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Sword & trowel: Game O-V-E-R
Aug15

Sword & trowel: Game O-V-E-R

This summer, news media reported on a 16-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who took first place in a video game tournament. That might not seem like headline news until you hear that this young person won a $3 million prize for the contest, which featured the wildly popular game FORTNITE. Connected to this video game contest is an entire wave of young people addicted to gaming. In a recent Christian radio interview, one mother called in...

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Sword & trowel: Daily bread
Aug04

Sword & trowel: Daily bread

A recent statistic revealed that the average person looks at his or her phone 150 times per day. Another recent poll, meanwhile, showed that a third of Protestant Christians look at the Bible only once a day. To be specific, “The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found those who regularly attend Protestant churches are inconsistent in their reading and thinking about Scripture.” While...

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Sword & trowel: Summer reading
Jul21

Sword & trowel: Summer reading

Summertime means extra daylight hours and extra fun in the sun. It also means that young people and adults alike may have extra leisure time for reading. C.S. Lewis once said, “I can’t image a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” To that end, here are a few books on my reading list that you might enjoy reading—or re-reading—this summer. ‘Not What You Think’ by Michael and Lauren McAfee This new book, written by an...

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Churches ‘SOW’ Gospel seeds in Wynnewood
Jul20

Churches ‘SOW’ Gospel seeds in Wynnewood

WYNNEWOOD—Farmers in Oklahoma understand the best time of years to sow seed to get the best results. A collection of churches near Wynnewood recently teamed up to sow seeds of the Gospel. The Serve Over Wynnewood (or “S.O.W.”) Week took place June 9-12 and included several churches, including Wynnewood, First; Pauls Valley, Trinity; Sulphur, Crossway. The week included times of worship, service evangelism and more. “We had 75...

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Double Duty, Double Blessing:  Sponsor takes time to serve at CrossTimbers, Falls Creek
Jun20

Double Duty, Double Blessing: Sponsor takes time to serve at CrossTimbers, Falls Creek

Growing up as an Oklahoma Baptist, Jon Doyle is no stranger to Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, having attended the summer youth weeks in the 1980s. Years later, as a married father of two students who will be attending Falls Creek this summer, Doyle wants to give back and serve as a sponsor. The civil engineer and his wife Lisa reside in Edmond and are active members of Oklahoma City, Quail Springs, for whom Doyle will be a...

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