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Dedicated for the Task: New Disaster Relief facility a launchpad for ministry
Nov02

Dedicated for the Task: New Disaster Relief facility a launchpad for ministry

On any given Saturday each fall, you can find groups of people in orange and black attire in Stillwater, and crimson and cream in Norman gathered for a ballgame. On Saturday, Oct. 21, in Okarche, a group of people dressed in yellow were gathered for another kind of special occasion. Leaders with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) and the BGCO’s Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) assembled for the dedication ceremony...

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Conventional Thinking: Is the end near?
Oct27

Conventional Thinking: Is the end near?

“The end is near.” That’s a phrase we have long heard that more people seem to believe. Just the other day, I had lunch with a gentlemen, a fellow Southern Baptist. We were discussing some complex issues facing our denomination, and he said at the end of our talk, “You know, I am not going to worry about it much or try to do anything, because I am convinced Jesus is coming back soon anyway.” He said, “It’s a moot point.” I sat there...

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Conventional Thinking: Mad/sad/scared
Oct20

Conventional Thinking: Mad/sad/scared

Adrian Rogers once said, “The true test of your character is not seen in your actions but in your reactions.” These days, our reactions, especially in the online world, are revealing significant character flaws. If you look at social media on any given day, you could see that there are three common reactions people have to any given issue. They are either mad, sad or scared. From sports to politics, end-times prophecies to Hollywood...

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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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