Digest

Stories of interest to Arkansas Baptists ...

Thursday
Sep132012

Bill Causey, former Miss. exec, dies at 81

CauseyJACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- William W. "Bill" Causey Sr., longtime Mississippi Baptist pastor and retired executive director-treasurer of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, died Sept. 6. He was 81.

Causey led the board from 1989 until his retirement in 1998. He earlier had served two terms as president of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

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Thursday
Sep132012

India orphans find home, Christ, through IMB OneLife initiative

BIHAR STATE, India (BP) -- Ajay Kumar stands straight as a rod in a line of green-sweatered boys during a school presentation near Katihar, India. The show is serious business, complete with singing and an audience of honored American guests.

But when the teacher calls Ajay's name, the 9-year-old's solemn face slips into a wide, infectious grin. This is his moment, and he knows it. Ajay steps forward, takes a deep breath and begins his monologue.

"When I was at home, there was no one to love me," he says. "Both of my parents remarried and abandoned me. So our village used me to look after their dogs and buffaloes."

These aren't lines from a play -- it's real life. Ajay is an orphan. His "school" is Compassion Children's Home, an orphanage run by his teacher/foster father/orphanage director, Mukesh Soren. The visiting Americans are a volunteer team from The Summit Church in Durham, N.C., led by Summit's worship leader and Christian recording artist, Matt Papa.

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Wednesday
Sep122012

Hobby Lobby files suit against abortion mandate

WASHINGTON (BP) – Evangelical-owned Hobby Lobby has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration's contraceptive/abortion mandate, becoming the largest business yet to take action against the rule and underscoring once again that the issue impacts more than just Catholics. With more than 500 stores in 41 states, Hobby Lobby's owners always have made their faith a central part of their business. Their stores play Christian instrumental music and are closed on Sundays. Hobby Lobby contributes to Christian organizations and during Easter and Christmas runs full-page ads with Gospel-centered messages in newspapers. 

Wednesday
Sep122012

LifeWay rethinks plans to sell Glorieta conference center to Christian college

NASHVILLE – A deal to sell a financially troubled Southern Baptist camp owned by Nashville-based LifeWay Christian Resources to a Christian college may unravel this week. In July, LifeWay announced tentative plans to sell the Glorieta Conference Center outside Albuquerque to Olivet University, a small college based in San Francisco.

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Tuesday
Sep112012

Panel asks: Can Christians vote for a Mormon?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Addressing an issue on the minds of many evangelical voters as a Mormon runs for president, a Baptist seminary panel said Tuesday that evangelicals must jettison -- for the good of their faith -- the idea that the White House occupant must be a "religious mascot" for Christianity.

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted the panel discussion, less than two months before American voters will choose between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who is Mormon.

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