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Lam still planting churches
May21

Lam still planting churches

When Ted Lam came to the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma in 1997 as language missions specialist, there were around 1,300 Southern Baptist churches in the state. When he retired in 2008, the number of churches had increased to more than 1,700. One of his major responsibilities was planting new churches. Today, four years into retirement, Lam is still planting churches, not just in Oklahoma, but across the nation. In October...

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Church plant reaching emerging adults
May14

Church plant reaching emerging adults

During the first weekend of May, the new movie, “The Avengers,” broke opening-weekend ticket sales records. On Sunday morning, May 6, a group of believers met at the Riverside Movie Theatre in Jenks—not for a Marvel comic turned movie, but to worship the risen Savior. Doxa Church, a Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma church plant, has been meeting at that location for more than a year and has been in existence for nearly five...

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National Day of Prayer May 3
Apr16

National Day of Prayer May 3

On Thursday, May 3, America will observe its 61st National Day of Prayer. With moral conditions at an all-time low, an exploding national debt and a critical election, this year has unusual significance. There is no question that many who founded our nation had a strong reliance upon God. Because their generations earnestly sought God in united prayer, they saw a surprising work of grace. Since our founding, America has experienced...

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First Person: Some may call it fundraising

Leading a congregation to become debt free is a matter of discipleship. When I came to Oklahoma City, Northwest more than four years ago, I knew it was a wonderful church with unique challenges. One of these challenges was the financial bondage of a $2.5 million debt from a building campaign begun in 2003. Under the leadership of former pastor Craig Etheredge, the church voted to take out a $3 million loan for much needed renovations...

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Lawton, Mind of Christ focuses on ‘hard’ places
Apr02

Lawton, Mind of Christ focuses on ‘hard’ places

It was more than five years ago when Rick Gettins, pastor of the now-established Lawton, Mind of Christ, felt the Lord leading him to plant a church in inner-city Lawton. Gettins, who is from Lawton, never imagined he would still live there. “I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home, but seeing my parents, who were in the ministry, help people who are less fortunate and struggling with addiction, was tough,” he said. “I did not...

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Film about life of Lottie Moon aims for theaters, DVD
Mar30

Film about life of Lottie Moon aims for theaters, DVD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Charlotte “Lottie” Moon left a privileged life in Virginia in the late 1800s to follow God’s call to war-torn China—and spent the rest of her life there. “Lottie’s life and message needs to reach a new generation,” said Erich Bridges, screenwriter and a producer for “Heart of a Rebel,” a feature-length film in development about Moon, who spent 40 years in China teaching young girls and sharing the Gospel. “There...

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