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Conventional thinking: Dear Messenger readers
Sep21

Conventional thinking: Dear Messenger readers

For more than 100 years, the Baptist Messenger has been informing and inspiring Oklahoma Baptists and others, and serving as the flagship publication for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). By God’s grace, that continues to be the case going into the future, though the Baptist Messenger will enter a new era with some key changes in 2019. To be specific, the BGCO board of directors recently voted to move the Baptist...

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BGCO Board approves Baptist Messenger changes for 2019
Sep20

BGCO Board approves Baptist Messenger changes for 2019

DAVIS—During the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) September Board of Directors meeting at Falls Creek, board members approved significant changes to the print edition of the Baptist Messenger that will take effect in January 2019. In a move that trimmed the budget and also expanded opportunities to focus on its growing digital publication, BGCO Board members voted that as of January 2019, the Baptist Messenger print...

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‘Momentum’ motivates: Young adults live with eternal perspective
Sep20

‘Momentum’ motivates: Young adults live with eternal perspective

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Nearly 900 18-to-24 year olds gathered on Sept. 7 at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs to gain momentum to live with eternal perspective as the school year began. Momentum is an event geared toward 18-to-24 year olds or, the “next generation,” where Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) from schools state-wide, along with church-based groups, gather for a night of corporate worship. Chad Coleman, BCM facility...

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The Call Conference helps students understand call to ministry
Sep19

The Call Conference helps students understand call to ministry

SHAWNEE—The Call Conference serves as an opportunity to clarify any questions that students may have about answering the call to ministry. On Aug. 25, 358 people, representing 65 churches, attended the conference organized by the student ministry group of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) was the setting of sessions and breakout meetings designed to encourage and instruct young people...

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Encourage: Layers of accountability
Sep19

Encourage: Layers of accountability

I am writing this article the day after our Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Board of Directors meeting at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. What a beautiful time to be in that special place. The creek runs full of water; the sights, sounds and smells refresh the soul. I thank our Lord for the women and men who serve as our Board of Directors. They selflessly give of their time, expertise and energy to help Oklahoma...

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Caleb comes home: Freeman family and church celebrate his progress
Sep17

Caleb comes home: Freeman family and church celebrate his progress

  NEWCASTLE—Caleb Freeman has returned home. News spread throughout the Oklahoma City area and beyond when the son of Newcastle, First’s pastor Jeremy Freeman made his Aug. 26 appearance in his home church. Caleb experienced an acute brain injury from a December 2017 car accident in Norman. The Baptist Messenger, as well as other news outlets and especially social media, reported updates on his condition, which included stops at the...

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