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Sword & trowel: What’s new for 2020
Jan14

Sword & trowel: What’s new for 2020

For more than 100 years, the Baptist Messenger has been informing and inspiring Oklahoma Baptists, as we advance the Gospel together. For 2020, all the existing reader favorites, like Walker Moore’s column and the crossword puzzle, continue as great as ever. Also for 2020, we are rolling out some new features and offerings I wanted to highlight. More Church News The Messenger has long published a “People and Church News” section. From...

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Baptist Union provides relief to Australian fire victims
Jan13

Baptist Union provides relief to Australian fire victims

TOMERONG, Australia (BP)—Devastating fires rage across Australia and currently show no signs of stopping. In an intensified hot and dry season, the country is experiencing its worst fires in years. The fires have been ablaze in every state, but New South Wales has been hit the hardest, CNN reported. Because of the high amounts of smoke, air pollution has been estimated to be 11 times greater than the hazardous level, CNN said. The...

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29th Annual Rose Day set for Feb. 5 at State Capitol: Former Planned Parenthood worker to share testimony of conversion
Jan13

29th Annual Rose Day set for Feb. 5 at State Capitol: Former Planned Parenthood worker to share testimony of conversion

Each year, pro-life Oklahomans gather inside the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City for the annual Rose Day Pro-Life Indoor Rally. The 2020 Rose Day Pro-Life Rally is set for Wed., Feb. 5 and is expected to draw more than 1,000 supporters from across the state. Rose Day, now in its 29th year, is organized by Oklahoma Baptists and other pro-life organizations, who are asking pastors and church members from across the state to...

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FIRST-PERSON: Clarity in the New Year
Jan10

FIRST-PERSON: Clarity in the New Year

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ronnie Floyd is president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. NASHVILLE (BP)—The start of a new year is a good time to review where we are and to state clearly where we are heading. This is true personally, in our families, in businesses and even as a convention of churches. I hear from pastors and other leaders wondering where we as Southern Baptists are heading. Some question our...

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Southern Baptists respond immediately to devastating Puerto Rican Earthquake
Jan09

Southern Baptists respond immediately to devastating Puerto Rican Earthquake

PUERTO RICO—Southern Baptist Send volunteers responded to a Jan. 7 devastating earthquake that struck the island of Puerto Rico. Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leader and Puerto Rican pastor Felix Cabrera has been working to get much needed aid to the people affected by the 6.4 magnitude quake. “We had been feeling tremors since November that increased in the past two weeks,” said Cabrera who currently serves as SBC second vice...

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Encourage: Pray for your pastor this year
Jan09

Encourage: Pray for your pastor this year

Did you make any New Year resolutions? Most people make the same three every January: Lose weight, exercise more and save more money. A resolution is a firm decision.  I would like for you to consider another resolution for 2020.  Would you make a firm decision today to pray for your pastor every week this year; maybe even every day? The advance of the Gospel depends on the health of our churches, and the health of our churches...

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