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President Trump commended for halt to border family separations Jun 22, 2018

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President Trump commended for halt to border family separations

Several Southern Baptist leaders commended President Trump's executive order June 20 addressing the separation of children...

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Pro-life banners greet drivers in 50 cities Jun 22, 2018

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Pro-life banners greet drivers in 50 cities

Pro-life advocates will hold banners on highway overpasses June 22 proclaiming "abortion takes a human life"...

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Trump Administration 'zero tolerance' policy denounced, defended Jun 19, 2018

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Trump Administration 'zero tolerance' policy denounced, defended

Southern Baptist and other evangelical female leaders expressed their opposition June 18 to separating children from...

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Abuse in the church: Its trauma aired by panel at SBC Jun 19, 2018

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Abuse in the church: Its trauma aired by panel at SBC

Matt Carter, pastor of preaching and vision at Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, said...

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Rally raises awareness of abuse/encourages churches to respond Jun 15, 2018

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Rally raises awareness of abuse/encourages churches to respond

In a united effort to discuss and respond to the “epidemic of abuse within Protestant Christianity’s...

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​SBC wrap-up: Greear, Pence, #MeToo draw SBC's focus; decision on Patterson upheld by messengers Jun 15, 2018

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​SBC wrap-up: Greear, Pence, #MeToo draw SBC's focus; decision on Patterson upheld by messengers

At an annual meeting that saw what chief parliamentarian Barry McCarty called an “extra heavy volume...

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Coverage of the 2018 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention held in Dallas Jun 15, 2018

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Coverage of the 2018 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention held in Dallas

Read Arkansas Baptist News coverage of the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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World Changers students change stereotypes Jun 14, 2018

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World Changers students change stereotypes

World Changers group returns to Little Rock for a 12th year of ministry.

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Messengers make 20 motions, debate Southwestern trustee action Jun 13, 2018

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Messengers make 20 motions, debate Southwestern trustee action

Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) proposed 20 motions during two 15-minute scheduled segments of...

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Sherri Pomeroy tells of life after church shooting Jun 13, 2018

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Sherri Pomeroy tells of life after church shooting

Sherri Pomeroy never expected for 26 people in her church family to enter heaven together when...

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Pence affirms, encourages Southern Baptists at annual meeting in Dallas Jun 13, 2018
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Greear elected Southern Baptist Convention president Jun 13, 2018

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Greear elected Southern Baptist Convention president

North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear was elected Southern Baptist Convention president June 12 during the 2018...

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Search committee, ERLC funding mark first SBC Executive Committee report Jun 12, 2018

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Search committee, ERLC funding mark first SBC Executive Committee report

Messengers received an update of the search for a new Executive Committee (EC) president and defeated...

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SBC messengers approve 16 resolutions Jun 12, 2018

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SBC messengers approve 16 resolutions

Messengers attending the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention adopted all 16 resolutions put forward...

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Jones named campus director of ABCHomes' Baptist Home for Children in Monticello Jun 12, 2018

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Jones named campus director of ABCHomes' Baptist Home for Children in Monticello

Kelly Jones has been named campus director for the Baptist Home for Children in Monticello, leaders...

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Vice President Mike Pence to address SBC in Dallas Jun 11, 2018

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Vice President Mike Pence to address SBC in Dallas

Vice President Mike Pence will address the Southern Baptist Convention on June 13.

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SBC Executive Committee disfellowships Ga. church, honors Mohler Jun 11, 2018

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SBC Executive Committee disfellowships Ga. church, honors Mohler

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee (EC) has disfellowshiped a Georgia church for alleged "intentional...

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35,000 attend, 2,300 make decisions during Crossover Dallas Harvest America crusade Jun 11, 2018

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35,000 attend, 2,300 make decisions during Crossover Dallas Harvest America crusade

"I'm not here to talk to you about religion," Pastor Greg Laurie told the crowd June...

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Harvest America brings thousands of Christians to AT&T Stadium for fellowship in faith Jun 11, 2018
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Baptists in Arkansas focused on mission; SBC Annual Meeting not seen as place to solve issues Jun 11, 2018

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Baptists in Arkansas focused on mission; SBC Annual Meeting not seen as place to solve issues

Greg Sykes, president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, said members of the denomination in Arkansas...

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Arkansans sweat in the Texas heat to share the love of Christ Jun 10, 2018

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Arkansans sweat in the Texas heat to share the love of Christ

The sun was hot and the air was dry and the shade was sparse. But that...

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Southern Baptists reflect on numbers as annual meeting convenes Dallas Jun 10, 2018

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Southern Baptists reflect on numbers as annual meeting convenes Dallas

Southern Baptists gather June 12-13 in Dallas for their annual meeting amid reports of a decline...

