Below are past editions from 2017. Click on edition date to view downloadable PDF. For earlier archives of the Arkansas Baptist News visit special collections at Ouachita Baptist University.



January 12 – ABCHomes announces $1.2M in gifts; 2016’s top stories: what a year it was; ‘Recharge, refocus’ aim of Evangelism Conf.; Moore under fire after Trump win; Susie Everett Hall dedicated; Arkansans to speak at SBC pastors’ conf.: Focus on ethnic, smaller churches; College City merger benefits WBC; Page: ‘Post-truth’ 2016 word of year; Mary Turner dies after cancer battle; States boost CP sent to SBC causes.

January 26 – Williams gift of $2.9 million ‘unprecedented’; From ‘Big Bosnia’ to ‘Little Bosnia’; Churches look to future after paying off debt; Congress more Catholic, less Protestant since ‘61; AUL: Arkansas 4th most pro-life state; Trump transition team listening to evangelicals; ABCHomes launches new ministry to foster care community in Sebastian Co.; Ark. couple continues fight against Glorieta sale; U.S. abortion rates at all-time low; Union celebrates Reformation’s 500th.

February 9 – Baptists ‘recharge, refocus’ around evangelism; Tenn. pastor resigns IMB over mosque flap; SBC leaders praise Trump pick: Gorsuch ‘a strong constitutionalist’; Satanic statue at Capitol clears committee hurdle; Tornado damages William Carey Univ.; ‘Life is winning,’ Pence tells marchers; Rally for life at State Capitol; Pressing On: Common sense comes to Washington; SBC president speaks on prayer.


February 23 – Cover: Baptist universities invest in students' spiritual growth; Rallies call for defunding of Planned Parenthood; Churches in U.S. becoming more conservative; Gaines shares thoughts on prayer, SBC, nation; Prestonwood escrows CP over SBC concerns; Platt apologizes for IMB amicus brief; Arkansas DR volunteers deploy to Louisiana; Letter claims ban ‘deeply’ concerning; Baptist florist to appeal case to SCOTUS.


March 9 – Cover: Sharing the gospel, one sign at a time; CP escrowing by churches draws attention of SBC; Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down Fayetteville’s LGBT gender ordinance; Williams largely escapes storm damage; Jeff Thompson named AM of the year; 22 positions eliminated in IMB tech department; Pressing On: Technology and the sin of distraction; 600-plus students learn to defend faith.


March 23 – Cover: 'A joyous ring' resounds at 43rd Handbell Festival; Bellevue Baptist reaches $1 million in CP gifts; ‘Inspire’ challenge: ‘Be more like Jesus’; Former Baptist camp faces zoning violations; Russell Moore: ‘The conscience of the SBC?’; House makes the Bible Arkansas’ ‘official book’; Arkansas DR to assist hay transport to Okla.; Pressing On: The Church and the rise of modern liberalism; Who is a ‘Minister for Tax Purposes?’.


April 6 – Cover: Combatting bullying takes courage, Baptist Prep students told; NCOSE names‘Dirty Dozen’ sex exploiters; 3 congregations worship together under one roof; 2 Arkansas school boards to cease praying; Arkansas natives aim to plant ‘relational church’ in Wyoming; NTSB probes church bus, truck crash that killed 13; Pressing On: Why many want to die ‘doing life their way’; Former Ark. DOM, Atchison, dies at 89; McCarley joins ABCHomes staff.


April 20 – Cover: Into the streets ... for service (Tiger Serve); Demand for hotel rooms up for SBC Phoenix; ABCHomes offers multifaceted ministry reach across Arkansas; Ark. law changes on guns in churches; Muslims outpacing Christians in births; Gaines: Prayer key to unity in the SBC; Pressing On: Capital punishment and the Bible; Special section: Student and youth ministry; Faith & Culture: A closer look at ‘Truth’. 

