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Attorney’s life is changed due to church plant, SMO
Aug28

Attorney’s life is changed due to church plant, SMO

“God used Yukon Church to completely change my life and my entire family,” said Travis White, an attorney for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and a Yukon resident. “Are church plants important? My answer to that question would be an emphatic ‘Yes’.” White shares his story in a promotional video about this year’s Oklahoma State Missions Offering (SMO). His mindset about church used to be “that’s where ‘good people’ go,” and he...

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Parliamentarian McCarty now a Southern Baptist
Aug27

Parliamentarian McCarty now a Southern Baptist

ATLANTA (BP)—If Southern Baptist Convention annual meetings were tallied like college or NBA basketball games, Barry McCarty would be the leader in minutes played. In the course of 29 annual meetings, no one has had more platform time in the SBC’s annual sessions than the well-known chief parliamentarian. The Atlanta native—who became a Southern Baptist on Sun., Aug. 16, and is joining the faculty of Southwestern Seminary, has logged...

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Podcast 222 – Interview with Daniel Darling
Aug27

Podcast 222 – Interview with Daniel Darling

Interview with Dan Darling Hear about a new book, The Original Jesus, with author Daniel Darling. Daniel also serves as the Vice-President for Communications at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commissions of the Southern Baptist Convention. http://media.blubrry.com/messengerinsight/p/www.baptistmessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Messenger-Insight-222-Original-Jesus.mp3 Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in new window |...

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Rite of passage parenting: Tool time
Aug26

Rite of passage parenting: Tool time

It took me awhile, but I finally came to understand that when it comes to buying tools, quality matters. This comes from many years of experience, because I used to think I could save money by buying cheaper tools. I have a whole drawer full of these dysfunctional tools. Let me rephrase that: I have a garage full of these useless tools. This includes a nice selection of screwdrivers with broken and bent ends. I purchased some of them...

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Perspective: Good out of tragedy
Aug26

Perspective: Good out of tragedy

As an Oklahoman, stormy weather has always been a part of my life. Through the years, I have had people react to my being an Oklahoman by suggesting they would not live here because of the scary tornadoes. So, when Polla and I moved to New Orleans for seminary, the thought of hurricanes did not really frighten us very much—until we experienced one! The hurricanes that blew through Louisiana while we lived there were frightening, but...

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Shine: Soul winning
Aug25

Shine: Soul winning

Is there a danger of becoming so familiar with something that it no longer has the same impact that it first had on our lives? Recently, I sat looking at the back of a milk carton that had a picture of a little girl on it. I thought about how cute the girl looked and began to think about when my daughter was that age. I thought about what a wonderful young lady my daughter had become, and how fast the time had passed since she was the...

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