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Sword & trowel: Resurrection life
Apr18

Sword & trowel: Resurrection life

A recent opinion poll indicated the most popular Easter candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. These delicious morsels of chocolate and peanut butter surpassed other classic favorites, including Cadbury Mini Eggs and the ever-popular marshmallow Peeps. Yes, there are many cultural treats and traditions surrounding Easter that excite us. From Easter Egg hunts, to taking pictures at the mall with the Easter Bunny, to picking out new...

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Sword & trowel: News & the Good News
Apr04

Sword & trowel: News & the Good News

Next month, the Baptist Messenger will celebrate its 107th anniversary, or “birthday,” if you will. 12, contained stories about the work of the Foreign and Home Mission Boards, Christian education, teaching about Christian doctrine and theology, and the Oklahoma Baptist Orphans’ Home.” So much has changed in the world since 1912. Yet in so many ways, the mission and focal points of that first issue remains the very same today, with...

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Sword & trowel: Marcia, Marcia, millennials!
Mar21

Sword & trowel: Marcia, Marcia, millennials!

You could make the case that the two most talked about American generations are the Baby Boomers and the Millennials. Every now and then, we read surveys or reports about other generations, like the Silent Generation. Yet, so much do Boomers and Millennials dominate the cultural conversation that Gen X has been known to resent it, earning the name the “Jan Brady” generation. That is to say, Gen X feels left out and has developed an...

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Sword & trowel: College dropouts
Mar07

Sword & trowel: College dropouts

We often hear news reports about school drop-out rates. Whether high school or college, we all recognize that school dropout is an issue that creates life problems for many individuals. A new LifeWay Research Poll explores another kind of college dropout that also is happening at an alarmingly high rate. The poll found that two of three college-age students are dropping out of church. LifeWay said, “Church pews may be full of...

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An open letter to Oklahoma Baptists regarding abortion and protecting human life
Feb21

An open letter to Oklahoma Baptists regarding abortion and protecting human life

Dear Oklahoma Baptists, The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s stance against abortion and for protecting human life is long-held and well-known. We want to make sure you hear directly from us what our position is regarding recent efforts to fight abortion and protect life. The BGCO is categorically opposed to abortion, and it is our prayer and goal to see lives saved and an end to abortion in Oklahoma and beyond. Through the...

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Sword & trowel: Listen up
Feb21

Sword & trowel: Listen up

Do you remember phone booths? These rectangular boxes once were located everywhere, so people could place a phone call while in public, yet have a private (or semi-private) conversation. These days, phone booths are nowhere to be seen, and people will simply take a phone call anywhere and everywhere. This is perhaps symptomatic of a society that values talking more than listening (and maybe one that has forgotten manners, as well). It...

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