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FIoydMcKee, pastor of Beggs, First, waits while his wife,
finishes her yogurt.
Visiting their son, Marv, in the newsroom were Margaret and
Marvin Knox, pastor of Marlow, Gentral. Marv is moving from
Baptist Press in Nashville to state paper editor in Kentucky.
June 28, 1990
Ray and Wanda Christian of Norman, Bluelakes had second-level seats
Signing in at Home Mission Board display was Charles
Darland, pastor of Narcissa Church and hospital
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od ordained government, and its leaders are God's serv-
ants to do good works. .
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(Psa. 8:3); the prophets (Jer, 1:5), and a place for his |>eo-
jple (I Chron, 17:9) ordained government, the "powers that
be." This is the fundamental biblical teaching which should
guide Christians in their understanding of, and involvement
To affirm government as ordained by God is to affirm
government as limited. God the Creator and Redeemer is
eternal; His Kingdom is forever. In working among humans,
God establishes and uses many temporal sejvants.
Government and rulers are such temporal servants. In
a limited world distorted by sin, they serve limited functions.
Paul could say that the rulers are God's ministers to en-
courage good. Certainly the rulers of his day did not seek
to advance specifically 'Christian values. They presided over
one of the most decadent eras of Western civilization. Later
rulers became tyrants against the faithful, and the authori-
ty that God ordained was distorted. Its dependence upon
Him was denied.
But during Paul's life, the power of Rome controlled
conflict. It provided whatwas known as the Pax Romaiia
or Roman peace. Because of the limited peace of his day,
Paul could travel throughout the regions of the Mediterra-
nean proclaiming the gospel. This measure of peace was cer-
tainly a part of Paul's expectation that rulers would in part
"do that which is good."
The "good works" of government are not exhausted by
the responsibility of protecting its citizens. Government and
leaders are to promote justice and fairness (II Sam. 23:3-4;
Amos 5:24). They, are to resolve conflict among citizens
(Ruth 4:1 r 12). They are to protect the poor and the oppress-
ed (Amps 5:10-15; Lev. 25-26). These expectations of
government, rooted in the Old Testament monarchy, are cer-
tainly among the "good works" God ordained all govern-
d all leader
What of government today? The kingship in Israel is
gone. The emperors of Rome are no more. We as Americans
have a democratic heritage that provides for greater par-
ticipation in the work of government. Even in totalitarian
lands signs of democracy and participation are stirring.
But the fundamental truths about government remain
Government is ordained of God. It exists to serve His
purposes. God established other human institutions such as
the home and the church. Each institution, and those who
participate in it, has a special calling. Those callings are
Dunn, Land Asses
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of the home or the church. God's purposes are bigger than
any government, any party. To expect top much of any
government; to claim too much for any rulery is to deny both
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Christian Citizenship Sunday is a day on the denomina-
tional calendar for Southern Baptists> toaffirm this most
fundamental truth about government and rulers: They are
ordained of God to do His purpose among humankind.
They hold their power, not by right, but by gift from Him.
(This theme interpretation was written by staff members of the Southern
Baptist Christian Life Commission.)
'Ordained of God'
Observe Christian Citizenship Sunday
July 1, 1990
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The two agencies affected by Southern
Baptist Convention action to defund the
Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs
anci increase support of the ChnstiairLife
Commission hayei assessed the Miiadbh;
In.anews conference, James Dunn, ex-
ecutive director of the BJt, said he ex-
pected interested Southern Baptist in-
dividuals, churches and state conventions
to more than "cover the loss of funding
with direct gifts-
Richard Land, executive director of the
Christian Life Commission, outlined plans
for extensive expansion of the CLC office
in Washington, following adoption of a
$300,000 increase to its budget.
Land said the SBC action to add
religious liberty and separation of church
and state issues to his agency's program
statement would greatly strengthen
Southern Baptists' influence in the na-
He discounted as unfounde'd any fear
that the Christian Life Commission would
send messages to Congress that would
conflict with the voice of the BJC, which
represents nine Baptist bodies on religious
liberty and church state separation issues.
Both Land and Dunn answered (ques-
tions during press conferences following
SBC actions which cut the budget of the
BJC by 87 percent and increased the
budget of the CLC by 40 percent.
Dunn said the action would free the
BJC to raise money from other sources,
to reorganize its board to give more
representation to other Baptist groups and
to project a more sophisticated agenda.
"It will also free us of a certain amount
of harassment," Dunn said. He added
that the BJC plans to continue its
The BJC and CLC might send conflic-
ting messages to Congress, but "we will
just have to live with that," Dunn said.
The CLC, which also is assigned to han-
dle social and moral concerns for
Southern Baptists, will maintain its na-
tional headquarters in Nashville but
strengthen its operations in Washington..
Land announced plans to add three
members to the staff of the CLC's
counsel/Christian citizenship director, a
news media director, an administrative
assistant, plus the current director of
government relations, Jim Smith.
Land said about 35 percent of the agen-
cy's $1.2 million budget would support the
new Washington office. The CLC is
negotiating for more office space within
walking distance of Capitol Hill, he
"My perspective," said Land, "is that
we have a two-pronged assignment: to
speak to Southern Baptists as the
denomination's .prophetic conscience on
moral and social issues, and to ascertain
what Southern Baptist views are and bring
•those Baptist convictions to bear before
policy-making groups in Washington."
The CLC will follow the wishes oflhe
SBC as stated in convention-adopted
resolutions such as those on abortion and
prayer in public schools, Land said.
However, he said he supports the 1962
and 1963 Supreme Court decisions on
prayer in public schools, and believes that
God Destroying U.S.
(RNS)—God has turned his back on the
United States and is in the fifth of seven
stages of destroying the nation, according
to an official of the Southern Baptist Sun-
day School Board.
Avery Willis of the board's Discipleship
Training department issued the warning at
a National Prayer Conference held at New
Orleans Seminary June 7-9 under the
sponsorship of the board's National
Prayer Corps and Louisiana Baptists.
Willis, an bklalioman, is a graduate of
Oklahoma Baptist University.
Willis, a former missionary to In-
donesia, said that God took his wall of
protection away from the United States
some time around 1963. "The war in Viet-
nam should have been a clear signal that
God was not protecting us'any more," he
said. "Until then, America had been a
victor in all wars."
Citing a variety of statistics, Willis said
that violent crime is up over 400 percent
since 1963, child abuse is up 300 percent
and federal prosecution of politicians has
increased 470 percent.
The Sunday School Board official said
there are seven stages of destruction of a
nation by God: convicting people of sins,
warning them of siri's, applying remedial
judgment of sins committed, withdrawing
of God's presence, taking away the wall
of protection, giving people over to sin,
failure and depravity and destroying
people. The United States is now in the
fifth of these stages, Willis said.
since the Supreme Court has upheld the
equal access clause that Baptist clamor for
public school prayer wUl decrease.
The CLC AVillSf qciis i on ^issues and not
endorse candidates for political pff ice, he
added; '•••• , -^^ :p'f^j-^'; -S^S.;v ^ ^ - • :
Since the CLC opened its; Washington
office in 1 987, it has cobperated in writing;
at least four joint statements with the BJC
on such issues as child car' e legislatio'
n , he "
' 'Before yesterday's action (by the
SBC), we could not address the religious
liberty and church state separation
issues," Land said. ''Now we can y and this
frees us to work more closely with the
Baptist Joint Committee on joint
Land pointed out that, both he and
Dunn always have been careful to point
out they do not speak for all Southern
Baptists, or represent Southern Baptists.
"No one can do that," he said.
The conflicts between the CLC and JBJC
will be far less than most people might
suppose, he predicted.
The greatest threat to religious liberty
in the last half oi^he 20th century will
come from the violations of the "free ex-
ercise of religion clause" in the First
Amendment that would impinge on in-
dividuals' right to exercise their religious
faith freely, he said.
The recent "Peyote case" in which the
Supreme Court ruled against Native
American Indians' use of peyote in
religious rites was a "terrible travesty that
rnust be overturned," Land noted.
