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What is interesting about the 2018 Southern Bapt Convention's annual meeting?

Southern Baptists are gathered in Dallas for their annual meeting.

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Prominent Edmond church names new pastor

The congregation of Henderson Hills Baptist Church voted Sunday to call the Rev. John Wohlgemuth as the church's new lead pastor.

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Getting a taste of Ramadan

More on the "Revealing Ramadan" event held on Tuesday at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City's Mercy Mission Center.

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African Children's Choir sang their way into the hearts of OKC audience

Members of the African Children's Choir performed in concert on Wednesday, May 16, at First Church in downtown Oklahoma City.

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What did he say? Read Hindu leader's prayer delivered at State Capitol

Here is full transcript of the prayer delivered by Hindu statesman Rajan Zed on Monday at the State Capitol.

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OK Baptist disaster relief crews offering meals to firefighters in wild-fire ravaged areas

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief crews have been helping feed fire fighters working to control wildfires in western Oklahoma.

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NE OKC ministers say they stand behind educators in historic teacher walkout

Members of the Baptist Ministerial Alliance in northeast Oklahoma City offered their prayers and support to teachers....

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Religious leaders offered prayers for OKC-Mayor-elect David Holt and City of OKC

Religious leaders from different faith traditions offered prayers at "A Prayer for our City," a gathering held on Sunday at St....

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Pastors' group will pray and show support for public school teachers and students

A candlelight prayer vigil to pray for public school teachers and students is planned for 8 p.m. Sunday, April 8, on the south...

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VIDEO: Clergy discuss prayer event/support for public ed

A prayer event was held Thursday at the State Capitol as numerous Oklahoma clergy leaders offered prayers and support for...

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Clergy prayer event in support of teacher/public education draws crowd at State Capitol

Clergy offered prayers and encouraging words for teachers and public education at a prayer gathering on Thursday at the State...

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Religious leaders and people of faith invited to pray for public schools and public school teachers

Clergy will gather at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at the State Capitol to demonstrate support for Oklahoma's public school teachers.

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There's a reason to run on Easter

Hundreds of runners participate each year in the "Easter Run," 10K and 5K races and a One-Mile Fun Walk on the Saturday before...

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Muslims expected to participate in event set for State Capitol

The fourth annual "Muslim Day at the Capitol" is set for Monday, March 5, at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

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Three state legislators call for coordinator of chaplain program to make it more inclusive

Three state legislators released a prepared statement on Wednesday calling for their colleague who coordinates the House...

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Billy Graham's son Franklin Graham issues statement regarding his father's death

The Rev. Franklin Graham released a statement Wednesday regarding the death of his father Billy Graham.

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2017 interfaith trip to Holy Land made lasting impression on Oklahomans

Now that plans for the second Oklahoma Religions United Trip have been publicized and individuals are considering making the...

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As luck would have it, "Night to Shine" visionary ends up in metro

Robert Miller, chairman of Night to Shine OKC, explains how the event's visionary, Tim Tebow, ended up visiting the metro event...

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Everything's coming up roses

The 2018 Rose Day distribution and rally is set for Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

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Diversity thrives at women's Diversi-Tea

Women from across the Oklahoma City metro of different races, ethnicities, faith communities and professions came together...

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Sisters share messages of hope in the face of prejudice at OKC event

Two sisters, one white and one black, discussed their experiences confronting prejudice as part of their presentation at the...

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OK congressman said people need to get King's message in their hearts and minds

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, shared a message at Mid-America Christian University's annual Martin Luther King Jr....

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Faith notes weekend edition: Jan 12-14

This weekend, many houses of worship are focusing on social justice as the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday looms on the horizon....

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Rally protesting America's Jerusalem decision held at State Capitol

A rally to protest the United State's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was held Saturday on the south plaza...

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How can we make houses of worship more secure?

A public conversation focused on security for houses of worship is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Oklahoma City Community...

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Happy Birthday Billy Graham! Listen to his popular sermons

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is partnering with SiriusXM to launch a limited-run channel called  'The Billy...

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Special Reformation anniversary concert will celebrate unity among Christians

There are many services and events being held to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. I wrote a story with the...

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Museum of the Bible replica gates draws crowds at OKC mall

A 40-foot-tall structure erected at a local mall captured the attention -- and the imagination -- of mall visitors and other...

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Pastor discusses unconventional approach

Renting out a "dive bar" to host an Epiphany pageant  -- with a "drag queen" as emcee, may have seemed "crazy" in terms of...

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High winds force postponement of installation of gates replica to Saturday at Penn Square Mall

The Museum of the Bible is set to open in November in Washington, D.C., but Oklahoma City metro residents will have an...

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OK Catholic bishops support Lankford's Succeed Act for children of immigrants

Leaders of the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma recently praised a recent...

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I finally met my namesake ... Chatty Cathy

I can't remember whether it was mother or my sister who gave me the nickname first but it was one that stuck. Chatty Cathy is...

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Six takeaways from Father Rother's Beatification Mass

Here are a few takeaways from Saturday's beatification ceremony for the Rev. Stanley Rother in downtown Oklahoma City.  ...

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Five things you need to know about the Rev. Stanley Rother

The late Rev. Stanley Rother is the first U.S.-born male and U.S. priest named a martyr by the Roman Catholic Church. His...

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Friday Night Rites: Back in the bleachers again

I remember going to football games when I was in high school. My grandparents bought me this candy apple red ... wait for it...

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The Rev. Anthony Jordan will retire as executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma in April 2018

The Rev.  Anthony Jordan, the longtime executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, has...

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OK Baptist Disaster Relief continue relief efforts in Texas while on standby to send crews to Florida

Okla. Baptist Disaster Relief continues Harvey relief efforts, prepares to aid those in path of Irma

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Catholic archbishop share's priest's story with OKC Rotary Club

In two weeks, the streets of downtown Oklahoma City will be filled with the faithful as they make their way to the Cox...

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Oklahoma Baptists

DAVIS -- Oklahoma Baptists -- both the young and young at heart -- sang the praises of Falls Creek at the Homecoming Service...

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Christian universities to collect hurricane relief funds at volleyball game

To provide relief for the thousands of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey and uphold the “Oklahoma Standard,” Mid-America...

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OK Baptists leave to help neighbors south of the Red River

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief groups  are planning to take large feeding units to Texas in the coming weeks and months...

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 OK Baptist Disaster Relief is sending help after Hurricane Harvey

An Oklahoma Baptist leader said Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief is coordinating its response to Hurricane Harvey and the...

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Review: Point of Grace celebrates 25th anniversary with concert  

PONCA CITY -- The unmistakable love of God, people and music that defined Point of Grace from the group’s start was on joyous...

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Oklahoma faith leaders speak out on Charlottesville

Aug. 24 Baptist Messenger "Perspective" column by the Rev. Anthony Jordan, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma executive...