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Moral bar slipping in U.S., Gallup poll finds Jun 9, 2018

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Moral bar slipping in U.S., Gallup poll finds

Homosexuality, premarital sex, divorce, marijuana and pornography are approved by a growing percentage of Americans, Gallup...

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Southern Baptists to gather in Dallas June 12-13 for annual meeting Jun 8, 2018

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Southern Baptists to gather in Dallas June 12-13 for annual meeting

Thousands of Southern Baptists will gather June 12-13 annual meeting at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention...

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Breaking: Patterson withdraws from SBC Annual Meeting, will not preach annual sermon Jun 8, 2018

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Breaking: Patterson withdraws from SBC Annual Meeting, will not preach annual sermon

Paige Patterson has withdrawn from preaching the convention sermon next week at the Southern Baptist Convention...

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Churches must abandon 600MHz wireless sound systems Jun 6, 2018

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Churches must abandon 600MHz wireless sound systems

Churches that haven't updated their wireless sound system may have trouble being heard on any given...

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Curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern resigns Jun 6, 2018

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Curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern resigns

Christian T. George, assistant professor of historical theology and curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern...

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Patterson attorney claims 'misrepresentation' Jun 6, 2018

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Patterson attorney claims 'misrepresentation'

An attorney for terminated Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson issued a media release...

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World Changers returns to Arkansas Jun 6, 2018

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World Changers returns to Arkansas

WORLD CHANGERS returns to Arkansas once again in 2018, beginning this month with a project in...

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SCOTUS rules in favor of baker over same-sex couple in Colorado wedding cake case Jun 4, 2018

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SCOTUS rules in favor of baker over same-sex couple in Colorado wedding cake case

The U.S. Supreme court dodged a major ruling on the question of whether business owners can...

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Worship attendance rises, while baptisms decline in SBC congregations Jun 1, 2018

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Worship attendance rises, while baptisms decline in SBC congregations

Long-standing patterns in the Southern Baptist Convention continued to dominate the ACP, which is compiled by...

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Patterson firing met with strong reaction, cancellations Jun 1, 2018

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Patterson firing met with strong reaction, cancellations

Following Paige Patterson's termination by a 12-member committee of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees, reactions...

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Southwestern Seminary terminates Paige Patterson, removing all benefits May 30, 2018

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Southwestern Seminary terminates Paige Patterson, removing all benefits

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Board of Trustees has terminated former president Paige Patterson effective immediately.

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Barkley promoted to editor of Georgia's Christian Index May 30, 2018

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Barkley promoted to editor of Georgia's Christian Index

J. Robert White, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, has announced that Scott Barkley,...

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Associational group announces Patterson will not speak at annual conference in Dallas May 29, 2018

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Associational group announces Patterson will not speak at annual conference in Dallas

THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) has announced it will seek a new speaker...

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SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Ark. Baptists May 29, 2018

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SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Ark. Baptists

The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal May 29 to hear Planned Parenthood's challenge of an Arkansas abortion...

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SCOTUS allows Arkansas to enforce anti-abortion pill law May 29, 2018

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SCOTUS allows Arkansas to enforce anti-abortion pill law

The Supreme Court on allowed Arkansas to enforce a law restricting medication abortions, rejecting an appeal...

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Alvin Reid resigns from Southeastern Seminary May 25, 2018

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Alvin Reid resigns from Southeastern Seminary

Alvin Reid has resigned from the faculty of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), citing "personal and...

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SBC presidential candidates answer editor's questions May 25, 2018

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SBC presidential candidates answer editor's questions

SBC presidential candidates answer editor's questions

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Mohler confronts SBC's 'horrifying #MeToo moment' May 24, 2018

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Mohler confronts SBC's 'horrifying #MeToo moment'

R. Albert Mohler Jr. has labeled turmoil in the Southern Baptist Convention the SBC's "own horrifying...

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Judge sides with transgender teen May 24, 2018

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Judge sides with transgender teen

A federal judge on May 22 said a Virginia school board violated the rights of a...

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Lawsuits filed over Ark. Ten Commandments monument May 24, 2018

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Lawsuits filed over Ark. Ten Commandments monument

Two lawsuits have been filed by groups seeking to have the recently installed Ten Commandments monument...

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Southwestern Seminary trustees vote to remove Patterson after marathon meeting May 23, 2018

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Southwestern Seminary trustees vote to remove Patterson after marathon meeting

Paige Patterson was removed as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary May 22 following a marathon...

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SBC ends relationship with DC convention May 22, 2018

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SBC ends relationship with DC convention

After nearly a year and a half of discussions concerning a Washington church with lesbian co-pastors,...

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ABCHomes' annual golf classic raises money for single mothers, children in need May 22, 2018

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ABCHomes' annual golf classic raises money for single mothers, children in need

Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries hosted its 24th annual golf classic May 22 in...

