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Shine: What the world needs now
Jun25

Shine: What the world needs now

In 1965, Jackie DeShannon recorded “What The World Needs Now,” but the song didn’t reach fame until a year later when Dionne Warwick released it. It’s a simple song that has one simple but clear message. What the world needs now is LOVE.  Such a simple idea, but one that has radical implications. There is nothing more powerful against hate than love. Martin Luther King knew this to be true. When his marchers were confronted by the...

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Shine: Offering help to ‘fill the tank’
Feb12

Shine: Offering help to ‘fill the tank’

Oklahoma Baptists are poised to be a part of a historic day in the life of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) as churches all across North America “fill the tank” on Easter Sunday, April 12. SBC President J.D. Greear has challenged all of our churches to strive toward having at least one baptism on Easter Sunday. Greear isn’t the first to sound a call to churches to baptize. Jesus calls His church to “Go, therefore, and make...

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Shine: The disappearing nominal Christian and the emerging Millennial
Jan25

Shine: The disappearing nominal Christian and the emerging Millennial

There is much talk today about the decline of Christianity and the lack of Millennials in our churches. It is true that there are fewer people who are self-identify as Christians, and many churches are not populated with Millennials. However, the reality may be more encouraging than these facts indicate. Ed Stetzer said on a Carey Nieuwhof podcast that what we are actually seeing is the disappearance of “Nominal Christians” and the...

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SEC is for Y-O-U: State Evangelism Conference offers something for all church leaders
Jan10

SEC is for Y-O-U: State Evangelism Conference offers something for all church leaders

DEL CITY—Pastors and churches all across the country are looking for fresh ideas that will bring enthusiasm and vision to their mission of advancing the Gospel. Every year many pay large amounts to attend seminars in hopes of finding the thing that will propel their ministry forward. However, many of the ministers and churches that would enjoy and benefit from these seminars are not able to afford them. Because of faithful giving...

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Shine: Destination wedding
Nov18

Shine: Destination wedding

Lately I have notice a growing trend toward destination weddings. According to a May 2018 survey from CompareCards.com by LendingTree, a destination wedding guest spends $1,421 on average, including travel, gifts and spending on personal items. That number jumps to $2,514 for destination weddings outside of the U.S., with the actual travel costs estimated at $1,595 for an average of about five days. This seems rather expensive,...

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