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Kinnaird to lead BGCO Church Planting Group
May15

Kinnaird to lead BGCO Church Planting Group

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) hired Jimmy Kinnaird to lead its Church Planting Group, which actively works with churches and associations to identify strategic areas of Oklahoma in need of new churches. This marks Kinnaird’s second term of service with the BGCO. In 1997, he came to the BGCO to serve as evangelism specialist and eventually became Church Outreach Team Leader. Prior to his first BGCO stint, he led a...

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H.B. Charles to be Pastors’ Conf. nominee
May11

H.B. Charles to be Pastors’ Conf. nominee

PHOENIX (BP) — Oklahoma pastor Brad Graves has announced the withdrawal of his candidacy for Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference president to clear the way for Florida pastor H.B. Charles Jr. to be nominated as the first African American to hold that office. Graves told Baptist Press no one pressured him to withdraw and “it’s never a loss when you can join God in His work.” Former...

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Okla. Baptist Leader: HB2347 undercuts ‘The Oklahoma Standard,’ jeopardizes Oklahoma ministries
May09

Okla. Baptist Leader: HB2347 undercuts ‘The Oklahoma Standard,’ jeopardizes Oklahoma ministries

OKLAHOMA CITY—Dr. Anthony L. Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), today called Oklahoma House Bill 2347 “an affront to The Oklahoma Standard.” HB 2347 would cap the itemized deduction for Oklahoma state income tax filers at $17,000 annually, and Jordan believes the measure would undermine charitable giving in the state and impede the ability of nonprofits and ministries to serve...

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Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief provides aid following severe storms
May03

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief provides aid following severe storms

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.— Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) is in Eastern, Central and Western Oklahoma this week assisting those affected by downed trees and flooding from severe weather across the state last weekend and wildfires earlier in 2017. “Some of these large, old trees that our trained chainsaw crews are cutting down would be around $3,000 to be removed. So we want to go in and help those people in need in that...

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Study: Americans fond of Bible, but how many read it?
Apr26

Study: Americans fond of Bible, but how many read it?

NASHVILLE (BP) — Americans appear to have a positive view of the Bible. And many say Scripture is filled with moral lessons for today. However, more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible, a study released today (April 25) by LifeWay Research shows. Less than a quarter of those who have ever read a Bible have a systematic plan for reading Scripture each day. And a third of Americans never pick it up on...

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Brad Graves to be Pastors’ Conf. nominee
Apr17

Brad Graves to be Pastors’ Conf. nominee

PHOENIX (BP) — Brad Graves, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ada, Okla., will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference, according to an announcement by Missouri pastor Malachi O’Brien. O’Brien, SBC second vice president and pastor of prayer and church revitalization at First Baptist Church in Raytown, Mo., stated in an April 13 announcement to Baptist Press Graves...

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