Jay Jones named ABN Father of Year

MONTICELLO – Jay Jones, 51, a deacon at First Baptist Church, Monticello, has been named the Arkansas Baptist News (ABN) 2015 Father of the Year.

He was nominated by his 21-year-old son, Brooks Jones, a member of Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, and a student at Arkansas State University, as part of the ABN A Tribute to Godly Fathers essay contest.

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Arkansas must recognize in-state same-sex marriages, says Pulaski County judge

LITTLE ROCK – Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ordered Arkansas officials Tuesday, June 9, to recognize more than 500 same-sex marriages performed in 2014, a move that will allow the couples to receive benefits such as filing taxes jointly, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Griffen  validated marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples after another judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban. The state Supreme Court halted the distribution of marriage licenses to gay couples after a week in May 2014 and is considering the appeal over a voter-approved same-sex marriage ban, the AP reported.

The ruling means the couples can file taxes jointly, appear jointly on a child's birth certificate, enroll together on state health insurance plans or even file for divorce. The state could appeal. Griffen was among those who presided over same-sex weddings in 2014.


Ark. disaster relief serves as Incident Command in Houston 

Updated on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 3:47PM by Registered CommenterArkansas Baptist News

HOUSTON, Texas – The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) has agreed to serve as the Incident Command for disaster relief in Houston for the first two weeks of June. The area has experienced major flooding.

“This is the first time our Incident Command has been deployed outside of Arkansas,” said Randy Garrett, ABSC disaster relief director. “Dr. Bob (Bob Harper) and I both think it is an honor that the state of Texas thinks so highly of our commitment to disaster relief and our ability to handle this huge responsibility.”

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Arkansas Baptist High students finish in the top 10 in stock market competition 

LITTLE ROCK – Four Arkansas Baptist High School students were given a hypothetical $100,000 to invest in the stock market and the return on their investment was an impressive 29 percent.

Seniors Sarah Glass of Maumelle, Todd Hickingbotham of Little Rock, Cody Guy of Maumelle and Chase Dunnaway, Jr., a junior from Maumelle, comprised the team competing in the 12th Annual Stock Market Game competition sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the voice of the U.S. securities industry. Angie Hopkins is the faculty advisor working with the group.

Part of the reward of finishing in the top 10 sends the winning team on paid a trip to Washington, DC, to be recognized at an awards reception on Capitol Hill on June 17. 

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ABSC adopts new branding: ‘Arkansas Baptists’

Matt Ramsey


LITTLE ROCK – A new logo has been introduced as the centerpiece for an all-new branding and identity strategy for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC). Out of the new logo will flow a new, distinctive and recognizable approach to communicating the mission and activities of Arkansas Baptists, according to ABSC leaders.

The organization’s full name, Arkansas Baptist State Convention, will be shortened to “Arkansas Baptists” for the purpose of the logo and for use in communications.  

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