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Q&A: Is religious liberty in danger?
May19

Q&A: Is religious liberty in danger?

The Baptist Messenger recently sat down with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to discuss issues of religious liberty. Pruitt is a member of Broken Arrow, First. Messenger: Could you talk about the right to worship over and against the right to the free exercise of worship? Pruitt: This issue is equally a very important issue, not only currently, but in years ahead. When you look internationally, you look at history as compared...

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Oklahoma Baptists Surpass 10,000 Meals Prepared for Disaster Relief; Continue to Clear Debris
May12

Oklahoma Baptists Surpass 10,000 Meals Prepared for Disaster Relief; Continue to Clear Debris

Disaster Relief volunteers with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) continue to serve storm victims in Oklahoma. According to Dave Karr, an official with the BGCO disaster relief, as of Tuesday, May 12, more than 10,000 meals have been prepared by Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief workers in the wake of the May 6 storms.  On Monday alone, they prepared 2,350 meals and also completed six chain saw debris clean up jobs, as...

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Mission in Medford revitalizes church, town
May12

Mission in Medford revitalizes church, town

MEDFORD—When you have just about as many volunteers turn out for a city-wide clean-up project as your average Sunday worship attendance, it’s bound to revitalize your congregation. And, in fact, that was the whole idea behind ReVitalize Weekend, May 1-2 in this town of just more than 1,000 in Cherokee Strip Association as members of Medford, First led Mission in Medford (MnM), the first of what the association’s director of missions,...

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Year later, ‘Where Was God?’ still making impact
May12

Year later, ‘Where Was God?’ still making impact

It has been one year since the premiere of the documentary “Where Was God?” at the Moore Warren Theatre May 16, 2014. The award-winning film, which featured the Baptist General of Oklahoma’s disaster relief director Sam Porter, continues to make an impact. The documentary that follows the lives of several families and individuals who were impacted by the May 20, 2013 tornado that struck the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, has...

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Oklahoma Baptists Disaster Relief responding to storm damage in Bridge Creek, other areas
May07

Oklahoma Baptists Disaster Relief responding to storm damage in Bridge Creek, other areas

BRIDGE CREEK –As the May 6 storms devastated large parts of Central Oklahoma, volunteers with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) disaster relief teams immediately responded to needs. According to BGCO disaster relief director, Sam Porter, the BGCO trained relief volunteers are serving among some of the hardest-hit areas, including Bridge Creek, which is in close proximity to where the BGCO’s Mobile Command Center is...

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Reflections: Bombing images haunted Williams
Apr14

Reflections: Bombing images haunted Williams

Joe Williams is familiar to his innermost being with the terms Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Compassion Fatigue. You could almost say he wrote the book on them, or at least edited it. But, he had to deal with the terrible images of death and destruction on a deeply, intimately personal level before he could begin to help others deal with the images and issues that plagued them after tragedies such as the bombing of the...

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