Oliver S. (Buzz) Thomas, general
counsel for the BJC, said earlier that
misinformation had been circulated before
the convention oh the BJC's: position on
the "Peyote case." He denied the BJC has
advocated use of illegal drugs in religious
ceremonies. He said he helped draft a peti-
tion for a hearing to protect the free exer-
cise of religion, but did not defend the use
of peyote in religious rites.
Both Dunn and Land opposed the use
of tax money for religious schools. "There
seem to be some folks," said Dunn, "who
believe you can take a little tax money as
if you could be just a little bit pregnant."
Dunn said he plans to continue his stand
on religious liberty and church-state
separation just as he has in the past. "My
commitment is to do the job God has call-
ed me to do, and I haven't heard God call
me elsewhere," he insisted.
A part of the changeover is transferr-
ing the Washington bureau of Baptist
Press from the BJC's offices to the new
offices of the Christian Life Commission
in the capital.
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Morris' Church, Fort Worth, First, Rejoins SBC
By Bob E. Mathews
Messenger Associate Editor
A former Oklahoma pastor and SBC
past presidenty James DraperJJr., played
arole in the! re^urrrof First Chureh,fFort
Worthy TTexastp the Southern Baptist fold
after 65 years as an independent church.
The church where fundamentalist J. Frank
Norris formerly served voted by 80-plus
percent majority to affiliate with the
Southern Baptist Convention June 17,
The previous Monday, Draper in-
troduced the Fort Worth, First pastor, Bill
Ramsey, to the Southern Baptist Pastors'
Conference in Newjprleans; Ramsey was
given time to speak and told the crowd
about meeting with his members concern-
ing the pending action.
told the pastors basically about his
feeling that Southern Baptists offer the
greatest opportunity to really make a dif-
ference in the world and they wanted to
be a part of that," Draper said. "He said
'werre ready to roll-up our sleeves and go
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Draper said the independent Baptist had
been working on the move back to
Southern Baptists for two years. Ramsey
held small group meetings with the
members and gave time for questions as
the move was pondered. "He came to me
a year ago and asked me how I'd feel
about it and how Southern Baptists might
react," Draper explained.
"I told him I thought it would be
wonderful/and I do," the former pastor
of Del City, First Southern said. f'I think
it could be a sign of some healing and
some reconciliation that could be very
\ Norris, a graduate of Baylor Univers-
ity and Southwestern Seminary, had a fall-
ing out with Southern Baptists over alleg-
ed liberalism. He organized independent
Baptist churches and was a leader in an
organization of fundamentalist Baptist
churches which established headquarters
in Chicago in 1937 with 3,000 churches af-
filiated. For 16 years, he served churches
in Fort Worth and Detroit simultaneously.
Norris had an eventful career as pastor
of the Fort Worth church for 44 years
before resigning due to failing health in
1951. Twice, in 1939 and 1949 when the
Southern Baptist Convention was held in
Oklahoma City, he tried to hold "alter-
nate" sessions and used loudspeakers out-
side the SBC meeting to speak to the
messengers. He died Aug. 20, 1952 in
Jacksonville, Fla. During his Fort Worth
pastorate, he was charged and acquitted
on charges of murder and arson.
Draper said that in his comments to the
pastors Ramsey alluded to th£ fact that he
was serving in Norris' former church and
he (Ramsey) felt that even Norris would
be smiling at this time.
Ramsey reported that on June 17 a lady
stood up in the service and said she was
present when Norris announced the
church had beemvoted but ofthe associa-
tionancl convention. He wept and the
members wept, she said; Ramsey; added
that "we wept as we left and we rejoice
as we come back."
Tarrant Association moderator Ronald
Beams of Beribrpok, First said pastors in
the area responded "very positively" to
Ramsey and the church's decision."My
feeling is the church will be accepted (in-
to the association)," the moderator told
the Texas Baptist Standard.
The association constitution stipulates
that the church will be investigated as to
its desire to be a member, its agreement
with the Baptist Faith and Message state-
ment, its; determination to contribute
financially to associational missions, the
Texas and Southern Baptist conventions.
The association's petitionary letters
committee will contact neighboring chur-
ches for any objections to admitting Fort
Worth, First. The committee also usually
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NASHVILLE (BP)—A misunderstand-
ing caused longtime Nashville pastor Bob
Mowrey to allow his nomination for
registration secretary of the Southern Bap-
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Mowrey, pastor of Park Avenue
Church, told the Baptist and Reflector,
newsjournal of the Tennessee Baptist Con-
vention, that a friend on the SBC Ex-
ecutive Committee had called him early ;on
the morning of the election, June 13, and
indicated that the incumbent registration
secretary would not seek re-election.'
"He asked me if I would be will'ing'to
allow my .name to be placed in nomina-
tion," Mowrey explained, thinking there
would be other nominations from the
"It certainly wasn't a big conspiracy,"
Mowrey lost the election to Lee Porter;
an editor with the Nashville-based Sunday
School Board, by a margin of 71 -29 per-
cent. Porter has held the post, which in-
volves the registration process as well as
balloting, since 1977. Traditionally, con-
vention secretaries have been re-elected
"If I had known my friend Lee Porter
was going to .be nominated, I probably
would not have allowed my name to be
considered," Mowrey added. He said he
is committed not to ever run against
He said he learned from the experience
and would get the "facts" before allow-
meets with the pastor and members o.f the
petitioning church to determine whether
or not to recommend membership.
JairiesO; Combs^ editor of the Baptist
BibleiTribuiiey publication of the Baptist
Bible^ Fellowship, said he pleaded with
Ramsey riot to make the move. The
fellowship is successor to Norris' World
Fundamental Missionary Fellowship.
••.;,' Combs said Ramsey had responded to
c'courtship" of fundamental, conservative
leaders in the SBC. He said Fort Worth,
First has been only "loosely connected"
with the Baptist Bible Fellowship.
Combs does not predict many other in-
dependent Baptist churches will follow
Fort Worth, First's lead. "The conser-
vatives in the SBC need not expect a great
influx, and the moderates need not expect
an invasion," he said. "We will continue
right on as we have the last 40 years. I
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We may not lose any churches,"
(Dan Martin of Baptist Press and Toby Druin
of the Baptist Standard contributed to this
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ing his nomination in a similar situation.
"As long as Lee is secretary, my name will
not be given for nomination," he said.
Mowrey said he thinks the incident was
simply a misunderstanding and that there
was no organized attempt to unseat Porter
as registration secretary. "I don't believe
I was deliberately misled,'' Mowrey said,
laughing. He added that if it had been an
"organized" attempt it definitely didn't
work. Mowrey lost the election by more
than 8,000 votes.
In fact, Guy Sanders of Lake Wales,
Fla., who was to nominate him, was not
present when nominations were given.
Presiding officer Jerry Vines called on
Texas pastor Stan Cof fey, who was seated
on the platform, to make the nomination.
Cof fey also nominated Nashville pastor
David Atchison who defeated Martin
Bradley, longtime SBC recording
secretary. Coffejy said he made the
nominations because he "felt the need for
wider participation among SBC leader-
Porter noted Mowrey Offered his
apology the afternoon following the elec-
tion. Porter verified that Mowrey said he
was told Porter planned not to run again.
Porter said he believed there was a
planned effort to unseat him. "I have
never said I was going to retire or even im-
plied it. I'm delighted to serve Southern
Baptists in this capacity/' he said.
Porter emphasized he has no hard feel-
ings about having other nominations.
NEW ORLEANS (BP)—The centennial
celebration of the Southern Baptist Sun-
day School Board was launched in the
Louisiana Superdome in a pageant which
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Bible School , BYPU and hymns by B . B .
McKinney all pointed messengers to look
at their past, particularly in areas where
the Sunday School Board has grown to
provide leadership over the past 100 years.
In the Wednesday morning report of the
denomination's education and publishing
agency, a Dixieland band led a parade of
groups representing the past and looking
to the future.
Mule-drawn carriages carried actors
representing the early day presidents of the
SSB. Groups of employees and trustees of
the board also marched in the parade,
along with children on a hay-wagon pull-
ed by a tractor.
James L. Sullivan and Grady C.
Cothen , the only two living ex-presidents
of the Sunday School Board, rode in the
parade in cars typical of when they served
at the agency.