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Unmistakably Point of Grace

Editor's note: Pat Gilliland, former religion editor and copy editor for The Oklahoman recently interviewed several members of...

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Author shares Civil Rights story of strength and struggle

“It was a difficult time but a great adventure.” That’s how author Jo Ivester described the story chronicled in “The Outskirts...

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 Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief responds to Tulsa Tornado

TULSA— Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Disaster Relief has chainsaw teams on the ground in Tulsa, following a tornado on...

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Havoc in a holy city

"There are men here with guns. Big guns." I knew before the words came tumbling out of my mouth how provincial they may have...

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Spinning her wheels: Oklahoma Baptist missionary is biking for a good cause

Alisa Duncan was inspired when she saw how abandoned and at-risk senior adults were being loved and cared for by the Bet Shalom...

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OKC's Larry Bross is featured in national morning show segment

Larry Bross, founder of City Care, was featured in a segment called "Hometown Heroes" today, July 4, on ABC's "Good Morning...

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'Wonder Woman' star's Israeli heritage causes stir

leasure of being a part of an interfaith tour of Israel and the Palestinian Territories in January and the trip continues to...

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OKC Islamic Society condemns UK terror attack

The Islamic Society Of Greater Oklahoma City recently distributed a statement condemning the recent terrorist attack in the UK....

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Food for thought: meals with a message

I got my fill in April. I attended a Passover event at the Hillel Foundation at the University of Oklahoma early in the month....

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Salvation Army leader trusted God 'no matter what'

Editor’s note: Salvation Army Maj. Charlotte Gargis and her husband Carlyle were featured in the weekly “Of Character” column...

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Annotated: Trump's Executive Order On Religious Liberty

The executive order has drawn concern from some for not going far enough. Here's what we know.

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Interfaith choir makes its debut at Day of Reflection event

Guests at the annual Day of Reflection gathering on Thursday were treated to the debut sounds of an interfaith, multicultural...

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Natl Day of Prayer-OKC service: 'All of us are soldiers for the Lord'

For several years, the National Day of Prayer State Capitol observance has been relocated to a downtown Oklahoma City church...

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U.S. Sen. James Lankford discusses National Day of Prayer

U.S. Senator James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City,  will co-host the National Day of Prayer Observance set for 6:30 p.m....

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Anti-death penalty group will host awards dinner

 The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP)  will host its 26th annual Meeting and Awards Dinner...

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Baptist disaster relief crews working to aid flood victims

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief is in eastern, central and western Oklahoma assisting individuals affected by downed...

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Conference of Churches discusses its work, advocacy

The Rev. William Tabbernee didn't try to explain all the work being conducted by the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, an...

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Enid Welcome Table revisited

Last week, it was my privilege to share information about a new ministry launching in Enid. The Enid Welcome Table outreach was...

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God is faithful, Gov. Fallin says at prayer breakfast

Remember God’s faithfulness, the state’s top elected official said Wednesday during a prayer event in downtown Oklahoma City....

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Reaching out at Easter time

A friend of mine came home from work the other day to find that someone had left a plastic sack full of small plastic...

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Zach Williams discusses concert tour

Editor's Note: A Q&A with contemporary Christian recording artist Zach Williams is featured in the April 15 edition of The...

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Passover 2017: a personal Haggadah

The Ayeka Haggadah was written by Aryeh Ben David, who is married to Oklahoma City resident Shirley Shanker's daughter Sandra....

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It's a bird, it's a plane ... no it's Whiz Kids' super heroes

Whiz Kids Oklahoma recently paid tribute to its "super heroes" -- the volunteer tutors, donors and the founder of City Care...

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Love carries on ... Crowd supports Muslim couple's project

A crowd of about 150 people converged on the Grand Mosque on Saturday to participate in the "Totes of Love" project benefiting...

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More from recording artist Colton Dixon

As promised, here is my complete interview with contemporary Christian recording artist Colton Dixon. Next Saturday, April 1,...

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Whiz Kids' Seeds of Hope event is March 27

When Gregory Samuel was in first grade, he struggled to read on grade level and his mom was concerned for his future. His...

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First Unitarian-OKC begins new forum series

“Both Sides of the Issue,” a new monthly  forum series, begins Thursday, March 23, at First Unitarian Church 600 NW 13....

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Church of God leader will visit Mid-America Christian Univ.

Jim Lyon, Church of God general director will serve as the keynote speaker for the semi-annual Spiritual Emphasis Week at...

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Breaking news: Rother's OKC beatification ceremony date is set

The date and location of the beatification ceremony for the late Rev. Stanley Rother has been set, The Oklahoman has learned....

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Baptist Disaster Relief supports first responders in NW OK

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief is supporting the first responders in northwest Oklahoma, sending a “Quick Response” feeding...

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Prayer walk for immigrants is planned

A coalition of Oklahoma City Christian churches will host a prayer walk in solidarity with immigrants and refugees on Saturday,...

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Metro Jewish groups told to be security aware

As a new wave of bomb threats were made against Jewish community centers across the U.S. on Monday, and another Jewish cemetery...

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Trip to the Holy Land: Food for thought

Good food and fellowship was literally the icing on the cake (or ice-cream topped waffle) for Oklahomans who visited Israel and...

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Trip to the Holy Land: In search of a manger ...

Editor's note: Religion Editor Carla Hinton traveled to the Holy Land in January as part of an interfaith group from...

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Takeaways from an Okie's trip to the Holy Land

ISRAEL -- Standing on the Mount of Olives, I looked out over the Old City of Jerusalem and couldn't believe I was standing in...

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Authors discuss how to share 'Good Faith'

Editor's note: This is the full version of an interview with the authors of the book "Good Faith." An abbreviated version is...

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Super Bowl players talk about a real 'game changer'

As the much-anticipated Super Bowl LI continues, listen to some of the players in the big game as they share what has become a...

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No stats or big numbers - just one powerful point

Thom Rainer, president and chief executive officer of LifeWay Christian Resources, the research arm of the Southern Baptist...

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Oklahoma social justice/civil rights groups speak out against U.S. immigration ban

Several Oklahoma social justice groups including the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma, Council on American-Islamic...

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Brianna Gaither to host Jan. 28 preview party for new album

Singer-songwriter Brianna Gaither will host a listening party for her new album "Vanity" on Saturday, Jan. 28, at The Venue OKC.

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Cliff Barrows, longtime B. Graham associate, has died

Cliff Barrows, 93, of Marvin, N.C., music and program director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), died...

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Pray on Election Day: churches offer service, prayer chapel

At least two Oklahoma City metro churches, The Christ Experience and Southpark Baptist, are offering opportunities for...

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'Souls to the Polls': Clergy group promotes voting

Concerned Clergy for Spiritual Renewal, an organization of preachers and pastors associated with northeast metro churches, are...

