Digest

Stories of interest to Arkansas Baptists ...

Wednesday
Dec212011

Abstinence funding restored in federal budget

WASHINGTON (BP) - Funding for abstinence education has returned to the federal budget in the spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. The $1 trillion budget, which staves off another potential government shutdown, allocates $5 million for abstinence-based Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) programs that were slashed by the Obama administration beginning in 2009.

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Tuesday
Dec202011

Survey says most people prefer 'Merry Christmas'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Nearly two-thirds of Americans prefer the greeting of "Merry Christmas" over "Happy Holidays," according to a new survey.

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Tuesday
Dec202011

Christianity largest world religion

Christians are by far the largest religious group on the planet, and the religion has gone truly global over the past century, according to a new report out Monday, which finds some of the world’s biggest Christian communities in surprising places.

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Saturday
Dec172011

School to sing 'Silent Night' despite legal threat

A group of 5-, 6- and 7-year old children will be able to sing "Silent Night" in their Christmas program after Alabama school officials decided to ignore a complaint filed by a group that called the song "unconstitutional." The news came as a relief to students and teachers at G.W. Trenholm Primary School in Tuscumbia, Ala., after they found themselves thrust into the war on Christmas.

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Saturday
Dec172011

GPS (God's Plan for Sharing) 2012: Planning, training begin

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) - Following 2010's inaugural success of GPS (God's Plan for Sharing), GPS 2012 will focus on evangelism events aimed at helping Southern Baptists share the Gospel across North America in the days leading up to next Easter and beyond.

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