Lloyd Elder, president of the board,
told messengers he is reminded "of the
•'work. of the SSB at every turn as he visits
in local churches. From the hymnals to
pew Bibles to choir music to literature in
Sunday School classes to Home Life and
other magazines in the lobby of the
church, Elder said he sees many ways the
SSB "touches the lives of Southern Bap-
Some of the memories of the denomina-
tional giants and familiar experiences were
presented to messengers dramatically with
the help of The Company, a drama group
from Southwestern Seminary. Narrator
was Darrel Baergen, O.BU graduate, now
on the Southwestern Seminary faculty.
At the end of the parade which started
the SSB report, messengers heard the
familiar stand-up chord which has been
used^in virtually every Vacation Bible
School to signal the time to say the pledges
to the American and Christian flags and
to the Bible. Messengers then participated
in the pledge to the Bible and were seated
with the sit-down chord.
Brief vignettes then introduced
messengers to board presidents from J.M.
Frost, who borrowed $5 ,000 from his wife
when he first started to work , to Elder .
Sullivan, who headed the board for 22
years and was elected SBC president the
year after he retired in 1975, said the
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SBC "will .not be found in buildings and
size," but in commitments to producing
Bible-based, Christ-centered f"; God-
H.H. Hobbs, Oklahoma City, writer of some 1,200 Sunday School lessons, led in prayer
during the Sunday School Board's report to the SBC. Behind him are former SSB head
Grady^Cothen and current SSB president Lloyd Elder.
Executive Committee Re-elects Sam Pace
NEW ORLEANS(BP)—The Executive
Committee of the Southern Baptist Con-
vention re-elected its officers during an
organizational meeting here. Sam Pace of
Lawton will serve another term as chair-
In other developments, the committee
processed requests that its September
meeting include a spiritual solemn
assembly for its members and a discussion
of the Washington of fice of Baptist Press,
news service of the SBC.
A concluding prayer session included
prayer requested to express concern and
love for moderates hurt by conservative
victories at the SBC meeting in New
Orleans and that trustees of Southwestern
Seminary "be led by the Holy Spiriti"
hear God's voice and do his will in their
relationship with seminary president
Other officers elected unanimously to
second one-year terms were Paul Pressler,
Houston appeals court judge, vice chair-
man, and Fred Wolfe, pastor of Cottage
Hills Church, Mobile, Ala., recording
Pressler brought up the Baptist Press
question when he suggested that the SBC
Christian Life Commission be asked "to
submit to us in September the name of the
person they would like to head the Bap-
tist Press office in Washington."
Dilday's relationship to Southwestern
Seminary trustees surfaced when Don
Taylor, a seminary trustee, asked for
prayer to guide the trustees in how to re-.'
spond to comments Diiday made during
Dilday, responding to a question from
the floor, said ' 'the methodology used in
the takeover of the convention these past
12 years—the crass, secular, political
methodology^does have satariic, evil
qualities of which I am desperately
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Taylor, a layman from Asheville, N.G;,
characterized Dilday's remarks as
degrading. He asked the committee to
pray that the Southwestern trustees "will
have stamina to do what needs to be
done" in regard to Dilday.
Cafe du Monde in New Orleans' French
Quarter was the site of a victory celebra-
tion by conservative leaders of the
Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday
night after Morris Chapman defeated
Daniel Vestal for the presidency.
The celebration was held at the cafe
because it was there in the 1970s that Tex-
ans Paige Patterson and Paul Pressler for-
mulated plans for election of conservative
presidents and control of the SBC appoin-
Earlier this year, the Wall Street Jour-
nal quoted Patterson, president of
Criswell College, Dallas: "That (the cafe)
was where this all started. We think they
should put a plaque there."
Patterson told the Texas Baptist Stan-
dard that since a plaque couldn't be plac-
ed in a public cafe, the celebrants award-
ed plaques to him and Pressler to mark the
victories over the 12 years.
Among the celebrants was &BC
parliamentarian Barry McCarty, a Church
of Christ minister, who has guided
parliamentary procedures since 1986. The
group sang "Victory in Jesus" as a climax
to the event.
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RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—
rangements for Southern Baptist foreign
missionaries in the United States will be
transferred from the Foreign Mission
Board to the Woman's Missionary Union
The change resulted from an arrange-
ment between the -feoard and the WMU
that this function was one the WMU is
ideally positioned to handle.
"Women of the WMUs have long been
involved in the provision of housing, and
often they are the ones who are responsi-
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sionary housing coordinator.
The board has maintained a list of mis-
throughout the SBC, Patch said. "We
serve as. a resource to the missionaries and
to those who wish to provide housing for
missionaries. We work to get these two
groups of people together," she said. In
addition to furlough periods, housing is
made available to missionaries during
medical emergencies, when they have
problems obtaining resident visas overseas
or at other times.
Patch makes the lists available to mis-
sionaries, wh6%ontact sponsors directly to
secure the housing.
Effective Sept. 1 , Barbara Yeager at
WMU will be the new housing coor-
dinator. She can be contacted at WMU,
P.O. Box 830010, Birmingham, Ala.
35283-0010. Her phone number is
This responsibility will b>lend well with
WMU's; function ;qf missi<)ns education^
said Yeageiv " We thought it iwould be a
perfect avenue to ftlftheirour own ministry
here at WMU," she said.
The Foreign Mission Board has coor-
dinated U.S. housing for missionaries
since the early 1970s. Earlier, Southern
Baptist sponsors and missionaries handled
Southern Baptist sponsors Offering
housing include individuals, local
churches, church associations and state
Events in the Churches
MISSION MOVE: The Spanish mission
of Altus/Emmanuel has moved to a new
location. Formerly sharing facilities at
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building formerly occupied by Altus, Cen-
tral which has disbanded. Central Church
deeded its property to Southwest Associa-
tion, which, in turn, deeded it to Em-
manuel Church. The mission was started
on tho e
Thursday through Sunday. Boyd
Whitehead is pastor of the sponsoring
ORDINATION: Tulsa, Trinity ks or-
dained Richard Haynes and Jerry Scott as
deacons. Phil B6(x*is pastor.
LICENSING: Seminole, Ideal Street
has licensed Jeff Morris to preach. Ron
Mosley is pastor.
NEW MISSION: International Mission
of Tulsa, Sequoyah Hills held its first ser-
vice June 3 with 80 in attendance. The mis-
sion ministers to people from more than
10 countries. Many of the people are from
Southeast Asia. Ted Lam, a native of
China, serves as pastor .In addition to the
Sunday services, an international Bible
study is held Friday evenings as an
outreach to students at nearby Tulsa
University. Jay Dennis is pastor of the
CORONATION: Seven girls were
honored in an Acteen coronation at
Carnegie, First. They were twins Angela
and Andrea Heavener, queens; Stefannye
Woodruff and Dee Ann 1 Dirickson,
queens-with-sceptor; Shelley Wedel and
Paula Caldwell, queens regent-in-service,
and Laci Dyer, service aide. Linda Dyer
is Acteen director with Jonita Blount and
Sherri Wood as leaders.
T.L. Barnes has resigned at Hugo,
Trinity and is now residing in Paris,
Curtis Blackmon has resigned at
Sasakwa, First moving to First Chinch,
Jeffrey City, Wyb.
Paul Clark has been called to Prague
Church. He moves from Rexroat Church,
Robert E. Dye has resigned at Fort
Supply Church, Northwestern Association
to become; chaplain at William S. Key
Correctional Center there. He has been
serving as interim chaplain there as a
.Roger Duffel has resigned at Locust
Dean George is now at Swink Church,
Bill Haggard has completed his interim
. at Prague, First.
Benny Hammons has resigned at Dar-
win Church, Frisco Association.
David Hardage has resigned at
Weatherford, First moving to First
Church, Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Marty Harkey has been called to
Oklahoma City, Classen Boulevard. He
moves from Hobart, Washington Street.
David Hill has been called to Bowlegs,
First, his first pastorate.
Garland Hobbs has been called to Han-
son, First. He moves from First Church,
Cedarvale, Ark. and has previously serv-
ed at Hanson.
