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Oklahoma Baptists give $500k to Moore Public Schools for 1,600-person storm shelter at Central Elementary/Junior High
Apr23

Oklahoma Baptists give $500k to Moore Public Schools for 1,600-person storm shelter at Central Elementary/Junior High

MOORE, Okla.–The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s (BGCO) Disaster Relief organization presented a $500,000 donation on Wednesday to the Moore Public Schools to build a 1,600-person storm shelter at a school in Moore. The BGCO, which has an ongoing involvement in the response and rebuilding after the May 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes, is designating the gift for Central Elementary School and Central Junior High School in Moore, both...

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Women ‘All In’ for God
Apr21

Women ‘All In’ for God

DAVIS—Women from multiple states went into the 2014 Women’s Retreat with the hope of inspiration and female bonding time; instead they were challenged and convicted to go ‘All In’ for God. Keynote speakers Mary Kassian and Jennie Allen brought discussion of topics such as what does it mean to be a biblical woman? And do you treasure Jesus above all else? Kelly King, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) women’s ministry...

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Court urged to uphold housing provision
Apr21

Court urged to uphold housing provision

WASHINGTON (BP)—Three entities of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) have called for a federal appeals court to overturn a decision invalidating the ministerial housing allowance. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and the International Mission Board (IMB) signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief with a diversity of religious organizations in the important church-state case before the Seventh Circuit Court of...

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Persistent prayer prevails for Punjabi
Apr21

Persistent prayer prevails for Punjabi

In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus tells the parable of the unjust king who meets a persistent widow and agrees to give her justice just so she won’t wear him out by her determined visiting. The first verse says Jesus told this parable to encourage His followers to continue to pray and not become discouraged. Kristn Punjabi is a modern day example of this passage. She has been praying for her neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Hurley, since 2003. In her...

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‘Blood moon’ lunar eclipses not a sign, Baptist professors say
Apr15

‘Blood moon’ lunar eclipses not a sign, Baptist professors say

NASHVILLE (BP) — Televangelist John Hagee’s prediction that a series of “blood moon” lunar eclipses signals a “world shaking event” is a misinterpretation of the Bible, two Southern Baptist professors said. Hagee’s prediction “ignores” a common style of writing in the Bible known as “apocalyptic literature” that “frequently contains cosmic imagery” to...

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A New Chapter begins
Apr14

A New Chapter begins

TULSA—Alex Himaya might be called a modern-day circuit riding preacher. The only difference is his mode of transportation is video rather than a horse, and his congregations all hear his message at the same time. But just as circuit riding preachers in the American frontier changed the style and tone of this country’s religion, so is Himaya’s vision changing the scope of ministry in the Tulsa area. Himaya became pastor of Broken...

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