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Editor's note: Arkansas Baptist News archives for the years 2011-2016 are currently being migrated to our new website, so the links listed below do not work. Old archives are available via this link. Our apologies for any inconvenience.


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’.


January 14 – Floodwaters activate Ark. DR vols; ABN recaps top stories of 2015; Central Baptist grows campus near Newport; 2,000 blessed at 'Christmas is for Caring' event; Renewed gay marriage ban in Ala. debated; Congress sends PPFA defunding bill to Obama; Workshops a part of evangelism conference; Ex-chaplain at McPherson faces charges.

January 28 – Communicators fall amid IMB cutbacks; Thousands 'March for Life' in LR; Hollingsworth to lead South Carolina Baptists; Ark. mission giving increases; Self, moderate SBC nominee, dies; Man finds Christ after shooting; Activist group targets colleges; DR vols share Christ during cleanup; Sam Roberts new ABSC president.

February 11 – ABSC evangelism conference: Thousands gather to focus on growth; Pastor takes 'steps' to pay debt; LifeWay trustees OK building relocation; Christian entertainment: 'Risen' tells of Crucifixion; Prayer workshop: Smith to attendees: 'Just worship Him'; Hundreds of voices 'ring' at PraizFest; Paron to offer programmed camp; Pressing On: What does the IMB have to hide?; When the sheep feed the shepherd

February 25 – Orphan finds God, serves in Arkansas; 'Apologetic Cafe' opens Bible dialogue over radio airwaves; Platt asks state media to encourage unity; Christian Education edition; New cowboy church in Pope County; 200-plus saved during Honduras trip; Moore mobilizes seniors to pray; OBU dedicates Bill Vining Legacy Wall; Holman center to host Stuttgart clinic

March 10 – 1,132 leave IMB in historic 'reset'; Arkansas missionary reacts to force reduction; Hunters seek fowl, but find God; Photo: Watoto Children's Choir; Church Building & Facilities edition; Toon named 'Missionary of the Year'; Bi-vocational challenges explored; 600 seek answers for their generation; Pressing On: The nasty turn of political discourse; Women & Faith page.

March 24 – Bellevue's Gaines to be SBC nominee; Cowboy churches reach NM Indians; Viloa church's heart breaks for community Easter; 650 'Inspired' to stand against darkness; ABN Day of Prayer across state May 15; DR to aid south Arkansas flood victims; Arkansas Baptist wins 4A basketball title; Baylor settles dispute with alumni association

April 7 – IMB responds to baptism report; Arkansas DR volunteers bringing relief; Armed man arrested at Bellevue Baptist Easter service; Mission Siloam promotes 'life vision'; Some storms know no season; Baptists await contraceptive ruling; Nick Burt joins ABSC staff; Carey association celebrates 100 years; Unconditional love brings atheist to Christ.

April 21 – 'America is in trouble,' Graham tells Arkansans; Ben Sells named 16th president of Ouachita Baptist; Video endorsing candidate for SBC president of little concern to leaders; LifeWay breaks ground on new location; 'Mr. Disaster Relief' honored; Tiger Serve impacts Arkadelphia; Church gets tech help from children.

May 5 – Southern Baptists to meet in St. Louis; Target in bullseye for boycott; Crystal Hill members recovering from horrific wreck; SBC president candidates interviewed; Files named 'Mother of Year'; 12 saved during N. Pulaski outreach; Floyd challenges child care providers; Tingle shares story with retirees.

May 19 – Moore and Trump tangle on Twitter; Student revival erupts in Walnut Ridge; Williams mourns loss of student athlete; Montalvo: ‘Team up’ to reach lost; Facebook liberal bias questioned; Object lessons teach Jesus at ‘Sproing’; ABCHomes fashion show raises $40K; Vols key to Camp Paron ministry.

June 2 – ABSC CP budget set at $21 million; ‘Foreign missions’ in Jonesboro; Floyd, evangelicals to meet with Trump; Page: Bi-vocational pastors ‘not alone’; Students experience ministry through E4Call; Rising health care costs a concern for churches; Cooperation Agreements stir petition; Transgender bathroom controversy.

June 16 – SBC loses members, increases churches; ‘Gospel video’ seeks to reach culture; Tops $165.8 million: Record giving to LMCO; Sports camp opens door to church’s community; Baylor fires coach Briles, demotes president Starr; Bobby Bowen named ABN ‘Father of the Year’ for 2016; Graham statue moving to N.C.; MBC wins appeals court ruling in Foundation case; Williams Baptist sells Ridge Center; Questions linger for IMB leaders.

June 30 – SBC: Baptists call for prayer, end to racism; Evangelicals meet with candidate: Floyd a Trump ‘advisor’; Ouachita campaign exceeds $48M; World Changers ‘dive’ into Little Rock service; B21 panelists call for ‘gospel intentionality’; Overstreet to serve as ABN intern; NAMB says Md./Del. investigation ‘concluded’; Debbie Moore retires from ABSC after 15 years; SBC repudiates Confederate flag; Arkansas Baptists at SBC St. Louis.