May 4 – Cover: Retired Baptist workers fellowship and worship; former Maryland/Delaware state exec. sues NAMB; Intentional interim ministry helps churches refocus ministry; SBC Phoenix: 'Pray! For such a time as this'; Prestonwood announces it won't escrow CP funds; Pressing On: Why you should pray for the SBC Annual Meeting; ABN Day of Prayer: Pray for God's work across Arkansas; Death penalty cases scrutinized, complex; Seth Tucker joins ABSC staff as youth consultant; Mother's Day offering promotion underway; Ark. associations to host Five Principles of Unity training events May 8-11; Bonus Content: Black River levee fails, NE Ark. under flash flood emergency. 

May 18 – Cover: Ministering to the needy holistically; Rogers named dean of students at Ouachita; Volunteers respond: Widespread flooding hits churches across Ark.; FBC, Jonesboro, becomes HUB partner; Americans are fond of Bible, don’t read it; Pressing On: The SBC and the crisis of identity; Review: ‘Spiritual Prepper’; Faith & Ethics: How Trump’s order impacts the pulpit; Religious reaction to Trump executive order mixed; Prayer Gathering Aug. 28-29; Pastor drowns in Little Red River; Baptists lead during National Day of Prayer. 

June 1 – Central Baptist, Conway, children’s area excites families, tool for ministry; Grady Cothen, president of two SBC entities, dies; 2018 budget OK’d by ABSC Finance Comm.; Ark. Baptists named to committees, boards; Send challenge: ‘Play a part in God’s mission’; NAMB responds to suit by former state exec.; Pressing On: When floodwaters rise, we look to God ... and DR; Letter to the Editor: Articles contradict; Ten Commandments monument coming to Arkansas Capitol in June; Trump’s Israel trip renews calls for Jerusalem embassy. 

June 15 – Cover: Uncommon Arkansans: Ouachita’s Ben Elrod; CBF cuts missionaries, staff after offering drop; SBC reports more churches, fewer church members; LMCO, AAEO offerings in line with trends; ‘Annie’s church’ in threat of foreclosure; NY mosque that led to SBC rift a go-ahead; Pressing On: Advocacy journalism in an era of ‘fake news’; Racial unity in SBC life focus of new book; Nominations for Baptist Businessperson of Year; Secular education leads to career in missions; Children ‘spring’ into ‘Sproing’ at Camp Siloam. 

June 29 – Cover: Arkansas Baptists worship ‘Son’ at SBC in Phoenix; Pastors’ wives urged to be brave, engage culture; Native Americans celebrate church growth; Students change world by sharing the gospel; Martin retires after 25 years with convention; Ark. Baptists brave heat at SBC Phoenix; CP panels celebrate Southern Bapt. Missions; Pressing On: July Fourth and the fading ‘American Miracle’; Faith & Ethics: Arkansas problem gambling helpline data: 2005-15; ABSC building to close at noon Fridays starting July 7; ‘Alt-right’ vote & evangelism draw SBC focus; SBC messengers approve 10 resolutions; Ark. Baptists lead at SBC Pastors’ Conference; Motion for soul-winning task force affirmed; SBC editors ask for greater ERLC cooperation; Camp Joshua equips students to be pro-life advocates; Davis serving as ABN intern; McCoy elected Ark. ministry coordinator; Photo page: Arkansas Baptists at SBC in Phoenix. 

July 13 – Cover: ‘Micro-church’ network leads to nine salvations; Large Spurgeon collection launched online by MBTS; Deer makes surprise visit to FBC, Fayetteville; Re-visioned South Side now Family Church; National SBC CP giving 5.96% above projection; Pressing On: Why don’t we take the time to read the Bible?; Call & Respond: Christianity and patriotism; Super Summer 2017 a ‘catalyst for change’; ‘Chaplain of Bourbon Street’ dies at 89; Ark. Ten Commandments monument destroyed; Special Section: Back to Campus; Three new faces join ABSC team in LR; Ouachita’s Arkansas Baptist collection earns national Woolley library award; Allen named wrestling head coach at Williams Baptist; Faith & Culture: Pastor confident he’ll redeem ‘Annie’s Church’; Hobby Lobby to forfeit Bible artifacts, pay $3M fine. 

