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David Platt named to lead SBC's IMB

Platt preaching in 2011.ROCKVILLE, Va. (BP) – Alabama pastor and author David Platt was elected president of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board Aug. 27 by board trustees, meeting at the IMB's International Learning Center in Rockville, Va. 

Platt, 36, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, a Southern Baptist congregation in Birmingham, Ala., will take office effective immediately as president of the 169-year-old organization, the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals. More than 4,800 Southern Baptist international missionaries serve worldwide.

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Fayetteville council approves controversial
gender, sexual orientation ordinance 6-2

FAYETTEVILLE – By a vote of 6-2, Fayetteville became the first Arkansas city to approve a controversial ordinance protecting gender identity and sexual orientation Tuesday, Aug. 19.

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Listen: Hobby Lobby & Religious Freedom

Bill Bumpas, host of the ABN Podcast, discusses the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Hobby Lobby and other matters concerning religious freedom, with Richard Piles, pastor of First Baptist Church, Camden, and chairman of the board of trustees of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

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Related: High court rules for Hobby Lobby

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Work progresses on new Ouachita stadium

Ouachita Baptist University’s Cliff Harris Stadium, currently under construction on the Arkadelphia campus, will be dedicated during the Ouachita Tigers’ first home football game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 13. The new facility, honoring Ouachita Tiger and Dallas Cowboy great Cliff Harris, will feature updated stadium seating, a state-of-the-art press box, concession stands and related improvements. The stadium has a seating capacity of more than 3,000, including 572 reserved and premium reserved seats. Photos courtesy Ouachita Baptist University

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