July 14 – ‘Handyman missionaries’ serve at Paron; Court’s order ‘great concern’ for religious liberty; Camp Siloam campaign reaches $1 million; Trump ‘born-again’, according to Dobson; Former McPherson chaplain pleads guilty; Ark. Baptists share gospel in St. Louis; Pressing On: ‘Two Kinds Of Justice’; Super Summer a student favorite.

July 28 – Ark. disaster relief: Partner in the storm; Designed ‘mobile first’: ABN revamps website; ‘Intensive’ prayer meeting Aug. 29-30; FBC, Hatfield, shares Christ through hoops; Arkansas Baptist News announces staff changes; Obama transgender order challenged by 10 more states; Expository Preaching Conference trains pastors; Severe storm closes Baptist building; Tucker: ‘Our responsibility in crisis’; Smaller churches to lead Pastors’ Conf.

August 11 – UrbanPromise takes gospel to neighborhood; Seeking the Messiah in Israel; Alcohol-church debate erupts after pastor fired; For now, Supreme Court blocks transgender ruling; Former ABSC staffer to lead WMU; FBC, Rogers, aims gospel at young marksmen; ‘Faith’ reconciliation in the Delta; Missionary family dies in W. Nebraska wreck; ‘Mentorship’ key to E4Call program; 218 saved on FBC, Beebe, mission.

August 25 – ABSC to move closer to historic 50-50 CP split; Statewide prayer meeting August 29-30 in Little Rock; La. flooding activates Ark. DR teams; 3,202 decisions made during Brazil Olympics; Injuries teach OBU athlete what’s ‘really important’; The eternal impact of VBS in Arkansas; Pressing On: A five-year strategic plan bears fruit; Inaugural RECHARGE held at Camp Paron; OBU tops in #MyTopCollege competition.

September 8 – Prayer rally calls for racial and spiritual unity; It’s missions here, there, everywhere; Ark. DR responds to historic La. flooding; Ken Starr cuts ties with Baylor University; Ark. Dems add medical pot to platform; ‘The Grind’ Podcast brings church planting talk to Web; Delta pastor sees ministry vision met; Dixie Jackson: ‘Living the Gospel’ 2016 offering theme; LGBT claims unsupported by science, report says; Pressing On: Of Big Macs and men; Christ of the Ozarks marks 50 years; Youth ‘clamor’ for worship at Siloam.

September 22 – Ark. Baptists to ‘Engage’ at 163rd annual meeting; ‘Medical marijuana’ debate takes center stage in Ark. Nov. 8 election; Tim Kaine says the Bible supports gay marriage; La. floods: Stories of loss, redemption; Students serve La. flood victims; Thousands to gather at SYATP Sept. 28; Williams moves up in U.S. News rankings; Pressing On: How to respond to ‘taking a knee’; Christians, be alert; the battle rages; Knowledge a key to safe ministry.

October 6 – Religion’s impact $1.2 trillion in US; Students pray for schools, nation; Ark. Baptists respond to call across globe; Missouri Supreme Court returns MBC Foundation; Women ‘Engage’ in missions experience; ABSC Pastors’ Conference to address church issues; ABN announces 2016 Christmas card contest; Pressing On: Stand up and vote your faith in November; Parsons wows at Golden Age event.

October 20 – Acts 1:8 One Day volunteers share Christ in Ft. Smith; From Cobras to Christ: 14 ex-gang members make professions of faith; Ark. DR to North Carolina; One of top 3 churches in SBC: Cross Church ups CP gifts to $1.1 million; Annie Armstrong giving reported 2nd highest; Faith Riders take gospel to biker haven; Pressing On: Is the 2016 election God’s judgment on America?; Monette churches join to help veteran; Nailbenders help church in Missouri.

November 3 – Siloam receives $1M gift; ‘Engage’ draws Baptists to LR; Apologetics ed critical to reaching culture; American history museum to examine U.S. religion; Smith, who led Brotherhood, dies at 95; Pressing On: Here she is ... 115 years strong; Key ballot measures for Nov. 8 election; Election exposes Evangelical divide; Speakers to attendees: ‘Engage Arkansas with gospel’; ABSC agency reports highlight God’s work in Ark.

November 17 – Williams celebrates homecoming; Trump elected; Ark. voters approve ‘medical marijuana’; Ark. churches among fastest growing; Death penalty affirmed in Calif., Neb., Okla.; USPS issues Nativity stamp for Christmas season; Physician-assisted suicide approved in Colo.; 300 gather at Siloam for Replicate; Remains of Baptist lobbyist’s wife found; ‘You are!’ theme of ABCHomes offering; Lottie Moon offering goal $155 million; Special Section: Williams turns 75.

December 1 – New app supports giving; Tucker says: ABSC reflecting growing diversity; Businessman Gillis recognized for service; In same week: Hunter bags record buck, gets baptized; Sheffield recognized for 60 years of ministry; ABSC Evangelism Conf. Jan. 30-31; Graham crusades’ Cli Barrows dies at 93; Physician-assisted suicide grows in U.S.; Florist, bakers await court decision; Girls stand for faith at Radiant; Ivory Coast missionaries mark 50th.