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Henderson accepts new role as WMU national correspondent May 17, 2018

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Henderson accepts new role as WMU national correspondent

Trennis Henderson, vice president for communications at Ouachita Baptist University since 2008, has accepted a new...

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Jeffress attacked for offering 'evangelical prayer' at opening of Jerusalem embassy May 16, 2018

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Jeffress attacked for offering 'evangelical prayer' at opening of Jerusalem embassy

Jeffress criticized for offering evangelical prayer during embassy opening.

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ABCHomes helps single mothers get back on their feet with residential care May 16, 2018
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Williams graduates last class as a college May 5 May 16, 2018

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Williams graduates last class as a college May 5

Williams Baptist College has held its last graduation as a college May 5, before completing its...

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​Ouachita honors 336 graduates during 131st spring commencement May 16, 2018

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​Ouachita honors 336 graduates during 131st spring commencement

Ouachita Baptist University celebrated 336 graduates during its 131st spring commencement.

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Supreme Court ruling permits sports betting in all states May 15, 2018

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Supreme Court ruling permits sports betting in all states

All 50 states are now free to sponsor gambling on sporting events, the U.S. Supreme Court...

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Disaster relief pioneer Bob Dixon dies at age 90 May 15, 2018

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Disaster relief pioneer Bob Dixon dies at age 90

Robert E. "Bob" Dixon, who pioneered Southern Baptist disaster relief ministry more than 50 years ago...

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Jerusalem embassy opening draws protests, Baptist reactions May 14, 2018

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Jerusalem embassy opening draws protests, Baptist reactions

As the United States opened a controversial embassy in Jerusalem, many Southern Baptists lauded the occasion...

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Dallas crowd anticipated largest since SBC 2010 May 14, 2018

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Dallas crowd anticipated largest since SBC 2010

Dallas attendance is in line to be the highest at a Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting...

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California bill already impacting religious expression May 11, 2018

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California bill already impacting religious expression

The California state legislature's latest effort to outlaw biblical views on sex, marriage and gender identity...

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Patterson issues 'An Apology to God's People' May 10, 2018

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Patterson issues 'An Apology to God's People'

Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theology Seminary, who has been the subject on two online...

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Kentucky convention seeks break from CBF donor churches May 10, 2018

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Kentucky convention seeks break from CBF donor churches

The Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board took a step May 8 toward distancing KBC churches from...

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Osceola First Baptist to hold homecoming service May 20 May 9, 2018

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Osceola First Baptist to hold homecoming service May 20

First Baptist Church in Osceola, organized in 1850, is celebrating 25 years at its present location...

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Ouachita's Richter named new state historian May 8, 2018

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Ouachita's Richter named new state historian

Wendy Richter, Ouachita Baptist University professor and archivist since 2013, has been named state historian and...

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Southwestern Seminary announces special May 22 trustee meeting May 7, 2018

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Southwestern Seminary announces special May 22 trustee meeting

Southwestern Seminary announces special May 22 trustee meeting

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SBC women (and men) ask for action regarding Patterson in online petition May 6, 2018

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SBC women (and men) ask for action regarding Patterson in online petition

An online petition by SBC women is seeking the dismissal of Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern...

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Ark. collegiate ministers get 'fresh take' at LifeWay summit May 5, 2018

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Ark. collegiate ministers get 'fresh take' at LifeWay summit

A triennial gathering involving hundreds of collegiate ministry workers "inspires us to go back to our...

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FBC, Hope, plans ministry next door to new county facility May 4, 2018

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FBC, Hope, plans ministry next door to new county facility

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs over the deed of the formerly state-owned migrant center in Hope...

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Floyd: Prayer a 'gift that the Lord has given us' May 4, 2018

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Floyd: Prayer a 'gift that the Lord has given us'

Prayer is a “gift that the Lord has given us,” said Ronnie Floyd, president of the...

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Boy Scouts to drop 'Boy' and accept girls in 2019 May 3, 2018

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Boy Scouts to drop 'Boy' and accept girls in 2019

The Boy Scouts program is set to drop the gender from its name and re-emerge as...

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Floyd calls for unity on National Day of Prayer May 3, 2018
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Southern Baptist leader’s advice to abused women sends leaders scrambling to respond May 2, 2018

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Southern Baptist leader’s advice to abused women sends leaders scrambling to respond

Controversial comments about women, abuse and divorce made by a highly respected leader in the Southern...

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Travel help available to help small church pastors to attend SBC in Dallas May 2, 2018

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Travel help available to help small church pastors to attend SBC in Dallas

Pastors of smaller membership churches are eligible for help with expenses for attending the Southern Baptist...

