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N.M. convention forms Glorieta committee

ALBUQUERQUE (BP) - The Baptist Convention of New Mexico's Executive Board has followed up on a resolution adopted at the convention's annual meeting in October authorizing the creation of a committee to "explore the future and possibilities of Glorieta," LifeWay Christian Resources' conference center near Santa Fe.

BCNM messengers, at the annual meeting in Farmington, resolved to "strongly urge the Southern Baptist Convention and LifeWay Christian Resources to insure that Glorieta continues its vital ministry to the people known as Southern Baptists now and well into the future or until Jesus returns."

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Conquering disability through faith, Connell ordained as minister

HOPE - A young man from Hope is dealing with many milestones in his life at this moment in time and he sports a perpetual smile through it all. Thomas Jason, or T.J., Connell has just graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, with honors, and was ordained as a Baptist minister in an ordination ceremony which took place Sunday night at Unity Baptist Church in Hope. 

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Pastors unconvinced on evolution, LifeWay survey shows

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Pastors overwhelmingly believe that God did not use evolution to create humans and think Adam and Eve were literal people, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. The survey of 1,000 American Protestant pastors, released Jan. 9, also found that ministers are almost evenly split on whether the earth is thousands of years old.

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Barna examines what people experience in churches

Most Americans have first-hand experiences in churches or parishes. What happens, if anything, in the hearts and minds of those who attend? To explore this matter, Barna Group surveyed Americans who have attended a Christian church sometime in the past and discovered what they say about their experiences in these congregations.

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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.