outreach team leader for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, wrote on the released Baptism Task Force Report by the North American Mission Board. Fuller said Quigley’s column caused him to be “burdened about the continual decline in baptisms,” so Ada, Trinity, decided to take a Sunday and focus...

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Hispanic church uses soccer to reach children for Christ
Sep02

Hispanic church uses soccer to reach children for Christ

This summer, every country was engrossed with what was happening in Brazil as teams from all over the globe came to compete in the World Cup. It is no secret that soccer has an international draw. It also is no secret that the Latino population is growing in the United States overall, and especially in Oklahoma. State Hispanic churches are branching out in their respective communities as they see the need to connect with this...

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