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GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance Apr 30, 2018

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GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance

GuideStone Financial Resources and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) signed on to a friend-of-the-court...

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Satanic Temple plans to sue Arkansas over Ten Commandments monument Apr 30, 2018

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Satanic Temple plans to sue Arkansas over Ten Commandments monument

Lucien Greaves, the co-founder of the Satanic Temple, said his group will join a lawsuit soon...

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Brunson steps down as pastor of FBC, Jacksonville, Fla. Apr 29, 2018

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Brunson steps down as pastor of FBC, Jacksonville, Fla.

When Mac Brunson, co-senior pastor of First Baptist Church stepped into the pulpit this morning, it...

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New Williams Baptist president wants to see college grow Apr 29, 2018

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New Williams Baptist president wants to see college grow

New Williams Baptist College president Stan Norman is impressed with the people associated with the Walnut...

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California bill could bar Bible's teaching on sexuality Apr 27, 2018

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California bill could bar Bible's teaching on sexuality

Southern Baptists and other religious conservatives are warning a bill making its way through the California...

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Students reach out to Stuttgart through CONNECT Apr 26, 2018

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Students reach out to Stuttgart through CONNECT

260 students from 21 churches from across the state participated in CONNECT April 13-15 in Stuttgart.

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Arkansas Ten Commandments monument dedicated amid applause and protest Apr 26, 2018

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Arkansas Ten Commandments monument dedicated amid applause and protest

Arkansas state Sen. Jason Rapert (center) speaks during the dedication of the American History & Heritage...

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Arkansas Baptist communicators recognized for excellence Apr 25, 2018

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Arkansas Baptist communicators recognized for excellence

Arkansas Baptist communicators garnered 21 awards in numerous categories ranging from design to writing to photography...

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Venters, Stephens named to new BCM positions Apr 25, 2018

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Venters, Stephens named to new BCM positions

Adam Venters has been named the new Metro BCM campus minister at the University of Arkansas...

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Youth Right to Life video contest deadline May 31 Apr 25, 2018

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Youth Right to Life video contest deadline May 31

THE NATIONAL Right to Life is holding a video contest to encourage youth to support pro-life...

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GQ's slam of the Bible 'sadly laughable' Apr 24, 2018

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GQ's slam of the Bible 'sadly laughable'

GQ's inclusion of the Bible in a list of 21 overrated classic books has drawn expressions...

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Churches tighten security after Waffle House shooting suspect flees scene in Nashville Apr 24, 2018

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Churches tighten security after Waffle House shooting suspect flees scene in Nashville

With the lone suspect in a Nashville mass shooting still on the loose Sunday morning, area...

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Fox News host urges communicators to live out faith Apr 24, 2018

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Fox News host urges communicators to live out faith

Fox News host Shannon Bream spoke to fellow Christian communicators about the importance of living a...

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Williams OKs new programs, $13.6M budget Apr 19, 2018

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Williams OKs new programs, $13.6M budget

The Board of Trustees at Williams Baptist College (WBC) voted to approve three new academic programs...

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MLK50: Price to be paid for racial unity Apr 19, 2018

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MLK50: Price to be paid for racial unity

Evangelical Christians must be willing to pay the price to gain racial unity, speakers said April...

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Historical chapel to be named for Startup Apr 16, 2018

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Historical chapel to be named for Startup

As Williams Baptist College becomes Williams Baptist University, one of its most prominent buildings will also...

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Arkansas Baptist DR helps Mountainburg residents recover following tornado Apr 16, 2018

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Arkansas Baptist DR helps Mountainburg residents recover following tornado

Arkansas Baptist disaster relief (DR) teams were wrapping up efforts Monday, April 16, after assisting residents...

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Nominations for IMB president to be accepted through May 15 Apr 12, 2018

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Nominations for IMB president to be accepted through May 15

The presidential search committee of the International Mission Board (IMB) has announced April 12 that it...

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Boy who 'did not go to heaven' sues Tyndale for damages Apr 11, 2018

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Boy who 'did not go to heaven' sues Tyndale for damages

Alex Malarkey, the boy who claimed in a bestselling book that he went to heaven while...

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Willow Creek's Bill Hybels resigns amid misconduct accusations Apr 11, 2018

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Willow Creek's Bill Hybels resigns amid misconduct accusations

Bill Hybels, the pastor who grew Willow Creek Community Church into one of the nation's most...

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LMCO gifts 4.4% ahead of last Spring’s receipts Apr 11, 2018

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LMCO gifts 4.4% ahead of last Spring’s receipts

Southern Baptists’ contributions to support international missions through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) are 4.4...

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Longtime Alabama Baptist editor announces retirement Apr 11, 2018

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Longtime Alabama Baptist editor announces retirement

After 50 years of serving Baptist newspapers – 43 of those years in the lead editor...

