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Makeover for ministry: Langston BSU/BCM building undergoing remodel
Aug05

Makeover for ministry: Langston BSU/BCM building undergoing remodel

  LANGSTON—In June 1993, the Baptist Messenger published news about building improvements made at the Langston University Baptist Student Union (BSU). Now, 25 years later—and after years of fruitful ministry at the building and on campus—the BSU, now called Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM), property once again is undergoing major improvements and enhancements. Volunteers with the Oklahoma Baptist State Convention and the Baptist...

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Conventional Thinking: Now what?
Jul13

Conventional Thinking: Now what?

The people have spoken. On June 26, Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788, presented to the voters “medical marijuana,” by a 57-43 margin. Ignoring reasonable voices of caution, including U.S. Senator James Lankford and Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore, as well as leaders from the business and medical community, Oklahoma voters took one giant leap toward marijuana with this ballot. While this should sadden Christians, it...

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Conventional Thinking: Liberty takes the cake
Jul02

Conventional Thinking: Liberty takes the cake

Approximately six years ago, a man named Jack Phillips, who is a cake artist and owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, was asked by a same-sex couple to bake a cake for their wedding ceremony. At the time, same-sex marriage was not the law of the land in Colorado—or in America for that matter. Phillips, a devout Christian, decided his sincerely-held religious beliefs and conscience would not allow him to bake the cake, but said...

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National Baptists invite Dilbeck to speak at large gathering in OKC
Jun28

National Baptists invite Dilbeck to speak at large gathering in OKC

The 113th National Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education met in Oklahoma City June 17-23, at the Cox Convention Center and in other locations across the metro. The last time the National Baptist Convention USA convened in Oklahoma City was 1991, when the downtown area featured only two hotels. Much has changed in the last 27 years and not just in hotel room capacity. Known as the largest predominantly African American...

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Kennedy’s departure opens 2nd seat for Trump to fill
Jun27

Kennedy’s departure opens 2nd seat for Trump to fill

WASHINGTON (BP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement effective July 31, ending 30 years of service that began with his 1988 confirmation in the Ronald Reagan administration. Kennedy’s resignation opens a second seat for President Donald Trump to fill. In 2017, Congress amended rules to allow confirmation of justices by a simple majority vote, enabling the appointment of Justice Neil...

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Oklahoma voters approve ‘medical marijuana’ (SQ 788)
Jun27

Oklahoma voters approve ‘medical marijuana’ (SQ 788)

On June 26, Oklahoma primary voters approved State Question 788, which was promoted as “medical marijuana,” by a 57-43 percent margin. Leading up to the vote, the measure drew widespread opposition and criticism from leaders in the faith community, business world and medical community. Among Southern Baptists warning against SQ 788 were U.S. Sen. James Lankford, Hance Dilbeck and Russell Moore. Baptist Messenger Editor Brian Hobbs...

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