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Holding Strong!: How Southern Baptists became pro-life
Jan27

Holding Strong!: How Southern Baptists became pro-life

NASHVILLE (BP)—In 1979, Larry Lewis picked up a copy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and saw a full-page ad listing the Southern Baptist Convention among denominations that affirmed the right to abortion. “Right there beside the Unitarians and universalists was the Southern Baptist Convention,” Lewis, a St. Louis pastor who went on to become president of the Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board), told Baptist Press....

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From heart attack to home in 3 days
Jan27

From heart attack to home in 3 days

Don Hunter, pastor of Oklahoma City, Grand Boulevard, was only five minutes into his sermon Sunday evening, Jan. 4, when he noticed member Tisha Honeycutt frantically waving to him through the church’s Fellowship Hall window. Startled, Hunter said he didn’t know what to do other than to put the service on hold and race down the aisle to the Fellowship Hall, which is attached to the rear of the church’s worship center. When he walked...

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A ‘New Paradigm’ for church planting
Jan27

A ‘New Paradigm’ for church planting

According to a 2010 report, an average of 60.1 percent of the population in Oklahoma is considered lost. In 1960, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) claimed one church for every 1,760 people.  By 2011, the ratio had fallen to one church for every 2,085 people in Oklahoma. “To keep up with population gains and dying churches, we have to plant 60 churches a year to maintain that average,” said Jim Brunk, BGCO interim...

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Q&A with Jim Cymbala
Jan20

Q&A with Jim Cymbala

/// Jim Cymbala bio: Pastor Jim Cymbala is a native New Yorker, raised in the borough of Brooklyn. Not long after he married Carol, his childhood sweetheart, Cymbala felt a call to the ministry and took over the leadership of The Brooklyn Tabernacle in the early 1970s. The small, struggling congregation met in a small, run-down building surrounded by the physical and moral blight of the inner city. Cymbala tells many of his early...

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2015 SEC poised to make impact
Jan20

2015 SEC poised to make impact

DEL CITY—The 2015 State Evangelism Conference (SEC), hosted by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), will be held Jan. 26-27 at Del City, First Southern. Featured speakers include Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse; Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York and author of several books including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire; and John Avant,...

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Embrace Retreat encourages ministry leaders
Jan20

Embrace Retreat encourages ministry leaders

WAGONER—More than 65 women’s missions and ministry leaders gathered for a weekend of leadership development, networking and personal retreat at the annual Embrace Retreat sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Women’s office, Jan. 9-10 at Tulakogee Conference Center. The theme, “Seasons of a Leader’s Life” focused on emerging leaders, active leaders and those entering a season of leaving a legacy. These stages...

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