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Stories of interest to Arkansas Baptists ...

Saturday
Jan072012

Francis McBeth dies; professor emeritus of music at Ouachita 

Francis McBeth, who served for 39 years on the Ouachita Baptist University faculty before retiring in 1996 as professor emeritus of music and distinguished professor, died Friday, Jan. 6. He was a world-renowned composer, former conductor of the Arkansas Symphony, and Composer Laureate of the State of Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, daughter Laura, and son Matt. Service arrangements are pending.

Saturday
Jan072012

Poll: Nearly 80 percent of Americans say they are Christian

More than three-quarters of Americans identify themselves as Christian, Gallup reports. Pollsters found that 78 percent of Americans identify with Christianity.

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Friday
Jan062012

Planned Parenthood abortions decline

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Planned Parenthood, the country's leading abortion provider, finally saw a decline in the number of lethal procedures its affiliates performed in a year, according to its latest annual report.
Friday
Jan062012

Pierce victim speaks before parole board

PierceBENTON - A Benton man appeared before the Arkansas Parole Board on Wednesday, Jan. 4, in a victim-input hearing that precedes the board's upcoming decision on whether to release David Pierce, The Saline Courier reported. The 59-year-old former minister of music at First Baptist Church is serving a 10-year prison term for conviction of four counts of sexual indecency with a child. He was convicted in August 2009 as part of a negotiated plea in Saline County Circuit Court.

Friday
Jan062012

Students vow to end slavery

ATLANTA - More than 42,000 college students filled the Georgia International Plaza next to the Georgia Dome stadium in the frigid Atlanta night on the final night of the Passion 2012 conference to wait patiently for a statue illustrating the fight against human trafficking to be illuminated. The event  was one of the final gatherings during the conference, an annual meeting of 18 to 25 year olds. The students were encouraged to donate money to causes that battle trafficking.