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Out with the old! It's closet cleaning time at the Arkansas Baptist News!

ABN staffers Jeanie Weber (left) and Jessica Vanderpool sort through materials removed from the Arkansas Baptist News storage closet. Below are some of the items.


World News Service 2013 Timeline

World News Service 2013 Timeline
By Kristin Chapman

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (World News Service) -- Key events from 2013 (as of Dec. 11) compiled by WORLD Magazine follow:


Jan. 1: Congress approves a fiscal cliff deal, with President Obama signing the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law the next day. 

Jan. 4: The Church of England says gay priests in civil partnerships can become bishops if they remain celibate. 

Jan. 8: An Open Doors report states that during 2012, Christians in North Korea suffered the most persecution in the world for the 11th straight year. 

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Happy New Year! Here are stories we are working on for the January 9 edition

Stories to be included in our first edition of the year (Jan. 9):

2013 top 10 stories chosen by Arkansas Baptist News staff – THE YEAR of our Lord 2013 was full of significant events. For Arkansas Baptists, many were exciting, others disappointing and some tragic. 

Little Rock couple request trial date in Glorieta suit – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Kirk and Susie Tompkins of Little Rock have asked a judge to set a trial date in what has turned into a land ownership dispute over the sale of property in and around Glorieta Conference Center. 

New Orleans professor says resolve church conflict ‘early’ – NEW ORLEANS, La. – Conflict has many facets. Many different obstacles can generate friction in the local church. One of the major keys to resolving church conflict is to get to it early, says professor of leadership and pastoral ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Reggie Ogea.

Other stories to be included in the edition are: 

– Arkansas Renewal Project hosts Arkansas pastors

– Arkansas judge orders trial in same-sex lawsuit

– And many more you don’t want to miss!


Arkansas Baptists called to action following devastating typhoon in Philippines

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention missions ministries team encouraged Arkansas Baptists Nov. 13 to assist people of the Philippines in the aftermath of the historic storm.

“We have been in direct contact with IMB (International Mission Board) missionaries on the scene. We have told them about the Philippines relief fund that we have started, and are standing by to recruit teams for them as needed,” reads a statement posted on the missions ministries team blog. “It will be some time before they can assess the situation and formulate a plan, especially due to the chaos still taking place.”

“If you wish to donate to the fund, 100 percent of which will go directly into the hands of IMB missionaries on the field, you can do so using the Donate Now link found on our homepage: 

“Or, you can send a check made payable to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, (with Philippines Relief in the memo line) to 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, AR  72204.”