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Pew: Women more devout than men Apr 11, 2018

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Pew: Women more devout than men

Pew Research has found a significant gender gap concerning religious beliefs and practice among self-identified Christian...

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Fighting for the right to be born Apr 10, 2018

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Fighting for the right to be born

No one was more surprised by the announcement that the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock was...

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Williams approves three new programs, $13.6 million budget Apr 10, 2018

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Williams approves three new programs, $13.6 million budget

The Board of Trustees at Williams Baptist College voted to approve three new academic programs, as...

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Communist China bans online Bible purchases for citizens Apr 10, 2018

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Communist China bans online Bible purchases for citizens

China is purportedly the largest publisher of Bibles in the world, but the communist nation has...

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Greear, Hemphill call for prayer and civility amid transitions Apr 9, 2018

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Greear, Hemphill call for prayer and civility amid transitions

Amid two Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) entity leadership searches and upcoming national SBC elections, both SBC...

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Liberty University ‘censors’ student newspaper coverage of event organized by critics Apr 9, 2018

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Liberty University ‘censors’ student newspaper coverage of event organized by critics

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. stifled an effort by the school’s newspaper to report on...

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Southern Baptists, others lament at MLK50 conference in Memphis Apr 5, 2018

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Southern Baptists, others lament at MLK50 conference in Memphis

MLK50 conference conveners lamented and asked God for brokenness in the evangelical church during a time...

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SBC Executive Committee to hold called meeting regarding Page departure Apr 2, 2018

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SBC Executive Committee to hold called meeting regarding Page departure

Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee (EC) Chairman Stephen Rummage has called a special meeting of...

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Committee on Resolutions named for SBC 2018 Mar 29, 2018

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Committee on Resolutions named for SBC 2018

Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines has named members of the Committee on Resolutions for the...

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​Baptist Global Response launches 2nd annual Well Dig Dare Mar 28, 2018

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​Baptist Global Response launches 2nd annual Well Dig Dare

Baptist Global Response (BGR), a Southern Baptist humanitarian aid organization, is challenging Southern Baptists to take...

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GuideStone, ministries win religious liberty battle with HHS mandate Mar 27, 2018

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GuideStone, ministries win religious liberty battle with HHS mandate

GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention and the ministries it serves have gained a...

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SBC Executive Committee's Page resigns over 'personal failing' Mar 27, 2018

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SBC Executive Committee's Page resigns over 'personal failing'

Frank S. Page has resigned as president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention's...

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Page announces retirement as SBC Executive Committee president and CEO Mar 27, 2018

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Page announces retirement as SBC Executive Committee president and CEO

Frank S. Page, president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) Executive Committee...

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New Trump transgender military policy 'likely' to stand Mar 26, 2018

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New Trump transgender military policy 'likely' to stand

The Trump administration has issued a new directive that permits transgender military service only "under certain...

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Tenn. may require 'In God We Trust' to be posted in schools Mar 22, 2018

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Tenn. may require 'In God We Trust' to be posted in schools

Public schools in Tennessee soon could be required to post "In God We Trust" in a...

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Inspire challenges Arkansas women to ‘live redeemed’ Mar 22, 2018

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Inspire challenges Arkansas women to ‘live redeemed’

About 650 women from across Arkansas were challenged to “live redeemed” at the fifth annual Inspire...

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Yarbrough elected to lead editors’ group Mar 22, 2018

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Yarbrough elected to lead editors’ group

Tim Yarbrough, editor/executive director of the Arkansas Baptist News (ABN), was officially installed as president of...

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Arkansas native plants ‘multiplying’ churches in Wyoming Mar 22, 2018

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Arkansas native plants ‘multiplying’ churches in Wyoming

As Easter approaches, the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) season is in...

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Sweeping tax code changes could affect Ark. Baptists Mar 22, 2018

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Sweeping tax code changes could affect Ark. Baptists

In the final days of 2017 Congress approved a bill that includes the most sweeping changes...

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Free church security training offered through May 1 Mar 16, 2018

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Free church security training offered through May 1

As public shootings continue to make headlines, many churches are evaluating where their facilities stand on...

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Norman named 7th president of Williams Baptist Mar 15, 2018

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Norman named 7th president of Williams Baptist

Stan Norman, who has served the past nine years as provost and executive vice president at...

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U.S. appeals court rules transgender rights trump religious liberty Mar 12, 2018

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U.S. appeals court rules transgender rights trump religious liberty

Religious freedom provides no legal basis to discipline transgender workers who violate workplace gender policies, a...

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Baptist state newspapers: Today’s news is tomorrow’s history - Wilkey Mar 9, 2018

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Baptist state newspapers: Today’s news is tomorrow’s history - Wilkey

In an era of shrinking newspaper print readership, Baptist state newspapers retain a viable path forward...