December 15 – Nativity ban results in flood of displays; Ark. Baptists celebrate Christmas through outreach, special events; One door closes; another opens: Church plant gifted with new facility; Trump picks Baptist to lead EPA department; Charitable donations up overall in 2015; Ark. 4th in rate of divorce nationwide; Former ABSC staffer Bob Holley dies at 83; Pressing On: How a funeral helps us consider life.


January 15 – LGBT fight not over in Fayetteville; Top 10 stories of 2014; Sanctity of Life: Dumas family blessed through adoption; ABN Digest; WMU leader Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler dies at 84; Southern Baptist prayer advocate T.W. Hunt dies at age 85; First Baptist Church, Almyra, gives 30% through CP; Glorieta ordered to cease pumping water; new judge in case

January 29 – Prayer meetings usher in Hutchinson's tenure; Thousands flood Capitol for 37th March for Life; BeOne Conference to teach students apologetics; ABN Digest; Ergun Caner steps down as Brewton-Parker president; 'Nailbender' Larry Gray dies at age 71; Supporters rally for fired Atlanta fire chief

February 12 – Church Revitalization theme of ABSC conf.; Ark. House bans 'webcam abortions'; Detra Thomas shares 'Heart for Home' via radio; ABNDigest; Reid uses history to explain importance of revival; Arkansas Baptist News announces new advertising sections; Gaines to Arkansas pastors: 'Serve your community'; OBU's Powell to lead Ark. Department of Higher Education

February 26 – Seminar helps churches prepare against violence; Black History Month: Race and the ABSC; Cross Church donates land to ABCHomes; ABNDigest; Bryant HS student leads teammates in Bible study; Ouachita alum Jason Tolbert named university's CFO

March 12 – The 'many faces' of church planting in Arkansas; Wild game dinner reaches unchurched for Jesus Christ; David Mitchell 2015 AM of the Year; ABN Digest; 400-plus gather for Lead/Defend Conference; Bjorkman, former secretary to ABSC executive director, dies; Second senior prayer gathering March 27-28 in Arkadelphia

March 26 – Tingle after accident: 'God, I'm totally in Your hands'; Warren addresses mental health issues in Hot Springs; City of Refuge reaches homeless to PhDs; ABN Digest; David Platt unveils 'reset' of IMB strategy, structure; Floyd names SBC Committee on Committees; Ark. Baptist NewsDay of Prayer set for May 17

April 9 – ‘Religious freedom bill’ draws protests in Ark.; Preparing for the 2015 tornado season; 350 churches sign up for ‘Revitalization’; ABN Digest; Kisors survive accident, see God at work; Glorieta suit dismissed, notice of appeal filed

April 23 – Cuba trip confirms SBC president’s call to prayer; Dan Jordan announces retirement; ‘He has risen!’ Arkansas Baptists celebrate Easter;ABN Digest; Tanton named Ark. Baptist News field strategist; Ark. OKs 10 Commandments on Capitol grounds; DR volunteers assist in boys ranch cleanup; Mother of Year deadline extended to April 26

May 7 – Praying for awakening; Impact Little Rock makes impact for kingdom; Eureka Springs LGBT ordinance vote May 12; ABN Digest; Nation awaits same-sex marriage ruling; Day of Remembrance at Mayflower FBC; Rodgers named Mother of Year; Ark. Baptists win BCA awards in San Francisco

May 21 – IMB opens door to new pathways for service; DR responds in Arkansas and Oklahoma; Horne leaves Ouachita for AICU post; ABN Digest; Eureka Springs affirms LGBT ordinance; IMB Policy 200-1; Yvonne Rodgers ‘born to be Mother of Year’; Little Red River debuts DR feeding unit

June 4 – CP budget approved for fall meeting vote; ABSC adopts new branding: ‘Arkansas Baptists’; Ark. Baptists provide pure water in Nepal; ABNDigest; Foundation to relocate to ABSC building; KASMA students train for summer of service; DR teams serve in Ark., Texas after storms

June 18 – South Side celebrates The Refuge; Changes to IMB key to reaching lost world; ABCHomes launches foster ministry; ABN Digest; Jay Jones named ABN Father of Year; Immanuel Baptist purchases former Kroger; Federal court blocks Arkansas abortion ban; Student-led event draws 800 to Harrison

July 2 – SBC prays for awakening, supports marriage; Floyd: ‘Let’s lead holding onto the Word of God’; Arkansas Baptists in Columbus; ABN Digest; Hispanic event reaches 46 people for Christ; Ark. Baptist reflects on chat with Elisabeth Elliot; Jones family celebrates ‘special dad’ June 14; Fulton retires from ABSC; Breaking News: Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage

July 16 – Baptist leaders react to SC ruling; Camp Siloam goes ‘MulleTopia’; ‘Civil rights’ ordinance again before Fayetteville residents; ABN Digest; Sutton: Razorback, Baptist dies at 84; ‘Firebrand Baptist’ Dunn dies on 4th of July; Community garden plants ‘seeds of faith’; Wright named interim Ouachita president