Forrest Jackson is, serving as interim
pastor at Locust Grove
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Bob Lever has resigned at Hanson,
Joe Masterson has resigned at Pauls
Valley, Trinity where he served six and
one-half years. He is available for interim,
supply and revivals and may b.e contacted
at 100 S. High, Pauls Valley 73075, phone
A.L. Phillips has been called to Rattiest
Churchj Frisco Association where he has*
Franklin Piercey Jr. has resigned at
Joe L. Ray has resigned at Shawnee,
First Indian due to health reasons.
Verne Strahan of
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is now interim pastor at Grandfield,
OTHER CHURCH STAFF
Gary Allen has resigned as youth direc-
tor at Duncan, Western Heights to attend
Bob Blair is now music director at Sterl-
Billy E.Elkins Jr. has resigned as music
and youth director at Sterling, First.
Patrick Graham has resigned as minister
of education and outreach at Tulsa,
Calvary to atterid Southwestern Seminary.
Jerry Hedrick has resigned as music
director at Duncan, Western Heights. He
suffered a heart attack earlier this spring.
Debbie Kilman is summer interim for
preschool and children at Oklahoma City,
Tom Wade is now minister to youth at
PROMOTION: Molly T. Marshall-
Green, a native of Muskogee and graduate
of Oklahoma Baptist University, has Been
promoted from assistant professor to
associate professor t)f Christian theology
at Southern Seminary^ Louisville, Ky. She
has been a member of the faculty there
since 1984. Marshall-Green earned her
master of divinity and doctor of
philosophy degrees from Southern
ORDAINED: Tom Davis, bivocational
pastor of Cox City, First, was ordained to
the ministry June 17 by Marlow, First
where he has been a member since 1979.
Davis is a teacher in Marlow schools.
SERVING IN YIRGINIA: Deanna
Tate, daughter of Dennis and Carolyn
Tate of Ada, is serving
as a Home Mission
Board summer mis-
sionary in Virginia
Beach, Va. She is
working with a team
of full and part-time
missionaries in beach
ministries. Her father
is pastor of Homer
CORLEY NOMINATED: Bruce Cor-
ley, associate professor of New Testament
at Southwestern Seminary, will be
nominated to become dean of the
seminary's school of theology when the
trustees meet bet. 15-16. Corley, 47, is a
graduate of Northeastern Oklahoma State
University, Tahlequah and has taught at
Southwestern since 1976. If elected, he will
succeed William Tolar who was elected
vicepresidpit fpr academic affairs -and
LeGRANDE DEATH: Clifford L,
LeGrande, 67, retired "staff member at
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Oklahoma City; A memorial service \vas
held at Olivet June 18. A native of Califor-
nia, LeGrande was a graduate of Guthrie
High School and Oklahoma Baptist
University. He served as financial
secretary at Olivet more than 35 years,
retiring in 1988.
J.C. FOWLER DIES: Funeral services
were held May 2^ in Pauls Valley for J.C.
Fowler, 75, retired state pastor/ Fowler
died May 26. A native of Bowie^ Texas,
his pastorates included churches at Dun-
can, Cyril, Tonkawa, Sapulpa and Wyn-
newood. He was also a school teacher.
Survivbrs include a son, Robert, Sapulpa;
a daughter,. Carla McCann, Copperas
Cove, Texas; eight grandchildren and one
JACK HALL DIES: Jack Hall, 72,
retired state pastor, died June 22 in
Oklahoma City .He was a resident at the
Oklahoma City Baptist Retirement
Center. A memorial service was held at
Oklahoma City, Knob-Hill June 23. A
native of McLoud, he was licensed to
preach and ordained to the ministry at
Westlawn Mission, Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma pastorates included churches at
Williams and Crowder. He also served in
Kansas and Arizona. Survivor
four sons, Jack Jr., Earlsborp; Phillip,
Gilmei\ Texas; Joe D., Phoenix, Ariz; and
karkin; Germany^ two
Kathleen Swart^ Oklahoma City ^arid
Grace Hamilton^ Phoenix; 24 grand-
children, 15 great-grandchildren and ^
great, great-grandchild. His wife
two daughters preceded him in death.
Moore, First, one-day revival, June 10, five addi-
tions by baptism, seven by letter and one for full-time
service; evangelist, Dalton Young, Norman; singer,
Rod Salmon; pastor, Bobby Boyles.
Calera, First will hold its centennial celebration July
1. Four former pastors, Raul \yheelus- Rick Ver-
million, Eugene Morrison and Loftis Nunley, will take
part in the event. Lunch will be served at the church.
A 2 p.m. service is planned with five musical groups
performing. No evening service. Jacob Toews is
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Baptist Student Union of Central State University
will hold a reunion from 4 to 8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 4 at
the BSU. Occasion \yill also mark CSU's 100th an-
niversary. Gall 405/341-1232 for reservations for a
6 p.m. meal. Information on former BSUers and their
addresses may be sent to Box 1480, Edmond.
Available and Wanted
These items are; published without charge or en-
dorsement. Items will not be repeated weekly. Right
to edit or reject is reserved. Send information, in-
cluding name, address and phone, to Box 25816,
Oklahoma City 73125.
PREACHER: Aaron Hacker, retired state pastor,
is"available for supply, interim and revivals. Contact
him at 101 Allenhurst, Oklahoma City 73114, phone
405/752-1628. - .
BUS: For sale: 1969 Ford 28-passenger F600 bus,
$1,500. Contact James Stuart, pastor, Unjon Hill
Church, Box 7, Ada 74820, phone 405/436-5673.
COORDINATOR: Reva Archer is available as
^enior adult coordinator in Tulsa area. Contact Ar-
cher at 14532 S. Maple PL, Glenpool 74033, phone
PORTABLE BUILDINGS: For sale: two portable
buildings, 12-by-40. Each has two classrooms, heat,
air and porches. Contact Britt Lesley, pastor, Bever-
ly Hills Church, 400 S.E. 59th, Oklahoma City 73129,
phone 405/634-0065 or 634-8565.
PREACHER: Doug Miller will be available for
supply, interim and revivals this fall. Contact him at
501 W. Caddo, Wilburton 74578, phone
918/465-2128, 653-7965 or 885-2226.
PIANO TUNING: Jimmy Don Miller will be
available to tune pianos *at Falls Creek June 27-29.
Contact him at 405/243-3504, Elk City.
ORGAN: For sale: Thomas organ, $800. Contact
Pat Spoelstra, 727 Pine Oak, Edmon-d 73034, phone
PREACHER: George Kidd, former state pastor, ,
semi-retired, is available for supply, interim and
revivals. Contact him at 14690 N.E. 50th, Choctaw
73020, phone 405/390-2534.
LAY EVANGELIST: Thomas Beadles, lawyer and
member of Oklahoma City, Mayfair, is available for
week-end revivals in smaller churches. Contact him
at 100 Hightdwer Bldg., Oklahoma City 73102, phone
405/232-6490 or 521-0029.
COUNSELOR: Ron J. Miller, trained in family
and individual therapy, is available for pastoral
counseling. He is member of Duncan, Highland Park.
Miller may be contacted at 1307 Hickory, Duncan
73633, phone 405/255-0559..
For sale: 1975 Dodge 14-passenger van. Con-
tact Cox City Church, Rush Springs 73082, phone
VAN: For sale: 1983 Dodge 15-passenger yan, dual
air. Contact Lowell McGougan, 813-B S. Sunnylane,
Moore 73160, phone 405/392-2096 or 799-3868.
BIBLE CLUB MATERIALS: Needed is material
for Backyard Bible Club on mission trip to Kansas.
Contact Darrell Haley, minister of youth and music,
Edmond, Emmanuel Southern, 700 W. Second, Ed-
mond 73034, phone 405/341-6984,
CUSTODIAN: Oklahoma City, Baptist Temple
seeks full-time custodian. Inquire in person for ap-
plication form at 2433 N.W. 30th, Oklahoma City.
MUSIC: Cache, First seeks music minister. Send
resume to Box 437, Cache 73527.
YOUTH/MUSIC: New Hope Church near
Tecumseh seeks part-time youth or music/youth direc-
tor. Contact Jerry Tdckett, pastor, Rt. 2, Tecumseh
74873, phone 405/598-6430.