July 27 – Cover: Former addicts get ‘second chance’ in Jesus Christ; ERLC parenting conf. Aug. 24-26 in Nashville; Ark. Baptists partner with Send City missionaries across North America; Statewide Prayer Gathering set for Aug. 28-29; Former addict now on divine mission; Federal court upholds N.C. religious liberty law; Pressing On: Light a bonfire in your church around Acts 1:8; Faith & Ethics: The sad, simple case of Eugene Peterson; Snakes found in Baptist building; 2nd Leadership University for women set for Sept. 9; Floyd: Oval Office prayer gathering ‘humbling’; Ouachita Baptist adopts budget, enrollment goals during meeting. 

August 10 – Cover: Sarah Huckabee Sanders: From Ouachita to the White House; Freeze resigns amid scandal at Ole Miss; 5,000 campers fill Camp Siloam; Sanders 3rd woman WH press secretary; National CP receipts 5.08% above projection; Ark. governor hosts Restore Hope Summit; Pressing On: Whatever happened to the Brotherhood Commission?; Faith & Ethics: The road to normalizing same-sex marriage; From Our Churches: God is doing a mighty work!; Send Orlando: 4,000 exhorted to ‘redefine life’; Gallup: Non-denominational Protestants on rise; Baptist youth engage God and community; Summer camp creates ‘worshipful’ church leaders; E4Call internship helps students discern calling; Foster, Perkins named Williams Baptist College dept. chairs. 

August 24 – Cover: ABSC board approves budget, celebrates work; Baptists minister after Charlottesville violence; 2018 budget reaches Arkansas, world; Acts 1:8 event to draw thousands; Evangelism task force holds first meeting; Pressing On: Racism – in all its forms – is evil; Letters to the Editor: Gambling and Too Political; Arkansas church helps take gospel to Ethiopia; Arkansas plans to appeal judge’s abortion ban ruling; Blackwood to direct WBC police; National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children Sept. 9; Right to Life crosses found, not trailer. 

September 7 – Pastors pray for Kingdom Advance; Thousands of students gather for prayer Sept. 27; 300-plus pastors gather for prayer; Floyd named president of National Day of Prayer; Photo: Camp Siloam breaks ground on new dining hall; Ark. DR deploys following Texas floods; Paragould pastor killed in auto accident; Pressing On: Your state paper: An anchor in our community; What is Pastor/Staff Appreciation Month?; Letter to the Editor: ‘Shoddily executed’ editorial; Churches join together to ‘Impact Fordyce’; Above and Beyond 2017 Dixie offering theme; ABSC messenger registration online in 2017; Statement on biblical sexuality issued. 

September 21 – Cover: Annual meeting theme ‘Encourage to Engage’ Nov. 7-8 in Russellville; Ark. Baptist colleges see enrollment gains; 125 attend 2nd ‘Leadership Univ.’; 5 languages, 1 church: Elmdale Baptist; Pressing On: The mark of a champion; Faith & Ethics: Atheists must be smarter than you and me; Crossgate ministry: A ‘hospital for marriages’; Pastor appreciation: Shhhh... Don’t tell the pastor; 2017 ABSC Annual Meeting Schedule; ABSC Executive Board offers budget, ministry recommendations for 2018; Resolutions and committee information; Ark. Baptists to be nominated for service in Russellville. 

October 5 – Cover: Preserving Baptist history; Ouachita library official archive for Ark. Baptists; 344 DR vols serve following Harvey; Gaines: Move Memphis Confederate war statue; Pastors’ Conference aims to encourage, inspire; Pressing On: Why don’t we kneel for the unborn?; Letter to the Editor: Church T-shirts; Williams Baptist College to become university; ABCHomes’ Perry to retire from agency; Ouachita announces $1 million gift, renovation. 

