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Missionaries to IMB President Paul Chitwood: ‘You’re one of us’
Apr22

Missionaries to IMB President Paul Chitwood: ‘You’re one of us’

ARUA, Uganda (BP)—Missionary Jeremy Taliaferro remembers “mad-dash googling” on the internet to find out who is Paul Chitwood. The International Mission Board’s presidential search committee announced their candidate last November. And Taliaferro admitted at first he was a little underwhelmed since the Chitwoods had not served as IMB missionaries. “Paul Chitwood? I have no idea who this is,” the Southern Baptist missionary — who...

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Christ-following football standouts prepare for NFL Draft
Apr22

Christ-following football standouts prepare for NFL Draft

The 2019 National Football League (NFL) Draft happens April 25-27, as many former college football players, as well as football fans, will be watching with great interest as draft selections are announced. Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) reported seven college football standouts with NFL Draft potential shared their Christian faith with the 65-year-old international sports ministry. Rodney Anderson, a running back who played at...

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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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