PC JR. PRINTER: Needed is an IBM PC Jr.
parallel printer and transformer. Contact L. Hen-
dricks, 1104 Juno Circle, Edmond 73034, phone
YOUTH AND EDUCATION: Norman, Alameda
seeks part-time youth minister and part-time educa-
tion minister. Send resume to 1503 E. Alameda, Nor-
AIR CONDITIONER: Small church needs 110-volt
air conditioner as donation. Contact V.O. Danger-
field, Greater Galilee Church, 625 Terrace Lawn,
Oklahoma City 73129.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC: Idabel, Trinity wants to
borrow 25 books and accompaniment tape for "Make
His Praise Glorious'* by Deborah Harris and Mary,
Haynes, Word Music, 1988. Contact Barry Raper,
Trinity Church, Idabel 74745, phone 405/286-7710
ORGANIST: Sapulpa, South Heights seeks part-
time organist. Contact the church at Box 630, Sapulpa
74067 or Terry Horn at 918/581-3315.
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PREACHER: Franklin L. Piercey, Jr. state pastor
for 20+ years is available for supply, full or bi-
vocational pastorate. Write 102 East Franklin,
Shawnee, OK 74801 or call Monday-Thursday
ALONG THE WAY
BY BILL TANNER
he of the most
ments for Christianity in the days of Jesus'
disciples were the miracles of healing. On
this occasion the man they had healed
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but even in his silence they had to deal with
a miracle and with Christ.
Notice, first of all, an undeniable fact.
"Saying, what shall we do to these men?
for that indeed a notable miracle hath been
done by them is manifest to all them that
dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny
it" (Acts 4:16). A visible, viable fact is
very difficult to deny. They are stubborn
and the finest argument from the brightest
scholar cannot turn them aside. Theories
cannot oyercome^the evidence of fact.
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critics. No(argument is necessary to prove
facts, they simply stand there in their ma-
jesty and truth challenging every assailant
saying,••'-' 'Explain to me before you go fur-
ther. •' The presence of the man who had
been healed was one of those wall-like
obstacles stancling before the critics. Had
they been able to get rid of Him they might
have won, but they couldn't.
The facts of Christianity are the hope
of its progress: the ordinances, the
miracles, most of all the Son of God
himself- His life, death, burial and resur-
rection. These are facts. And these facts
are strong enough to change the world.
Given On Service By
' Church On
Much discussion at the New Orleans
SBC meeting was generated when it was
revealed that the chairman of the
nominating committee was pastor of a
church which was considered "non-
cooperating" for lack of Cooperative Pro-
In the final session on June 14, further
explanation was given On circumstances
involving Roland Lopez, pastor of Em-
manuel Church, Me Allen, Texas.
Bill Sutton, pastor of First Church,
Me Allen, came to Lopez's defense. He
said he feared the convention had been
"insensitive" to the problems of an ethnic
church. Sutton explained that Lopez had
been called to the church last November,
a month and a half after the church's
Uniform Church Letter had been due.
McAllen, Emmanuel filed no UCL and
gave nothing to the Cooperative Program
in 1989. SBC parliamentarian Barry
McCarty advised president Jerry Vines
that Lopez's service as nominating com-
mittee chairman was still valid because at
the time of his election the church he serv-
ed was cooperating with the SBC,
Sutton said Lopez served the McAllen
church without salary for four months and
the church had given an "advance gift"
of $300 to the Cooperative Program, but
it was not given in "the correct church
Sutton observed that the UCL is an
"Anglo-English document" and said
Lopez and the church "did not meet our
expectations" in dealing with it.
Sutton wanted a gesture from the
messengers to show the. Hispanic con-
gregation the SBC did not view it as an
Outcast." Vines said it would be done
even though no quorum was present to ap-
prove the action.
Falls Creek News Roundup
Falls Creek Assemby director
Harry K; Dodd gives following in-
formation qn the upcoming five
weeks of assembly:
—Insurance coverage included
in the registration fee provides no
coverage for off-grounds activities.
The insurance covers campers
enroute to and from the assembly
and while on the grounds. Trips to
area recreation and entertainment
facilities are hot covered.
—New rules for recreation: No
adult players allowed on boys or
girls softball and volleyball teams.
(An adult is a person one year past
high school graduation.) All softball
teams will play two games each.
Losers will play losers with no ad-
vancement to winners bracket.
—Still needed are male
—Still needed is one doctor for
first, second, fourth and fifth
—CABINS: Dodd's office
maintains a list of available cabins.
Cabin rentals will be handled
availabilities will NOT be listed in
the Available and Wanted column.
Notice, in the second respect, an
unanswerable testimony. "And beholding
the man which was healed standing with
them, they could say nothing against it"
(Acts 4:14). It may well be that the silent
presence of the man who had been healed
had almost as much effect as the
arguments of Peter, the logic of John and
the theory of James, pie strongest proof
of the resurrectioni of Jesus (Christ was
Jesus Christ himself walking among His
people. There was no need for speaking
and "no argument was necessary. And, in
this instance, the unanswerable argument
for the power of Jesus to heal was the
presence of the man who had been heal-
ed. One illustration, one fact, is worth
10,000 words and maybe one experience
is worth more than a ton of theology.
We know today that the richest heritage
of the church is that army of souls, each
of whom has a story to tell that has been
reborn in Jesus Christ. Addicts who are
clean, immoral people who are pure,
dishonest men who now cling to that
which is right—these changed lives have
to be jaccourited for or disproved by an
unbelieving world, and the simple fact is,
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Finally, notice he was an unwavering
witness. "And beholding the man which
was healed standing with them' '(Acts
4:14a). This man did some preaching, but
stood with them." I think it is possible he
could have begged off and said, "I'm very
timid," "I'm embarrassed," "People
won't believe me anyway," and simply
walked away. Many^of our peope;are like
this. They enjoy all the blessings and gifts
of the new birth experience, but they are
not willing to stand as a witness. I say
without any hesitancy their absence not
only hurts the Son of God but it also hurts
We read that this man had enthusiasm
for Christ. He was shouting, praising
God—why shouldn't he? He had enough
to make him enthusiastic. Satan will take
a new convert who is enthusiastic, happy
and turned on for Christ and try to cool
him down. I think one of the things that
bothers the Evil One most is that some
time, at some point in our commitment we
may become foolish for Christ in our zeal.
We. can get enthusiastic about everything
under the sun. What's wrong with being
enthusiastic and happy about the ex-
perience of grace in our lives, the strength
of Christ day by day to our lives and the
hope of heaven, eternally with Him for
June 28— 9:00 a.m.—Budget Sub-Committee
10:00 a.m.—Administrative Committee
;- ;3:00 p;m.—OSU Chair of Bible Conference
June 29-r-Staff Performance Reviews
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June 30—First Church, Stririgtown
July 2—Staff Performance Reviews ,
JulyS—Staff Performance Reviews
s from Readers
'If You Can't Lick'em, Jbin'em'
This old adage Is now good advice for
Baptist moderates who have just suffered
their 12th defeat in trying to dislodge the
conservatives from control of the
Southern Baptist Convention. Perhaps if
they keep flighting they eventually will
regain control, but meanwhile they are
severely weakening the church and are
sowing discord that will linger for many
years. They are also running a tremendous
risk of breaking the church apart.
I am a moderate, and for the last five
years have tried in a small way to support
that cause. I am still angry that the
Pressler-Patterson team has, by its own
admission, conspired and maneuvered to
gain control of our great convention. But
I have also begun to realize that most
Southern Baptists are following their
pastors in accepting the ideas of the
My great-grandfather was killed in the
Civil War, a senseless war that never
shoulcl have been fought. If cool-headed
leaders on both sides had been more pa-
tient in negotiating their differences, the
slaves might have been freed in a few years
allowing the South to adjust its economy
without bloodshed. But like the Baptist
conservatives and moderates, they chose
to go to war.
I believe it is time for the moderates to
stop fighting, infliter the ranks of the rul-
ing part and try to influence its decisions.
In .other words, let' s determine to make
the best of a bad deal. Otherwise, I am
afraid my grandchildren may be asked:
'Which one of the SBC's do you belong
to?"—V^W. CROUCH, member,
Give Us Back Our Vision
The reports of the recent Southern Bap-
tist Convention are both discouraging and
disgusting. The churches deserved better
representation than they got.
