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FIRST-PERSON: We must not be silent on racism
Jun03

FIRST-PERSON: We must not be silent on racism

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—These recent days in American life have truly been difficult. We have witnessed with our own eyes, in the streets of one of our major cities, a black man being murdered slowly and cruelly. Over the course of a long eight minutes, George Floyd cried out for help and mercy while a white police officer continued to place his knee over this black man’s neck as his face was forced onto the pavement. The end...

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FIRST-PERSON: Plan your church’s summer giving goal now
Apr28

FIRST-PERSON: Plan your church’s summer giving goal now

NASHVILLE (BP)—In my early years of pastoring, I learned about the “summer slump” in attendance and giving. The difficulty I saw was that while so many of the summer ministries run at an optimal level, the giving was below average, falling far short of the need. While it is hard to overcome the attendance challenges due to many people traveling in the summer, it is imperative to find a way to continue to engage in...

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FIRST-PERSON: We will not retreat: The real reason for supporting the Cooperative Program
Apr20

FIRST-PERSON: We will not retreat: The real reason for supporting the Cooperative Program

NASHVILLE (BP)—When the Coronavirus (COVID-19) began to spread across the globe, our work as Southern Baptists did not stop. And as we approach and celebrate Cooperative Program Sunday in the SBC on April 26, it’s possible that in our lifetimes, we have never had greater reason to continue to generously support the Cooperative Program. Our missionaries are still on the field, both overseas and in North America. Our seminary...

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FIRST-PERSON: Why Southern Baptists need a Good Friday online prayer gathering
Apr07

FIRST-PERSON: Why Southern Baptists need a Good Friday online prayer gathering

NASHVILLE (BP)—Never, and I do mean never, have Southern Baptists needed to gather together to pray for one another, for America, and for the world, like we need to pray right now. The COVID-19 global pandemic is touching the lives of our people and others across the world. As the number of deaths continues to rise, our economy simultaneously sinks—and these alarming realities create great uncertainty and concern for the future. Our...

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FIRST-PERSON: 9 practical suggestions that may help you finance your church’s budget in these uncertain times
Mar18

FIRST-PERSON: 9 practical suggestions that may help you finance your church’s budget in these uncertain times

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The future before us is highly uncertain. What appeared just days ago to be a possible banner year for your church financially, may now be seen through your eyes as the pastor, as being threatened in every way. As the pastor of a local church, you need God’s wisdom in each decision you make relating to your church’s finances. Facing the possibility of being unable to meet in person in corporate...

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Like so many other organizations around the state and country, Oklahoma Baptists are closely monitoring news and information about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).Learn More Here.
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