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Graham’s enduring legacy in the Natural State Mar 8, 2018

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Graham’s enduring legacy in the Natural State

THE MARK MADE by Billy Graham on the furtherance of the gospel throughout the United States...

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Billy Graham holiday petition climbing toward 150,000 goal Mar 7, 2018

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Billy Graham holiday petition climbing toward 150,000 goal

A grassroots petition to honor the late Billy Graham with a national holiday had gathered nearly...

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Alabama pastor Danny Wood to be SBC Pastors' Conference nominee Mar 7, 2018

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Alabama pastor Danny Wood to be SBC Pastors' Conference nominee

Danny Wood, pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., will be nominated for president...

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Transgender teens: New study 'no surprise,' says ethicist Mar 6, 2018

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Transgender teens: New study 'no surprise,' says ethicist

A medical journal's finding that the number of transgender teens may be three times greater than...

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Fifth Inspire event set to encourage, equip Mar 5, 2018

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Fifth Inspire event set to encourage, equip

ARKANSAS Baptist women desiring to be inspired in their daily walk with Jesus should make plans...

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Pence: Christian communicators needed 'more than ever' Feb 28, 2018

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Pence: Christian communicators needed 'more than ever'

In a time plagued by evil, Americans need the ministry and message provided by Christian communicators,...

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Online sex crimes loophole removal nears House vote Feb 27, 2018

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Online sex crimes loophole removal nears House vote

A legal loophole that has shielded sex advertising websites and their users from prosecution may be...

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Supreme Court DACA order spurs call to prayer Feb 27, 2018

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Supreme Court DACA order spurs call to prayer

The Supreme Court's refusal to fast-track a Trump administration appeal related to immigration has given Congress...

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BGAV to stop forwarding churches' gifts to CBF Feb 27, 2018

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BGAV to stop forwarding churches' gifts to CBF

The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) has become the second Baptist state convention in the...

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BGCT: Decision on CBF driven by 'biblical truth' Feb 22, 2018

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BGCT: Decision on CBF driven by 'biblical truth'

The decision of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) to stop forwarding churches' contributions to...

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Gift of building sparks growth of Ky. church plant Feb 21, 2018

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Gift of building sparks growth of Ky. church plant

Most pastors wouldn’t consider it a landmark day when a fire destroys a church’s office space...

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ABCHomes announces search for exec. director Feb 21, 2018

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ABCHomes announces search for exec. director

The Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries Board of Trustees has appointed a five-member search...

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Arkansas flu outbreak impacts churches and communities Feb 21, 2018

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Arkansas flu outbreak impacts churches and communities

WHAT WOULD IT take for an Arkansas Baptist church to change its warm, “Y’all come,”greeting to...

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Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' and noted evangelist, dies at 99 Feb 21, 2018

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Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' and noted evangelist, dies at 99

Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' and noted evangelist, dead at 99

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Ohio parents lose custody of transgender teen Feb 20, 2018

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Ohio parents lose custody of transgender teen

An Ohio couple lost permanent custody of their teenage daughter because they didn't want her to...

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Baptists weigh in on Senate immigration/DACA debate Feb 16, 2018

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Baptists weigh in on Senate immigration/DACA debate

Southern Baptist voices are addressing the U.S. Senate's current effort to resolve the fate of undocumented...

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Florida school tragedy: Prayer enlisted as tears abound Feb 16, 2018

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Florida school tragedy: Prayer enlisted as tears abound

Amid the pressing anguish from the school shooting that claimed 17 lives in Florida, Baptists nationwide...

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Master’Singers Ukraine Mission Trip April 16-27; Michael Gott to speak Feb 16, 2018

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Master’Singers Ukraine Mission Trip April 16-27; Michael Gott to speak

Again in 2018, Arkansas Baptists have the opportunity to be a part of another special movement...

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Gaines reflects on IMB search, SBC presidency Feb 16, 2018

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Gaines reflects on IMB search, SBC presidency

Gaines, pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Tennessee, addressed editors of Baptist state publications...

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GuideStone encourages pastors to participate in biennial church compensation survey Feb 13, 2018

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GuideStone encourages pastors to participate in biennial church compensation survey

GuideStone Financial Resources, LifeWay Research and Baptist state conventions have teamed up again in 2018 for...

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BREAKING NEWS: IMB President Platt announces plan to resign, asks trustees to begin search for successor Feb 12, 2018

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BREAKING NEWS: IMB President Platt announces plan to resign, asks trustees to begin search for successor

International Mission Board (IMB) President David Platt has asked the mission agency’s trustees to begin searching...

