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Rite of passage: J+0=E
Nov13

Rite of passage: J+0=E

The crops hadn’t been too good that year, and the offerings were down. The small, country Baptist church struggled to keep its doors open and pay the bills. For a long time, the church had wanted to install indoor plumbing. The old outhouse was getting rickety, and the people who came to visit were put out that the church hadn’t moved with the times. As the leader of the congregation, the pastor struggled with how he could best help...

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Multiply: A better way to win the culture war
Nov11

Multiply: A better way to win the culture war

It’s probably going to get worse before it gets better. But that’s not a problem for the missional church. Christianity was born into a society that was crueler, more heartless and more decadent than our minds may imagine. Paganism ruled the day. The sick, the weak and the helpless were fodder for the cruel and powerful. Abortion, infanticide and child sacrifice were very common in the ancient world. In fact, children born with any...

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Conventional Thinking: It’s time
Nov09

Conventional Thinking: It’s time

Let me admit something. I did not grow up being involved in Southern Baptist life. In fact, I did not attend the annual meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention or the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) until I was well into my 20s. It’s not because I was out of church. I was saved as a child and in church for the most part, but my involvement was minimal and certainly not far-reaching. When I finally did decide to...

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Oklahoma Baptists encouraged to attend Nov. 13 Foster Care rally at Edmond, First
Nov08

Oklahoma Baptists encouraged to attend Nov. 13 Foster Care rally at Edmond, First

  EDMOND—Leaders with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) will focus on solutions to Oklahoma’s foster care crisis during a special, free event at 6:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 13 at Edmond, First, 1300 E 33rd St. The event, “The Gospel, the Church & Foster Care,” will feature resources and representatives from faith-based agencies focused on meeting the needs of the more than 8,500 Oklahoma children currently in DHS...

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Oklahoma Baptists will gather to bring Him glory
Nov08

Oklahoma Baptists will gather to bring Him glory

EDMOND – The 112th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) will take place at Edmond, First, Nov. 12-13. The meeting will feature various times of business, fellowship and worship, under the theme “To Him Be the GLORY in the Church,” based on Eph. 3:20-21. The Oklahoma Pastors’ Conference and Missions Celebration will commence prior to the BGCO Annual Meeting. Both events begin at 9 a.m. on Mon., Nov. 12....

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Rite of passage: First lap
Nov06

Rite of passage: First lap

My inspiration for carrying the cross up Mount Kilimanjaro a few years ago came to me through a man named Keith Wheeler. I have known Keith for a long time, and he is one of my favorite missionary speakers. Several years ago, I was talking to Keith about my upcoming 40th anniversary of entering the ministry. I asked him, “How do you thank Jesus for allowing you to represent Him around the world?” Keith looked at me with those steely...

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