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  • Marijuana advance stalls in Oklahoma

    September 11 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Marijuana advance stalls in Oklahoma

    Since adopting what may be America’s most permissive medical marijuana law, Oklahoma has seen pushback by medical experts and other citizens against potential misuse of the drug. State Question 788 was adopted by Oklahoma voters June 26 to legalize medical marijuana, but the ballot measure did not provide detailed instructions on ...

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  • BGCO’s Falls Creek settles lawsuit

    August 8 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    BGCO’s Falls Creek settles lawsuit

    The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) has settled a lawsuit related to the alleged 2016 rape of a 13-year-old at the BGCO’s Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. Terms of the settlement are undisclosed, The Oklahoman newspaper reported Aug. 5, but one sentence of the settlement agreement is not under seal: …

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  • Oklahoma medical marijuana law a ‘dangerous foothold’

    July 3 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma medical marijuana law a ‘dangerous foothold’

    Oklahoma’s adoption of what may be the nation’s most permissive medical marijuana law has left some evangelicals concerned the drug could gain an increased hold on the state. “The approval of so-called medical marijuana is disappointing but not shocking,” Brian Hobbs, editor of Oklahoma’s Baptist Messenger news journal, said in a statement.

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  • ‘Shorty’ the church bus: An unlikely evangelism tool

    March 27 2018 by Emily Howsden, The Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    ‘Shorty’ the church bus: An unlikely evangelism tool

    Many churches now operate a bus ministry which usually involves transportation of members and visitors from the church to their home and vice versa. However, Timothy Baptist Church in Muskogee, Okla., has an interesting bus ministry that takes the church into the community.

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  • Oklahoma pastor Felix Cabrera to be 2nd VP nominee

    March 26 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma pastor Felix Cabrera to be 2nd VP nominee

    Oklahoma pastor Felix Cabrera will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Alabama pastor Ed Litton announced March 23. A Puerto Rico native, Cabrera planted Spanish-speaking Iglesia Bautista Central in Oklahoma City in 2015 and has seen the congregation grow from about 12 in worship attendance to more than 200.

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  • Oklahoma Senate votes for adoption protection

    March 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma Senate votes for adoption protection

    The Oklahoma Senate voted 35-9 for Senate Bill 1140, a proposal that would protect private organizations from being required to take part in the placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the action would violate their “written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

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  • Ken Ham re-invited to university despite protest

    February 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ken Ham re-invited to university despite protest

    Christian apologist Ken Ham has been re-invited to speak at an Oklahoma university by the school’s president after the student government rescinded its speaking invitation, allegedly under pressure from a campus LGBT group. “I’m thrilled my talk at [the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO)] is back on again,” Ham said.

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  • University cancels Ken Ham after LGBT group ‘put up a fuss’

    February 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    University cancels Ken Ham after LGBT group ‘put up a fuss’

    Christian apologist and creationist Ken Ham has been dropped from the speaking lineup of a public university after a campus LGBT group complained to event organizers, Ham said in a press release. Ham was to speak at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond on “Genesis and the State of the Culture.”

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  • Hance Dilbeck elected as Oklahoma executive director

    December 14 2017 by Baptist Messenger staff | with 0 comments
    Hance Dilbeck elected as Oklahoma executive director

    Hance Dilbeck was elected as the next executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma in a unanimous vote by the Board of Directors. Dilbeck, who has served as senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City since 2003, will become the ninth executive director in the convention’s 101-year history.

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  • State conventions denounce racism, white supremacy

    November 20 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    State conventions denounce racism, white supremacy

    Southern Baptists in at least five state conventions have approved resolutions decrying racism or white supremacy. Messengers to the annual meetings of the Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Virginia conventions have passed statements in November addressing the rise of white nationalism and supremacy in the United States.

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  • Anthony Jordan delivers final address as BGCO exec

    November 20 2017 by Chris Doyle, Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Anthony Jordan delivers final address as BGCO exec

    Anthony Jordan delivered his final address as executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma during the annual meeting at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Jordan, who will retire next April after 22 years of leading the convention, also announced a new ministry opportunity for Oklahoma Baptists.

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  • Twin brothers, WWII veterans, joined for eternity

    October 31 2017 by Mike Schueler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Twin brothers, WWII veterans, joined for eternity

    At age 19, the Stokes brothers volunteered for the Army. Claude was a tank commander and Clyde its driver. A personal letter from President Roosevelt allowed Claude and Clyde to serve together throughout the war, and their adventures made them celebrities in news dispatches from the war’s front lines.

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  • Anthony Jordan to retire after ‘journey of a lifetime’

    September 15 2017 by Brian Hobbs, Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Anthony Jordan to retire after ‘journey of a lifetime’

    Anthony L. Jordan, who has served as executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma since April 1996, announced his plans to retire next year. Jordan’s nearly 22-year tenure stands as the longest of any to hold that role in Oklahoma. “This has been the journey of a lifetime,” Jordan shared.

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  • Church grows from a street corner among the homeless

    August 24 2017 by Emily Howsden, Oklahoma Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Church grows from a street corner among the homeless

    A church that started with no home now offers a home and hope to people of all backgrounds, economic statuses and life situations. Hope Church in Tulsa, Okla., is just off of 49th Street in Tulsa not far from downtown, where Hope’s pastor, Earl Krumsiek, first started worshiping with the city’s homeless.

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  • Cooking with Karla: Special recipes & fellowship

    August 18 2017 by Emily Howsden, Oklahoma Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Cooking with Karla: Special recipes & fellowship

    Laughter and pleasant aromas fill Karla Boone’s kitchen as she gathers with some of her favorite friends to cook delicious meals together. Boone and her husband Steve have served in several special needs programs across Oklahoma, but she wanted to make a difference in someone’s life rather than just volunteering for a few hours.

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