Thursday
Mar072013

‘My Hope’ to share Christ through relationships

LITTLE ROCK – Dozens of churches from across Arkansas were present Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, in support of the My Hope with Billy Graham event.

Fifty-six individuals signed up.

Jonathan Gray, regional coordinator for Arkansas, said the project is a nationwide, multidenominational evangelistic effort that will be “the greatest evangelical outreach of our lifetime” by focusing on sharing Christ relationally.

Gray said the event is designed to be a “crusade in your living room.”  

My Hope is planned for launch in November in conjunction with Graham’s 95th birthday.

“We are currently training pastors all over the country ... (for)  this historic effort to reach friends, neighbors, co-workers, students and loved ones for Jesus Christ in Arkansas and nationwide,” said Gray.

Jim Wood, My Hope director of mobilization, led the first session of the training event. Churches attending received My Hope materials, including suggestions for in-home events during November.

For more information, visit www.myhopewithbillygraham.org.

Thursday
Mar072013

2012 Annie giving down slightly in Arkansas

GIVING TO THE Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions by Arkansas Baptists surpassed the $2 million mark for the second year in a row in 2012, but overall it was down slightly, according to statistics provided by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC). 

In 2012, Arkansas Baptists gave $2,013,543 to Annie Armstrong through their churches, as compared to $2,030,272 in 2011, the first year the amount surpassed $2 million in the state. The decrease equals slightly less than 1 percent (.83 percent). Slightly fewer than 1,000 (999) Arkansas Baptist churches participated in the offering in 2012.

For the entire story read the 3-7-13 issue of the Arkansas Baptist News. Subscribe here.

Thursday
Feb212013

Churches left to decide rules for concealed guns

LITTLE ROCK – It’s fun to watch old Westerns and relive a time when cowboys carried guns, settled disputes with duels and rode horses into the sunset. 

The reality, however, is the Old West glorified in cinema is long gone. Yet, in 2013 a new Arkansas law has opened the door to allowing guns in the most sacred of all places – inside houses of worship.

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Thursday
Feb212013

Annie Armstrong offering up 1.9 percent

SAN DIEGO – Southern Baptists boosted their giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North America Missions by 1.9 percent last year, resulting in $57.2 million being channeled to the agency. 

Carlos Ferrer, vice president and chief financial officer of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), said the agency “is in a very strong financial position, the strongest I have ever seen in my years with the agency.”

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Friday
Feb152013

SBC's Frank Page calls for new leadership for national Boy Scout organization

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- New leadership is needed for the Boy Scouts of America, a key Southern Baptist leader, Frank Page, said Thursday (Feb. 14) in Oklahoma City.

Page"I think it's time for Scouting people across the nation to rise up and ask for a change in leadership in Scouting," Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, told editors of state Baptist papers during their annual meeting.

"[W]e need Scouting executives with backbone," Page said.

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