Oklahoma church paves way on interfaith and missions


NORMAN, Okla. (BNG, TAB) — NorthHaven Church, a Baptist congregation in Norman, Okla., has instilled within its people a culture of openness that has allowed it to be a welcoming atmosphere for people of all faith backgrounds. Pastor Mitch Randall said, “It was very quickly established (when the church began in 2004) that the church’s worldview is we don’t look at the world with suspicion but with curiosity and openness to discover the commonalities we have with other humans.” However, engaging with people of other faiths doesn’t mean watering down one’s own beliefs, said Randy Ridenour, a chaplain in the Army Reserve and a philosophy professor at Oklahoma Baptist University. “Just having a genuine dialogue with another person about what they believe doesn’t mean you are compromising your own beliefs in any way,” he said.

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