Digest

Stories of interest to Arkansas Baptists ...

Wednesday
Dec072011

Billy Graham released from hospital

GrahamASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) - Evangelist Billy Graham was released from the hospital Tuesday, six days after being admitted with pneumonia. A statement from Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., said Graham had made "good clinical progress" in his response to antibiotics and had "advanced daily" in showing increased strength and mobility. Graham was admitted Wednesday, Nov. 30. He also spent four nights in the hospital in May with pneumonia.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Study: Americans have mixed impressions of Southern Baptists' identity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The majority of Americans have a favorable impression of Southern Baptists, according to a recent LifeWay Research study. However, 40 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of the denomination, more than a third strongly assume an SBC church is not for them, and the negativity is higher among the unchurched.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Hugh Freeze hired as Ole Miss coach

OXFORD, Miss. (BP) - Hugh Freeze, who led Arkansas State's football team to its best season in years and whose Christian testimony has made headlines, has been named the new head coach at Ole Miss. A Southern Baptist, Freeze's Red Wolves team won the Sun Belt Conference this year and finished 10-2 overall, 8-0 in the conference for their first winning season since 1995. They also received a bid to the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Churches set to lose public school space

NEW YORK - A small Bronx evangelical church on Monday lost the final round of its 16-year legal battle to force New York City to permit religious worship services in public schools, setting the stage for the city to eject dozens of churches and religious organizations that have been using schools for prayer.

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Friday
Dec022011

Parole decision delayed for former music minister convicted of abuse

BENTON, Ark. (ABP) – The Arkansas Parole Board is reportedly postponing a decision about whether to release a convicted sex offender after two years of a 10-year prison term for sexual abuse of multiple boys while a longtime music minister at a prominent Baptist church.

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