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Around the interfaith meal table

Oklahoma City metro residents from different faith communities recently gathered for food and fellowship at a downtown Oklahoma...

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2016 interfaith tour: Youths visit church, mosque and Buddhist temple

The 2016 Interfaith Youth Tour hosted by the Oklahoma Conference of Churches' Religions United Committee drew a record crowd on...

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National Catholic Charities chief visits OKC

Sister Donna Markham, Ph.D., had planned to visit Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City when the agency celebrated the grand...

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'Chef who loves people' lends Helping Hands

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Public forum Wed, Aug. 31 at The Gate Church : Q&A with Bishop Tony Miller

Bishop Tony Miller, senior pastor of The Gate Church, explains the premise behind "A Forum For Transformative Cultural Reform"...

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Jewish Federation of Greater OKC names new executive director

The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City recently selected Roberta Clark as its new executive director, the nonprofit’s...

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Vandals target Muslim-owned grocery story

Oklahoma City area Muslims, with help from the interfaith community, recently painted over anti-Muslim statements spray painted...

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Catch the Olympic 'spirit' with VouVersion Bible app

The Summer Olympics will begin tonight, Friday, Aug. 5 with the Opening Ceremonies in Rio. The popular free  YouVersion...

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If the (shoe) box is empty, fill it

The empty shoe box had been wrapped with colorful red Christmas paper. Michele Schlough, Operation Christmas Child coordinator...

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Tim LaHaye, co-author of 'Left Behind' series, has died

Tim F. LaHaye, a pastor, international best-seller and prominent evangelical leader, died Monday, July 25, 2016, in a San Diego...

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Two Oklahomans weigh in on new Pew Research Center survey

Evangelicals for Trump, religious 'nones' for Clinton: Two Oklahomans, a conservative Baptist minister and an atheist, weigh in...

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Telling her story: Sister Veronica Higgins

Sister Veronica Higgins' faith journey will be chronicled briefly in a story in the Saturday, July 16, edition of The Oklahoman.

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'Homeless Jesus' sculptor happy to spread gospel message through art

Leaders at Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City are thrilled to have one of the "Homeless Jesus" sculptures on the grounds of...

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Election of new Oklahoma United Methodist bishop expected today

A new bishop for Oklahoma United Methodists is expected to be elected today

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Oklahoma Muslims are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr

Oklahoma Muslims are celebrating the Islamic holiday of Eid-ul-Fitr today, July 6 along with Muslims worldwide.

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Oprah's network will rebroadcast Elie Wiesel interviews

Oprah's network will rebroadcast her interviews with Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel on Thursday, July 9.

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Groups voice opposition to state rep's proposed study on 'radical Islam'

Several organizations have voiced their objections to an Oklahoma legislator's  proposal for an interim study on "Radical...

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American Muslim Association of Oklahoma condemns Orlando shooting

The American Muslim Association of Oklahoma, which manages the mosque at 3201 NW 48 in Oklahoma City, released a statement...

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Update: Oklahoma Muslim groups condemn Orlando mass shooting

Islamic mosques around Oklahoma and a statewide Muslim advocacy organization made statements Sunday regarding the mass shooting...

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Catholic Charities' new chapel highlights 'Church' within agency

While leaders with Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City celebrated the grand opening and blessing of the nonprofit's new...

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Seven takeaways from interfaith domestic violence/sexual assault conference

The profile of an abuser is not as straight forward as a lot of people think. It's not always going to be some guy from a...

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OK Baptist disaster relief group seeks ways to help Canadian wildfire victims

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief is actively looking for ways to assist people impacted by devastating wildfires in Alberta,...

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Anne Graham Lotz is new Natl Day of Prayer chairman

Anne Graham Lotz is the new chaiman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. National Day of Prayer, which is today, Thursday,...

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Comedian Chonda Pierce plans to "Focus on the Funny" in metro

It’s impossible to get through an interview with Chonda Pierce without giggling. The comedian certainly lives up to Billboard...

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Matthew West's song tells unborn's 'Untold' story

My recent interview with contemporary Christian recording artist Matthew West included a discussion about his song "Untold,"...

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Sing a song of Passover (and watch the video)

The Jewish holiday of Passover began tonight, April 22, at sundown. Passover commemorates the story of the Hebrews' exodus from...

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Memories and April 19 - Episcopal leader offers perspective

God's Memory and Our Life By the Rev. Mark Story, rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church,  Edmond    Today is the...

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Bombing anniversary marked at metro prayer breakfast

Twenty-one years ago, business men and women, local and state leaders and other dignitaries gathered for the annual CBMC-OKC...

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Joyce Meyer's ministry conference is April 14-April 16 in downtown Oklahoma City

Evangelist Joyce Meyer's ministry conference begins tonight, April 14, in downtown Oklahoma City. Contemporary Christian...

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Who is the 'we' in 'the God we serve'? Yale scholar takes up Christian-Muslim question

Miroslav Volf, founding director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, is visiting Oklahoma City as guest lecturer for the...

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Some are writing obituaries for American religion. Krista Tippett is documenting its revolution.

Some Oklahomans may already know this, but in case you don't, Krista Tippett is the daughter of Charlotte Lankard, a columnist...

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Kirk Franklin ready to celebrate with Oklahoma City

"For those of you that think gospel music has gone to far. You think we got too radical with our message. Well I got news for...

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Local leader pay tribute to EWTN founder Mother Angelica

The legacy of a Roman Catholic nun who founded a worldwide media network spread far and wide, including Oklahoma. Mother Mary...

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Hip-hop artist to give Easter performance at People's Church NW OKC

Hip-hop recording artist Gregory Jerome will be part of the Easter worship experiences at People's Church Northwest Oklahoma...

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Oklahoma's Episcopal bishop reflects on 'A Word to the Church'

The days leading up to Easter are typically filled with special worship services and activities. This time period known as Holy...

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(Super)Heroes and villains at OKC synagogue's Purim party

With a much-anticipated blockbuster about superheroes about to premiere in theaters, I wasn't too shocked to see an individual...

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Faith & TV: 'Of Kings & Prophets': Good or bad?

With several faith-based films hitting the big screen this Easter season ("Risen," "Young Messiah," "Miracles From Heaven"), I...

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Jewish Federation, other nonprofits pay tribute to Aubrey McClendon

The philanthropic endeavors of Aubrey McClendon (pictured above) along with his love for Oklahoma City are themes found...

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Music to our ears: View video on Andrew's Make-A-Wish piano surprise

Several days ago, Andrew Vargas gave his piano instructor a big surprise and touched the hearts of numerous people in the...

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See What People in Every State Are Giving Up for Lent

Sex in California, alcohol in Arkansas and meat in Minnesota. See what every state wants to give up most during Lent, according...

