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Prayer Walking: A Way to Pray Specifically for Our Neighborhoods
Apr21

Prayer Walking: A Way to Pray Specifically for Our Neighborhoods

We had only met the day before, but there we were—a Filipina and a Texan standing in a village on the outskirts of a strictly Muslim city. We had a singular purpose in common, though, when we each flew in to prayer walk the city along with a few other women. Together, we prayed for the Lord to make his name known among the people who lived in this city. What Is Prayer Walking? Prayer walking is exactly what the words imply: walking...

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Encourage: He is risen
Apr21

Encourage: He is risen

This is the second Easter since I began serving Oklahoma Baptists as executive director-treasurer. This will also be the second time you have read this exact column. I will continue to resubmit this same piece every Easter for two reasons. First, I like holiday traditions. I hope you will come to anticipate and enjoy this same good word as part of your Easter celebration. Second, and more significantly, we focus on the Resurrection of...

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The Easter story compels us to sacrifice everything
Apr20

The Easter story compels us to sacrifice everything

It is the week leading up to Easter Sunday. Many of us wake up on that day in our warm and comfortable homes. We dress the whole family in our “Sunday best” so we can take a yearly family Easter photo. Then, we go to church with everyone on their best behavior (or at least pretending to be), making sure we present the image of the picture-perfect family. On the way into the church service, we exclaim, “He is risen!” and wait for the...

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OBU mourns passing of Coach Sam Freas
Apr20

OBU mourns passing of Coach Sam Freas

SHAWNEE—Legendary Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) swimming and diving coach Sam Freas, who led OBU to seven national championships after starting the university’s swimming and diving programs in 2011, passed away Sunday night, March 24, at the age of 72. “Sam’s reputation as one of the most respected coaches in collegiate swimming was well-deserved,” OBU Athletics Director Robert Davenport said. “What he accomplished in building...

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Disaster Relief in Neb. sees recovery, salvations
Apr19

Disaster Relief in Neb. sees recovery, salvations

BELLEVUE, Neb.—After 250,000 people were displaced from their homes due to flooding in the Midwest, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) responded. Life Springs Church, a Southern Baptist church in Bellevue, Neb., hosted DR groups. Oklahoma Baptists sent incident management, assessors, chaplains, feeding, shower, laundry and mudout teams to aid in flood recovery in residential areas, as well as at Life Springs. One home where trained...

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OBU campus worships together during Holy Week chapel
Apr19

OBU campus worships together during Holy Week chapel

SHAWNEE—On Wednesday, April 17, students and faculty gathered in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium to worship for Holy Week, an annual OBU tradition on the Wednesday preceding Easter. The chapel service featured music led by a variety of students, student groups and faculty. Dr. Louima Lilite, associate professor of music; Dr. Pam Robinson, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Dr. Lindsey Panxhi, assistant...

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