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SBC leader cites Calvinism as top challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) – A Southern Baptist Convention official says one of the top challenges facing the nation’s second largest faith group behind Roman Catholics is the increasing influence of Calvinism in churches.

“I think one of the issues which is a tremendous challenge for us is the theological divide of Calvinism and non-Calvinism,” Frank Page, CEO of the SBC Executive Committee said in a blog interview posted Oct. 18 at SBC Today. 

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'Courageous' movie stays in Top 10

ALBANY, Ga. (BP) - The church-made film "Courageous" stayed in the Top 10 in total gross during its third weekend and remained strong in per-theater average, despite going against three new films.

In fact, Courageous actually beat a new film, Fox's "The Big Year," which had a $57 million budget but flopped at No. 9. Courageous, with a $1 million budget, ended up No. 8 and has grossed $21.2 million since opening weekend.

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'Minor victory' in Iranian pastor case

TEHRAN (BP) - The attorney for imprisoned Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has confirmed that Iran's Supreme Court will review his case if the appeals court returns it, CNN reported Oct. 13.

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Yeats elected MBC executive director

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A leader in Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and state convention life has been elected the 20th executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention.

YeatsJohn Yeats, 61, the recording secretary for the SBC and director of communications and public policy for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, was elected with a vote of 34 yes, 3 no, and 1 abstention during a special called meeting of the 49-member MBC Executive Board Oct. 13 at the Baptist Building.

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Ouachita Baptist University hosts ‘Community Celebration’ Oct. 19

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – To say thank you for 125 years of community support, Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) is inviting the residents of Arkadelphia to a community celebration. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the center of OBU’s campus. The event is free and open to everyone in the Arkadelphia community.

“The event is designed as the signature event on the 125th Anniversary calendar,” said Keisha Pittman, OBU development officer. “It is essentially us throwing a birthday party and inviting the community to join us. It is our special way to open up our living room and say thank you to the Arkadelphia and Clark County Community.”

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