Anthony Jordan

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FIRST-PERSON: Go see ‘Courageous’

Courageous rises above the often cheesy, predictable approach of Christian films -- and it convicts you and makes you cry, says Baptist leader Anthony Jordan.

FIRST-PERSON: We must not be silent

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP)--There are no screams, even though the victim is brutalized. Limb by limb, the victim is torn from its home. There will be no decent burial. This person has no rights and no standing. Tiny, defenseless and voiceless, the human remains are thrown away as medical waste. The death toll since 1972 now inches ever closer to 50 million.

FIRST-PERSON: A noisy world

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP)--Like many of you, one of my favorite Christmas carols is “Silent Night.” It is so calming and reassuring. I realize that most of our songs tend to set the Christmas story in a pristine and sterile environment, but I do admit loving the line that declares, “sleep in heavenly peace.”

FIRST-PERSON: Graduation — and then what?

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)--Over the next few weeks, thousands of young people will begin their lives as adults. They will walk across a stage and receive a high school diploma. Few passages in life hold more significance.

FIRST PERSON: A Southern Baptist because . . .

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP)--Why are you a Southern Baptist? No doubt there are many valid answers to that question. For some, the reason is that your parents raised you in the church and, it is the denomination of your birth. Others found Christ in a Southern Baptist church, and it became your spiritual home. For still others, your involvement in Southern Baptist life came after having studied our doctrine and practices.

Questions, answers recapped on the SBC’s family statement

EDITORS’ NOTE: The following question-and-answer piece was written by Anthony Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and chairman of the seven-member study committee which drafted a proposed article on the family to be added to the Southern Baptist Convention’s confessional statement, the Baptist Faith and Message. The article was approved at […]