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  • Anthony Jordan to retire after 'journey of a lifetime'

    by Brian Hobbs/Baptist Messenger, posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (6 days ago)

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP) -- Anthony L. Jordan, who has served as executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma since April 1996, announced Tuesday (Sept. 12) his plans to retire next year.

    Jordan's nearly 22-year tenure stands as the longest of any to hold that role in Oklahoma. He announced his decision to retire during the BGCO Board of Directors meeting.

    "This has been the journey of a lifetime," Jordan shared in his remarks to the board. Read More

  • Okla. DR chainsaw units deploy after Tulsa tornadoes

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 07, 2017 (one month ago)

    Screen capture from CBS News
    TULSA, Okla. (BP) -- Driving to Tulsa, Okla., a day after three rare August tornadoes destroyed property and injured dozens there Sunday (Aug. 6), Southern Baptist disaster relief leader Sam Porter was on the phone with a member of First Baptist Church of Jenks, Okla., a Tulsa suburb.

    "There's a large tree, a very extremely large tree down in their back yard, and she just said, 'We cannot afford to have the tree removed, and we're not able to do it ourselves,'" Porter, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief state director, told Baptist Press. "But a large tree ... can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000 to be removed by a tree service." Read More

  • Landscaping & maintenance show his joy & servanthood

    by Hannah Hanzel, posted Monday, July 17, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Hannah Hanzel
    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- As a 16-year-old, Larry Goodman never found himself thinking of God, let alone attending church. But one certain Sunday was different. One of Goodman's high school friends invited him to come to church with him.

    It was that Sunday that Goodman felt the Lord's presence during the sermon. Down the aisle with his buddy in tow, he gave his life to the Lord.

    "It was the best day of my life," Goodman said. "From then on, I just wanted to get Read More

  • Okla. disaster relief gets rare recycling unit

    by Emily Howsden/The Baptist Messenger, posted Wednesday, March 01, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Sam Porter
    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Volunteers for Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief are taking steps to ensure they are good stewards of what the Lord has given them.

    Following historic floods in Louisiana last August, volunteers served 20,000 meals a day. And some volunteers decided to take action after they saw the amount of cardboard that wasn't being used or recycled. Read More

  • Prayer, faith hallmarks of Okla. Baptist meeting

    by BP Staff, posted Monday, November 21, 2016 (10 months ago)

    Oklahoma Baptist Messenger photo
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP) -- Prayer and a legacy of faith were major themes as the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma held its 110th annual meeting Nov. 14-15 at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

    Southern Baptist Convention president Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., emphasized the importance of prayer in the believer's life. "A day without prayer is a wasted day," he said.

    "Why was Daniel filled with the Holy Spirit when nobody else was? Why did Daniel ... Read More

  • UPDATED: Okla. governor vetoes abortion bill

    by David Roach, posted Friday, May 20, 2016 (one year ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed S.B. 1552 on Friday (May 20), according to media reports.

    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Oklahoma state legislators have passed a law that could revoke the medical license of any doctor who aborts a "viable" baby for any reason other than to "preserve the life of the mother."

    S.B. 1552 also would extend an existing statute that classifies performing an abortion under certain conditions as a felony. If the bill is signed by Gov. Mary Fallin, any abortion performed on a baby deemed viable would carry a prison term of one to three years unless the abortion is to save the physical life of the mother, said state Sen. Dan Newberry, a Republican who coauthored the bill. Read More

  • Pro-life roses at capitol: Okla. Baptists' 25th year

    by Chris Doyle/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, posted Friday, February 26, 2016 (one year ago)

    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Oklahoma has been declared the "number one" state on Americans United for Life's "Life List" -- a recognition by the nation's oldest pro-life organization based on how well Oklahoma law protects life.

    The achievement can be attributed to the many years Oklahomans have encouraged state government leaders to support pro-life legislation, including Oklahoma Baptists' 25 years of involvement in Rose Day. Read More

  • Falls Creek dedicates event center & new lodge

    by Oklahoma Baptist Messenger Staff, posted Tuesday, February 16, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Austin Urton
    DAVIS, Okla. (BP) -- The newest facilities at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, including a state-of-the-art events center and new lodge, were dedicated Feb. 2 by leaders of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, which owns and operates the nationally known ministry, founded in 1917.

    BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony L. Jordan noted at the dedication ceremony, "In all, we have completed more than $55 million in revitalization of existing facilities, infrastructure and the construction of new buildings," including the 7,000-seat R.A. Young Tabernacle that opened in 2007 and the new Mathena Family Event Center, Thompson Family Lodge and Jordan Welcome Center. Read More

  • Okla. Baptists focus on individual evangelism

    by Staff/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger , posted Wednesday, December 02, 2015 (one year ago)

    Photo by Bob Nigh
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP) -- An emphasis of sharing the Gospel was made throughout the reports, presentations and addresses at the 109th annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

    With 621 registered messengers from state Baptist churches, and numerous guests, attendees were charged by the annual meeting's theme "Connect>1" that focused on spreading the Gospel through individual evangelism. Read More