More than three-quarters of Americans identify themselves as Christian, Gallup reports. Pollsters found that 78 percent of Americans identify with Christianity.
Stories of interest to Arkansas Baptists ...
BENTON - A Benton man appeared before the Arkansas Parole Board on Wednesday, Jan. 4, in a victim-input hearing that precedes the board's upcoming decision on whether to release David Pierce, The Saline Courier reported. The 59-year-old former minister of music at First Baptist Church is serving a 10-year prison term for conviction of four counts of sexual indecency with a child. He was convicted in August 2009 as part of a negotiated plea in Saline County Circuit Court.
ATLANTA - More than 42,000 college students filled the Georgia International Plaza next to the Georgia Dome stadium in the frigid Atlanta night on the final night of the Passion 2012 conference to wait patiently for a statue illustrating the fight against human trafficking to be illuminated. The event was one of the final gatherings during the conference, an annual meeting of 18 to 25 year olds. The students were encouraged to donate money to causes that battle trafficking.
The number of Christians around the world has more than tripled in the last 100 years, from about 600 million in 1910 to more than 2 billion in 2010. But the world's overall population also has risen rapidly, from an estimated 1.8 billion in 1910 to 6.9 billion in 2010. As a result, Christians make up about the same portion of the world's population today (32%) as they did a century ago (35%).