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Perspective: My announcement
Sep20

Perspective: My announcement

Solomon wrote these words:  “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.”  He is right.  In my 22nd year of leading the work of Oklahoma Baptists, Polla and I have concluded that God has set before us the time for us to retire.  So I announced to the board of directors and to our BGCO staff that I will retire on April 15, 2018. I have been actively involved in ministry since I was 19 years of age (68...

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Perspective: A grand Falls Creek 100th
Sep13

Perspective: A grand Falls Creek 100th

Andre Crouch is one of my favorite songwriters. Many years ago he wrote a song titled “My Tribute.” The opening line expresses my heart, “How can I say thanks for the things You have done for me.” When I reflect on our celebration of 100 years of ministry at Falls Creek, I must say, his words only need the pronouns changed to “we” and “us” to perfectly reflect our cooperate celebration. The time of celebration was a grand event! More...

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Perspective: Support SMO
Sep06

Perspective: Support SMO

Dear Oklahoma Baptists, Jesus said, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields. They are ripe for harvest.” I truly believe the mission field in Oklahoma is ripe for harvest. In fact, “Mission: Oklahoma” is the theme for this year’s Oklahoma State Missions Offering. The message behind it is clear: God has called us as Oklahoma Baptists to share the Gospel with every person in this state, to reach them for Christ so they, too,...

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Perspective: Are we discipling?
Aug30

Perspective: Are we discipling?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about conserving the results of Falls Creek and CrossTimbers summer camps. That article incorporated all the summer camps, rather than just the youth camps. This week I want to address the conservation of those who sensed a call of God on their lives to serve in full-time Christian missions and ministry. At age 14, I walked the aisle at Falls Creek, answering the call to full-time Christian ministry. I...

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Perspective: Responding to Charlottesville
Aug17

Perspective: Responding to Charlottesville

The events of Charlottesville, Va., involving white supremacy groups and counter-protesters were marked by a tragic end. James Alex Fields, Jr. drove a car into a crowd of people at a high speed with the clear intent to harm others who rejected his bigotry and hate. Many people were injured, and three lost their lives on this day of violence. A rally by white supremacists in which they were seeking to spread their message of hate,...

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Perspective: Follow-up is a must
Aug16

Perspective: Follow-up is a must

What a remarkable summer at Falls Creek and CrossTimbers! The combined numbers of 8 weeks of Falls Creek Youth Weeks, 11 sessions of Children’s Mission Adventure Camp, Indian Falls Creek and Associational Children’s Camp total 3,643 people who came to faith in Christ and a total of 8,447 decisions that were made during the summer of 2017. These decisions validate all the investments made by so many people to make these two campgrounds...

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