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It’s Football Time in Oklahoma!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The start of a new school year means the start of a new football season. The Crosstown Clash between Norman High and Norman North kicks things off next Thursday at Owen field and the Sooners begin their quest to return to the College Football Playoffs next Saturday at Owen field as well. The...

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Shalom!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Shalom! I hope you are familiar with this Hebrew word. It is often translated as peace, but means much more than the English word can convey. Shalom speaks not just to the absence of conflict or violence, but to wellness or wholeness in all of life and relationships. It speaks to being in right...

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Peru 2018

Posted by Angela Atkins on

 The following is a repost from Angela Atkins' personal blog. When my son was in about 3rd grade, our church started a regular trip for high school youth to Operacion San Andreas in Collique, Lima, Peru. If the trip continued, he and the other youth his age would be eligible to...

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The Red Devil

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

I suspect the term “Red Devil” conjures up many different images in your mind. Perhaps you think of impish caricatures with pitch forks, pointy tails and horns.  Recently, I confronted a new “Red Devil.” Its scientific name is “doxorubicin” and it is one...

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First Baptist Norman to host free concert at Legacy Park

Posted by Shana Adkisson on

Not exactly sure what to do for your favorite “Pop” this Father’s Day? Be sure to save the date for the First Baptist Church Pops in the Park. The Sunday concert is free and open to the community. “Pops in the Park will be on Father’s Day, June 17. Our worship...

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The Class of 2018

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

I have had the privilege of working with high school and college students through the years. In these formative years one of the most significant questions asked is “What is God’s will for my life?” For some students this is a liberating journey of faith and self-discovery that...

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Truth and Freedom

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

In John 8:31-32 Jesus taught His disciples that the “truth will set you free.” Jesus understood that freedom and truth go hand in hand. Where there is no truth, there is no freedom. And this is true “on earth as it is in heaven.”  On earth, The Declaration of...

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Exodus or Exile?

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Two of the dominant themes of the Old Testament are Exodus and Exile. The Exodus dominates the first part of the Old Testament as the Israelites found themselves in slavery in Egypt. Their cries and groans were heard by the Lord who prepared Moses to liberate them from Pharaoh and to lead them...

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The Third Day

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Lent is the Christian season of preparation for Easter Sunday. Lent commences on Ash Wednesday and builds through Holy Week. Holy Week celebrations start on Palm Sunday with the crowds welcoming Jesus to Jerusalem. By Good Friday the crowds have violently turned on Jesus, crying for His death...

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Good News!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Are you familiar with the story of Martin Niemoller? Niemoller was awarded the Iron Cross as a German U-Boat commander during World War I. After the war, he sensed the call to preach and became a Lutheran pastor. Like many Germans, Niemoller was hopeful in 1933 that new Chancellor Hitler would...

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