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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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Perspective: My greatest quest
Jul13

Perspective: My greatest quest

Without question, our American form of government is the greatest government ever to appear on the Earth. Over the July 4 holiday, I re-read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. America’s founders realized that the very drafting of these documents was beyond their human reason, and, as a result, they were guided by the hand of Almighty God. No, all of them were not devout Christians, but there was...

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Perspective: The genius of Falls Creek
Jun29

Perspective: The genius of Falls Creek

This week, I had the joy of introducing the staff of one of our newest Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) churches to Falls Creek and CrossTimbers. Taking people on tours of our conference centers is one of the greatest joys of my life. During these tours, I do not try, or need, to sell the highlights of our camps, I just let the group experience what God is doing. People are always interested in “why” these camps have...

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