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Jesus does not want you to be hit men, Pope Francis tells Mexican youth

Saying Jesus would never ask them to be "hit men", Pope Francis begged young people in Mexico's gang-infested heartland on...

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Jimmy Carter wins Grammy Award - CNNPolitics.com

Former President Jimmy Carter wins Grammy Award ">Former President Jimmy Carter wins Grammy Award By Gregory Krieg,...

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Giving back

I call it the fluke of all flukes. I gave blood in summer 2014 during a festival held at The Christ Experience, a United...

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Happiness is contagious: Notes from 'Night to Shine' OKC

The church just couldn't contain it all. The joy and love and laughter overflowed at Oklahoma City's recent "Night to...

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Marriage and family scholar to speak Tuesday, Feb. 9, in OKC

Marriage and family scholar Brad Wilcox will give several presentations on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Oklahoma City. Wilcox is being...

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What to Give Up for Lent 2016? Consider Twitter's Top Ideas

(UPDATED) Charting how Lenten abstinence has changed over time, as 2016 data comes in.

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Grab a sweet pastry at Corn Bible Academy's German Feast

CORN -- Despite my best intentions, I did try a piece of  schnetka during my interviews Corn Bible Academy earlier this...

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America's largest cross begins construction in Corpus Christi, Texas

If all goes to plan, one day Corpus Christi will be the home of the largest cross in the Western Hemisphere. The Corpus...

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OC BB players are raising money for Lubbock Christian volleyball player

People who attend the Thursday, Feb. 4 men's basketball game at Oklahoma Christian University will have an opportunity to...

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Faith Notes-Weekend: Jan. 30-31

The weekend is finally here. There are several noteworthy events taking place at metro churches: Saturday, Jan. 30 -- A...

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7 types of evangelicals -- and how they'll affect 2016 - CNNPolitics.com

7 types of evangelicals -- and how they'll affect the presidential race ">7 types of evangelicals -- and how they'll affect...

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Pope Francis overturns tradition to allow women in Lenten foot-washing rite

Pope Francis on Thursday overturned centuries of tradition that banned women from a foot-washing service during Lent, upsetting...

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Wanted for winter: Salvation Army needs blankets

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is urgently seeking donations of blankets for its homeless shelter. Leaders of...

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Concert alert: Kirk Franklin, Martha Munizzi, TobyMac ...

Plenty of contemporary Christian and gospel concerts are coming down the pike in the next few months. Here's a list of some of...

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DinnerTableOKC: Something to talk about

I noticed as I prepared to sit down for lunch that I didn't know the two men sitting at my table. Before we started...

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First Catholic service for centuries to be celebrated in chapel of King Henry VIII | Christian News on Christian Today

The first Roman Catholic service for more than 450 years is to be celebrated in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.

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Evangelicals commit to refugee resettlement efforts

About 100 evangelical leaders are calling on Christians and their churches “to support ministries showing the love of Jesus to...

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Catholic archbishop discourages focus on satanists' Christmas Eve plans

The archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has broken his silence about a satanist group's plans for a...

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Bible passages cut from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ at Eastern Kentucky school

When students perform the play “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at W.R. Castle Elementary School in Johnson County on Thursday, the...

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Tour of downtown OKC churches is Sunday, Dec. 6

There's still time to take a tour of downtown Oklahoma City area churches as part of the "Downtown Holiday Historic Church Tour...

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Church unveils mural at World AIDS Day service

A  colorful mural featuring flying birds and blooming flowers was recently unveiled as part of the 2015 World AIDS Day...

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'full of grace,' Broadway star enchants crowd

Broadway star Kelli O'Hara recently received a standing ovation as she stepped out in front of a crowd gathered at an...

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Mike Huckabee to Appear in God’s Not Dead 2

A recent press release from Pure Flix and Grace Hill Media has revealed that Christian commentator Mike Huckabee will be making...

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Fear, faith and the rise of Ben Carson

Many of the GOP candidate’s supporters say that only a godly man like him can rescue the country.

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Jewish community, community-at-large loses Michael Barlow

Michael Barlow (pictured), a prominent leader in the Oklahoma City Jewish community, died Saturday, Nov. 28. He was 71. Barlow...

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Conservative Christian Leader Blasts Anti-Refugee Rhetoric, Calls For Compassion

Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, criticized the...

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OK Interfaith Alliance president: Paris attacks 'crime against all of humanity'

Dr. Carl Rubenstein recently shared remarks at the memorial service and vigil held Tuesday afternoon at the Survivor Tree on...

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Refugees are God's children, Pope says in wake of Paris attacks

Amid questions over whether European nations will reevaluate their migrant policies in the wake of Friday's deadly attacks in...

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OKC Natl Memorial Survivor tree will be site of Paris vigil on Tuesday, Nov. 17

 The Holocaust Remembrance and Restitution Foundation Inc. is co-sponsoring a multicultural and interfaith candlelight...

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Oklahoma Episcopal bishop calls for peace, prayer in wake of Paris attacks

The leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, recently shared statements about the Paris terrorist attacks with...

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OKC Catholic archbishop calls for prayer & solidarity in aftermath of Paris terrorist attacks

The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, recently released a prepared statement in...

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From Tent City to Tiny Houses

Churches try hip solution to aid the homeless.

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Q&A with Caleb Castille, star of ‘Woodlawn’

DUNCAN—Caleb Castille plays Tony Nathan in the Christian-themed movie “Woodlawn.” He and his father Jeremiah Castille were...

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Rabbi's new do: Local spiritual leader shaves head for good cause

Some might say Rabbi Vered Harris is having a bad hair day, but the spiritual leader of one of Oklahoma City Jewish...

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The world’s largest Christian university relaxes some rules for students

It's Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and here's what's new.

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John Perkins, Southern Baptist leader, discuss race

Two nationally known faith leaders, one black and one white, agree that a tiny cloud of hope is starting to rise over race...

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What do you think? Pope Francis alters rules on Catholics and abortions

This is the big religion story for the day. I'd love to find out what readers think about this. Email me your views at...

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Why We Should Keep the Devil in Halloween

In early thirteenth-century Belgium a young woman named Christina (who would later have “Mirabilis” or “The Astonishing”...

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Cash-Strapped Missionaries Get a New Calling: Home

Hundreds of Southern Baptist missionaries working abroad are being summoned home in a move to slash costs, after years of...

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Religious leaders weigh in on social media, faith

How does social media impact your faith? How does it help spread a message and engage with others about their faith?...

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Notable ORU alumni share their stories as school readies for 50th anniversary celebration

Oral Roberts had a vision that ORU graduates would carry the Christian message around the globe. And many of them have. Hear...

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Retired pastor reviewed worship services - The United Methodist Church

The Rev. Christy Thomas spent a year reporting on what she experienced as a visitor in the pews.

