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Supplied to Serve: Henderson Hills 2010 School Supply Drive

When Sarah Cervantes moved to Edmond from Michigan one year ago, she knew no one outside of some relatives who lived in the area. The 29 year-old single mother of 6-year-old twins Aiden and Norah was battling cancer and often wondered how she would survive—both physically and financially. She had no job, and school was looming on the horizon for her children. Impoverished and on government assistance, she heard that free school...

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Editor’s Journal: When the mourning comes

O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! —Psalm 39:4-5 Having worked at a funeral home during my first years of study at seminary, I came face to face with scenes that are seared in my memory—the sight of an entire family wiped out in an automobile...

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A Life for the Master: Avery T. Willis (1934-2010)

When the decision was made to host a dinner on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) in honor of Avery Willis earlier this year, many were concerned that he either would not be able to make the trip or that he would die before March 4— the date chosen for the event. Only weeks earlier, Willis himself announced to the world through Twitter (Willis always desired to make maximum use of the latest technology) that he had been...

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Editor’s Journal: Music matters

One of the most famous images of the United States Naval Academy is not the dome of the chapel, the Tecumseh statue on the Yard or the beauty of Bancroft Hall. The Men’s Glee Club is, by far, one of the most powerful sights and sounds of an institution that demands physical fitness, fortitude and courage in the face of dangerous enemies. There is no school of music at the Academy (most midshipmen study engineering or some other...

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Morning at Falls Creek

DAVIS—Monday morning staff meeting at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center is part breakfast, Bible lesson and military briefing all in one. On this particular Monday morning, a certain haze has crept over the Arbuckle Mountains in Oklahoma as morning rain has cooled the blistering hot temperatures known to oppress even those most physically fit. James Swain, the new director of the conference center, watches as about 150 young...

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