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Arkansas Baptists encouraged, refueled at ECON Feb 8, 2018

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Arkansas Baptists encouraged, refueled at ECON

Guest speakers from across the country shared with Arkansas Baptists during ECON, the statewide Conference on...

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Hundreds decry legal abortion at life march Feb 8, 2018

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Hundreds decry legal abortion at life march

Hundreds of Arkansans flooded the steps of the Arkansas Capitol Jan. 21 to a bagpipe rendition...

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Greear-Hemphill to be SBC nominees Feb 8, 2018

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Greear-Hemphill to be SBC nominees

The 2018 election for Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) president now has two candidates – representing different...

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Evangelical leaders call for swift action on DACA Feb 8, 2018

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Evangelical leaders call for swift action on DACA

Southern Baptist and other evangelical Christian leaders and pastors joined United States senators Feb. 7 in...

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Christian wedding cake baker wins Calif. court battle Feb 7, 2018

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Christian wedding cake baker wins Calif. court battle

A California trial court has upheld a Christian baker's right to refuse to create a wedding...

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Apology, $300K payout in church sex abuse settlement Feb 6, 2018

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Apology, $300K payout in church sex abuse settlement

An apology, admission of liability and a $300,000 payout are among the terms First Baptist Church...

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Evidence humans 'unique' among creation Feb 5, 2018

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Evidence humans 'unique' among creation

While the Bible teaches that God designed humans – and only humans – in His image,...

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GuideStone: Don't panic over stock market volatility Feb 2, 2018

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GuideStone: Don't panic over stock market volatility

Volatility in 2018 may buffet the financial markets, which have grown feverishly since the election of...

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J.D. Greear to be SBC president nominee in 2018 Jan 30, 2018

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J.D. Greear to be SBC president nominee in 2018

Greear once again will be nominated for president at the 2018 convention annual meeting,

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Hugh and Jill Freeze speak of God's grace at Liberty University Jan 25, 2018

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Hugh and Jill Freeze speak of God's grace at Liberty University

Hugh Freeze made his first public appearance Jan. 24 since resigning as Ole Miss head football...

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Camp Siloam exceeds ‘Feed My Sheep’ goal Jan 24, 2018
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LifeWay building demolished in downtown Nashville Jan 24, 2018

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LifeWay building demolished in downtown Nashville

The former 12-story LifeWay Christian Resources landmark Draper Tower in downtown Nashville was demolished Jan. 6...

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Kentucky leader and pastors minister amid shooting aftermath Jan 24, 2018

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Kentucky leader and pastors minister amid shooting aftermath

The school shooting in Kentucky provided Baptist leader Paul Chitwood an extraordinary opportunity for ministry Jan....

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Harris appointed to Arkansas Heritage Committee Jan 24, 2018

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Harris appointed to Arkansas Heritage Committee

Rodney Harris, assistant professor of history at Williams Baptist College, has been appointed by the director...

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City Center Conversations aim to tackle the big questions Jan 24, 2018

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City Center Conversations aim to tackle the big questions

In a day marked by distractions and confirmation bias, a new ministry is attempting to create...

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Evangelicals for Life addresses ethics of 'pro-life' movement Jan 23, 2018

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Evangelicals for Life addresses ethics of 'pro-life' movement

Evangelical Christians defend not only unborn children in the pro-life cause but all other human beings...

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Floyd issues 'A Call to Racial Unity' at Arkansas Capitol on MLK Day Jan 16, 2018

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Floyd issues 'A Call to Racial Unity' at Arkansas Capitol on MLK Day

Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd was the keynote speaker for the inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday...

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ECON set for Jan. 29-30 at Geyer Springs FBC Jan 11, 2018

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ECON set for Jan. 29-30 at Geyer Springs FBC

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention’s (ABSC) State Conference on Evangelism and Church Health (ECON) will be...

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Top stories of 2017: A year to remember Jan 11, 2018

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Top stories of 2017: A year to remember

The Arkansas Baptist News (ABN) has compiled the top 10 stories of 2017 based on overall...

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Justice Department ends policy allowing states to legalize marijuana Jan 5, 2018

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Justice Department ends policy allowing states to legalize marijuana

On Monday, California became the latest – and largest – state to legalize marijuana for recreational...

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40th annual March for Life Sunday, Jan. 21 Jan 5, 2018

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40th annual March for Life Sunday, Jan. 21

The 40th annual March for Life is set for Sunday, Jan. 21, the same day that...

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12-story LifeWay tower set for implosion Jan 5, 2018

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12-story LifeWay tower set for implosion

The 12-story LifeWay tower emblazoned with massive stone crosses has greeted visitors to downtown Nashville for...

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Churches now eligible for FEMA recovery funds Jan 3, 2018

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Churches now eligible for FEMA recovery funds

Churches whose facilities have been damaged by natural disasters now are eligible to receive relief funds...