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Pickerington church gives pizza driver huge tip

Collection of $1,046 was part of church outreach effort

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Sister Rosemary to speak tonight at OCU

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People last year, will give a free presentation...

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Life.Church releases new storybook Bible based on popular app

A print component of the the YouVersion Bible App for Kids was released today, Oct. 13, on Amazon.com and BibleAppForKids.com....

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Oklahomans celebrate marriage at downtown prayer walk and rally

Joseph Dawson and his wife Angela were looking for a place to have a special dinner today, Oct. 11, when they saw an event...

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Who's sitting under the 'pumpkin tree'? 'Mayor Mick'

I wanted to add another twist to my story in today's Life section about Studio 222's whimsical interactive "pumpkin tree."...

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Oklahoma Baptists prepare to aid flood victims in the Carolinas

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are preparing to head to South Carolina and North Carolina to help victims of...

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Who loves Pope Francis after his U.S. trip? Democrats and liberals.

Some Americans appear to be generating more positive vibes toward the Catholic Church after Pope Francis’s trip to the...

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Circus goes to church ...

The big top is up at a local church that has offered a temporary home to Hugo-based Carson & Barnes Circus. The circus will...

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Muslim advocacy group calls for increased security at two OKC & Edmond mosques

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) is calling for increased security from local police...

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Looking in NewsOK for a particular faith story? Try the "Life" section

Hello readers, Most of my stories on spirituality, faith and values may be found in the religion-themed Life section on...

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Archbishop of Canterbury XI to take on the Vatican – at cricket

[Anglican Communion News Service] A Church of England XI will take on a team of cricketers representing the Vatican later...

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Interview: 'Duck Dynasty's Al Robertson in OKC

Alan Robertson, one of the stars of A&E's hit reality TV show "Duck Dynasty," is in Oklahoma City tonight, Sunday, Oct. 4,...

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There's still plenty to say about pope's visit to America

These days, there's plenty to read about Pope Francis and his recent visit to America. The pontiff has returned to home to Rome...

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Behind the Scenes With Pope Francis in America

Ten days of reporting from the Papal bubble

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How the Pope brought our messy multitude together - CNN.com

How the Pope brought our messy multitude together">How the Pope brought our messy multitude togetherBy Daniel Burke, CNN...

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Alan Robertson of 'Duck Dynasty' to speak at OC

 Alan Robertson, one of the stars of the A&E hit reality TV show "Duck Dynasty," will give the keynote message at...

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Pope Francis' representative sent letter to Gov. Fallin on Glossip's behalf

A Roman Catholic leader representing Pope Francis sent a letter to Gov. Mary Fallin asking that she commute Richard Glossip's...

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Sandi Patty announces new album & 'farewell tour': OKC concert is 5/1/16

Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist Sandi Patty announced her farewell tour today on on NBC's Today Show. The...

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Tonight's blood moon: What's faith got to do with it?

A total lunar eclipse set to occur tonight will have plenty of folks outside hoping to catch a glimpse of this rare...

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Elk City native Kelli O'Hara to perform today at NYC show before papal event

Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara will be among the celebrities who will perform during a show today in Madison Square Garden that...

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Oklahoma Muslims observe Eid ul-Adha today

Many observant Oklahoma Muslims are celebrating Eid ul-Adha today, Thursday, Sept. 24. It is the Festival of the Sacrifice, a...

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Oklahoma Baptists disaster relief volunteers are responding to California wildfires

A group of Oklahoma Southern Baptists are in California to help with disaster relief needed in the wake of devastating...

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Pope to be featured on cover of Time

Pope Francis will be on the cover of the Sept. 25 edition of Time. The cover story about the pontiff's historic trip to the...

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Pope in America: See what's happening now

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently introduced its first mobile app, called "USA Catholic Church," which will give...

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A statue of Billy Graham will likely replace a white supremacist’s statue in the U.S. Capitol

The statue would replace that of Charles Aycock, a former North Carolina governor who championed public education but was also...

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See You At The Pole marks 25 years of prayer

Sept. 23 marks the 25th annual See You At The Pole, a student-initiated, student-organized, student-led event that started with...

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Former ambassador to the Holy See (w/Oklahoma ties) says pope's visit provides historic opportunity

U.S. News & World Report ran an op-ed piece by Francis Rooney of Tulsa (pictured), former ambassador to the Vatican, on the...

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Sister Rosemary's Sept. 23 presentation at OCU has been postponed

Oklahoma City University officials just announced that a free public presentation featuring Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, the...

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What's goin' on?: Forum on religious landscape study is tonight

Why are more people than ever before claiming no affiliation to organized religion? What would draw young adults to churches...

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Prayer vigils for Richard Glossip execution

Prayer vigils are planned at different locations today, Sept. 16, as the state prepares to execute Richard Glossip....

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Keeping up with Pope Francis (in America)

People who want to keep up with the activities of Pope Francis when he visits the U.S. soon can look to a new app for details...

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Cardinal, New York officials condemn selling of pope tickets

NEW YORK (AP) — New York officials have joined Cardinal Timothy Dolan in condemning the scalping of tickets to see Pope...

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Oklahoma City rabbi gives High Holy Day call to action regarding Syrian refugees

As the sun set tonight, Sunday, Sept. 13, an Oklahoma City rabbi made a special plea for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year ....

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Three Rabbis & Rosh Hashana: Local Jewish leaders talk High Holy Days

When many people think about the Jewish High Holy Days and Rosh Hashana, apples and honey often come to mind. The apples and...

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‘Sister Wives’ clan uses U.S. same-sex marriage ruling in polygamy case

The stars of the reality television show "Sister Wives" used the U.S. Supreme Court's recent same-sex marriage ruling to...

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Crowds flock to Georgia to pay tribute to cancer-stricken Jimmy Carter

Guidance for pilgrims: “Don’t say, ‘I’m so sorry about the diagnosis.’ . . . Just say, ‘I’m praying for you.’ ”

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How 'War Room' Became a Biblical Box Office Smash

Outside of evangelical circles, the names Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick are likely to be met with blank stares. But thanks...

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The most popular Bible of the year is probably not what you think it is

The proliferation of Bibles underscores the anxieties people have about whether or not they are reading the right Bible.

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Group holds prayer vigil at Ten Commandments monument

A group made up of metro area residents and individuals from other states held a brief prayer vigil Saturday at the Ten...

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Q&A with "War Room" star Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla Shirer is best known as an author, speaker, ministry leader and founder of Go Beyond Ministries. She's a wife (to...

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Q&A with "War Room" producer Stephen Kendrick

Stephen Kendrick, producer of the new movie "War Room" had much to say during a recent telephone interview.  Those...

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No 'religious battle' over Middle Eastern attire, OU dean says

NORMAN -- A University of Oklahoma dean who issued a public apology regarding Middle Eastern clothing he wore at an OU...

