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Boise City, First sees brokenness as opportunity for the Gospel
Dec03

Boise City, First sees brokenness as opportunity for the Gospel

  BOISE CITY—Legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado has created a boom in the so-called “cannabis tourism industry,” attracting people who flock to the state to use the drug. The Oklahoma panhandle, which shares a border with Colorado, has become a crossroads for people seeking the drug from Oklahoma and Texas. Boise City, a small panhandle town of 1,189 souls, had already dealt with decades of economic and demographic...

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Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president
Nov29

Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—About a decade ago, Paul Chitwood became convinced God was calling him to mobilize missions and missionaries, he told International Mission Board (IMB) trustees. That call culminated Nov. 15, he said, with his election as IMB president. “Being a member of this board for eight years changed my ministry and it changed my life, so much so that (my wife) Michelle and I questioned whether God had called us to overseas...

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Southern Baptists celebrate sending 42 new missionaries
Nov29

Southern Baptists celebrate sending 42 new missionaries

  RICHMOND, Va.—Southern Baptists celebrated the appointment of 42 new missionaries in a service on Wed., Nov. 14, near Richmond, Va. Churches of all sizes from Louisiana to Indiana and North Carolina to Oklahoma are sending singles, couples and families to large cities, small villages and hard-to-reach places around the world. Vance Pitman, senior pastor of Las Vegas, Va., Hope, reminded new missionaries and those who attended of the...

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Reconsider Roe v. Wade, brief urges Supreme Court
Nov27

Reconsider Roe v. Wade, brief urges Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (BP) — The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and allies have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion. A spotlight on Roe could come in the Supreme Court’s review of a lower court opinion nullifying a state law that bars discrimination against certain classes of unborn children, such as sex, race and disability, according to a...

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Jenks, First focused on foster care
Nov19

Jenks, First focused on foster care

JENKS—Nearly 8,500 children are in the foster care system in the state of Oklahoma. One Oklahoma Baptist church that has taken the initiative to do their part to solve the foster care crisis is Jenks, First. WRAP is a ministry that several foster families in the church began three years ago. Breanna Brumley is one of the ministry coordinators. Breanna and her husband Cody, who is the executive pastor at Jenks, First, are a foster...

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Foster care rally calls on Baptist faithful to take active role
Nov16

Foster care rally calls on Baptist faithful to take active role

  EDMOND—Today there are approximately 8,500 boys and girls in DHS custody in Oklahoma, representing a staggering foster care crisis. On Nov. 13 at Edmond, First, approximately 500 Baptists and others gathered to address the crisis and seek solutions through an event called “The Gospel, The Church and Foster Care.” The event was an equipping conference presented by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) and Oklahoma Baptist...

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