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Reader responds to OSSAA prayer ban editorial
Jul20

Reader responds to OSSAA prayer ban editorial

EDITOR NOTE: The July 9 Baptist Messenger featured a guest editorial submitted by State Rep. Bobby Cleveland. The following is a response to the article by Mike Whaley Member, Blanchard, First I have been an assistant director for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) for the last six years and prior to that time spent 30 years coaching and teaching in Oklahoma’s public schools that were members of OSSAA. Never...

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Guest Editorial: State Rep. responds to OSSAA prayer ban
Jul06

Guest Editorial: State Rep. responds to OSSAA prayer ban

EDITOR NOTE: The following is a guest editorial submitted by State Rep. Bobby Cleveland who is a member of Norman, Bethel. The June 14 edition of The Oklahoman featured a comment from Ed Sheakley, director of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA), “…we’re not going to allow student-led prayer at our contests.” The OSSAA recently reiterated and in fact bolstered its policy prohibiting student-led prayers at...

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OBU Recommended for NCAA Division II
Jul15

OBU Recommended for NCAA Division II

>> by: Ray Fink  OBU Director of Athletic Media Relations   SHAWNEE—The Division II Membership Committee of the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) recommended the membership application for Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU), setting the stage for the Bison Athletic Department to move from NAIA to NCAA Division II. The committee’s decisions was reviewed by the NCAA Division II Management Council as part of its...

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Students share Christ’s love in Brazil amid World Cup frenzy
Jul07

Students share Christ’s love in Brazil amid World Cup frenzy

>> by Alan Brant  Baptist Press writer   RIO DE JANEIRO (BP)—There were no flashbulbs or television cameras, only teammates—mostly children half his size and barefoot—who celebrated and mobbed Dane Van Ryckeghem after he assisted in a goal during the game. The frenzy of World Cup soccer had nothing on the jubilant Brazilian neighborhood kids playing with visitors from the United States on a soggy field on the outskirts of...

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Troubled Waters
Jun23

Troubled Waters

Editor: This column was originally published on First Things on 6-2-2014. It is reposted with permission. The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in America and has been since around 1960 when it bypassed Methodism in this category. Riding the wave of the post-World War II evangelical boom, Southern Baptists long ago moved beyond their old confines south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Southern Baptist churches...

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