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Mormon Church says it will stay with Boy Scouts of America

It's been several weeks since the Boy Scouts of America's Executive Council voted to lift the faith-based organization's ban...

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Roman Catholic leader offers statement on death of Mark Costello

The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley released a statement today regarding the death of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, who...

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Interview with Franklin Graham: Three things that surprised me

My recent interview with evangelist Franklin Graham wasn't my first time chatting with him. Still, he said some things that...

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OKC pastor says ride to Arctic Circle was 'life changing and life saving'

The Rev. Randy Shrauner met fellow Methodist Dennis Miller and the two became good friends. Shrauner, 56, said he and Miller, a...

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Free concert: Skillet, Lacey Sturm, All Sons and Daughters and Dae-Lee

Contemporary Christian band Skillet (pictured) will perform at an evangelistic outreach event set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug....

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16 states, including Oklahoma, side with Baptist schools in Obamacare appeal

A friend-of-the-court brief says states have an interest in protecting the religious beliefs of nonprofit organizations. By Ken...

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VIDEO: Community encouraged to attend workshop, revival

[brightcove]4404114238001[/brightcove] Two clergy leaders visited The Oklahoman Thursday morning to talk about a revival and...

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Who are all these young people in downtown Oklahoma City?

Downtown Oklahoma City is the site of large Pentecostal youth conference. At a downtown sandwich shop today, several people...

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Pope Francis’s stop at Catholic U. will be third papal visit to the school in 36 years

They're a bit giddy at Catholic U. about the third papal visit in less than 40 years.

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Clergy leader calls on Oklahoma Southern Baptists to urge Congress and President Obama to defund Planned Parenthood

The leader of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, the state affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention, is asking...

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Oklahoma City archbishop calls for prayer for sanctity of human life in wake of Planned Parenthood video

A prominent Roman Catholic leader called Wednesday for prayer and action upholding the "sanctity of human life." In a prepared...

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These stories will make you cry - Freedmen's Bureau Project

I couldn't help it, I cried. A blind freedman (that's what the newly emancipated slaves were often called after the Civil War)...

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St. Philip Neri Catholic School to break ground on new Family Life Center

MIDWEST CITY -- St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and School will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Family Life Center at...

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Holocaust victims' remains found in France

The burial on Sunday of the remains of an unknown Holocaust victim brought a solemn close to an extraordinary set of...

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Devil in Detroit: Satanic Temple to unveil Baphomet statue on Saturday

A monument of Satan that has been proposed for the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol building will be unveiled on Saturday,...

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How To See Pope Francis During His U.S. Visit

People are busy making plans to see Pope Francis during his September visit to the United States. Here's a story giving some...

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Oklahoma's congressional leaders hold prayer breakfast

The Oklahoma Congressional delegation recently hosted its 10th annual Oklahoma Prayer Breakfast at the United States...

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Wade in the water ...

I was very little but I remember being baptized by Rev. Albritton at Tabitha Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City. I...

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Faith Notes: Weekend June 27-28

Here are several faith-themed events happening in the metro area this weekend: Saturday, June 27 Buddha Mind Monastery’s 2015...

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See Falls Creek evening worship service live tonight

  DAVIS — Falls Creek Baptist Conference is broadcasting a live worship service via a live stream channel at 7 p.m....

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Faith Notes: Weekend June 20-21

Here are several faith-themed events planned for the weekend:   Saturday, June 20   “Praise in the Stadium” continues...

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OKC community prayer vigil for Charleston, S.C., set for Sunday, June 21

An Oklahoma City Community Prayer Vigil for Charleston, S.C., will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 21 at Avery Chapel African...

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Baptist leaders cancel next Falls Creek youth camp session

DAVIS — The June 22-26 session of Falls Creek youth camp has been canceled due to flooding in the Turner Falls area, Baptist...

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Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins

Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, started today, June 18. It is one of the five pillars, or obligations, of Islam....

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Falls Creek youth camp session is ending early due to rising Washita River

DAVIS — The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma said Wednesday campers are being released early from the Week 3 session of...

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Falls Creek staff took safety precautions Wednesday due to flooding

Thousands of campers have been gathering together each night at a popular Baptist youth camp in the Turner Falls area, but the...

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Death penalty opponents to host forum Thursday, June 18

As part of an upcoming campaign to defeat State Question 776, the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP)...

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Skyline Urban Ministry has new executive director

The Rev. Deborah Ingraham is the new executive director of Skyline Urban Ministries, a social service agency affiliated with...

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Franklin Graham suggests boycott of LGBT-friendly companies

Several news outlets are reporting that evangelist Franklin Graham (pictured) has suggested that Christians refrain from doing...

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Faith & Culture: Vatican and Pat Robertson Agree: Don’t Play ‘Charlie, Charlie’

Game of ‘summoning’ Mexican demon goes viral. Skeptics say it’s a marketing hoax.

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Faith Notes: Weekend June 6-7

The faith community has several activities planned for Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. Here’s are few events planned for...

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Faith Notes: June 3 luncheon to focus on 'Biblical justice'

An informal luncheon entitled  “What is Biblical Justice?” is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 at Crossings...

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LifeChurch.tv's YouVersion features 'Duck Dynasty' stars' Bible plan

If you are one of the many people who have downloaded Edmond-based LifeChurch.tv’s free YouVersion Bible app, you probably...

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Faith Notes: Weekend May 30-31

Here are several faith-themed events scheduled in the Oklahoma City metro area: Sunday, May 31 — The Southern Gospel quartet...

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Baptists offering training for proper cleanup and mold removal of flooded properties

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Office is offering special training Wednesday through Friday, May...

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Faith Notes: Weekend, May 23-24

Here are a few faith-themed events happening in the metro area this weekend: // // // Sunday, May 24 — A Buddha Bathing...

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Faith Notes: Weekend May 16-17

Here are several faith-themed events scheduled for the weekend, May 16-17:   Saturday, May 16 — The Gospel of Grace is set...

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Hobby Lobby's Barbara Green receives religious liberty award

Barbara Green, matriarch of the Green family that founded Oklahoma City-based retailer Hobby Lobby, recently received the...

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Faith Notes: Recording artist Byron Cage to visit OKC

Fifth Street Baptist Church will host Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist Byron Cage at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at 801...

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Beware of "Code Green": Lessons from "Avengers-Age of Ultron"

I believe it was Kermit the Frog who once said “It’s not easy being green.” The easy going Muppet was talking about himself but...

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Baptists are providing aid in tornado-ravaged areas

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers continued serving communities affected by the May 6 storms on Friday, May 8. To...

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Kyle Dillingham's CD release events are today, Thursday, May 7

Oklahoma City musician Kyle Dillingham is hosting two events today,  May 7, celebrating the release of his latest CD...

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Faith Notes: National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 7

Thursday, May 7, is National Day of Prayer and there are related activities planned throughout the metro area and the state....

