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Perspective: Our greatest strength
Nov15

Perspective: Our greatest strength

As I come to the end of this part of my life’s journey, I have been asked to identify the strengths I see in our work as a convention. That is not a hard job. Our convention is healthy and strong because of the marvelous grace of God. We are so blessed. Unquestionably, our greatest strength from the Lord is our unity. Across the years Oklahoma Baptists have remained unified in the midst of denominational, doctrinal and racial divides....

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Perspective: See you at Annual Meeting
Nov08

Perspective: See you at Annual Meeting

Next week, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) will convene its Annual Meeting. Messengers from BGCO churches will come together for inspiration, information and business decisions that will give direction to the work of the convention for the following year. Personally, this will be a significant convention for me. It will be my 22nd time to address the messengers as the executive-director treasurer—it will also be my...

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Perspective: Stay alert, stay diligent
Nov01

Perspective: Stay alert, stay diligent

Recently, I attended a banquet to raise support for Oklahoma Baptist Hope Pregnancy Centers. From one center, nearly 32 years ago, we have grown to five centers. These centers offer hope and love to women and men who are dealing with crisis pregnancies. This ministry is offered free to all, and it is a frontline ministry in the battle for the unborn. A few days ago, I listened to my friend, Al Mohler, describe a remarkable surgery...

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Perspective: Less trash more grace talk
Oct25

Perspective: Less trash more grace talk

I grew up in a very fine Christian home where my parents lived their faith. They were not perfect, but they sought to live in a way that honored their Lord, and they sought to teach my sister and me to do the same. My parents had a very dim view of vile language. They did not tolerate “cussin’,” okay, for you sophisticates, “cursing.” My mom told me very early in life that people who used cuss words revealed their small minds and...

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Perspective: Why the Messenger?
Oct18

Perspective: Why the Messenger?

Since 1912, the Baptist Messenger has been bringing news of the work in local Baptist churches and their cooperative work with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) and the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The Messenger has been, and remains, a powerful tool of influence in our churches and our culture at large. The Baptist Messenger remains the third largest subscription newspaper in Oklahoma in terms of paid...

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Perspective: The importance of BCMs
Oct11

Perspective: The importance of BCMs

I have often said that one of the largest mission fields in America is the university campus. Thousands of Oklahomans will spend four to six years on a university campus. Some of them come from our Baptist churches and move to college with a robust faith, but by far the majority of these young people attend college with no active faith or faith background. College students often have a mindset to break from parental standards and...

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