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Messenger Podcast feature: Does Jesus hate religion?
Jul28

Messenger Podcast feature: Does Jesus hate religion?

The Baptist Messenger recently interviewed Alex Himaya, pastor of Broken Arrow, Battlecreek, about his new book, Jesus Hates Religion. The book has sparked conversation, and people are listening and are at attention. Baptist Messenger:  Why did you choose the title, “Jesus Hates Religion?” Alex Himaya:  Well, clearly, it’s an attention grabber, and it gets people’s attention. But, I think the message is that poignant; that...

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Governor goes to Falls Creek
Jul21

Governor goes to Falls Creek

DAVIS – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin paid a visit to the largest known Christian youth encampment on Wed., July 16. Fallin’s visit to the Falls Creek Conference Center is the first of an active governor since Brad Henry’s in 2006, and she is the third governor, along with Frank Keating, to visit in recent years. Anthony L. Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), gave Fallin a tour of...

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ReConnect impacting the local church
Jul16

ReConnect impacting the local church

What is the one thing your church could do that could have a dramatic impact on its entire congregation? Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Sunday School Specialist Bob Mayfield had a ready response when asked that question. “Of all the things a church could do that could have a positive and substantial impact on the local church, I think it would have to be an investment in the equipping and training of the Sunday School...

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Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling hailed
Jul08

Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling hailed

>> from Staff and wire reports   Conservatives from across the country, including Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, lauded the June 30 historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. in favor of Hobby Lobby as a victory for religious liberty in America. “Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a pivotal victory for religious liberty. This ruling reaffirms the principle that America is a nation that...

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SCOTUS finds in favor of Hobby Lobby
Jun30

SCOTUS finds in favor of Hobby Lobby

WASHINGTON (BP) — The Supreme Court on Monday (June 30) struck down a key mandate of the Affordable Care Act, ruling for the first time “closely held” companies may exercise their religious opinions and conscientiously object to providing abortion-inducing contraceptives to employees through their health insurance plans. Writing for the majority in Burwell (Sebelius) v. Hobby Lobby, Justice Samuel Alito claimed the...

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