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Davis shares his faith as a pro golfer
Jan27

Davis shares his faith as a pro golfer

The last time Baptist Messenger featured a story on Ian Davis (May 31, 2012), he was a sophomore at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and a member of the Cowboys golf team. Since then, he contributed to OSU claiming the national runner-up title in the 2014 NCAA Championship and turned pro last May. “For the first couple of months, I didn’t make any (tournament) cuts and hadn’t made any money,” said Davis, describing how the experience...

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Q&A with Jim Cymbala
Jan20

Q&A with Jim Cymbala

/// Jim Cymbala bio: Pastor Jim Cymbala is a native New Yorker, raised in the borough of Brooklyn. Not long after he married Carol, his childhood sweetheart, Cymbala felt a call to the ministry and took over the leadership of The Brooklyn Tabernacle in the early 1970s. The small, struggling congregation met in a small, run-down building surrounded by the physical and moral blight of the inner city. Cymbala tells many of his early...

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Q&A with Franklin Graham
Jan13

Q&A with Franklin Graham

/// Franklin Graham bio: William Franklin Graham III, born July 14, 1952, is the fourth of five children of evangelist Billy Graham and his wife, the late Ruth Bell Graham. Raised in a log home in the Appalachian Mountains outside Asheville, N.C., Franklin now lives in Boone, N.C. In his autobiography, Rebel with a Cause, Franklin explained that “just being the son of Billy Graham won’t get me into heaven.” He knew that he was being...

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From simple start, OKC, Vietnamese a ‘vibrant’ church after 20 years
Dec16

From simple start, OKC, Vietnamese a ‘vibrant’ church after 20 years

In 1994, a group of eight Vietnamese people, led by David and Judy Vu, approached Anthony Jordan, then pastor of Oklahoma City, Northwest, about Jordan’s church providing leadership support and a place to worship. Now the executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), Jordan recalls that time they met with him. “When this group came to see me, they said to me, ‘We are going to fast and pray...

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Sulphur sports league reaches community for Christ
Dec16

Sulphur sports league reaches community for Christ

SULPHUR—It does not happen often, but when a city and a church can come together for the purpose of the community, it needs to be shared. In July, Mark Williams started his ministry at Sulphur, Crossway as the recreation minister. However, that was not his only title. He also works for the City of Sulphur as the director of Crosstown Sports, the city’s sports league for kids in 6th grade and younger. Sitting in Crossway’s community...

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