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Editor’s Journal: Stay close to the Gospel

When the Oklahoma Outreach Foundation first announced the speaker for its annual banquet was Libby Cataldi, few Oklahomans knew of this professional educator who once served as head of the prestigious Calverton School in Maryland. Her leadership skills helped this college preparatory school located near the nation’s capitol to rise in reputation as one of the finest academic communities in the United States. Cataldi became nationally...

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Editor’s Journal: The school of suffering

A routine afternoon of rafting in July of 1967 turned tragic as Joni Eareckson Tada dove  into what she thought was deep water only to quickly hear her neck crack against a sandbar. She quickly found herself helplessly floating face down in the water unable to move. As she frantically held her breath, her sister Kathy was a bitten by a Chesapeake Bay blue crab on her toe causing her to look around to warn Joni that the crabs seemed to...

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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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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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Editor’s Journal: A painful end

As renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens dies a very public death from cancer, he has declared any idea that might be reported of a deathbed conversion to Christ should be relegated to a man under duress from drugs and a disease that has attacked his brain. In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, he made it clear that belief in God is not something to be invented during a time of intense suffering. Seeking refuge through...

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