Digest

Stories of interest to Arkansas Baptists ...

Thursday
Oct272011

Calvinism cited among reasons Kentucky church turned down for associational membership

ISLAND, Ky. - Was a western Kentucky church denied admittance to a Baptist association because it is too Calvinistic?

Acting on a report brought by its credentials committee, Daviess-McLean Baptist Association voted 104-9 at its annual meeting last week not to accept Pleasant Valley Community Church in Owensboro for membership.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Turkey quake: survivors 'need aid fast'  

ERCIS, Turkey (BP) - In eastern Turkey, hard-hit by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake Oct. 23, the living are still being pulled from the rubble -- a two-week-old baby, a pregnant mother, a grandmother, according to BBC News.

Officials say the death toll is at 366, with at least 1,300 injured. The death toll continues to rise, but rescue teams are still finding people alive under mounds of concrete and steel with the help of dogs, as well as texts from trapped victims, according to the BBC.

 

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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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