July 30 – Ark. Baptists to gather for prayer, revival; Arkansas pastor witnesses at PP; Hutchinson announces ‘faith summit’; Planned Parenthood caught pricing body parts in video; ABN Digest; Scouts continue to shift on LGBT issue; ‘Gospel’ the focus of 2015 YEC gathering

August 13 – 13,500 embrace mission cause at Send NA; Churches urged to ‘be proactive’; Cross Church NWA gives $1 million to CP in 2015; ABN Digest; Fight to defund PPFA ‘far from over’; From Satan follower to disciple of Jesus

August 27 – ‘Let’s plow ahead,’ ABSC’s Tucker says; 900 attendees challenged at YEC; Oregon bakers join hundreds at University Baptist rally; ABN Digest; Summer of service impacts interns; ABSC prayer gathering set for Aug. 31-Sept. 1; Levy Baptist embraces rich tradition

September 10 – IMB to eliminate 600-800 positions; 350-plus appeal for great revival; Ark. WMU now foundation; Parker named exec. director; ABNDigest; Hutchinson calls faith community to action; Catching fish, men on the Norfork River

September 24 – ABSC Annual Meeting Nov. 3-4 in Hot Springs; 80 saved, 1,500 participate in Acts 1:8 One Day mission; Pastors’ Conference seeks to encourage; ABN Digest; IMB announces retirement incentive details; Fayetteville act ‘incompatible’ with state law; ABSC’s Tingle has portion of leg amputated

October 8 – Old-style tent revivals touch Arkansas towns; Planned new dining hall key to Siloam’s growth; Baptists reach bikers at BBB; ABN Digest; Mohler: ‘Reasonable faith’ important today; Baptist Businessperson of Year nominations being accepted; Barrett Baber wows judges on ‘The Voice’; WBC thoroughfare repaired

October 22 – IMB financial crisis draws broad debate; Eternity House witnesses with drama; ABCHomes Thanksgiving Offering: Memories Made Here!; ABN Digest; Salvations scored at Paragould Fields of Faith; 5-year-old accepts gift, finds mentor for life; 81 salvations at Greene Co. Acts 1:8 event

November 5 – Arkansans help provide ‘water on dry ground’; New churches added, net giving declines; IMB missionaries offered housing upon return; ABN Digest; Students seek to ‘Connect’ in Monticello; Bostick, wife of ABSC team leader, dies at age 48; Collegians pray for awakening, share gospel; New magazine features Cross Church’s Nick Floyd

November 19 – Messengers gather for 162nd meeting; GuideStone wins appeal in contraceptive care suit; 1st revival in two decades sees 139 saved;ABN Digest; Arkansans still oppose same-sex unions; Bulger named winner of 2015 card contest; Davis named NAMB pastor ambassador

December 3 – ABSC website to broaden reach; 'Persecution normal,' Ripken tells Baptists; Belview Baptists packs 1,200-plus shoe boxes; ABN Digest; Urban outreach critical, IMB missionary says; ABSC Evangelism Conf. Jan. 25-26 in Little Rock; 2016 Holy Land tour to bring Bible to life; Multimillion gift largest in Williams Baptist history.

December 17 – 'Strength through unity,' Tucker says; Churches celebrate Christ's birth; Foundation sells building, distributes part of proceeds; Baptist minister saves weekly newspaper; WMU Foundation helps Syrian refugees in Jordan; ABCHomes dedicates Family Care Home in LR, ABN Digest.


January 9 – 2013 top 10 stories chosen by ABN staff; LR couple requests trial in Glorieta suit; NOBTS prof. says to resolve church conflict ‘early’; Ouachita unveils plans for Cliff Harris Stadium; OBU, New Life Church partner; Huckabee to Ark. pastors: ‘Proclaim Christ’; Joe Garner joins ABSC staff; ABNDigest

January 23 – Eric Ramsey, ‘Indiana Jones’ of Ark. Baptists; North Korea leads world in persecution; First Baptist Church, Eagle Mills, experiences revival; Church has ‘polar bear plunge’ for Lottie Moon; Ark. ministers to gather at evangelism conference; ABN Digest

February 6 –ABSC conf. encourages Ark. Baptists; Flu season hits Arkansas, churches hard; Ruth Maynard teaches Christ for half a century; Blackaby tells Ark. Baptists: ‘Live the Lord’s Prayer’; Stockert new campus minister at Arkansas State University; Article in ABN leads donor to Ark. Baptist Foundation; Ministers’ wives gather for laughter, love; ABN Digest

February 20 – Arkansan shares Christ at Olympics; Ministry helps women turn lives around; First Baptist, England, ups giving, sees God at work; Family Care Home in Jonesboro nears completion; Group helps heal scars from abortion; ABN Digest

