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‘Follow Jesus’ call,’ SBC President Greear says at Falls Creek during Collegiate Week
Aug21

‘Follow Jesus’ call,’ SBC President Greear says at Falls Creek during Collegiate Week

DAVIS—J.D. Greear has experience preaching to college students. The church he pastors in Durham, N.C. has a reputation of drawing many collegians from the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. Therefore, the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention is a natural fit to speak at Collegiate Week, which Greear did Tuesday evening, Aug. 6. This was the second consecutive year, Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center hosted Collegiate...

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Shaddix, Dilbeck speak during OBU’s 2019 Fall Challenge chapel series
Aug21

Shaddix, Dilbeck speak during OBU’s 2019 Fall Challenge chapel series

SHAWNEE—Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) kicked off its annual Fall Challenge chapel series Tuesday, Aug. 20. The first event took place immediately following The Walk. Fall Challenge is a part of Welcome Week, where new students are welcomed and orientated to life on campus. Additional services will be in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m.; and Friday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m....

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PPFA forfeits family planning funds for abortion
Aug20

PPFA forfeits family planning funds for abortion

WASHINGTON (BP)—One of Planned Parenthood’s government revenue streams has officially dried up for now. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) confirmed Monday (Aug. 19) it would not abide by the Trump administration’s new rule that prohibits federal family planning funds for organizations that perform, promote or refer for abortions. The decision—which had been expected for weeks and was announced at the...

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OBU welcomes more than 520 new students to Bison Hill
Aug19

OBU welcomes more than 520 new students to Bison Hill

SHAWNEE—Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) welcomed more than 520 students to campus Saturday, Aug. 17, for the University’s annual Move-In Day. Current students, faculty and staff greeted a class of 451 first-time freshmen and 70 transfer students to campus. Move-in day is a beloved tradition on Bison Hill, a time where the OBU family shows the highest levels of hospitality to new students and their families. Cars pull up in front of...

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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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‘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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