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DR workers seeing salvation decisions amid NE relief efforts
Apr03

DR workers seeing salvation decisions amid NE relief efforts

BELLEVUE, Neb.—In the wake of flooding that displaced an estimated 250,000 people in the areas of the Midwest, Southern Baptists have stepped forth to provide hope and help amid disaster. According to Don Williams, state disaster relief director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, dozens of Oklahoma Baptist volunteers have been participating in recovery efforts south of Omaha, Neb., Life Springs Church. Relief efforts...

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Sword & trowel: Marcia, Marcia, millennials!
Mar21

Sword & trowel: Marcia, Marcia, millennials!

You could make the case that the two most talked about American generations are the Baby Boomers and the Millennials. Every now and then, we read surveys or reports about other generations, like the Silent Generation. Yet, so much do Boomers and Millennials dominate the cultural conversation that Gen X has been known to resent it, earning the name the “Jan Brady” generation. That is to say, Gen X feels left out and has developed an...

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Sword & trowel: College dropouts
Mar07

Sword & trowel: College dropouts

We often hear news reports about school drop-out rates. Whether high school or college, we all recognize that school dropout is an issue that creates life problems for many individuals. A new LifeWay Research Poll explores another kind of college dropout that also is happening at an alarmingly high rate. The poll found that two of three college-age students are dropping out of church. LifeWay said, “Church pews may be full of...

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Sword & trowel: Listen up
Feb21

Sword & trowel: Listen up

Do you remember phone booths? These rectangular boxes once were located everywhere, so people could place a phone call while in public, yet have a private (or semi-private) conversation. These days, phone booths are nowhere to be seen, and people will simply take a phone call anywhere and everywhere. This is perhaps symptomatic of a society that values talking more than listening (and maybe one that has forgotten manners, as well). It...

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BGCO board unanimously approves Ligon as new senior associate executive director
Feb11

BGCO board unanimously approves Ligon as new senior associate executive director

Joe Ligon was approved to serve as Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) senior associate executive director, with a unanimous vote by the BGCO board at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City on Feb. 5. Ligon, who has served as pastor of Marlow, First since 1999, will begin his tenure with the BGCO in March 2019. Hance Dilbeck, BGCO executive director-treasurer, noted how he believes God has prepared Ligon for the role. “God...

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The Baptist Messenger and its beloved writer, Walker Moore, are joining forces to produce a readers' cookbook.
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