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ERLC Conference speakers share testimonies
Oct29

ERLC Conference speakers share testimonies

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Rosaria Butterfield led off the second day of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) National Conference on Tues., Oct. 28. The author of Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert participated in a discussion with Russell Moore, ERLC president, who asked Butterfield to share her story of leaving a lesbian lifestyle and turning to Christ. Butterfield made an emphasis of relationships and how it took a pastor,...

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ERLC National Conference Begins
Oct28

ERLC National Conference Begins

ERLC National Conference Begins: Speakers analyze today’s culture accepting homosexuality and deterring biblical marriage. NASHVILLE, Tenn.—More than 1,300 persons attended the opening session of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) National Conference on Mon., Oct. 27, and heard Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leaders, ethics specialists and legal experts address the event’s title “The Gospel, Homosexuality...

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Connection Day: Personal Connections Lead to Community
Oct27

Connection Day: Personal Connections Lead to Community

I was in a worship service recently when the pastor asked church members to raise their hand if their first contact with the Gospel came because a friend invited them to attend church with them. I stole a quick look around—an overwhelming majority of the people had their hand raised. People whose lives had been eternally changed because someone they knew invited them to attend a worship service or small group with them. It is very...

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Desperate times, desperate prayers
Oct27

Desperate times, desperate prayers

MOORE—Repentance, reformation, revival. These were among the themes prayed about and spoken of at the inaugural Day to Pray event on Mon., Oct. 20, at Moore, First. The all-day prayer event, which attracted more than 250 pastors and church staff members from across the state, was hosted by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) and led by BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony L. Jordan and BGCO President Nick Garland,...

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MWC, Meadowood’s ministers meet milestones
Oct27

MWC, Meadowood’s ministers meet milestones

MIDWEST CITY—Down-to-earth. People person. Flexible. Humble. These descriptions could be used to describe Bob Rutherford, Tom Poe or Kent Epling, and all three men used such traits to describe the other two. Not only do they have respect for each other, but they also have been blessed with longevity of serving together many years at Midwest City, Meadowood. “I feel really blessed to have a staff that has been with me for a long...

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Students challenged at Fall Back Retreat
Oct27

Students challenged at Fall Back Retreat

DAVIS—More than 2,200 people gathered at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center Oct. 17-18 for the 2014 Fall Back Retreat. Many students used their fall break to attend this event and grow in their understanding of how God is equipping them for their future. “The goal of the retreat is very simple. We are striving to provide a quality retreat experience for churches at a reasonable cost that is low stress for leadership,”...

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