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Stories of interest to Arkansas Baptists ...

Wednesday
Feb082012

Ouachita names several new staff members for spring 2012 semester

ARKADELPHIA - With the spring 2012 semester under way, several new staff members have been named to positions at Ouachita Baptist University while others have shifted to different areas of responsibility.

Among recent changes, Lauren Land has been named director of career services, Jon Merryman has been named director of alumni, Clayton Chapuis and Lauren Hardy have been named development officers and Issac Dulaney has been named assistant baseball coach.

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Tuesday
Feb072012

GuideStone: Obama mandate violates religious liberty

WASHINGTON (BP) - The Southern Baptist Convention's benefits entity has joined the growing chorus of evangelical and Roman Catholic voices publicly protesting the Obama administration's mandate that health insurance plans cover contraceptives, including ones that can cause abortions.

GuideStone Financial Resources, which provides health insurance coverage and other services to more than 200,000 people, expressed strong opposition Monday (Feb. 6) to the new federal rule, especially its failure to provide adequate conscience protections.

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Tuesday
Feb072012

Ga. Baptist Convention cuts 18 positions

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) - The Georgia Baptist Convention experienced its most dramatic staff reduction ever Jan. 27 and Jan. 30 as 16 employees and two vacant positions were eliminated in the latest round of downsizing. Staffing has now been cut 26 percent since the 2008 recession.

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Friday
Feb032012

Anabaptists shape 'Purpose Driven' pastor, Southern Baptist churches

WarrenFORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Rick Warren, renowned pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of The Purpose Driven Life, confessed that the 16th-century Anabaptists shaped his Purpose Driven model for the church.

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Friday
Feb032012

Patriots' Slater a spiritual leader for teammates

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) - As the son of an NFL Hall of Famer, Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots had some advantages when it came to learning the game of football.

New England Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater, speaking to reporters at Super Bowl media day, also fills a leadership role for the team, leading Bible studies and being "a Christian brother that we can go and talk to," as one teammate puts it. Photo by Tim Ellsworth

His father, Jackie Slater, was a longtime offensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams, and he certainly passed along his knowledge of the game to Matthew. When Matthew steps onto the field in Indianapolis on Sunday for Super Bowl XLVI, he will share a special experience with his dad, who in 1980 played in Super Bowl XIV.

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