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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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‘Pray for Marriage,’ ERLC urges for Supreme Court
Apr20

‘Pray for Marriage,’ ERLC urges for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (BP)—The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) is inviting Christians to pray regarding what might be a landmark decision on marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ERLC launched its Pray for Marriage initiative on April 7, three weeks before the high court’s April 28 oral arguments involving same-sex marriage. The justices are expected to issue an opinion by late June or early July. In asking...

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Reflections: Bombing attacked Poes’ marriage
Apr14

Reflections: Bombing attacked Poes’ marriage

Oklahoma City Police chaplains Jack and Phyllis Poe weren’t inside the Alfred P. Murrah federal Building when a truck bomb exploded outside at 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, but the after-effects of that explosion nearly tore their marriage apart. “One of the things we really didn’t understand is, as caregivers, we want to make a difference, but we didn’t realize that you can give yourselves away. And, Phyllis and I gave ourselves...

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Conventional Thinking: Under the dome
Mar24

Conventional Thinking: Under the dome

Will Rogers was reported to say, “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” While many proposed laws across this country can and should create a chuckle, there are several pieces of key legislation at the Oklahoma State Capitol under consideration, that are no laughing matter. Earlier this month, the Legislature moved beyond a major deadline by which bills had to pass either the House or Senate to stay...

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The Gospel, Sexuality & the Church
Mar16

The Gospel, Sexuality & the Church

BGCO conference with Mohler, Moore emphasizes kindness, conviction regarding sexual issues A cup filled to the brim and running over would be an apt way to describe the  results of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s (BGCO) “The Gospel, Sexuality and the Church” conference held March 9-10 at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs. Nearly 600 registered for the event from more than 275 churches across the state and walked away feeling...

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War Room sneak peek at women’s, men’s retreats
Mar03

War Room sneak peek at women’s, men’s retreats

New Kendrick brothers film to be ‘sneak peeked’ at women’s, men’s retreats DAVIS—The Arbuckle Mountains will become a battleground—a figurative spiritual battleground at least—in April when “War Room,” the new motion picture from the creators of “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof,” and “Courageous,” is screened at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s women’s and men’s retreats at Falls Creek Baptist...

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