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Perspective: Why the Messenger?
Oct18

Perspective: Why the Messenger?

Since 1912, the Baptist Messenger has been bringing news of the work in local Baptist churches and their cooperative work with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) and the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The Messenger has been, and remains, a powerful tool of influence in our churches and our culture at large. The Baptist Messenger remains the third largest subscription newspaper in Oklahoma in terms of paid...

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Perspective: The importance of BCMs
Oct11

Perspective: The importance of BCMs

I have often said that one of the largest mission fields in America is the university campus. Thousands of Oklahomans will spend four to six years on a university campus. Some of them come from our Baptist churches and move to college with a robust faith, but by far the majority of these young people attend college with no active faith or faith background. College students often have a mindset to break from parental standards and...

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Perspective: Office of pastor is special
Oct04

Perspective: Office of pastor is special

In the economy of God, there is one position in the church reserved for special honor and responsibility—the office of pastor. Paul calls this gift to the church the pastor-teacher. When Paul chooses to give Timothy instruction on how to best lay a solid foundation in the churches where he ministered, he gave the office of bishop special attention. Most scholars see the office of bishop and pastor as synonymous. Christian history...

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Perspective: A patient Gospel pursuit
Sep27

Perspective: A patient Gospel pursuit

Recently, I heard a young man give the testimony of his journey toward saving faith in Christ Jesus. The operative word is “journey,” which is a concept far too many of us forget. We, in the Bible Belt especially, think that people should respond immediately, and if they do not then we move on to someone else. Sometimes we just walk away and do not continue to stay in a relationship with the unbeliever, and other times we slam the...

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Perspective: My announcement
Sep20

Perspective: My announcement

Solomon wrote these words:  “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.”  He is right.  In my 22nd year of leading the work of Oklahoma Baptists, Polla and I have concluded that God has set before us the time for us to retire.  So I announced to the board of directors and to our BGCO staff that I will retire on April 15, 2018. I have been actively involved in ministry since I was 19 years of age (68...

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