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Baptist leaders champion Oklahoma adoption protection bill
Mar12

Baptist leaders champion Oklahoma adoption protection bill

OKLAHOMA CITY—Oklahoma State Senators are set to consider Senate Bill 1140 this week. The bill, which was authored by State Sen. Greg Treat, would codify religious liberty protections for faith-based adoption providers in Oklahoma. Baptist leaders, including Hance Dilbeck, Anthony Jordan and Russell Moore, have spoken out in favor of SB 1140. In a letter to Oklahoma lawmakers, Dilbeck, who now serves as Baptist General Convention of...

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Billy Graham funeral capped by Gospel invitation
Mar02

Billy Graham funeral capped by Gospel invitation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) — Set in a revival tent at the foot of a 40-foot glass cross, Billy Graham’s funeral was punctuated by the same theme that characterized his 80-year ministry: a call to trust Christ as Lord and Savior. “If this were your funeral,” said the late evangelist’s son Franklin Graham, “would you be in Heaven? Are you sure?” Delivering the funeral sermon to a crowd of some 2,300...

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Legendary evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99
Feb22

Legendary evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99

William Franklin “Billy” Graham, the Southern Baptist evangelist famous for his evangelistic crusades around the world, died Feb. 21 at his home in Asheville, N.C. He was 99. Graham, the internationally renowned evangelist and evangelical leader, preached during his ministry to nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries, more than anyone else in history, according to his organization’s website. He reached incalculably more...

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A Hall of faith: Late pastor remembered as kind, courageous for Christ
Feb22

A Hall of faith: Late pastor remembered as kind, courageous for Christ

DEL CITY—Shane Hall, the beloved pastor of Del City, First Southern, died on Feb. 16 after a protracted and courageous battle with stomach cancer. The ministry and legacy Hall leaves behind has a nationwide, as well as eternal, impact. Hall, who was 46, is survived by his wife Misty and daughters Maci and Mallory. He lived nearly three years longer than doctors first predicted when they diagnosed his illness in October 2014....

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Legendary evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99
Feb21

Legendary evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99

By Messenger Staff & Southern Seminary William Franklin “Billy” Graham, the Southern Baptist evangelist famous for his evangelistic crusades around the world, died today at his home in Asheville, N.C., a spokesman for the family confirmed. He was 99. Graham, the internationally-renowned evangelist and evangelical leader, preached to nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries, more than anyone else in history, according...

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Oklahoma Baptist leader Willa Ruth Garlow dies at 89
Feb19

Oklahoma Baptist leader Willa Ruth Garlow dies at 89

Willa Ruth Garlow, 89, died early morning Monday, Feb. 19, the Baptist Messenger has learned. An author, spokesperson and longtime leader in children’s ministry with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), Garlow suffered a stroke, according to reports while leaving an event at Oklahoma City, Capitol Hill, her home church, on Friday, Feb. 16. Garlow was treated at OU Medical Center, including an emergency procedure to...

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