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Parole decision delayed for former music minister convicted of abuse

BENTON, Ark. (ABP) – The Arkansas Parole Board is reportedly postponing a decision about whether to release a convicted sex offender after two years of a 10-year prison term for sexual abuse of multiple boys while a longtime music minister at a prominent Baptist church.

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Billy Graham has pneumonia, 'responding well'

GrahamASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) - Evangelist Billy Graham is "responding well" to antibiotic treatment for pneumonia and remains in stable condition, a doctor at his hospital said Thursday.

Graham, 93, was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., Wednesday (Nov. 30) and was thought to have pneumonia -- a possibility that was confirmed later. Graham was hospitalized for pneumonia in May and released after four nights. 

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CP: 11.14% below last year's pace

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 11.14 percent below the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Page. The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2011-12 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget.

Utah crosses tweaked in hope of satisfying court

SALT LAKE CITY (BP) - With the goal of keeping roadside crosses in place in the face of a federal court order, the Utah Highway Patrol Association has removed the state's highway patrol logo from more than a dozen crosses statewide -- and reiterated its stance that the crosses are not state-sponsored.

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Megachurch profile: Young, white and still growing

If megachurches were a denomination, they'd be the second largest Protestant group in the United States, a new study says.

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