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Perspective: Haskins School is unique
Sep21

Perspective: Haskins School is unique

This past week, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) officially launched the first semester of the Robert Haskins School of Christian Ministry. This new school is designed to develop ministry leaders from BGCO ethnic and bivocational/smaller in attendance churches into more effective servants of Christ and His church. The students are people who have had little or no training in the fundamental areas of church ministry....

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Perspective: Revitalizing churches
Sep14

Perspective: Revitalizing churches

Five years ago, I sat down with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) staff leadership and proposed that we must work to revitalize Oklahoma Baptist churches. The proposal included an approach that we believed had the best opportunity to return BGCO churches to the central mission God had placed before us—reaching people with the Gospel. A church that has lost its mission has lost its way. Good worship and exceptional...

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Perspective: Mark your calendars!
Sep07

Perspective: Mark your calendars!

One of my favorite television shows is “Antiques Roadshow.” I am fascinated by the incredible finds people make at garage and estate sales. Many times, items are found that someone else has discarded, and these items turn out to be treasures. Four things impact the value of an item tremendously: age, condition, provenance and uniqueness. If an item is 100 years old, in mint condition, and has a prominent history of people who have...

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Perspective: Make an eternal difference
Aug31

Perspective: Make an eternal difference

Does giving to the Oklahoma State Missions Offering really make a difference for the work of the Kingdom? Does it make an eternal difference? These are questions worthy of being answered. The largest single portion of the missions offering goes to support the planting of churches. If you believe churches have eternal impact, then the resounding answer to the above question is “YES!” When a new church is planted, new people are reached...

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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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