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God calls Hall home
Feb16

God calls Hall home

Beloved pastor dies Feb. 16 after courageous battle with cancer DEL CITY—Shane Hall, pastor of Del City, First Southern, died on Feb. 16 after a protracted and courageous battle with stomach cancer, the Baptist Messenger has learned. Hall, who is survived by his wife Misty and daughters Maci and Mallory, as well as other family members, lived nearly three years longer than doctors first predicted when they diagnosed his illness in...

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‘Worshiping Jesus,’ Shane Hall defies cancer’s toll
Feb15

‘Worshiping Jesus,’ Shane Hall defies cancer’s toll

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) — Misty Hall thought her husband Shane was uncomfortable. Confined to bed in their Oklahoma City home in the presumed last days of his battle with stomach cancer, he asked her to raise his hands. “I’m worshiping Jesus,” he explained. As the two of them listened to Charles Billingsley’s “I’ll Run to You,” the 46-year-old pastor mouthed every word Billingsley sang:...

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Platt to step down as IMB president
Feb13

Platt to step down as IMB president

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—David Platt has announced plans to step down as president of the International Mission Board (IMB) but will continue to serve until a new president is selected. Platt told trustees, missionaries and staff Feb. 12 that during his nearly four-year tenure at the IMB, he has been “burdened to continue preaching and leading in the local church,” which led to assuming a teaching pastor role in 2017 at McLean Bible Church...

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Jordan offers final address to BGCO Board
Feb12

Jordan offers final address to BGCO Board

Anthony Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), gave his final address to the BGCO Board of Directors, as Board members met Feb. 6 at the Baptist Building. “What do you say in your last address to the board, and what do you say after 22 years?” Jordan asked. “That’s almost a fifth of the history of Oklahoma Baptists. That’s pretty amazing. “First is ‘Thank you.’ I’ve come to conclude,...

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Planted to grow: Edmond, Grove Community looks to the future in rapidly expanding Deer Creek
Feb01

Planted to grow: Edmond, Grove Community looks to the future in rapidly expanding Deer Creek

EDMOND—It’s almost 10:30 on Sunday morning, Jan. 14. Already a gathering of early arrivers has assembled in the worship area. Many already have taken their seats. A line of cars file into the parking lot, unloading families, couples and singles of all ages who also make their way inside. In the lobby area, small clusters of people are standing around chatting as they enjoy coffee and donuts. Parents check their children into their...

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Oklahoma Baptist chaplains help after tragic oil rig explosion in OK
Jan23

Oklahoma Baptist chaplains help after tragic oil rig explosion in OK

QUINTON—Oklahoma Baptist chaplains are in Quinton after an oil rig explosion Mon., Jan. 22 that injured 17 and left five men missing. The explosion happened just before 9 a.m. on Monday, according to reports. First responders included the Pittsburg County Sheriff Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, nine different area fire departments, the Red Cross, three medical helicopters and four ground EMS vehicles among others that responded....

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