Digest

Stories of interest to Arkansas Baptists ...

Thursday
Dec082011

SBC name change task force reaches decision

ATLANTA (BP) - The task force appointed to study the possibility of changing the Southern Baptist Convention's name has reached a decision that they believe "will please the Father and greatly strengthen our ability to reach more people with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."  

The 20-member group appointed by SBC President Bryant Wright gathered for its second meeting Dec. 7 in Atlanta.

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Thursday
Dec082011

SBC 'Call to Prayer' coming in January

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) - In January, Southern Baptists are again being called to a time of prayer and spiritual awakening. The Southern Baptist Convention Call to Prayer is an opportunity to focus on praying missionally. "I can't think of a better way for our churches to start the New Year than to be in prayer for our families, our churches, our new church plants and our efforts to reach the unreached people groups of the world," said Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

WEEK OF PRAYER: Clinic's care includes 'The Best Medicine' 

In the Horn of Africa, this medical clinic’s "waiting room" is a wooden bench on a shaded porch where patients wait for a worker to assess their needs. (BP) PHOTO.HORN OF AFRICA (BP) - The African air is hot and still, stirred only by people brushing silently by as they are invited into the clinic courtyard from the weary line gathered outside. My wife Jeannie and I are taken by the silence. People who are tired, hungry and ill are often very quiet, even the children and babies. They have long ago given up on mere pleading as an effective means for getting help.

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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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