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ABN edition for May 29, 2014

Ronnie Floyd: 'We've got to make a difference' (part 2)

SPRINGDALE – This is the second of a two-part interview with Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas and a candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). In this installment, Floyd is asked about his church’s commitment to giving through the Cooperative Program (CP) and how churches today should support CP giving, his small church roots, his involvement in LifeWay Christian Resources curriculum, the role of state conventions and associations and the question of Calvinism in the SBC.

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2015 budget forwarded by ABSC comm.

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) Executive Board Finance Committee voted unanimously May 20 to recommend a $22 million unified Cooperative Program (CP) budget for 2015.

The full board is scheduled to vote Aug. 12 on the budget recommendation, which then will be sent to messengers for approval at the ABSC Annual Meeting Oct. 28-29 at Trinity Baptist Church in Texarkana. The budget recommended by the committee reflects the third year of the ABSC’s 2013-17 budget formula approved by messengers at the 2011 annual meeting.

Read the rest of the story in the 5-29 issue of the ABN.

Same-sex ruling appealed

LITTLE ROCK – With the stroke of a judge’s pen, state law was struck down May 9 resulting in Arkansas becoming the first state in the South to abandon a traditional definition of marriage.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Christopher Piazza made history when he ruled as unconstitutional the state’s 2004 voter-approved amendment that defined marriage as being between a man and a women. Similar rulings have been made by U.S. district and state courts in California, Oregon, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Texas, Michigan and Idaho.

Read the rest of the story in the 5-29 issue of the ABN.

Arkansas Baptists nominated for SBC positions at AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Arkansas Baptists are among the nominees to serve on various Southern Baptist Convention boards. Nominees will serve if elected by the messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, June 10-11 in Baltimore. 

Executive Committee: Nominees with a term to expire in 2018 replacing members ineligible for re-election include Paul Eugene “Gene” McPherson, layperson and member of Central Baptist Church, Magnolia, replacing David R. Mitchell, Cabot. Nominated for second term is Andy Wilson, executive pastor at Cross Church, Springdale.

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Here's what you missed in the 5-29-14 edition of the Arkansas Baptist News if you aren't a subscriber: 

- 2015 budget forwarded by ABSC comm.
- Same-sex ruling appealed
- Ronnie Floyd: 'We've got to make a difference'
- Muslim student at SWBTS draws criticism
- Caner loses second 'fair use' copyright claim
- Addison new ABSC assoc. exec. director
- ABN Digest: Liberty University defends Beck's sermon
- ABN Digest: Flooding in Serbia worst in 120 years
- ABN Digest: Same-sex marriage support reaches high
- Editorial cartoon by Gary Thomas (Exclusive to the ABN)
- Family Matters: His Word First Word (HWFW)
- President's Perspective: Same-sex marriage: How did we get here?
- Financial Times: What did you have to give?
- SBC 2014 Preview: Two additional SBC presidential candidates announced
- SBC 2014 Preview: Arkansas Baptists nominated for SBC positions at AM
- 'The Witness' goes on tour
- WBC names Putnam Distinguished Bapt. Minister
- Cancer center holds ceremony
- 20 saved at Fun in the Son event in Perryville
- Ky. disaster relief worker dies while serving in Mich.
- Pryor recognized for 50 years leading choir
- Gray Allison honored
- Bill Burnett honered at breakfast
- Sports Crusaders dates set
- Workshop teaches Bible storying technique
- Master'Singers scholarships now available
- Music camps set for June, July
- Camp Siloam renovates
- OBU, WBC recognize grads
- Yahoo denies pro-life post from Ark. pastor
- Bonus Content: 'God's working in the military,' Navy chaplain says

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