Digest

Stories of interest to Arkansas Baptists ...

Thursday
Sep132012

Gospel Project, in demand, gets 4th printing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has returned to the printer for a fourth time to keep up with demands for The Gospel Project, as churches across the Southern Baptist Convention and other denominations dig into the inaugural quarter of LifeWay's newest curriculum.

The Gospel Project is a Christ-centered, three-year curriculum looking at the grand narrative of Scripture and how the Gospel transforms lives. The curriculum line is theologically robust, intended to help believers encounter the truth of Scripture through a theological lens, and mission-driven to nudge believers to action, explained Ed Stetzer, general editor of The Gospel Project.

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Thursday
Sep132012

'Liquidity challenges' may loom for Fla. conven.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Florida Baptists are assessing their future budgeting after being warned by auditors that their convention could face liquidity challenges as it moves toward a 50/50 split of Cooperative Program receipts.

"Without increased revenue or decreased expenditures, in the very near future, you will face liquidity challenges," auditor Mike Lee told the Florida State Board of Missions in May.

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Thursday
Sep132012

Bill Causey, former Miss. exec, dies at 81

CauseyJACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- William W. "Bill" Causey Sr., longtime Mississippi Baptist pastor and retired executive director-treasurer of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, died Sept. 6. He was 81.

Causey led the board from 1989 until his retirement in 1998. He earlier had served two terms as president of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

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Thursday
Sep132012

India orphans find home, Christ, through IMB OneLife initiative

BIHAR STATE, India (BP) -- Ajay Kumar stands straight as a rod in a line of green-sweatered boys during a school presentation near Katihar, India. The show is serious business, complete with singing and an audience of honored American guests.

But when the teacher calls Ajay's name, the 9-year-old's solemn face slips into a wide, infectious grin. This is his moment, and he knows it. Ajay steps forward, takes a deep breath and begins his monologue.

"When I was at home, there was no one to love me," he says. "Both of my parents remarried and abandoned me. So our village used me to look after their dogs and buffaloes."

These aren't lines from a play -- it's real life. Ajay is an orphan. His "school" is Compassion Children's Home, an orphanage run by his teacher/foster father/orphanage director, Mukesh Soren. The visiting Americans are a volunteer team from The Summit Church in Durham, N.C., led by Summit's worship leader and Christian recording artist, Matt Papa.

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Wednesday
Sep122012

Hobby Lobby files suit against abortion mandate

WASHINGTON (BP) – Evangelical-owned Hobby Lobby has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration's contraceptive/abortion mandate, becoming the largest business yet to take action against the rule and underscoring once again that the issue impacts more than just Catholics. With more than 500 stores in 41 states, Hobby Lobby's owners always have made their faith a central part of their business. Their stores play Christian instrumental music and are closed on Sundays. Hobby Lobby contributes to Christian organizations and during Easter and Christmas runs full-page ads with Gospel-centered messages in newspapers.