Digest

Stories of interest to Arkansas Baptists ...

Monday
Oct242011

7.3 quake in Turkey mobilizes response

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Southern Baptist disaster relief specialists are responding in the aftermath of a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck eastern Turkey the afternoon of Oct. 23.

The disaster killed at least 238 people and sent tens of thousands into the streets as apartment and office buildings collapsed or cracked, the Associated Press reported.

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Monday
Oct242011

Alaska Baptists cut budget by 14.6%  

NORTH POLE, Alaska (BP) - Messengers to the 66th annual meeting of the Alaska Baptist Convention reduced their 2012 budget by 14.6 percent.

The convention approved a $1.8 million budget for next year with an anticipated $720,322 in Cooperative Program receipts from the 100 churches in the state.

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Monday
Oct242011

NAMB shifts more funds to church planting efforts in North America

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The North American Mission Board (NAMB) remains on track to channel more funds into church planting and is aggressively looking at cutting costs and squeezing as much efficiency as possible out of its budget.

That’s the word from President Kevin Ezell on the anniversary of his first board meeting with trustees. The policy-making group met in Philadelphia Oct. 18-19 to visit ministry sites and conduct business for its fall session.

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Friday
Oct212011

Changing charitable tax code could harm churches and charities, senators told

WASHINGTON (BP) - The current tax deduction for charitable giving is under attack, and the services provided by churches and other institutions could suffer, U.S. senators were warned Oct. 18.

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Friday
Oct212011

Land: Capitalism closest model to a biblical economic system

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Capitalism represents the closest model to a biblical economic system, Richard Land told students and faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Oct. 12. His comments came at a luncheon on the theology of work and economics sponsored by the seminary’s Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement.

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