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Oklahoma Baptists set to observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
Jan17

Oklahoma Baptists set to observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

On Sunday, Jan. 20, many churches across the Southern Baptist convention will observe the annual Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SHLS). Across Oklahoma—from smaller in attendance churches to larger churches—Oklahoma Baptists will take part in the annual emphasis which dates back to 1984, the year in which former President Ronald Reagan instituted Sanctity of Human Life Day on Jan. 22. “In 2017, Oklahoma was one of the only states that...

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Senators Lankford, Wicker, and Roberts Lead Effort to Put a Permanent End to Taxpayer Funding of Abortion
Jan16

Senators Lankford, Wicker, and Roberts Lead Effort to Put a Permanent End to Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

WASHINGTON, DC –According to a press release from Senator James Lankford, Lankford (R-OK), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2019, S. 109. The measure would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion. Similar policies, such as the Hyde Amendment, currently require annual passage and do not...

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BVC president to chair strategic planning committee
Jan08

BVC president to chair strategic planning committee

Bill Pierce, president of Baptist Village Communities (BVC), has been elected chair of the Oklahoma Long Term Care Services and Supports Advisory Committee. The committee will develop a long range strategic plan for senior services in Oklahoma. Members of the committee have been appointed by the governor, senate president pro tempore and speaker of the house. Pierce was appointed by Oklahoma State Senator Greg Treat. The committee...

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Sanders named Falls Creek program director, Wooten as program associate
Jan08

Sanders named Falls Creek program director, Wooten as program associate

Todd Sanders will be taking the lead role for the summer youth weeks at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. An announcement was made today at the Baptist Building that he is the new Falls Creek Program Director. Sanders replaces Andy Harrison who is now serving as the director of conference centers for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). Since May 2009, Sanders has been Falls Creek program associate, and in recent...

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OBU President David W. Whitlock Announces Retirement
Jan08

OBU President David W. Whitlock Announces Retirement

SHAWNEE—After more than 10 years of service, Oklahoma Baptist University President Dr. David W. Whitlock has announced his retirement from the University. Whitlock will step out of his role as president Jan. 8 and serve the remainder of the academic year as chancellor, assisting the OBU Board of Trustees with a smooth and efficient transition of the presidency. He will retire from University employment effective May 31, 2019. “As my...

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