March 6 – Ronnie Floyd nominated for SBC pres.; ABSC announces restructuring Feb. 27; Jerry Gay named Associational Missionary of Year; ‘Beautiful’ girls conference lights up Camp Siloam; Tingle recovering from car accident; ABN Digest

March 20 – Restoration, revival, prayer SBC ‘14 focus; Ark. Baptist shares Holocaust story; Otter Creek Community Church merges, launches; First fashion show raises $39,000 for ABCHomes; Galatians 6:6 retreat strengthens pastors’ marriages; Conference ‘inspires’ Ark. Baptist women;ABN Digest

April 3 – 'Called to prayer' issued by ABSC; 'Common Ground' service helps churches break racial barriers; Young man's death inspires salvation decisions; Cooperative Program explained in new 'rant' video; Spring/summer 2014 Ark. Christian Parent available; Seniors called to pray for awakening;ABN Digest

April 17 – DR teams aid Camden victims; Camp gives missions experience; Moore returns to Africa, sees God still at work; David Perry marks 35 years at ABCHomes; Steps to involving students in missions; Mo. Baptists lose to Windermere appeal; ABN Digest

May 1 – 300-plus pastors pray for revival, renewal; Crowds greet Master'Singers in Ukraine; Floyd:'Let's complete the Great Commission'; Mother's Day 2014: Mother, daughter live and minister together; Tracy Hooks named ABN Mother of Year; Day of ministry 'impacts' Little Rock; ABN Digest

May 15 – Baptists respond folowing twister; 'The Church is not a building'; Thousands respond during Master'Singer tour; Page applauds Supreme Court decision on prayer; Connect 2014 reaches communities; 29 salvations recorded at Acts 1:8 One Day events; ABN Digest

May 29 – 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

June 12 – Hispanic event touches Gurdon; Ark. alcohol amendment draws fire; Outdoor Church reaches Arkansas sportsmen; New Hope brings life back to Black Oak after tornado; Pot ballot title gets approval; Williams seleced Father of the Year; New Life-OBU holds dedication June 10; ABN Digest

June 26 – Ronnie Floyd wins SBC presidency in Baltimore; 5,294 messengers attend SBC meeting; 'All the blessings are truly from Him': Rugged Cross experiences God's faithfulness; Tucker at MABTS lunch: 'Reach the unreached'; Missouri convention acquires 970 Windermere acres; ERLC honors heroic Christians at SBC; ABN Digest

July 10 – High court rules for Hobby Lobby; WBC ministers through 'aquaponics'; 'Two D.O.G.' aims to reach men with gospel; 440 seniors answer call to prayer for revival; Children donate to Baptist Collegiate Ministry; JoyWorks instills 'passion about worship'; ABN Digest

July 24 – Homebound woman reaches around world; Ark. to vote on alcohol, min. wage; Youth Evangelism Conference Aug. 8-9; WC serves in Arkansas; Russ Harrington retires from Baptist Health after 40 years; 'Arms Around' marks 11th year; Baptist Health begins work on new hospital in Conway; 'Discover the Difference' video wins Telly; ABCHomes houseparent dies; Jerry Gay inducted; ABN Digest

August 7 – Floyd tours US border; Baptists, Methodists drive Antioch mission; Friend form bond through World Changers; Central Baptist, Jonesboro, opens new Journey campus; Denny Wright leaves ABSC to pastor Balboa Baptist; Joe Garner leaves ABSC to pastor Brinkley Baptist

August 21 – ABSC approves 2015 budget, welcomes Floyd; 1,500 worship, learn at YEC; Trip to Nebraska 'opens eyes' to those in need; Floyd addressed ABSC Executive Board Aug. 12; Harper to lead missions team; Mt. Bethel holds 'old school' revival; Arkansas pastor shares Christ at Sturgis rally; ABNDigest

September 4 – ABSC AM Oct. 28-29 in Texarkana; David Platt to lead SBC's IMB; Fayetteville council votes 6-2 on controversial law; ABSC previews Church Revitalization strategy; New faces join ranks of Ark. associational missionaries; Foundation raises spending plan rate; ABN Digest

September 18 – Historic church renovation 'a labor of love'; BSU icon Jamie Jones dies at 91; 2014 Fishers of Men retreat nets salvation; Wilson appointed to FEMA council; Alcohol ballot measure challenged; Truett Cathy, faith-rooted entrepreneur, dies; ABN Digest

October 2 – 300 attend revitalization conference; ASU reverses decision, allows crosses; Teen achieves dream, ministers through music; Billie Harty Dining Room dedicated at Williams; ABN Digest

October 16 – ABSC president grows northeast Ark. church; Fayetteville to vote on gender ordinance; 1,800 serve during Acts 1:8 On Day Mission Trip; FBC, Hot Springs, addresses space issues, sees growth; ABN Digest; Christ shared at BBB; Dance to help LifeWay become 'best friend to pastors'; Ouachita unveils new initiatives to enhance tuition affordability; Miller to be nominated at Pastors' Conf.; Ark. Baptist volunteers needed

