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A call to disciple: On Nov. 13-14, Messengers meet, honor Anthony Jordan, hear of Tulakogee camp acquisition
Nov16

A call to disciple: On Nov. 13-14, Messengers meet, honor Anthony Jordan, hear of Tulakogee camp acquisition

Oklahoma City, Quail Springs hosted the 111th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention (BGCO) for the second consecutive year, Nov. 13-14. The meeting registered 682 messengers from BGCO churches across the state, as well as many more guests in attendance. All who attended experienced encouraging ministry reports, worship through song, as well as announcement of new ministry opportunities and the occasion to hear BGCO...

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Q & A with ‘Dr. J’ : Oklahoma Baptist leader reflects on God’s provisions over his 22-years as state exec
Nov16

Q & A with ‘Dr. J’ : Oklahoma Baptist leader reflects on God’s provisions over his 22-years as state exec

The Baptist Messenger recently sat down with Anthony L. Jordan, who has served as executive director-treasurer since 1996. Jordan, who announced that he is retiring from that role effective April 15, 2018, shared reflections on his time of service and talked about issues he sees as the most critical facing the church and the denomination. Baptist Messenger: You are perhaps best known for your commitment to the unborn. What victories...

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Disaster Relief offers aid in Puerto Rico
Nov09

Disaster Relief offers aid in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) recently traveled to Puerto Rico to view damage and offer assistance to those affected by Hurricane Maria, a category four hurricane that wreaked havoc on the Caribbean Island country on Sept. 20. Hurricane Maria knocked out power across the entire island, leaving many desperate for food, water and sustainable living conditions. On Tues., Nov. 7, Don Williams, the BGCO...

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Ways to safeguard your church against active shooters
Nov09

Ways to safeguard your church against active shooters

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was originally published by The Alabama Baptist and is for information purposes only. On Sunday, Nov. 5, a Texas community experienced a mass shooting at a local church during its morning worship service. The small congregation at Sutherland Springs, Texas, First was victim to an active shooter who walked into the church about 11:30 a.m. He killed 26 church members, including the pastor’s...

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Lawton ‘Evening of Unity’ bridges racial divide
Nov09

Lawton ‘Evening of Unity’ bridges racial divide

LAWTON—As scenes of racial division arise across the nation, one area of Oklahoma is rising up to show that churches offer the best path toward racial reconciliation. On Sunday evening, Oct. 29, in Lawton, multiple area churches came together for “An Evening of Unity,” a Christian worship event designed to bring Christians together. Joe Ligon, pastor of Marlow, First, was among those who helped plan the event. “The idea was actually...

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‘Urgency’ is emphasized at SEC 2018
Nov08

‘Urgency’ is emphasized at SEC 2018

Oklahoma Baptists can expect a sense of urgency this year at the State Evangelism Conference (SEC), Jan. 29-30 at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills. The theme of SEC 2018 is “Urgency” based off of the passage of Scripture John 9:4 which says, “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.” “Part of our challenge as believers is procrastination when it comes to...

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