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Perspective: ‘Eternity’
Aug24

Perspective: ‘Eternity’

“Eternity.” That is a powerful word about a profound truth. Apart from Jesus Christ and the salvation and new life found only in Him, each of us would spend eternity separated from God. This truth should motivate us like never before to share the Gospel with every person in this state. The truth of eternity is why every year, Oklahoma Baptists give together through the Oklahoma State Missions Offering, which is advancing the light of...

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Perspective: The world is next door
Aug16

Perspective: The world is next door

If you have not noticed, the world has come to Oklahoma. You will find people from faraway places living in Oklahoma, even in many of our rural communities. Certainly in the cities, internationals live in our neighborhoods, their children attend the same schools as our children, they shop at the same stores with us, and they work side by side with us. These are people of different cultures, languages and, in most cases, religions. In...

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Perspective: Sunday School reaches people
Aug10

Perspective: Sunday School reaches people

Nearly five years ago, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) formed a task force of convention staff and associational leaders to move Sunday School to the forefront of the BGCO’s efforts to revitalize and strengthen Oklahoma churches. From that effort came ReConnect Sunday School. The first task was to define Sunday School—”Sunday School is the church’s primary strategy to connect people to Jesus, His Truth, His...

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Perspective: Treasuring Native Americans
Aug03

Perspective: Treasuring Native Americans

One of the great treasures of Oklahoma Baptists is our Native American people and congregations. Oklahoma Baptist history is uniquely tied to these people. Missionaries first came to Oklahoma to present the Gospel to the Indians. The first church in Oklahoma was a multi-ethic congregation made up of missionaries, a Native American, and black slaves. When the Indian population was moved west on the Trail of Tears, they brought with...

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Perspective: Instruments of peace
Jul27

Perspective: Instruments of peace

Some of the most painful words ever spoken are, “Shots fired! Officer down!” These words have been heard far too often in recent days. I do not remember a time when those who keep the peace have been the direct targets of assault. Being a police officer has always been dangerous. I admit to watching a few episodes of “Cops.” How do you not feel fear, as an officer, when you walk up to a car at night, not knowing who or what you will...

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Perspective: For all people
Jul20

Perspective: For all people

The social ferment and the accompanying eruption of violence that has plagued our nation in recent days threatens to tear the fabric of peace, unity and freedom that marks our nation. The blame can go in multiple directions. Analyzing causes and pointing fingers are easy paths to follow—finding solutions is much harder. I am not a politician or social scientist. As a white American, I do not think it is possible for me to understand...

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