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Steps to church plant financial sustainability
Mar15

Steps to church plant financial sustainability

Planting a church is a difficult ministry calling. The commission of reaching unchurched people with the Gospel and discipling them to Christian maturity is difficult. Add to that the task of leading new believers to form a new, self-sustaining church within three years, it makes for a challenging job.  Oklahoma City, South Lakes church planter, Joey Dean, recently shared with the Messenger how his church was able to move from church...

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From church plant to sustainable church
Mar06

From church plant to sustainable church

In December 2006, Oklahoma City, Southwood voted to sell its property, located at SW 59th St. and Western Ave. Saddled with debt from a newly-constructed Falls Creek cabin (the first one with an elevator) the church saw the sale of their church property as an opportunity to become financially stable and to make a fresh start. Proceeds from the sale paid off the cabin at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, leaving the church debt...

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OU research physicist finds the Creator revealed in physics
Mar01

OU research physicist finds the Creator revealed in physics

NORMAN – A University of Oklahoma-based researcher said he sees the power and divine nature of God revealed in his research. Michael Strauss, a researcher in experimental particle physics, has written a book to tell about his findings. Strauss is a physics professor at the University of Oklahoma Homer L Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy. “My research is in Experimental Particle Physics,” he said. “I am currently studying...

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Film shot in Oklahoma portrays redemption for people on both sides of the fence on abortion
Feb15

Film shot in Oklahoma portrays redemption for people on both sides of the fence on abortion

An anti-abortion film that takes a critical look at Planned Parenthood will be in theaters March 29. The film called Unplanned which was shot in Stillwater, tells the story of Abby Johnson, who was a clinic director at Planned Parenthood. During her tenure with Planned Parenthood, Johnson helped facilitate 22,000 abortions before quitting the organization in 2009 after viewing an ultrasound during a performed abortion. The film...

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Resources Help Baptists Continue to Seek Racial Reconciliation
Feb01

Resources Help Baptists Continue to Seek Racial Reconciliation

Southern Baptist congregations across the United States are encouraged to participate in Racial Relations Sunday on February 10. The emphasis is designed to keep the racial reconciliation conversation alive in the denomination which has been working to overcome its connection with racial divisions in the past. Two video resources are available to help church leaders facilitate the conversation in their churches. Ethics and Religious...

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