October 19 – Volunteers share gospel in central Ark.; ACLU sues for abortion pills in pharmacies; Williams name change helps define university ‘s future; Ark. WMU restructures at annual meeting; 2,500 volunteers from 190 churches witness during Acts 1:8 One Day event; ERLC, GuideStone defend clergy housing allowance; Pressing On: When prayer comes to Las Vegas; Letter to the Editor: ‘Emotionally charged’ cartoon; Baptist cooperation brings gospel to Montréal; Building & Facilities section: FBC, El Dorado, adds form, function with sanctuary update; Students pray for schools, leaders at See You at the Pole; 17 saved at Bucks, Ducks and Faith Sept. 30 in Black Rock; ‘Golden Age’ event features encouragement, music; Bonus Content: Congress should end IRS oversight of sermons; Preschooler raises $400 for disaster relief. 

November 2 – Cover: Rocky Bayou celebrates 175 years; Congress prayer tradition upheld by federal judge; Jones leaving WBC for Calif. Post; One of the oldest associations west of the Mississippi: Rocky Bayou celebrates 175 years; 188 bikers find Jesus at annual BBB rally in NWA; Former President Bush speaks at Union University; Annual meeting officer candidates announced; Pressing On: Russellville FBC: A special place in my heart; Faith & Ethics: Cases of religious discrimination increase; Letters to the Editor: Gore column disappointing and Baptist education a blessing; Trumann church organist celebrates 100th birthday; Students serve following Harvey; Russellville First continues ‘legacy of faith’ beyond the River Valley; Religious freedom memo draws praise/criticism; Subscriber Feature: Thank you, Arkansas Baptist churches!; Mitchell retires from AM post after five decades of ministry; Students discern God’s plan through Explore Your Call. 

November 16 – Arkansas Baptists called to ‘Engage’; send out planters; Pew: Transgender views follow partisan divide; Ross: ‘Be a positive advocate for CP’; Museum of the Bible a ‘celebration of Scripture’; God understands tragedy, pastor says; LifeWay Stores conduct national Bible drive; Southwestern Seminary cuts staff by 30 positions; Pressing On: When an angry heart can destroy your soul; Pro-life centers win fight against Calif. abortion law; Letter to the Editor: ‘Where did Cain get his wife?’; Speakers challenge Ark. Baptists to share gospel; Agencies highlight God’s work across Arkansas; Pastors’ Conf. speakers share passion for the gospel; Gathright wins ABN watch; ABSC messengers approve six resolutions; Across Arkansas: 1,500 attend fall carnival; ‘Glass-house living at best is hard,’ ministers’ wives told; Photo Page: ‘Encourage to Engage’ in Russellville. 

November 30
 – Cover: Baptist Businessperson of the Year: J.D. Neeley; Puerto Rico relief needs more volunteers, funding; Church safety: Myths dispelled, critical tips shared; Free safety training Dec. 7 at FBC, Mountain Pine; J.D. Neeley of FBC Camden named ABN Businessperson of the Year; Church with woman pastor declined by TBC; Pressing On: Seasons change; God’s faithfulness endures; Union settles lawsuit over HHS abortion mandate; Letter to the Editor: Thanks, Sam Roberts!; Sharing Christ through couponing and toys; WoP/Lottie Moon Offering undergird missionaries; What Arkansas law says about guns in churches; Ark. Baptist communicators honored at inaugural ARcom Awards ceremony; Bonus Content: Amid RVers in the Arizona desert, church offers faith. 

December 14 – Cover: Merry Christmas from the staff of the Arkansas Baptist News; National CP 5.67% below projection; ABSC Executive Board has final ‘17 meeting, conducts orientation; Trump officially recognizes Jerusalem as capital; Security seminars draw large crowds; LifeWay dedicates new Nashville offices; ABN to resume publication Jan. 11; Pressing On: Football and fractured church ministry; Faith & Ethics: Football and fractured church ministry; Letters the Editor: Alt-right confusion and Women pastors; Book review: Sons of the 43rd; Survey seeks qualities of effective associational leaders; Miller new DOM of Faulkner Assoc.; Building & Facilities section: Williams Baptist dedicates $2.3 million Belle Hall; Church passes on building/property ‘for God’s purpose’; Massey named Williams Baptist band director; Clear Creek volunteers minister to Clarksville. 

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