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Perspective: We are people of life
Sep28

Perspective: We are people of life

What a contrast! This month, Oklahoma Baptists will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Crisis Pregnancy Center (now called Hope Pregnancy Center) ministry. At the same time, abortionists are rejoicing at the opening of the first new abortion clinic in Oklahoma in 40 years. One organization has spent three decades serving women facing a crisis pregnancy and saving the unborn child from certain death. Now, we have a...

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Perspective: Haskins School is unique
Sep21

Perspective: Haskins School is unique

This past week, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) officially launched the first semester of the Robert Haskins School of Christian Ministry. This new school is designed to develop ministry leaders from BGCO ethnic and bivocational/smaller in attendance churches into more effective servants of Christ and His church. The students are people who have had little or no training in the fundamental areas of church ministry....

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Perspective: Revitalizing churches
Sep14

Perspective: Revitalizing churches

Five years ago, I sat down with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) staff leadership and proposed that we must work to revitalize Oklahoma Baptist churches. The proposal included an approach that we believed had the best opportunity to return BGCO churches to the central mission God had placed before us—reaching people with the Gospel. A church that has lost its mission has lost its way. Good worship and exceptional...

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Perspective: Mark your calendars!
Sep07

Perspective: Mark your calendars!

One of my favorite television shows is “Antiques Roadshow.” I am fascinated by the incredible finds people make at garage and estate sales. Many times, items are found that someone else has discarded, and these items turn out to be treasures. Four things impact the value of an item tremendously: age, condition, provenance and uniqueness. If an item is 100 years old, in mint condition, and has a prominent history of people who have...

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Perspective: Make an eternal difference
Aug31

Perspective: Make an eternal difference

Does giving to the Oklahoma State Missions Offering really make a difference for the work of the Kingdom? Does it make an eternal difference? These are questions worthy of being answered. The largest single portion of the missions offering goes to support the planting of churches. If you believe churches have eternal impact, then the resounding answer to the above question is “YES!” When a new church is planted, new people are reached...

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