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Sword & trowel: Is Sunday still special?
Jun06

Sword & trowel: Is Sunday still special?

A recent LifeWay Research Poll indicated that “77 percent of churchgoers say they take an intentional day of rest, and most do so on Sunday.” This idea of a Sabbath dates back to the Old Testament, even to the Creation week itself. Societies and nations impacted by Christianity almost always have viewed Sunday as special. In America, however, we are seeing Sunday is increasingly treated like any other day. We see this through little...

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Sword & trowel: A, B, C… D!
May16

Sword & trowel: A, B, C… D!

This summer, from Vacation Bible School to Christian camps, children and youth across Oklahoma and the nation will be hearing the Gospel. One of the more impactful Gospel presentations designed for children is the “A-B-Cs of Salvation,” popularized by LifeWay. A-Admit to God you are a sinner; B-Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin; and C-Confess your faith in Jesus Christ and Savior and...

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Sword & trowel: It’s GO time
May02

Sword & trowel: It’s GO time

With few days remaining in the school year, summertime is upon us. As Oklahoma Baptists, summer is home to some of our very best missions and ministry opportunities for children and youth. From Baptist camp ministries to Vacation Bible Schools to local and global missions trips, opportunities abound for boys and girls in missions. Whether you are 8 years old or 80, you can find ways to participate in this going, including the...

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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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