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Conventional Thinking: Apologetics, evangelism & you
Feb12

Conventional Thinking: Apologetics, evangelism & you

a·pol·o·get·ics (noun)—“reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.” Christian bookstores, which have consistently sold works on evangelism, are now also offering many books on apologetics and defending the faith. Just how important is apologetics for Christians today, and what role does it play with evangelism? Conventional Christian thinking says that while evangelism is...

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First Person: Racism and the church
Feb11

First Person: Racism and the church

By David Hooks, Pastor, OKC, Bryant Ave., Member, BGCO Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee A wave of TV reports showing African-American young men dying in confrontations and arrests by law enforcement officers has raised the issue of racism to the forefront of our consciousness once again. Regardless of where we stand on each individual incident, we can agree that there have been too many, and too often.  Now comes the Academy...

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Failure is not an option
Feb11

Failure is not an option

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a three-part series on a new project initiated by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Student Ministry offices, called Excellence in Youth Ministry (EiYM). This project is designed to encourage and unite youth pastors around a set of shared biblical values and the pursuit of personal and ministerial excellence. I asked her, “Have you ever been a part of a Bible study like this one.” She...

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Messenger Insight 242 – Lee Strobel SEC
Feb11

Messenger Insight 242 – Lee Strobel SEC

Lee Strobel and The Case for Grace Best-selling author Lee Strobel discusses his latest book, The Case for Grace. http://media.blubrry.com/messengerinsight/p/www.baptistmessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Messenger-Insight-242-Lee-Strobel-SEC.mp3Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in new window | Download...

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Rite of passage: Cursive interpreter
Feb10

Rite of passage: Cursive interpreter

I feel pretty good about entering my senior adult years. I thought by the time I got to this age, I would be useless or have little left to offer the younger generation. But I think I might have discovered a way for those of us who are rounding the last curve to be an asset to the world. I can imagine my grandson coming to me one day, holding out a strange-looking document. “Poppy, can you tell me what this is?” “Yes, it’s a letter I...

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Perspective: IMB & opportunities to trust God
Feb09

Perspective: IMB & opportunities to trust God

The recent drawdown of International Mission Board (IMB) missionary personnel should hurt the hearts of all of us. Whether we agree with the strategy or think it the best approach, our hearts break for these missionaries. We would be hard pressed to find one of these missionary families leaving the field who are not facing the grief of leaving ministry and friends. In addition, they must now begin the process of developing a new plan...

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