October 30 – Alcohol measure to be included on Nov. ballot; Floyd: Stand with Houston pastors; Seniors gather to pray for revival and awakening; Thanksgiving Offering benefits Children's Home; ABN Digest; Cross Church college ministry in yearlong revival; Mason encouraged by God's work in Arkansas

November 13 – Arkansas Baptists: 'Every One Matters'; Alcohol proposal fails, GOPs sweeps offices; Ark. church accepts call to impact African city; ABNDigest; Abedini shares at Cross Church about struggles, God's peace; Sparkman First Baptist Church: 'Beautiful Past, Bright Future'; Frank Page: 'Cooperative Program levels the playing field'

November 27 – Ark. high court takes up same-sex marriage ban; SBC president releases e-book, 'pleads with Southern Baptists'; OBU finishes undefeated for first time; Jacksonville revivals planned in 2015; ABN Digest; Engage the Nations draws 175 to Conway Nov. 7-8; ABCHomes get $65,000 from Brotherhood Mutual; 32 ABCHomes residents baptized

December 11 – Forum highlights Church role in mental health; SBC ethicist: Arkansas LGBT ordinance 'troubling'; Arkansas Baptist News to resume publication Jan. 15; Ark. Baptists celebrate Christmas; ABN Digest; ABSC evangelism conference set for Jan. 26-27; Fed. judges overturn Arkansas, Mississippi gay marriage bans; Bible museum construction nears in Washington


January 10 – 2012 top 10 stories chosen by ABN staff; Camp Siloam gets 96K donation; Evangelism Section; Farmington church uses ‘biometrics’ technology; Ouachita elects trustees, honors Ark. Baptists; Ross gives official papers to Ouachita; ABN Digest

January 24 – The Church at Argenta returns ‘church’ to city; Dramatic changes seen in 101 years; Stacy Bearden wins ABN reader drawing; Ill pastor’s ‘flyover’ touches congregation; Cafe with a mission; Jeff Crawford joins Cross Church; WBC’s Jackie Burton dies Jan. 8; Hawkins Fayetteville ABCHomes director; ABN Digest

February 7 – Speakers urge Baptists to ‘reach across Arkansas’; Thousands protest Roe v. Wade; ‘Passion Play’ restructures; ‘Faithful servant’ Charles Thompson dies at 93; Internet safety seminar held in NLR; Stolz joins Williams Baptist PR office; Steed resigns ABF to take Texas post; ABN Digest

February 21 – Come all ye … ‘whoever’; Churches left to decide rules for concealed guns; Christian Education Guide; Annie Armstrong offering up 1.9 percent; Pro-life law strengthened; ABN Digest

March 7 – Hundreds of students worship at PraizFest; Settles named AM of Year; Roten: In God’s plan ‘results may vary’; ‘My Hope’ to share Christ through relationships; 2012 Annie giving down slightly in Arkansas;ABN Digest

March 21 – Arkansas leads pro-life charge; Hispanic offering started; ‘Families on Mission’ gather at zoo; Slavery: modern issue takes center stage; Second, Arkadelphia, approves $2.3 million project; New Hope Mission reaches trailer park; Modern slavery facts; ABN Digest

April 4 – Ethnic churches gain focus in Ark.; Churches partner to break racial barriers; Illinois Chapel to occupy new building after arson; Russell Moore elected next ERLC president; ABN Day of Prayer set for May 19; Campers give back with ‘Mission Siloam’; ABN Digest

April 18 – Mayflower FBC aids spill victims, workers; Sheriff combines faith, work ‘by divine appointment’; Storms damage church; volunteers, DR respond; Seminary extension supports Ark. ministers; Buryl Red, Arkansas native and composer, dies at 76; Nat’l Day of prayer May 2; Vanndale Baptist sees results of prayer; ABN Father of the Year contest announced; Seventh CWJC ministry opens in Arkansas; IMB missionary service at Cross Church;ABN Digest

May 2 – Churches reach 3,700, share Christ at 'Impact'; Brunson named Mother of Year; Browns Chapel destroyed by fire – again; Churches join to reach bull riding community; Arkansas Baptist entites win BCA awards; George Beverly Shea dies at 104; Pucik leaves ABSC for Wynne pastorate;ABN Digest

May 16 – Religious liberty attached; Sharing clothing and Christ under the Broadway Bridge; Thomas named ABF president-elect; FBC Stuttgart ministers through med. clinic; Bostick to lead ABSC evangelism team; ABNFather of Year contest; ends May 31; Clinic helps teen mothers; Ag goat project helps Haiti; ABN Digest

May 30 – DR responds in Oklahoma; SBC 2013 in Houston June 11-12; Churches pitch in to rebuild lives in Sparkman; Four Arkansans among IMB appointees; Literacy Missions partnership established; ABN Digest

June 13 – Baptist laymen die in Ark. floods; 'Bro. Nick' preaches last sermon; Russell, 'Father of Year'; Ark. churches debate Scouting directions; Burned churches sees 'revival' and growth; DR volunteers busy after storm;ABN Digest

