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Ways to safeguard your church against active shooters
Nov09

Ways to safeguard your church against active shooters

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was originally published by The Alabama Baptist and is for information purposes only. On Sunday, Nov. 5, a Texas community experienced a mass shooting at a local church during its morning worship service. The small congregation at Sutherland Springs, Texas, First was victim to an active shooter who walked into the church about 11:30 a.m. He killed 26 church members, including the pastor’s...

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How Oklahoma churches can help prevent youth/young adult suicide
May08

How Oklahoma churches can help prevent youth/young adult suicide

Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for young people in Oklahoma. Teen suicide rates in the state have been increasing for more than a decade. Between 2005 and 2014, the self-inflicted deaths of 10 to 24-year-olds jumped a whopping 31 percent. An average of 85 Oklahoma youth and young people die each year by suicide, making the suicide rate 41 percent higher than the national rate.1 A suicide epidemic Anadarko is still...

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Drug abuse & addiction: How the church can respond to Oklahoma’s growing problem
Mar02

Drug abuse & addiction: How the church can respond to Oklahoma’s growing problem

Oklahoma tops the nation’s list of states for prescription opioid drug abuse. A higher percentage (five percent of the population) of Oklahomans, age 12 and older, abuse prescription painkillers more than in any other state. “Addiction remains a priority public health concern in Oklahoma,” states Carrie Slatton-Hodges from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “While the state has made efforts to...

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