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Sword & trowel: What’s new for 2020
Jan14

Sword & trowel: What’s new for 2020

For more than 100 years, the Baptist Messenger has been informing and inspiring Oklahoma Baptists, as we advance the Gospel together. For 2020, all the existing reader favorites, like Walker Moore’s column and the crossword puzzle, continue as great as ever. Also for 2020, we are rolling out some new features and offerings I wanted to highlight. More Church News The Messenger has long published a “People and Church News” section. From...

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Just Joe: A corn dog connoisseur
Jan08

Just Joe: A corn dog connoisseur

Holidays really are a unique time of the year. They always get here sooner than we expected.  They are more expensive than we planned. They are over quicker than we anticipated.  And suddenly we find ourselves in January. No wonder January is one of the sadder months. One of the good things about January is all of that holiday cooking has either been consumed or discarded or sent home with unsuspecting guests who discarded it. Either...

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Sword & trowel: Him for the holidays
Dec25

Sword & trowel: Him for the holidays

Do you recall the classic scene in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” in which beloved Peanuts’ character Charlie Brown emphatically asks, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Viewers everywhere are moved to hear Linus beautifully quote, from memory, the Gospel account of Luke about Christ’s birth. From the time this animated classic debuted to today, each generation continues to struggle with what Christmas is all...

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Bible Q&A: Is Thanksgiving a biblical holiday?
Nov26

Bible Q&A: Is Thanksgiving a biblical holiday?

Setting aside a Thursday in late November to give thanks is woven into the fabric of American life. Perhaps the most famous Thanksgiving observance occurred in the autumn of 1621, when local Native Americans were invited by Plymouth governor William Bradford to join the Pilgrims for a three-day festival in gratitude for God’s provision. In 1789, George Washington designated Nov. 26 a day of national thanksgiving for the U.S....

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Sword & trowel: Resolved
Nov22

Sword & trowel: Resolved

Sometime after we feast at Thanksgiving and step toward the New Year, many people begin to think about making resolutions for 2020. Speaking of resolutions, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, messengers to the 113th meeting of Oklahoma Baptists approved eight resolutions. I will highlight a few that were of particular interest. Resolution No. 2, “On Brokenness as Opportunity for the Gospel” recognized “that Oklahoma has vast areas of social and...

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Regaining focus: Practicing disciple-making behaviors
Nov07

Regaining focus: Practicing disciple-making behaviors

“A disciple finds and teaches other disciples”—Bill Hull. There is a disconnect in the church. Somewhere along the way, believers have replaced, or at least short-changed, obedience to fulfill the mandate the Lord gave to the Church of making disciples. Believers talk of seeking to fulfill the Lord’s will but have accepted simple transmission of information over transformed living and advancing the Gospel. Recent Barna studies show...

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