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Perspective: Mission trip advice
May03

Perspective: Mission trip advice

Summer season is on the horizon. For most churches, activities will increase rather than decrease. Summer camps for children and youth will impact many lives for Christ. Vacation Bible School remains one of the most evangelistic events on the church calendar in any given year. Many churches will be involved in partnership missions. I am so thankful for our Oklahoma Baptist churches that partner in North America and circle the globe on...

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Perspective: Celebrating Falls Creek
Apr19

Perspective: Celebrating Falls Creek

On April 21 the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Women’s Retreat will meet at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. The following weekend Falls Creek will host the BGCO Men’s Retreat. Both of these retreats have become tremendous opportunities for thousands of men and women to be called to faith in Christ and to be encouraged and challenged to walk in their faith. Within just a few short weeks we will begin the 100th...

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Perspective: Kingdom partners
Apr12

Perspective: Kingdom partners

Over the last 20 years, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) and its churches have been involved in national and international mission partnerships—Malawi, Phoenix, Armenia, Utah-Idaho and Mexico to name a few. The BGCO has sought to join together as Oklahoma Baptists come alongside our Baptist partners to make Kingdom impact in those locations. God has done some remarkable things for His glory in each place. The...

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Perspective: Pray that Easter won’t be ‘normal’
Apr05

Perspective: Pray that Easter won’t be ‘normal’

Few days have greater importance to those of us who are followers of Christ than Easter Sunday. On April 16, 2017, we will gather with solemnity because of the Cross and with celebration because of the Resurrection. When seen through the perspective of history, Easter is, by every measure, the dividing line. Yes, I know there could not be a Good Friday or Easter without Christmas. Yet, Christmas would have signified nothing if Jesus...

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Perspective: Authentic church membership
Mar29

Perspective: Authentic church membership

From my youngest days, I heard the definition of the church as a “body of baptized believers.” This is the way Baptists have always looked at the church and defined our membership. Simplistic but clear, this definition rips away many extraneous aspects and focuses on a regenerate membership in the church. During those days, I also heard Billy Graham state that he believed 50 percent of church members were lost. I struggled to...

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Perspective: Put your ‘ears on’
Mar22

Perspective: Put your ‘ears on’

Thirty or 40 years ago, a new rave of communication was given broad usage among the common public. It was called the citizens band (CB) radio. Some of you will remember the signature line for someone seeking to talk with another person with a CB radio, “Anybody got your ears on?” Because the channels were public, this was a person’s way of getting someone to listen and answer them. In the public arena of politics and, frankly, our own...

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