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Symposium highlights help for PTSD sufferers
Nov17

Symposium highlights help for PTSD sufferers

A soldier may see a bag on the side of the road. A missionary may hear a gunshot from a vacationing hunter. For most people these would be normal events and would not cause a reaction. But for the soldier who has seen a bomb go off from a similar bag, or the missionary who has seen a fellow colleague downed by gunfire, these incidents remain a part of their lives as many of them develop something called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder...

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Missionaries enjoy testimony, fellowship
Nov17

Missionaries enjoy testimony, fellowship

Stories about an encounter with an alligator and wall-to-wall Filipinos put current and retired missionaries in a laughing mood during the Missions Celebration Dinner at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills Nov. 9 before the opening session of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) annual meeting. Gayla Parker, former missionary to the Philippines and women’s specialist for the Maryland/Delaware Convention, who is now executive...

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From police car to pulpit
Sep15

From police car to pulpit

Sitting in the back seat of a police car, the farthest thing from Johnny Wagner’s mind was serving as the pastor of a church. Yet, some 12 years and a few miracles later, that’s where Wagner finds himself. Forced to be on his own at age 15, Wagner literally pulled himself up by his boot straps to become successful, although for years it was on the wrong side of the law. Wagner’s parents divorced when he was 8. His mother moved from...

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Not your ordinary coffee house
Jun15

Not your ordinary coffee house

Claremore business promotes success with every cup CLAREMORE—Only by the grace of God could so much happen in a tiny coffee shop on Claremore’s main street. “The Lord gave me the name ‘She Brews,’ said founder Rhonda Bear, “so I thought it must have something to do with coffee.” The idea for a coffee shop came when Bear, who served prison time for drug violations, was looking for a way to help incarcerated inmates. “For years,...

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Singing ChurchWomen celebrate their 25th anniversary
May12

Singing ChurchWomen celebrate their 25th anniversary

Concert honors SCW’s history, four directors make appearances They would have been proud to see the results of their dream. In a small room behind the stage of B.B. McKinney Chapel on the grounds of Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center some 26 years ago, James D. Woodward, Paul Magar and Mary June Tabor made plans to begin a state Baptist women’s choir, similar to the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma. Woodward, artist in residence...

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