I Started going to conventions 53 years
agoY and the first one I remember had the
theme from Joel 2:28 "Your old men shall
dream dreams and your young men shall
Southern Baptists, up to this year, have
had great missions and visions of great
things. This year they fulfilled an old say-
ing "When a small man casts a shadow
the sun is about to set." The reports we
get from the SBC this year show the nar-
row visions of small men. With the world
facing Armageddon, and plunging
headlong into hell, we spend our time
diilying' dallying petty things.
We have seen visions of a world won for
Christ, a Cooperative Program that would
make us more effective, Baptist principles
and doctrine be emphasized, of a world
healed after World War II. and a revival
spirit to spread across this land of ours.
Instead we get reports of a divided and
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criticism for each other, and reports of
friction that made us all very sad;
~~~:l hope in the coming year we will pray
that the Lord will give us back our vision
of greatness and world mission leader-
ship.—FLOYD RALEY, member,
Oklahoma City; Quail Springs
Where Did They Go?
Where were the majority of messengers
to the Southern Baptist Convention on the
final day of the meeting?, Were they sent
as messengers just to elect a president, b'r"
to consider all of the, program and
business at hand?
Practically all of the messengers had
their expenses paid by their home
churches. What kind of a report can be
made if they did not attend?
Is it fair to accept church money for ex-
penses and not attend full time? Should
the church be expected to pay for a vaca-
tion for those few who make the trip to
When more than 38,000 people register
and less than 5,000 show up for the last
day of business, it is time to ask for an ac-
counting from the messengers. I am a con-
servative Southern Baptist and have no
objection to the election of Morris Chap-
man as president. I am questioning the
messengers.—GEORGE W. STONE,
member, Stratford, First
In my opinion, Russell Dilday drew the
last straw with his remarks in New
Orleans. To say that much of what has
been behind the conservative movement is
satanic is going too far.
Dilday doesn't realize that those words
were not just an attack against a few, but
against the majority of Southern Baptists.
The bottom line is that the majority of
messengers put the conservative leadership
in and has said it wants a conservative
president and a conservative convention.
Dilday is out of line with the majority.
He doesn't have to agree with everything
our conservative leadership stands for, but
somewhere a line must be drawn. I think
Opinions expressed in these letters are those of
the writers and do not necessarily reflect the opi-
nion of the editorial staff of this publication. Let-
ters submitted should be 200 words or less. All
letters may be edited for length. Names may be
withheld if requested. No form letters or unsign-
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he has stepped over it. It is time for
Southwestern Seminary to have a presi-
dent whose heart beats like a true Southern
Baptist.—JIM CUNNINGHAM, pastor,
Hilldale Church near Claremore
Read Falls Creek Rules
An open letter,to all churches attending
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Dear Pastor, Camp Director and
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Please go over the Falls Creek rules with
your campers before leaving for Falls
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merely suggestions, but rules that are easi-
ly understood by anyone who reads them.
In the last several years some of these rules
have been stretched beyond their limits
and broken by not only the campers but
by some adult leaders as well. By break-
ing the rules this causes a "stumbling
block" to those who are trying to keep
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Harry Dodd and his entire crew are to
be commended for their hard work in
keeping the grounds of Falls Creek arid
seeing that the Falls Creek rules are kept.
You can help them by determining to keep
all the rules before you even leave your
church parking lot. Remember, if you in-
tend to break the rules before leaving for
camp, don't expect the campers to obey
the rules while you're at camp.—Name
withheld by editor
Shelby Medical Update
Joyce Shelby, education director at
Oklahoma City, Capitol Hill, who was
severely injured in an April 28 bicycle ac-
cident, now faces yet another surgery. She
suffered a multi-fractured skiill and a
dangerous tear in a major blood vessel in
the brain. The July 5 operation will be to
renew normal nerve signals to the facial
area and repair an ear drum. The expenses
will be major.
Capitol Hill Church has established a
medical expense fund to help on "out-of-
pocket" expenses. Gifts to this cause
should be made out to Capitol Hill Bap-
tist Church with the designation "Joyce
Shelby Medical Expense Fund'' to make
the donation tax deductible.
The church expresses its thanks for all
the prayers and gifts in her behalf .—JIM
WHITE, pastor, Oklahoma City, Capitol
PAP AMP MOM ARE OUT
RIGHT Novl— BUT I'LL
bfc 6LAP TO tolMlSTfiR TO YOU/'/
"State BSU Directors Conference^ E^
-•: Make;Your Will Sunday ^
"- Bibhr Study Wee^
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;' Baptist Building, VStaff Planning Days"
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Soul-Winning Commitment Day; ^
State Baptist Doctrine Clinic !
Area Keyboard Hymn Playing Festivals -
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
; State Evangelism Conference; Del City, First Southern
Baptist Men's Day
Student ^Missions Interviews, Weatherford, Southwestern, BSU
Student Missions Interviews, Shawnee/OBU, BSU
Stale;Youth Choir Festival #1
Student Missions Interviews, Tulsa University, BSU .
BSU Promotion Team Auditions, Midwest City, Rose State, BSU
Baptist World Alliance Sunday
•\ National CWT Seminar, Moore, First :
Student Missions Selections, Baptist Building
State Keyboard Hymn Playing Festival, OBU
Focus on WMU
Race Relations Sunday
State Planning Meeting for Directors of Associational Missions, Falls Creek
Families Reaching Families Clinic
. State Hispanic WMU Conference, Oklahoma City, Exchange Avenue
Home Mission Study—1991
Baptist Seminaries, Colleges and Schools Day
OBU Day in the Churches
State Training Session for Associational VBS Teams, Muskogee, First
. Slate Youth Choir Festival »2
State Training Session for Associational VBS Teams, Oklahoma City, Putnam
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' Volunteers in Missions Day
Counseling Depressed and Suicidal Persons
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State RA Congress, Tulsa, Skelly Drive
Growth 2000 Conference, Tulsa
OBU Preview Day
Week of Prayer for Home Missions and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
State High School BYM Conference
State Acteens Conference, OBU
Indian Evangelism Conference, Moore, First
State Planning Meeting for Promotion of Mother's Day Offering,, Edmond,
-Boys Ranch Town
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Home M.issipns Day in Sunday School
State Jointly,,Employed Missionaries Workshop, Falls Creek '.'•'- .
State BSD Basketball Tournament, Stillwater, OSU
Associational Baptist Youth Night
Suggested Spring Revival Dates (South)
Hispanic Evangelism Conference, Oklahoma City, Exchange Avenue .
