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Churches ramp up background checks to ensure safety
Jan09

Churches ramp up background checks to ensure safety

NASHVILLE (BP) — As churches become aware of potential safety issues, more are signing up for background check services through LifeWay Christian Resources’ OneSource program. “The numbers have increased dramatically since we began our relationship with backgroundchecks.com,” said LifeWay’s Jennie Morris. “On average, we add 160 customers a month.” Since January 2009, more than 16,000...

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BVC president to chair strategic planning committee
Jan08

BVC president to chair strategic planning committee

Bill Pierce, president of Baptist Village Communities (BVC), has been elected chair of the Oklahoma Long Term Care Services and Supports Advisory Committee. The committee will develop a long range strategic plan for senior services in Oklahoma. Members of the committee have been appointed by the governor, senate president pro tempore and speaker of the house. Pierce was appointed by Oklahoma State Senator Greg Treat. The committee...

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Sanders named Falls Creek program director, Wooten as program associate
Jan08

Sanders named Falls Creek program director, Wooten as program associate

Todd Sanders will be taking the lead role for the summer youth weeks at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. An announcement was made today at the Baptist Building that he is the new Falls Creek Program Director. Sanders replaces Andy Harrison who is now serving as the director of conference centers for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). Since May 2009, Sanders has been Falls Creek program associate, and in recent...

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OBU President David W. Whitlock Announces Retirement
Jan08

OBU President David W. Whitlock Announces Retirement

SHAWNEE—After more than 10 years of service, Oklahoma Baptist University President Dr. David W. Whitlock has announced his retirement from the University. Whitlock will step out of his role as president Jan. 8 and serve the remainder of the academic year as chancellor, assisting the OBU Board of Trustees with a smooth and efficient transition of the presidency. He will retire from University employment effective May 31, 2019. “As my...

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Mohler says government shutdown is a ‘giant game of chicken’
Jan07

Mohler says government shutdown is a ‘giant game of chicken’

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler addressed issues relating to the political landscape in America in his Mon., Jan. 7 edition of The Briefing, Mohler’s daily podcast which features his commentary on current events. The two main topics Mohler addressed involve the new look of the 116th Congress, as newly-elected officials were recently sworn in, and the status of the current government shutdown, which is...

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2018 memorable Messenger stories
Dec20

2018 memorable Messenger stories

The Baptist Messenger will experience a major change in 2019, printing twice a month instead of weekly. As the cover of this final edition of 2018 presents all of the covers from the weekly printed editions of the year, this Baptist Messenger also features reflections offered by the Messenger staff of 10 memorable moments of Oklahoma Baptist life in 2018.   1. ‘Heroes of Faith Go Home’ Billy Graham, Shane Hall and Willa Ruth Garlow...

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