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Hymns Redeemed and Restored

As the son of Southern Baptist missionaries, Matthew Smith is no stranger to the basic ideas of Christianity. Since childhood, he heard Bible stories and teaching in ways that prepared him to understand and believe the basic tenants of the Christian faith. It was not until he entered college at Belmont University in Nashville, however, that the message of the Gospel with all of its forceful depth and simple truth seemingly captured...

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The State(s) of our Convention

Shortly before his death, Adrian Rogers was asked his opinion about the future of the Southern Baptist Convention. Without hesitation Rogers answered that he was greatly troubled about what lay ahead for the Convention. From a lifetime of investment in the SBC, he observed that Southern Baptists get along well “on the battlefield,” but sometimes can hardly tolerate each other “in the barracks.” That is to say, Southern Baptists love...

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Editor’s Journal: NAMB: A new era begins?

With the recent election of Kevin Ezell as president of the North America Mission Board (NAMB), a new era of change is certain to come for an agency of the Southern Baptist Convention that has seldom known calm waters. Since its formation at the founding of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, the Home Mission Board (as it was once known) has stumbled its way through history never quite knowing its place among the myriad (and...

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Heaven’s Rain: Forgiveness finally comes

Oklahoma tragedy remembered in new film A knock at the door is nothing unusual for a pastor. People in need of everything from driving directions to daily food somehow find their way to a pastor’s home. When a knock came on the evening of Oct. 15, 1979 at the home of Oklahoma City, Putnam City’s pastor, Richard Douglass, nothing out of the ordinary was apparent. Two men simply needed to use the phone.  They were welcomed into the...

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Editor’s Journal: SMO 2010: A Mission of Hope

During the early years of Baptist life in Oklahoma, the entire idea of cooperative missions outreach teetered on the edge of collapse due to the convergence of three primary factors: personality conflicts which grew so fierce that various Southern Baptist leaders would not speak to each other; a doctrinal controversy that coalesced around theological ideas of “modernism” vs. “fundamentalism” with evolution at the center of the debate;...

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