Start-a-Church Commitment Day
BSU Student Missions Workshop, Midwest City, First
Suggested Spring Revival.Dates (North)
Suggested Spring Revival Dates (North)
State Handbell Festival
State Senior Adult Singin* and Praisin' Meeting
ASSISTeam and ACTeam Training and Sunday School Program-Promotion
Meeting, Henryetta, First
BSU Spring Retreat* Falls Creek
ASSISTeam and ACTeam Training and Sunday School Program-Promotion
, Meeting, Oklahoma City, Southern Hills
Baptist Doctrine Study
State New Pastors/Staff Fellowship-Orientation Meeting, Oklahoma City
State Young Musicians Festival, OBU
Cooperative Program Day
SALT Meeting, Oklahoma City
Life Commitment Day
Mission Opportunities Awareness Conference, Madill
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vvMission Opportunities Awareness Conference, McAlester
Mission Opportunities Awareness Conference, Tahlequah
State BSU Directors Conference
State Campers on Mission Rally, Norman, Clear Bay
Mission Opportunities Awareness Conference, Grove
State Children/Youth Bible Drill and Youth Speakers Tournament, Oklahoma
City, First :
Christian Home Week
Senior Adult Day
Family Care Ministries Emphasis Week
State Bjble Conference, Falls Creek
Mother's Day Offering for Family Care Ministries
Ministers of Education Programming Retreat, Falls Creek
Volunteers in Missions Workshop, Oklahoma City
Baptist Radio and Television Sunday
Associational Emphasis Week
Senior Adult Spectacular, Falls Creek
State Church Building Conference
State WMU Council Meeting, Oklahoma City, Baptist Building
Summer Missionaries Orientation, OBU
State Lad/Dad Camp, Camp Hudgens
Mothers/Daughters GA Camp #I, Nunny Cha-ha
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WMU Annual Meeting
Religious Liberty Sunday
• RA Camp, Camp Hudgens
GA/Acteens Camp, Nunny Cha-ha
Hispanic Assembly,, Falls Creek
Southern Baptist Convention, Atlanta, Georgia
R A Camp, Garfip
GA:/Acteens;Carripf Nunny Cha-ha
Mothers/Dauighters GA Camp *3, Nunny Charha
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State Church Medja .Library Conference, OBU
Lad and Dad Camp, Camp Hudgens
Mothers/Daughters GA Camp #4, Nunny Cha-ha
Annuity Board Sunday
GA/Acteens Campj Nunny Cha-ha
State Literacy Missions Workshop, OBU
Christian Citizenship Sunday
RA Camp, Camp Hudgens :"•-•. - "- :
Camp Nunny pha-ha Staff Work Week
Falls Creek, First Assembly
RA Camp, Camp Hudgens
GA/Acteens Camp, Nunny Cha-ha ,,
Falls Creek, Second Assembly
RA Camp, Camp Hudgens
GA/Acteens Camp, Nunny Cha-ha
Falls Creek, Third Assembly ..",-, -
State Children's Weekday Education Workshop, OBU
Falls Creek, Fourth Assembly
Senior Adult Conference, OBU
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Day of Prayer for World Peace
Falls Qreeki FifthvAssembly
Language Missions Day
KBA Bible Conference
State Music Methods and Materials Clinic
State Chinese Falls Creek Encampment
Oklahoma WMU Conference, OBU
State Music Methods and Materials Clinic
Church Music Emphasis Week
Birthday/Anniversary Catch-up Sunday for Family Care Ministries
Oklahoma Conference on Youth Ministry
State Planning Meeting for Directors of Associational Missions, Falls Creek
BSU Leadership Training Conference
Brotherhood Leadership Week
WMU Area Training, Edmond, First, 7-9 p.rri.
WMU Area Training, Edmond, First, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
WMU Area Training, Enid, Calvary, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
State Part-time/Volunteer Song Leaders-Accompanists Retreat, Falls Creek
WMU Area Training, Guymon, First, 10 a.m,-2 p.m.
Christian Parenting: Breakthrough to^ New Lifestyle
Season of Prayer for State Missions and Edna McMillan Offering
Single Adult Day
Associational Sunday School Leadership Night
Sunday School Leadership Seminar, Falls Creek
State Campers on Mission Rally, Norman, Clear Bay
WMU Area Training, Weatherford, First- 7-9 p.m.
WMU Area Training, Weatherford, First, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
WMU Area Training, Lawton, First, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
WMU Area Training, McAlester, First, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
WMU Area Training, Tulsa, Ranch Acres, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Glorieta in North Central Oklahoma
"Reactivating the Small Church" Conference, Clinton, First
State Chaplains Retreat, Falls Creek
Sunday School Preparation Week
State New Pastors/Staff Fellowship-Orientation Meeting, Oklahoma City
State Indian Leadership Conference, Cherokee Assembly Grounds
State Sunday School Growth Spiral Conference
State WMU Council Meeting, Oklahoma City, Baptist Building ?
State Baptist Men's Retreat, Falls Creek
State BSU Black Retreat, Oklahoma City
State Hispanic Leadership Conference, Oklahoma City, First
World Hunger Day
Equipping Conference for Pastors of Plateauing-Declinfng Churches, Oklahoma
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Area Discipleship Training Workshop "
Oklahoma Baptist Regional Tax Seminar
Area Discipleship Training Workshop
Oklahoma Baptist Regional Tax Seminar
Oklahoma Baptist Regional Tax Seminar
Equipping Conference for Ministering to Alcohol/Drug Abusers and Families,
Oklahoma Baptist Regional Tax Seminar
BSU International Student Conference, Midwest City, Rose State
Oklahoma Christian Arts Festival
Oklahoma Baptist Regional Tax Seminar
OBU Preview Day
Royal Ambassador Week
Baptist Women's Day of Prayer
American Bible Society Day
Annual Session, Baptist General Convention
State WMU Annual Session
State Chaplains Meeting
Foreign Jvlission Study— 1991
Conducting Children's Bible Drill, Guymon
Conducting Children's Bible Drill, Pryor
Conducting Children's Bible Drill, Burns Flat. . . .
Associational Church.Training **M" Night *
Week of Prayer for .Foreign Missions and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Annuity Services Conference for Directors of Associational Missions/Falls
Jointly Employed Missionaries Christmas Banquet.
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Chris Tecmire, pastor of Ridgecrest
Church near Blanch a rd, and his wife, Bar-
bara, stopped by a cookie shop enroute to
the sessions. Tecmire served on the SBC
Committee oh Order of Business and
spent most of the convention on the
Pete Martin (center) portrayed the apostle John in a pastors* conference drama based
on Psalm 119. Other Del City, First Southern cast members were (from left) Sam Sim-
mons as Moses, Steve Roberts as Paul, Ralph Speas as David and C.J. Hill as Abraham.
Among Oklahomans at a Home Mission Board church-start banquet were (from
left) Bo Holland of Tulsa, Gerald Dyer, Northeastern Association director of
missions, and his wife, Barbara. The banquet celebrated the starting of 1,306
churches in the SBC in 1989.
Bill Merrell (right), pastor of Midwest City,
Country Estates, visits with saxophonist Vernard
Johnson on the closing day of the SBC. Merrell
was a member of the Resolutions Committee
which put in as many as 14 hours a day work-
ing on resolutions, but due to lack of a quorum
on the final day, only two of the committee's
proposed statements were voted on by the
CAMP HUDGENS REUNION—The 3Qtli anniversary of the beginning of Camp
Huilgens for Royal Ambassadors was observed June 19; Five men who took part in
the first week of the camp attended the bbservance. They were (from
McDow of Norman, Northeast and Neil Hopkins of Oklahoma City, Quail Springs
who attended as boys; John Henson of Brush Hill Church near Checotah and Jack
Seymour of Midwest City, Meadowood, first week counselors, and Bob Banks, now
Home Mission Board executive vice president, first camp director. Below, Joe Dee
Ray (left) and Paul McCullough take part in the anniversary event. Ray was pastor
of MeAlester, First when a member, Mrs. Zettie Edith Hudgens, gave the money to
start the camp. McCullough now directs the camp. Ray was camp pastor last week
and Banks was camp missionary. In its 30 years of operation, Camp Hudgens has pro-
vided 208 weeks of camping with a total of 26,393 campers. Professions of faith have
totaled 1,697 with another 1,697 surrendering to special service. Missions offerings
total $17,999.52. (Photos by James Warren)
Adult Care Program
. "Bill" Pierce
, minister of
education and outreach, Sapulpa, First
since 1985, has been named Adult Care
Program Director for
Family Care; Minis-.
triesy according to
Sam L. Garner, ex-
ecutive director. His
responsibilities will in-
clude directing the
program ministries of
three retirement cen-
ters and four Baptist
villages operated by
the Baptist General Convention of
Pierce is a graduate of Northeastern
Oklahoma State University, Tahlequah,
arid Southwestern Seminary in Fort
Worth, Texas. Having majored in eco-
nomics and business administration he
is licensed by the state of Oklahoma as
a nursing home administrator. He has
served on the administrative committees
of the Baptist Retirement Center of Hugo,
and the Baptist Retirement Center of
Owasso. He is a member of the National
Association of Church Administrators
and the Southern Baptist Religious Educa-
tion Association. He is currently a
member of The Baptist Foundation of
Oklahoma Board of Directors.
"Bill Pierce is extremely qualifed for
this position. He brings a wealth of exper-
tise to the adult care ministry of our
agency," Garner said.
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Foreign Mission^Board Writer
JOHANNESBUROrSouth Africa (BP)
—Hating white people—to the point of
wanting to kill them-came naturally to
Gideon Makhanya arid his his son J,:
Their firsthand encounters with the
economic unfairness of apartheid in South
Africa, and the brute force sustaining that
policy of racial segregation, spawned a
desire for revenge.
But today, although still steadfastly op-
posing apartheid, they love those they
once longed to murder .That, they agree,
is an act of God's grace.
