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World Cup stirs witness despite crackdownST. PETERSBURG, Russia (BP) -- Russia's 2016 law restricting evangelism may have curtailed some traditional Gospel-sharing efforts at World Cup venues this summer. But through innovative witnessing techniques -- like soccer viewing parties at churches and jazz band concerts -- evangelicals still have managed to harness the world's largest sporting event for Gospel witness.
"I don't know anything about soccer," said Justin Pierce, assistant professor in instrumental music at Oklahoma Baptist University. But "God ... Read More
FROM THE COLLEGES: Call to Ministry Network launched by Anderson, CBU, OBU & Union; Mobile begins global leadership instituteIn today's From the Colleges: Call to Ministry Network launched by Anderson University, California Baptist University, Oklahoma Baptist University and Union University; University of Mobile begins global leadership institute. Read More
Okla. medical marijuana law a 'dangerous foothold'OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- 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 newsjournal, said in a statement. "The culture in America is increasingly in favor of marijuana use, and this state question gives marijuana a dangerous foothold in the Sooner State. Christians need to redouble our efforts on ... Read More
Teacher walkout: Okla. Baptists reach out to familiesOKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- While teacher walkouts are taking place this spring across the country, Oklahoma Baptists were there for displaced students during a nine-day walkout that made headlines beginning April 2 at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
As it became clear that schools across the state would close as teachers protested for higher pay and more school funding, questions surfaced as to where meals would come for children who depend on school breakfast or lunches. Another question that arose was what would working parents do for childcare on such short notice? Read More
Hance Dilbeck elected as Okla. executive directorOKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Hance Dilbeck was elected as the next executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma in a unanimous vote by the BGCO Board of Directors Dec. 11 in Oklahoma City.
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. Dilbeck will succeed current BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony Jordan, who has led the convention since April 1996.
Members of the BGCO Executive Search Committee, who began their search last September, spoke enthusiastically about Dilbeck during the Dec. 11 meeting at the Baptist Building, voicing how they believe God guided the decision process. Read More
Dilbeck recommended as next BGCO exec. directorOKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- On Dec. 11, board members of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma will gather at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City to consider a recommendation to make Hance Dilbeck the next BGCO executive director-treasurer.
The nomination of Dilbeck, who serves as pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, comes from the BGCO Board of Directors' Executive Director-Treasurer Search Committee. The committee formed and a search began after current BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony Jordan announced his retirement plans in September. Read More
Anthony Jordan delivers final address as BGCO execOKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Anthony Jordan delivered his final address as executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma during the Nov. 13-14 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, reporting that the BGCO will be given the 199-acre Tulakogee Camp and Conference Center in eastern Oklahoma. Read More
FROM THE COLLEGES: Williams to rename as a university; OBU women's soccer competes in Asia & England; ...In today's From the Colleges: Williams Baptist College; Oklahoma Baptist University; California Baptist University; Louisiana College.
Williams Baptist College to be renamed as a university; Oklahoma Baptist University Lady Bison soccer team competes in west Asia and Europe; California Baptist University students provide health care in East Africa, China and Philippines; Louisiana College faculty's book study integrates faith and learning. Read More
Anthony Jordan to retire after 'journey of a lifetime'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 tornadoesTULSA, 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