Tuesday
Apr192016

Little Rock church members injured in Harrison bus accident

HARRISON – Multiple people – including several from a Little Rock church – were injured in a three-vehicle accident April 18 on U.S. Highway 65 outside of Harrison, according to a report by harrisondaily.com.

Two of the three vehicles involved in the accident were buses from Crystal Hill Baptist Church in Little Rock.

Several of the occupants were believed to be in critical condition following the accident and were air lifted to area hospitals.

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Thursday
Apr142016

‘America is in trouble,’ Graham tells Arkansans 

Franklin Graham, son of famed Evangelist Billly Graham, speaks on the steps of the Arkansas Capitol April 12 during his Decision America Tour. Arkansans gathered for the rally (right), share their own message for America. Photos by Caleb Yarbrough

Caleb Yarbrough
Arkansas Baptist News

LITTLE ROCK – Franklin Graham, the son of prominent Baptist evangelist Billy Graham, called Arkansas Christians to redirect America towards Christ through political action during a recent visit to the state.

Graham spoke to a crowd of around 5,000 people April 12 during the Little Rock stop of Decision America, a tour in which Graham is traveling to all 50 states in order to pray, preach and challenge fellow believers to vote and become active in the political process.

“We’re here today because all of us agree that our nation is in trouble,” said Graham. “Our nation is in trouble spiritually, racially, economically and politically. And I can tell you right now that there is no political party that is going to be able to turn this thing around. … The only hope for this country, the only hope, is almighty God.”

The scriptural basis for Graham’s speech was found in the book of Nehemiah. He compared Nehemiah’s confession of the sins of himself and his family to the confession that Christians should make in regards to the sins of the United States.

“God heard Nehemiah’s prayer. He gave him favor. The pagan king whom he served allowed him to go back to Jerusalem. He carried letters. He was able to rebuild those walls and in 52 days after returning to Jerusalem he rebuilt the walls of that city,” said Graham.

“The moral and political walls of our nation are crumbling,” he said. “Any type of wicked thought and activity comes and goes. … Our educators, many of our politicians and many of our churches are more concerned about political correctness than about God’s truth and His righteousness.”

Using Nehemiah’s prayer as a model, Graham asked the crowd to join hands and take a moment to confess the sins of their country, themselves and their families to God. He also asked the crowd to pray for the all of the public servants and elected officials serving in Arkansas.

Graham then presented the gospel to the crowd and urged anyone who had never accepted Christ as their personal Savior to invite God to enter their hearts and lives by following him in a sinner’s prayer.

“You may be here today asking this question when you look at the state of our country and the political turmoil we’re in, ‘What can I do?” said Graham. “Be willing, in this next election, to vote. Vote. And vote for candidates who stand for biblical truth and biblical principles and that are willing to live them.”

“Some people say, ‘Franklin, now what would your father have done?’” said Graham. “I’m going to read you something he said back in 1952: ‘I think it’s the duty of every individual Christian, at election time, to study the issues, to study the candidates, and then go to the polls and vote,’” said Graham.

“And then he said … ‘And if I were a pastor of a church I believe I would explain to my people where each candidate stood morally, spiritually and in relation to the Church.’” said Graham.

“Friends, we need to hear the Christian voice,” said Graham. “My father said, ‘Unless America turns back to God, repents of its sin and experiences spiritual revival we will fail as a nation.’”

Graham said that he grew up when America had a deep fear of communism and consciously prepared for an imminent attack.

“We were ready. We built up our Army. We built up our Air Force. We built up our Navy. We were strong. We were ready for the Commies,” said Graham. “Then the Berlin Wall came down. … As we began to relax and communism kind of faded into the distance, secularism began to rise. And secularism and communism, there is no difference. They are both godless.”

Graham said that “godless secularism” has infiltrated every aspect of American life, including government, localities, schools and universities.

“We have taken God out of every inch of public life,” said Graham.

Speaking to the secularization of America, Graham said that “the Enemy” uses the concept of separation of church and state as a tool to silence Christians from speaking out and exercising their rights as Americans.

“We have every right to speak up. We have every right to take our faith into the halls of government,”
said Graham.

In addition to exercising voting rights, Graham said that his father has also said that it is every Christian’s responsibility  to “offer themselves for public office.” According to Graham, 20 to 30 million evangelical Christians did not vote in the last presidential election.

“Begin to look for people in your community who would be willing to run and get behind them. Have you ever heard the term ‘community organizer?’ Let’s become political activists for God,” said Graham.

In closing, Graham asked those in attendance to sign a “pledge to God and country” calling them to 1) Honor God at home, 2) Honor God in public, 3) Honor God with their vote, 4) Pray for the United States of America, 5) Be registered and vote in every election (local, state and federal) and support, where possible, candidates who hold Christian worldviews, and 6) Share the truth of God with their communities and consider running for office if they feel led to do so by God.

“Our job as Christians is to make the impact of Jesus Christ felt in every phase of life – religious, social, economic and political. But we must not do it in our own strength or wisdom. We can only do it as we surrender ourselves completely to God, allowing Him to work in us,” said Graham.

“I want you to go back to your communities and be an advocate for God’s truth and His righteousness. And let’s elect men and women to office who will lead this nation to really be one nation under God that can truthfully say once again – ‘In God we trust,’” said Graham.

Contact Caleb Yarbrough at caleb@arkansasbaptist.org.

Thursday
Apr072016

Ben Sells unanimously elected 16th president of Ouachita Baptist University

SellsARKADELPHIA – Ushering in a new era of leadership at Ouachita Baptist University, trustees unanimously elected Ben R. Sells as Ouachita’s 16th president during a special called meeting April 7. He will begin serving this month as president-elect and officially will assume the presidency effective June 1.

Sells, who has extensive leadership experience in higher education, fundraising and missions involvement, recently served more than nine years as vice president for university advancement at Taylor University in Upland, Ind. Directing record fundraising efforts during his tenure at Taylor, Sells also had responsibilities for university strategic planning. Taylor has been ranked for nine consecutive years as the No. 1 baccalaureate college in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, the same ranking held by Ouachita in the South region before moving to a national ranking in 2012.

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Tuesday
Apr052016

TV content ratings system needs reform, PTC says

LOS ANGELES (BP) – The television content ratings system has harmed children by failing to protect them from graphic sex, violence and profanity on screen, the Parents Television Council (PTC) reports in a new study analyzing 20 years of broadcasting.

Operated by a TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board that provides insufficient oversight, the ratings system has suffered "systemic failures" and should be comprehensively reformed, the PTC announced at an April 4 press conference releasing the report.

"Parents who rely on the TV content ratings system to make informed decisions about what to watch on television have been deceived," PTC President Tim Winter said, "as our new research shows that the ratings system has systematically failed to provide accurate and consistent information for its entire 20-year existence."

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Tuesday
Apr052016

Sale of Fla.'s Baptist Building announced

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) – A sacrificial investment made by Florida Baptists decades ago could make a far-reaching global missions impact this year as the State Board of Missions approved a multi-million dollar contract to sell the Baptist Building property in Jacksonville.

Fifty-one percent of the proceeds of the Baptist Building property sale will be directed to the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program for worldwide mission causes, pledged Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, during the State Board's April 1 meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center in Leesburg, Fla.

"Florida Baptists and their churches sacrificially gave their Cooperative Program gifts and private dollars from their churches to construct the Baptist Building many years ago," Green said. "We owe it to Florida Baptists to use this as missions money.

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