June 27 – Luter re-elected, messengers pass BSA resolution; Central Baptist team sees 42 saved; Ark. pastor says churches must address ethics; Meeting attendance drops 35% from 2012; WMU addresses human exploitation, porn;ABN Digest

July 11 – U.S. Supreme Court strikes down DOMA; 'Passion Play' crowds up; large debt remains; TV anchor shares life and testimony; Ark. bi-vocational pastor serves God and country; Hundreds make decisions at Super Summer camps; Mitchell elected to serve new SBCAL; ABN Digest

July 25 – Ark. faces same-sex suits; YEC Aug. 9-10 in Little Rock; 400 vols reach thousands at Mission Hot Springs; Cocklebur Baptist, Ward, 'Reaches the Rock'; 2013 ABN student ministry resources directory; Mugs Café opens in heart of Argenta; ABN Digest

August 8 – NAMB church planting conf. attracts 4,200-plus; VBS has major impact across Arkansas; Pine Bluff pastor shares story of his ‘special life’; William D. Downs tells Ark. ‘Stories of Survival’; Ark., Ga. churches find partnership; Blackaby to speak at ABSC prayer workshop Jan. 27; ABN Digest

August 22 – ABSC board recommends $22 million 2014 budget; 1,700-plus worship, learn at YEC; Mosaic trains worship leaders; Almyra pastor contributes to popular SBC Voices blog; Bowman receives ABNCommunications Scholarship; ABSC to hold Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop; Christmas in Aug. aids Ark. missionaries; Hall announces retirement from ABSC; ABN Digest

September 5 – ABSC Annual Meeting at Cross Church, Rogers; Mission team sees God at work in Alaska; Students explore ministry call through KALEO; Church bus, van regulations often ignored in Ark.; Sold Out teaches ‘Marvelous Grace’; ABN Digest

September 19 – Ark. couple sues over Glorieta sale; Condren in pursuit of Noah's Ark; ACP benefits ABSC churches in numerous ways; Ouachita Baptist Univ. fall enrollment up 9 percent; WBC updates logo, enrollment grows; Inside Out uses music, art to minister; ABN Digest

October 3 – Blackaby undergoes surgery; Schools OK to arm staff; Delta Connection teaches theology; Relationships focus of FBC, Marmaduke; 82 baptized at Mount Carmel revival Sept. 18; OBU approves 4% tuition increase;ABN Digest

October 17 – Ark. DR serves in Colorado; 36 saved at Acts 1:8 One Day; Hospitality House ministers to former prisoners; Glorieta leaseholders seek $12 mil. in damages; Stake rejoins ABSC counseling efforts; ABN card contest announced; ABN Digest

October 31 – GuideStone challenges mandate; Don Moore, 60 years of gospel ministry; Baptists help children in need through annual offering; CWJC graduate goes from homeless to helping others; Pastor helps meet long-term needs of storm victims; Children meet needs of Kansas students; ABN Digest

November 14 – Churches damaged by tornado; Baptists ‘Together’ in Rogers; Block party reaches community; drug dealers saved; Bella Vista: one church’s 40-year impact; ABN Digest

November 28 – DR to Philippines, upper Midwest; Pickles Gap Baptist: ‘Standing in the Gap’; 15:11 Project connects needy with volunteers; ‘Renewal Project’ to host first Arkansas event; Thomas new campus minister at ATU-Ozark

December 12 – Evangelism Conference Jan. 27-28; Missions, new plants top priorites; Across the ‘ravine,’ Henderson BCM thrives; Church aims to build home for mother and son; Gasaway, Uzoigwe join ABSC staff; ABN Digest


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January 12
– ABN Top 10 stories for 2011; 'Life House reaches out in Ark., Texas; NLR pastor authors new book: A call to ‘reclaim regenerate church membership’

January 26 – ABSC up nearly 2 percent: Conventions face budget challenges; Evangelism edition; Age 97 and focused on Christ’s mission; Monticello’s Calvary defined by evangelism

February 9 – New church plants make gains: Arkansas baptisms up 3 percent in 2011; Prayer and revival the focus: Conference draws 1,200; Church Financial Section; Kelley: Return to ‘discipleship foundation’; Thompson marks 20 years at FBC, Fort Smith

Feburary 23 – Seek to ‘maximize cooperation’: State Baptist execs tostudy NAMB relations; Send NA ‘strategic,’ says Ezell; Kids Clubs impact Haitian children; Christian Education Guide; Victory reaches diverse Clarksville population

March 8 – CSBC report contends: Changes at NAMB impact Calif. mission; ‘Great Commission Baptists’suggested moniker for SBC; Ark. Baptists respond to ‘Great Commission Baptists’; Glasgow AM of Year; Kaleo Arkansas conference set for April

March 22 – Ark. Baptist at White House; International ministry; New work states hurt most: NAMB impact in Ark. minimal, says Turner; Ala. evaluates partnership; Bible project underway; Calvary serves in LR Heights area 75 years

April 5 – Easter celebrations; Online ministry; Jones to lead Williams Baptist; ABN Day of Prayer set; Nailbenders ‘blessed’ to give; ‘Urban coalition’ reaches out in urban centers, Delta

