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Perspective: Appreciating pastors
Oct19

Perspective: Appreciating pastors

Over the last several years, the Christian community has designated October as a time to honor pastors. I think it is a splendid idea, and I encourage you and your church to make October a special month to give honor where honor is due. I know of no time in my life when there are more challenges for a pastor.  The world in which he ministers is more challenging than ever.  The myriad of problems that confront a pastor as he serves his...

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Perspective: SQ 790 should be passed
Oct12

Perspective: SQ 790 should be passed

During each political season, many issues arise. This year in Oklahoma, we are not only going to vote for candidates for political office, but also make decisions in regard to seven state questions. This week, you will see a guide to the state questions in the Baptist Messenger. This guide is an attempt to simply help you have a clear understanding of the individual issues covered in each question. The guide is designed without...

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Perspective: Only one blood line
Oct05

Perspective: Only one blood line

The events of the last few weeks have brought great turmoil to our nation. Even the most hardened among us could not watch the videos, broadcast in living color, showing the deaths of two African-American men shot by police. My heart aches for their families. Both men were fathers and leave behind children who now face life without them. At the same time, my heart aches for the police officers involved—one an African-American and the...

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Perspective: We are people of life
Sep28

Perspective: We are people of life

What a contrast! This month, Oklahoma Baptists will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Crisis Pregnancy Center (now called Hope Pregnancy Center) ministry. At the same time, abortionists are rejoicing at the opening of the first new abortion clinic in Oklahoma in 40 years. One organization has spent three decades serving women facing a crisis pregnancy and saving the unborn child from certain death. Now, we have a...

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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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