"In 1976, when my son was 4 years old,
he told me to bring him home a little white
boy 'just like me,' ''Makhany a
remembered. "When I asked why, he
looked up at me and said, 'So I can kill
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Makhanya, a second-generation Baptist
pastor and former-executive secretary of
the Baptist Convention of Southern
Africa, was disturbed but not surprised by
his son's attitude.
"First, he had recently seen white
soldiers shoot black children during a stu-
dent protest, and his hatred grew out of
that experience," Makhanya explained.
"And second, I felt the same way when
I was a boy.
"My father was a Baptist pastor who
loved the Lord arid worked hard, but all
the money collected in his churches went
into a central fund. He was paid four
pounds a month, even though government
figures said a family the size of ours
needed 100 pounds a month to ensure ade-
"My five brothers and three sisters
turned away from the faith because of the
way the white mission administrators kept
us so poor. I developed a real hatred and
thought all whites should be killed, but I
kept going to church.
"Then, when I was 13, I heard a white
missionary preach an Easter sermon on
John 3:16. I realized I was a sinner and
gave my heart to the Lord. But something
happened I didn't expect: much to my sur-
prise, from |hat time on I found I enjoyed
loving and accepting whites."
Makhanya has participated in the Bap-
tist Convention of Southern Africa—
made up primarily of black churches—
which was admitted to membership in the
Baptist World Alliance in 1988. He was
convention executive secretary from 1984
" Currently he works. for the Pretoria
Council /of Churches and is part of
''Standing for ...the Truth,1" a non-violent
civil disobedience campaign to desegregate
public transportation in Pretoria, He was
one of three blacks arrested last August
for trying to board a bus reserved for
After his young son expressed his desire
to kill white children, Makhanya brought
children of some of his white friends home
so his son could see that not all whites are
Hike the soldiers who had so horrified him;
"By God's grace he worked out his bit-
terness and now attends a multiracial
school," Makhanya said. ^
But the depth of that grace was not
really tested until 1988.
In July of that year Makhanya attend-
ed the Baptist World Alliance general
council in the Bahamas. On his returny the
government seized his passport. "It's nor-
mal for the government to assume any
black organization that becomes indepen-
dent is politically motivated," he said.
Previously all Baptist churches wer6 af-
filiated with the predominantly white Bap-
tist Union of South Africa.
The passport seizure "nieant I couldn't
accept the chance to go to the United
States to study-at;the North American
Baptist Theological Seminary (in Sioux
Falls, S.D.), plus 'visits' from the police,
which had begun the previous December,
came more often," Makhanya explained.
"One night in October 1988, we woke
up at 3 a.m. to find three van-loads of
police stomping on our roof and coming
in the door. That time they didn't come
to look through my books; that time they
came to intimidate. It was like they ex-
pected to find a terrorist under every
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Makhanya's son, now 15, opened his
eyes to find the barrel of a machine gun
six inches from his face. Makhanya was
herded into a van, barefooted/ and told
to show the police where a friend of his
lived. At the friend's house the police
repeated their search.
"My family had no idea if I would come
back or not," Makhanya said. "They
weren't told anything." But at 4:30 a.m.,
with a handshake and thanks from the
security chief "for your cooperation," he
was returned unharmed.
"I really felt like I was losing my faith
that next day," he admitted. "Then when
it was time for our family altar that night,
I didn't even want to open the Bible. I was
so low and really questioning God."
But the family went ahead, studying
Romans 8:28: "... for all things work
together for the good to those who love
the Lord and are called according to his
"I couldn't take any more," Makhanya
said. He wondered aloud: "What good
could possibly, come out of what happened
.to us last night? And out of all the other
experiences we've had here?"
His son, who 1.0 years before had;
'answered the despairing father. Makhanya
recounted the answer, a touch of wonder
in his voice.
"I know something very good that came
from this," the^bby said. ^At school other
boys/ask me^hat happens; when police
raid our home. Today I could tell them
Avhat happened, arid it gave J me oppor-
tunities to witness about the love arid pro-
tection of God."
Makhanya gathered the pieces of his
faith, his confidence in God restored."If
.my son can see God's love in the barrel
of a machine gun," he said, ''then I can
learn from him."
BATOR, Mongolia (BP)—
Mongolian educators have expressed in-
terest in student exchanges ^between
Southern Baptist colleges and universities
and the Mongolian State University.
The exchange possibility was discussed
during a recent meeting in Ulan Bator,
Mongolia's capital, by Mongolian univer-
sity officials and Jack Shelby of
Cooperative Services International; the
Southern Baptist aid organization.
"This was the very first thing the peo-
ple at the university mentioned/" Shelby
said. "They're hungry for this kind of ex-
change. That's where I look for our next
big thrust to develop if we can find Bap-
tist schools interested in providing scholar-
ships, and I believe we can."
Cboperative Services International has
sjponsbred several teams of Southern Bap-
tist teachers who have taught English in
Mongolia, trained Mongolians in English
teaching and worked with the government
to design English instruction for primary
and secondary schools. The government
is promoting English education in a drive
to expand economic ties with Western
Mongolia, a once-isolated nation of 2.5
million people wedged between the Soviet
Union and China, has joined the ranks of
communist states opening up to the West.
Street demonstrations Tor democracy were
going on daily while Shelby was there, he
"The atmosphere now is much more
open, much freer and much more pro-
gressive than it was three years ago," he
observed. "It's almost like beingin a dif-
One high government education official
told Shelby: "We must move ahead with
the opening to the West.The policy of our
government is to improve relations with
non-socialist countries, and I'm commit-
ted to carrying it out."
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OCRA Plans Petition Moderate Leader Resigns Pastorate
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For Vote On Abortion
An interdenominational organization
formed to seek a new law prohibiting
abortions iri^ Oklahoma : will launch an
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(OCRA) is headed i?y Fred W. Sellers 'Jr. . ',
a former lay
staff member at Norman,
Sellers said OCRA will be a tax-exempt
corporation and it is drafting a statute to
prphibit abortion. His group will seek
enough valid signatures on a petition call-
ing for a vote on the November ballot.
Sellers said the initiative petition will be
filed with the Oklahoma secretary of state
at 9 a.m. on Fri., June 29. "We hope : to
gather some 1 20,000 signatures on our
petition by July 9," he said;
OCRA's goal is a law to prohibit abor-
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physical health of the mother is seriously
j eopardized ; 2 . a certifiable case of rape or
incest, and 3. when the" fetus is very
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(RNS)—William L. Self, an active par-
ticipant in the moderate movement in the
Southern Baptist Convention during the
past; decade, surprised his congregation at
Atiahta'svWieiica Roa<i Church^ when he
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Speaking just days after the denomina-
tion's annual convention in New Orleans,
where moderates failed to elect their
presidential candidate for the 12th con-
secutive year, Self said,'-The events of the
past few months have been stressful to me
and my family, and on the advice of two
physicians, we are resigning."
The 58-year-old minister said his
resignation will take effect Aug. 12, when
he will complete-26 years as pastor. He did
not disclose his future plans.
In 1977, when Self was president of the
Foreign Mission Board, he delivereid the
annual convention sermon at the
denomination's national meeting in Kan-
sas Gity, At that time, he said Southern
Baptists have the ability to meet the needs
of the nation because they "have been
sheltered from the ravages of theological
liberalism that, like locusts, has eaten the
heart out of other communions."
But in ensuing years, Self found himself
opposing the efforts of conservatives to
rout what they described as efforts of
liberals to take control of the denomina-
tion. In 1985, he denounced what he
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Ike,Reighard, president of the Georgia
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the years,'- Reighard said.
Victims of fires and tornadoes in
Oklahoma have been given cash assistance
through the BGCO's disaster relief ;..furids.; J
Three families, members of Stillwater,
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damaged by a May 18 tornado. The
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damage and'insurance coverage.
In v the Hinton area, seven families
shared in distribution of $2,050 after a
May 19 tornado struck their homes. The
money was delivered by F'hil Brehm of
Hinton, First and Ken McCloud of Scott
Church. Both serve on Caddo Associa-
tion's disaster relief committee.
Blackgum Church in East Central
Association was given $2,500 in aid after
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