April 19 – Mother of the year; ‘Fireproof’outreach; 1,200-plus gather for 2012 YEC event; ‘Mission road trip’ planned; Inmates begin ‘new life’: ‘God doesn’t discriminate’; First Stephens hosts 5K run for missions

May 3 –Friendly family travel; Students ‘CONNECT’; Arsonist strikes rural Prairie Grove church; Vanderpool reports on Mission Haiti; Frue Tate named ABN Mother of Year; ABN wins Baptist communicator awards

May 17 – ABN honors Godly fathers; ‘Coke-aholic’ turns 100; Arkansas’ religious landscape changing: Mormons gain in state, Baptists largest group; The ‘funny business’ of Baptist cartooning; ABN Day of Prayer May 20; Brazil mission trip first-ever for ABCHomes

May 31 – ‘Descriptor,’ historic election set for SBC; Arkansas Baptist team serves in Haiti, witnesses to women’s prison inmates; 47th Street reaches out to community; Intentional interim ministry benefits churches; Loyd named BCM missions consultant; ERLC trustees to be led by Arkansas pastor; Ark. Baptist Foundation expands relationship with PhilanthroCorp

June 14 – Pastors preach in ‘open air’; Father of the Year; Religious liberty advocates debate: Religious freedoms face ‘unprecedented attacks’; Summer months huge for children’s outreach; Joseph fulfills God’s call in Haiti; Gore tackles biblical issues in monthly ‘Baptists Ask’ column

June 28 – Father of the Year protects Arkansas Supreme Court; Union Ave. Marks 50; 2012 Southern Baptist Convention: Luter election, ‘descriptor’ mark meeting; Ark. Baptists descend on New Orleans; Cherry Valley Baptist feeds thousands through food pantry

July 12 – Mt. Zion Breaks Ground; World Changers: Arkansas Baptists serve with 300-plus in Fort Smith; Baptists respond after fires, storms; Super Summer 2012; Back to Campus; The story lives on ... Legacy of Woman’s Missionary Union in Arkansas

July 26 – Ministers gather at ABSC; ABCHomes visits Brazil; Students work to serve others: Batesville encounters Collision outreach; Church Building & Facilities; Jones takes helm as WBC president; Magnet Cove Southern Baptist continues to grow

August 9 – Calling an interim pastor; ABN reader survey; Turner announces plans to retire; Benton church serves in Peru: Wild goose chases or divine appointments?; What's the Cooperative Program?; Dentist going strong after 60 years

August 23 – Arms Around Arkadelphia; Ouachita renovations; HuntFest set for August 25; New Hope Baptist extends mission to Texarkana, Kansas; Children’s book ‘inspired by God’; ‘Bible storying’ reaches culture; New technology for Arkansas churches: Barcelona Road Baptist installs ‘hearing loop’

September 6 – Volunteers rebuild church; HuntFest draws 1,350; Set for Oct. 30-31: ABSC Annual Meeting at First Baptist, Cabot; Dixie Jackson Arkansas Missions Offering 2012; Ark. volunteers respond following Isaac; Brockinton youngest music minister in Ark.

September 20 – Pastor appreciation; Card design contest; Longtime evangelism prof Roy Fish dies at 82; Sparkman pastor leads ‘Never Thirst’ charge; Lawsuit challenges marijuana proposal; Dixie Jackson ministries reach thousands

October 4 – NAMB, state execs ‘unify’; World Hunger Day Oct. 14; Fla. judgment raises questions; Associational missionary pens devotion book; Lightning strikes FBC, Heber Springs

October 18 – Acts 1:8 One Day sees more than 100 saved; Campus revival nets 39 salvations; Church Building & Facilities; Bouillon honored for 50 years of RA service; Arkansas Baptist TV anchor dies in car crash October 6; Baptist Foundation offers stewardship Bible study; Churches share Christ at Bikes, Blues and BBQ Festival; Addison embraces ministry in Ark.; Parent magazine, iPad giveaway

November 1 – Navigating holiday grief; Lottie Moon offering; Due to ‘tough economy’: The Great Passion Play faces uncertain future; Bubbus family serves up burgers, values; ‘Little brown church’ celebrates 140 years; 2012 offering theme: ‘Impacting Lives’ through BCHomes ministry

November 15 – Turner honored for service; Launch a ‘huge success’; Ark. vols begin DR feeding in NY; Meet at FBC, Cabot: Messengers focus ‘NOW’ at annual meeting

November 29 – Ark. DR service huge in New York; Sharing Jesus in multihousing; Cowboy church reaches Western culture; Students equipped to live on mission; Pastors, missionary giveaway winners; Foundation funds near $200M; Bapt. Health opens counseling center

December 13 – Sonny Tucker new ABSC exec. director; Ark., Kan. churches on mission together; Montgomery: Dennard church a real ‘zoo’; Tucker: a passion for evangelism, growth; MeKency Shepard, 12, Christmas card contest winner