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Concert alert: Big Daddy Weave coming to OKC

Contemporary Christian recording artists Big Daddy Weave (pictured), Jason Gray, Citizen Way and Lauren Daigle will perform in...

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Faith Notes: Weekend, May 2-3

The weekend has begun! Check out these faith-themed activities and events in the metro and beyond: Saturday, May 2 — A...

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Faith Notes: Friday, May 1 -- St. Joseph Old Cathedral to celebrate 125th anniversary

A special Mass will be held to commemorate the 125th anniversary of St. Joseph Old Cathedral at 6 p.m. today, Friday, May 1, at...

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Shawnee Frontline Church partners with DHS for the Finding Forever Families 5K Run

SHAWNEE — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services Pottawatomie county office is partnering with Shawnee Frontline Church to...

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Concert alert: Lecrae will be in town Friday, May 1

Grammy Award-winning Christian recording artist Lecrae will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Cox Convention...

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Confession vigil opposing death penalty set for Tuesday, April 28

Restoring Justice Oklahoma will hold it’s second annual Pubic Confession event at 8 p.m.  Tuesday, April 28, at the Jesus...

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Faith Notes: Weekend April 25-26

Saturday, April 25 — The Central Saints Chorus of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will present Rob Gardner’s...

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In case you missed it: the Earth Walk

About this time yesterday, a small crowd of people gathered at the Oklahoma United Methodist headquarters for “A Walk for...

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Faith Notes: Concert alert

Contemporary Christian recording artists Steven Curtis Chapman, Francesca Battistelli (pictured), Brandon Heath and Danny Gokey...

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Oklahomans on Top 100 Christian leaders list: A businessman, a recording artist and a scholar

Several Oklahomans are included in a list of top Christian leaders in America. Newsmax’s 2015 Top 100 List is a list of...

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Faith Notes: April 22, 2015 -- Walk for the Earth

Wednesday, April 22 A walk in conjunction with Earth Day is planned at Oklahoma City University. A Walk for Earth is set for...

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Faith Notes: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Here are several faith-themed events happening in the metro area Monday, April 20, and later in the week:   Tuesday, April...

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Oklahoma City remembers: Episcopal Bishop

The Rt. Rev. Ed Konieczny, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, recently offered the following words and prayers to...

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Oklahoma City remembers: Archbishop Paul S. Coakley offers prayer for 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing

On this day, the 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley (pictured),...

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Story & music to stir the soul: Defiant Requiem -- Verdi at Terezin

A triumphant story of people who found a way to be light in the midst of darkness was told in musical form during Canterbury...

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New faces, new places: First Baptist-OKC names new pastor

First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City has named a new senior pastor. The Rev. Kent Berghuis (pictured) will be the new pastor...

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Faith Notes: Weekend, April 18-19, 2015

Here are several metro area faith-themed events and activities planned for the weekend: Saturday, April 18 OKC Christian...

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Islamic mosque in Stillwater also the target of vandals, Muslim leaders say

An Islamic mosque in Edmond wasn’t the only Muslim house of worship targeted by vandals on Sunday, April 12. Several windows...

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Faith Notes: Thursday, April 16, 2015

Here are several  faith-themed events happening today in the Oklahoma City metro area and beyond: — The Alzheimer’s...

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Faith Notes: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Here are several faith-themed events happening today in the Oklahoma City metro area: —  Terry Campbell of Falls City,...

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CBMC Metro Prayer Breakfast: Gov. Fallin looks back 20 years

Gov. Mary Fallin said she could recall with clarity how good she felt after leaving the CBMC Metro Prayer Breakfast 20 years...

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Flying nun? Tulsa nun plans jump from plane

I was very young when Sally Field took to the sky as “The Flying Nun” on TV. I thought it was a great television show (again, I...

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Luncheon forum: "Religion, Speech, Journalism and Terrorism"

The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest-Oklahoma City will host a luncheon forum at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the...

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Choir preparing for musical journey

Here’s a video that includes some excerpts from the first full rehearsal of the “We Rise to Bless You Still” concert choir. The...

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Faith Notes: New faces, new places Monday, April 13, 2015

Look for updates and information on new hires, position changes and other transitions within the faith community-at-large here...

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Faith Notes: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Here are several faith-themed events and presentations happening in the Oklahoma City metro area today:   Mark Christian...

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Faith Notes: Weekend April 11-12

This weekend is chock full of faith-themed events. There’s still time to make plans to check out the following activities...

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Faith Notes: Friday, April 10, 2015

From now on, we hope to post events and activities at local churches and houses of worship here on the Religion & Values...

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See 'Four Blood Moons' -- on the big screen today

An encore presentation of the faith-themed film “Four Blood Moons” is being shown around the country today at select theaters,...

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Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sundown

Christians are observing Good Friday, which commemorates the day Jesus died on the cross. This observance collides with the...

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Ark atop new DC Bible Museum?

Construction began in mid-February on the new Museum of the Bible being built in Washington, D.C. by the Green Family of...

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Blanca: Secure and Singing Solo

It’s been two years since contemporary Christian recording artist Blanca Callahan struck out on her own for a solo career....

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More on the book "Visits to Heaven: Are They Real?"

More than a few readers reached out to me this past weekend to say they were very interested in my story in Saturday’s Life...

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What's that on your forehead? It's Ash Wednesday

It’s Ash Wednesday and chances are, someone you know showed up at work or school with a smear of ashes on their forehead. It’s...

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Intersection of faith and mental health

In a week, The Oklahoman and Crossings Community Church will host “Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue.” The Feb. 24...

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Moving up at the Jesus House

The board chairman of the Jesus House said the homeless shelter and outreach took another  step forward with the recent...

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Running the race: "McFarland USA"

I have a special place in my heart for runners because one of my sons ran cross country and track in high school and is now a...

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Faith and 'Fifty Shades of Grey' ...

With the movie 'Fifth Shades of Grey' set for nationwide premiere in a few days, I wondered what faith leaders around the...

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The pope and Google Hangout

Pope Francis is all about social media. The pontiff recently shared a conversation with seven youths from different countries...

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Concert alert: Winter Jam, The Bible Tour and more

There are several Christian/Gospel concerts coming up in the Oklahoma City metro area and Tulsa. Here are a few: March 1 —...

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Hindu leader urges Oklahoma schools to mark Hindu holy day as school holiday

A Hindu leader is urging Oklahoma schools, public as well as private, which have significant number of Hindu students, to...

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Church members take stand with 'Wear-a-Hoodie-To-Church'

People wearing hooded shirts of different colors filled the pews at several Oklahoma City churches on  Sunday. Some of the...

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Korie Robertson will be part of Women of Faith's OKC conference

Korie Robertson (pictured), wife of Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson and star of  A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” will be a...

