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Perspective: SBC & State Conventions
Jun10

Perspective: SBC & State Conventions

I have watched with interest a number of Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leaders raising the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC) as the model for state conventions of the future. For those who do not know, the FBC is selling their state convention building, has dramatically down-sized staff and regionalized them, and has cut ties or greatly reduced funding for several ministries. The FBC now utilizes 51 percent for SBC and utilizes 49...

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Perspective: Traits of an SBC president
Jun08

Perspective: Traits of an SBC president

Next week, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) will meet in St. Louis for its annual meeting. These annual meetings are filled with preaching, remarkable music, side meetings and business. This year’s meeting will be of significant importance because of the election of a new president of the convention. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, has served for the past two years and is ineligible to serve another...

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Perspective: CrossTimbers blessings
Jun01

Perspective: CrossTimbers blessings

Several years ago, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) made a very significant decision. The convention combined Camp Nunny Cha-ha, a missions camp for elementary girls, and Camp Hudgens, a missions camp for boys, and formed a new co-ed missions camp called CrossTimbers Children’s Mission Adventure Camp at the old Camp Hudgens site near McAlester. This merging of camps provided economy of scale and the opportunity to...

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Perspective: Making a difference
May25

Perspective: Making a difference

Last November, I challenged Oklahoma Baptists to become a part of the solution to the foster care crisis in Oklahoma. Oklahoma has more than 11,000 children who are in state custody, and the majority of these children are in need of homes with foster parents who will love and care for them. The response of Oklahoma Baptists has been remarkable. After the sermon at the 2015 Annual Meeting, I was so pleased to discover that many pastors...

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Perspective: Pay and pray for Falls Creek
May18

Perspective: Pay and pray for Falls Creek

In just a few weeks, the summer season will begin at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. Thousands of young people and sponsors from Oklahoma Baptist churches will make their way to the Arbuckle Mountain retreat to spend a week being challenged with the Gospel and confronted with the truths of Scripture. Students will leave the barrage of influences that comes from the world to enter a season of spiritual influence unparalleled at...

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