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Encourage: Acknowledging attendance
Aug19

Encourage: Acknowledging attendance

I took a leisurely stroll to the park recently. The pace was set by George, my two-year-old grandson, who held my finger when he was so inclined. It was the best hour I have spent in a long while. From time to time, something would catch George’s attention—a puddle, a pile of leaves, the cracks in the sidewalk, dirt of any sort. An army of ants captured his attention for a full five minutes (Impressive, for a two-year-old boy). The...

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OBU Football to host first night game Sept. 7
Aug17

OBU Football to host first night game Sept. 7

SHAWNEE—Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) will host its first night game against Henderson State, 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Crain Family Stadium at the Hurt Complex. Game time for OBU’s matchup at East Central on Sept. 28 also has been moved to 6 p.m. “We’re excited to see this project come to fruition,” said OBU director of athletics Robert Davenport. “Being able to schedule games in the evening, especially in September, will enhance the...

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Unique partnership helps churches support foster communities
Aug16

Unique partnership helps churches support foster communities

Eight thousand—this is the current number of children in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS). Eight thousand children, who at no fault of their own, have been removed from their home and need a place of safety and stability. DHS is in desperate need of families to place these out-of-home children. While this is a daunting number in our state, Oklahoma Baptists are partnering together to step up to meet this...

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Sword & trowel: Game O-V-E-R
Aug15

Sword & trowel: Game O-V-E-R

This summer, news media reported on a 16-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who took first place in a video game tournament. That might not seem like headline news until you hear that this young person won a $3 million prize for the contest, which featured the wildly popular game FORTNITE. Connected to this video game contest is an entire wave of young people addicted to gaming. In a recent Christian radio interview, one mother called in...

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‘Pure and undefiled’: Oklahoma State Missions Offering highlights God’s work in foster care, adoption
Aug15

‘Pure and undefiled’: Oklahoma State Missions Offering highlights God’s work in foster care, adoption

As the Edna McMillan Oklahoma State Missions Offering (SMO) approaches, Oklahoma Baptists aren’t backing down when faced with challenges or uncharted territory. With money from the SMO, Oklahoma Baptists are equipped to do ministry that fills immediate needs in areas such as foster care or adoption. Brian and Traci Shafer, members of El Reno, First have five biological children as well as five adopted children. “There was a moment for...

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Seeing the results of giving to SMO
Aug14

Seeing the results of giving to SMO

Recently, I attended CrossTimbers with my daughter who just finished 3rd grade. We were excited to arrive to camp! After unloading our luggage and claiming a bunk bed in the dorms, we hiked up to the cafeteria for lunch. Setting down our lunch trays, we started a conversation with two campers across the table. Through the conversation, I learned how one of the camper’s father had been in prison most of her life. She was new to church,...

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