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Leaping from Lambeau to little league
Oct14

Leaping from Lambeau to little league

For six seasons, Todd Franz played defensive safety in the National Football League (NFL). More than 10 years later, Franz has stepped onto the playing field again, this time to volunteer coach his son’s Upward flag football team. Franz and his wife Tisha are active members of Oklahoma City, Heritage. Their son Rawley, age 9, plays for the Patriots flag football team as part of the Oklahoma City, Quail Springs Upward league. Van...

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Conventional Thinking: Music is not petty
Oct13

Conventional Thinking: Music is not petty

Last week, American music star Tom Petty died. One Gen-X-age person said on social media on the day of his death, “Tom Petty’s music was the sound track of my childhood.” There is something about music that is formative to our souls that subsequently shapes the culture at large. If you want to see how poorly or how well a culture is doing, listen to the music. C.S. Lewis once said, “In heaven, there is silence, and there is music; in...

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Disciple! BGCO Annual Meeting, Nov. 13-14, to focus on discipleship, evangelism
Oct12

Disciple! BGCO Annual Meeting, Nov. 13-14, to focus on discipleship, evangelism

The theme for the 2017 BGCO Annual Meeting is “Disciple!” based on Matt. 28:19-20, in which Jesus said, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” A sermon will be delivered on Monday evening by BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer...

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Conventional Thinking: Pay it upward
Oct06

Conventional Thinking: Pay it upward

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal. 6:10). Our church family has been a real blessing to my family during good times and bad. Some time ago, when we were facing a family medical crisis, our Sunday School class mowed our lawn for weeks on end, for which we were so grateful. One of the teen boys who helped mow innocently asked his dad, “Dad,...

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Conventional Thinking: Campus calling
Sep29

Conventional Thinking: Campus calling

Students in college today face tremendous pressures. These include sexual temptation, loneliness, accumulating college debt, academic stress, disconnect with their family, technology and information overload, as well as increasing hostility toward the Christian faith. Regarding this last issue, consider the example of Professor Bart Ehrman, a religion professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Ehrman is a...

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