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Conventional thinking: Dear Messenger readers
Sep21

Conventional thinking: Dear Messenger readers

For more than 100 years, the Baptist Messenger has been informing and inspiring Oklahoma Baptists and others, and serving as the flagship publication for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). By God’s grace, that continues to be the case going into the future, though the Baptist Messenger will enter a new era with some key changes in 2019. To be specific, the BGCO board of directors recently voted to move the Baptist...

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Kavanaugh hearings open, abortion draws spotlight
Sep05

Kavanaugh hearings open, abortion draws spotlight

(Featured image by Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images) WASHINGTON (BP) — Abortion drew the spotlight today (Sept. 4) as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings opened for judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, expressed concern about...

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Ministry Wives Weekend planned Sept. 28-29
Aug31

Ministry Wives Weekend planned Sept. 28-29

Every year, the Women’s Ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) hosts a special event designed specifically for ministry wives. As a ministry wife, Amy Cordova, BGCO women’s missions and ministries specialist, understands the importance of encouraging friendships and faithful prayer support. In an effort to create a time of refreshment, the 2018 Ministry Wives Weekend will offer opportunities for wives to connect...

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Thom Rainer announces retirement from LifeWay
Aug28

Thom Rainer announces retirement from LifeWay

NASHVILLE (BP) — LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer announced Monday (Aug. 27) his plans to retire in the coming year. To provide adequate time for the search process for the next president and CEO and for a smooth transition, Rainer said he will serve until a new president is named or through the end of August 2019, whichever comes first. Rainer told trustees during his report at their Aug. 27-28...

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NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director
Aug13

NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) — The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is launching an evangelism and leadership group that will promote evangelism among Southern Baptist churches, provide evangelistic resources and equip pastors to help their congregations become more evangelistically active. Jim Law, who currently serves as executive pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., will serve as executive director of the new group.  ...

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John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84
Aug09

John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

  NASHVILLE (BP)—John Bisagno, an evangelistic innovator and longtime pastor of Houston, Texas, First, died Aug. 5 in Nashville following a battle with cancer. He was 84. During Bisagno’s 30-year tenure at Houston’s First beginning in 1970, the congregation grew from fewer than 400 to 22,000 members, Baptist Press (BP) reported in 1999. During that period, the church also baptized 15,000 people, gave $250 million to missions,...

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