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Perspective: Join us to pray, Oct. 20
Sep23

Perspective: Join us to pray, Oct. 20

Nick Garland, president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, and I have set aside Oct. 20 as a special day of prayer and fasting. We join Ronnie Floyd, Southern Baptist Convention president, in calling Oklahoma Baptists to their knees to pray for a great spiritual awakening in our churches, state and nation. For years, we have all talked about the lack of spiritual power evidenced by our lack of baptisms and vitality in our...

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Perspective: ‘WE’ can make a difference
Sep16

Perspective: ‘WE’ can make a difference

Creative ministry is often at the root of state missions allocations. God places innovative ideas within the hearts of people who desire to impact Oklahoma with the Gospel. Together, you and I get to participate in making these dreams a reality when WE give to the Oklahoma State Missions Offering. For the past few years, ReConnect Sunday School has continued to be the strategic process of helping churches revitalize their small...

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Perspective: Platt-form for unity?
Sep08

Perspective: Platt-form for unity?

The Board of Trustees of the International Mission Board (IMB) has elected David Platt as its new president. Platt has been a seminary professor, author, sought-after preacher, and since 2006, the pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala. Platt is 36 years old. His election has been met with celebration and concern. Younger Baptists are thrilled someone from their generation now leads the flagship mission organization...

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Perspective: Reaching Inner Cities
Sep02

Perspective: Reaching Inner Cities

Now is the time for Oklahoma Baptists to reclaim the inner core of our cities. I realize that the overwhelming number of our churches are rural. I preach in rural churches week by week, and I have met some of the most dedicated and supportive people in these churches. So to challenge us to make a concerted effort to reach the core of the few cities of Oklahoma is not to ignore our rural churches, but to call us to enter a harvest...

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Perspective: Pray, fast on Oct. 20
Aug26

Perspective: Pray, fast on Oct. 20

When I was a child, we often sang the old hymn, Lord, Send a Revival. While we would sing the hymn at other times of the year, it was most usual to sing it leading up to or during our annual revival meeting. I know some of you won’t recognize that event called revival, but many of you will. Revival was a time set aside to pray and seek God’s face. Prayer took a higher priority during these revival times. Christians would cry out to...

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Perspective: Persecution watch
Aug19

Perspective: Persecution watch

Persecution and martyrdom are two things about which we American and Western Hemisphere Christians know little. Our perspective on persecution is the strategic and intentional efforts by some in our nation to silence and remove Christianity from the public square. We speak of violations of our religious freedoms. With all glory and thanksgiving to God, we Americans have never experienced the harsh, abusive, and deadly persecution...

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