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Pope offers prayers for victims of Paris attack

Pope Francis dedicated his early morning Mass Thursday to the victims of the Jan. 7 terrorist attack on a satirical weekly...

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Local Muslim group condemns Paris terrorist attacks

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK), condemned the recent shooting attack and murders...

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Oklahoma stained glass windows receive day in the sun

A local magazine’s latest edition features the beautiful stained glass windows that add another dimension to the artistry found...

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Sister Rosemary to be featured Sunday in 'Women of the Bible' TV special

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, the Ugandan nun with Oklahoma ties, will be featured in actress Roma Downey’s “Women of The Bible”...

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Magi-themed postal stamp for the holidays

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a Christmas Magi Limited Edition Forever stamps.  The first-day-of-issue dedication...

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More on Hance Dilbeck, Oklahoma Baptists' new prez

The Rev. Jeremy Freeman,  pastor of First Baptist Church of Newcastle, nominated the Rev. Hance Dilbeck to lead the...

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Surrounded by "soul" food

It didn’t take me long to figure out that I would get my fill of food covering the religion beat. I’m always surrounded by food...

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UM Bishops' panel draws criticism for excluding gays

One of the more high profile sessions of the United Methodist Council of Bishops was held Saturday  morning in Oklahoma...

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'Beardless one' from 'Duck Dynasty' talks about shaving and the show

He’s known as the “beardless one” in a family of bearded men and he’s OK with that. I’m talking about the Rev. Al Robertson,...

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ORU students are treating homeless this Halloween

TULSA — It’s Halloween and numerous Oral Roberts University students have already decided they will “treat” instead of “trick.”...

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Kelly Dyer Fry, Editor of The Oklahoman, speaks at luncheon forum

Wonder what role the news media serves? The press shines the light on injustice, among other things, Kelly Dyer Fry, Editor of...

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Movie review: "Meet the Mormons"

I didn’t know what to expect from the documentary “Meet the Mormons” when I was invited to a recent VIP screening of the film...

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Right now: Rick Warren shines spotlight on mental health

In conjunction with World Mental Health Day, Rick Warren and his wife Kay of Saddleback  Church in California are hosting...

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YouVersion Bible app: more on translations milestone

There’s more to say about the recent YouVersion Bible app milestone being celebrated this week by LifeChurch.tv and the app’s...

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LifeChurch.tv's Bobby G. hopes to inspire you ...

There are numerous angles and twists and turns in the story of LifeChurch.tv’s extremely popular YouVersion Bible app and...

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Same-sex marriage: Kenny & Bo wait no more

As  photographs and information from the Oklahoma County Courthouse made their way to the newsroom Monday afternoon,...

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Run to combat human trafficking

Earlier this year, I wrote a story about a faith-based group called No Boundaries International that has been working for...

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Jewish High Holy Days are here

The Jewish community is in the midst of observing the High Holy Days, with the beginning of Rosh Hashana at sundown yesterday....

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1Day Ranch Big Build: Matt and his dog Molly

Everyone I met during the New York Says Thank You barn raising project at 1 Day Ranch had their own unique story to tell. I...

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1 Day Ranch Big Build: It's a small world after all

Working on my stories about the New York Says Thank You  Foundation’s community barn raising event in Bethel Acres...

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Rolling away the stone of mental illness

Before you read this post, please know that I did not come up with the metaphor in this post headline that likely captured...

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An interview to remember: Louis Zamperini

I was saddened to learn of the recent death of  Louis Zamperini, the Olympic athlete and WWII veteran with an amazing...

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Breakfast was a slice of heaven ... with a little religion on the side

I’ve been savoring my Honey Berry Jam (pictured) from St. Gregory’s Abbey for a few weeks and thought I would...

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Can't get enough blackberries ...

In 2000, I was editor of The Oklahoman’s Community (Metro) section and I had a column that I frequently used to share some...

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New Catholic priests are coming to a parish near you ...

The five men ordained to the priesthood today in Oklahoma City (see story in Saturday’s Oklahoman) will soon begin...

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Concert alert

There are a bunch of  Christian concerts in the next few months, starting with Sidewalk Prophets (pictured) on...

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LifeChurch.tv's new Britton & Broadway campus opening in July

Just drove past the site where LifeChurch.tv’s newest metro campus is being constructed and noticed a sign on the building that...

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Women of Faith conference headed to OKC in August

There’s a certain point in the summer or fall when people working or visting downtown Oklahoma City start to see huge crowds of...

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Vacation Bible school listing for the coming week ... and beyond

The weekly Vacation Bible school did not get in the print edition of Saturday’s (June 14) paper so I’m sharing it via the blog...

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'Duck Dynasty' Bible headed to book stores this fall

“The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible” will be released in October, Thomas Nelson publishers announced today. I know that...

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Still time to see "Where Was God" at the Warren Theatre

“Where Was God?,” an Oklahoma documentary film, has been extended through Thursday, June 5,  at the Warren Theatre in...

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Are you praying for a Thunder win tonight?

Just a few hours before Game 5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs.

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Watch it: Episcopalians to meet for peace gathering

Today,  the Episcopal Church USA and the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma said that four plenary sessions at...

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March 30 Today's Prayer

O Lord, just as loaves of bread feed our bodies, Your unending grace feeds our souls.

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"Noah": A movie review

I saw “Noah” yesterday, the big-budget movie that folks have been talking about for months.

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Today's Prayer March 8

Saturday, March 8 Help us restrain from anger, O Lord; guide us in ways of forgiveness.

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Today's Prayer March 7

Friday, March 7 Our problems can affect all aspects of life, but we find comfort and strength in You, dear God.

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Today's Prayer March 6

Thursday, March 6 Help us clothe ourselves in compassion for others and not be marked by bitterness or gloom.

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Today's Prayer March 5

Wednesday, March 5   Lord, while our bodies will one day return to dust, we pray our souls will shine with You.

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Today's Prayer March 4

Tuesday, March 4 Many distractions and temptations cloud our lives, but Your grace is like armor for our souls.

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Today's Prayer March 3

“Who will save me?” We know, dear Lord the answer is found in You.

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Jan. 28 Today's Prayer

Lord, give Your grace to those studying to be preachers of Your word and our spiritual leaders.

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Pope Francis coming to U.S. next year

CNN is reporting that Pope Francis will visit the United States next year.

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Jan. 24 Today's Prayer

O God, we are thankful for the many wise people who have shown us examples of devout lives.

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Fiery preachers and speakers at MLK Prayer Breakfast

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?

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Jan. 20 Today's Prayer

Dear God, we are grateful for those who take their dreams and dare to make them reality.

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Jan. 19 Today's Prayer

You show us signs of your great power, love and mercy. We bow in praise before You.

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Jan. 15 Today's Prayer

Be with us, dear Lord, when little problems chip away at our good feelings for others.