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Perspective: Making a difference
May25

Perspective: Making a difference

Last November, I challenged Oklahoma Baptists to become a part of the solution to the foster care crisis in Oklahoma. Oklahoma has more than 11,000 children who are in state custody, and the majority of these children are in need of homes with foster parents who will love and care for them. The response of Oklahoma Baptists has been remarkable. After the sermon at the 2015 Annual Meeting, I was so pleased to discover that many pastors...

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Perspective: Pay and pray for Falls Creek
May18

Perspective: Pay and pray for Falls Creek

In just a few weeks, the summer season will begin at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. Thousands of young people and sponsors from Oklahoma Baptist churches will make their way to the Arbuckle Mountain retreat to spend a week being challenged with the Gospel and confronted with the truths of Scripture. Students will leave the barrage of influences that comes from the world to enter a season of spiritual influence unparalleled at...

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Perspective: A ‘win-win’ for everyone
May11

Perspective: A ‘win-win’ for everyone

Oklahoma Baptists are the most ethnically diverse denomination in Oklahoma. This diversity is a beautiful thing to behold. Excellent leaders continue to emerge from these groups and take their places of leadership in the convention. Nearly 20 years ago, I asked Mark McClellan, who was on staff with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) at the time, to help develop a robust training program for pastors among our ethnic...

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Perspective: Grieving
May04

Perspective: Grieving

April 22, 2016, was one of the most devastating days in the 99-year history of Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. Our Falls Creek and Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) family suffered the loss of two family members (employees) in a tragic work-related accident. A third member of our family was injured, but he is mending and will be fine. The cause of the accident is under investigation. The convention is leaving no...

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Perspective: Latvia needs us . . . now!
Apr27

Perspective: Latvia needs us . . . now!

Recently, national news was dominated by reports of Russian planes flying within 30 feet of a United States ship in the Baltic Sea. Experts saw it as Vladimir Putin flexing his Russian muscles and signaling a brazen “in-your-face” taunting of the United States. One report suggested that Putin has great interest in the Baltics, and in particular Riga, Latvia, because it has the deepest port on the Baltic. I listened with interest...

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Perspective: The Acts 1:8 continuum
Apr20

Perspective: The Acts 1:8 continuum

Over the last several years, much has been said about churches becoming Acts 1:8 focused. The emphasis is for churches to develop ministries and budgets that reflect clear efforts to impact lostness in their Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth. Without question, the idea is a biblical concept, and every church that follows the command of our Lord to fulfill Acts 1:8 can be assured to be in the center of God’s...

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