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Hunt family makes $500K gift to Camp Siloam dining hall project Dec 26, 2017

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Hunt family makes $500K gift to Camp Siloam dining hall project

A $500,000 gift has been made by the J.B. and Johnelle Hunt family of northwest Arkansas...

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Confederate statues removed from Memphis parks Dec 22, 2017

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Confederate statues removed from Memphis parks

Two controversial Confederate statues were removed from Memphis parks Dec. 20 shortly after the city council...

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Minister housing allowance order stayed; appeals likely Dec 19, 2017

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Minister housing allowance order stayed; appeals likely

A federal district court judge in Wisconsin, as expected, has entered a final order declaring the...

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Ohio passes Down syndrome abortion ban Dec 19, 2017

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Ohio passes Down syndrome abortion ban

Pro-life advocates are applauding the Ohio legislature's passage of a bill to ban abortions of babies...

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Transgenders to enlist as Trump appeal continues Dec 13, 2017

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Transgenders to enlist as Trump appeal continues

Transgender people will be able to enlist in the U.S. military beginning Jan. 1, the Department...

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Paul Pressler accused of sexual abuse in Texas lawsuit Dec 13, 2017

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Paul Pressler accused of sexual abuse in Texas lawsuit

A lawsuit alleging decades of sexual abuse by retired Texas state judge Paul Pressler has named...

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Eagle Heights in Harrison suffers extensive fire damage; still holds services on Sunday Dec 9, 2017

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Eagle Heights in Harrison suffers extensive fire damage; still holds services on Sunday

The Harrison Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the Eagle Heights Baptist Church early...

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Trump officially recognizes Jerusalem as capital, to move U.S. embassy Dec 6, 2017

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Trump officially recognizes Jerusalem as capital, to move U.S. embassy

President Donald Trump announced Dec. 6 that the U.S. will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital...

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Ark. Baptist communicators honored at inaugural ARcom Awards ceremony Nov 30, 2017
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WoP/Lottie Moon Offering undergird missionaries Nov 30, 2017
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Sharing Christ through couponing and toys Nov 30, 2017
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Union settles lawsuit over HHS abortion mandate Nov 30, 2017
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J.D. Neeley of FBC Camden named ABN Businessperson of the Year Nov 30, 2017

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J.D. Neeley of FBC Camden named ABN Businessperson of the Year

CAMDEN – John David Neeley, president of Neeley Forestry Service, is the 2017 Arkansas Baptist News...

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‘Glass-house living at best is hard,’ ministers’ wives told Nov 15, 2017
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1,500 attend fall carnival Nov 15, 2017
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ABSC messengers approve six resolutions Nov 15, 2017
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Gathright wins ABN watch Nov 15, 2017
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Pastors’ Conf. speakers share passion for the gospel Nov 15, 2017
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Agencies highlight God’s work across Arkansas Nov 15, 2017
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Speakers challenge Ark. Baptists to share gospel Nov 15, 2017
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ABCHomes changes in NWA Nov 15, 2017
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Pro-life centers win fight against Calif. abortion law Nov 15, 2017
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ABN Digest: LifeWay Stores conduct national Bible drive Nov 15, 2017
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Southwestern Seminary cuts staff by 30 positions Nov 15, 2017
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God understands tragedy, pastor says Nov 15, 2017
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Ross: ‘Be a positive advocate for CP’ Nov 15, 2017
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Arkansas Baptists called to ‘Engage’; send out planters Nov 15, 2017
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Full text of resolutions approved by messengers at the 2017 ABSC Annual Meeting Nov 10, 2017

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Full text of resolutions approved by messengers at the 2017 ABSC Annual Meeting

Full text of resolutions approved by messengers at the 2017 ABSC Annual Meeting

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Arkansas Baptists called to ‘Engage’; send out planters Nov 10, 2017

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Arkansas Baptists called to ‘Engage’; send out planters

Arkansas Baptists from throughout the Natural State gathered Nov. 7-8 for the 164th annual meeting of...

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Southwestern Seminary cuts staff; cites health care, utility costs Nov 8, 2017

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Southwestern Seminary cuts staff; cites health care, utility costs

Escalating health care costs, increased expenses for utilities and other higher education costs have prompted personnel...

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'I don’t understand, but I know my God does,' says pastor of Texas church following mass shooting Nov 7, 2017

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'I don’t understand, but I know my God does,' says pastor of Texas church following mass shooting

Southern Baptists ministering in the wake of what some have called the deadliest church shooting in...

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Camp Siloam Awarded A $20,000 Grant from The Walmart Foundation Nov 2, 2017

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Camp Siloam Awarded A $20,000 Grant from The Walmart Foundation

Camp Siloam announced Nov. 1 that it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Walmart...

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Museum of the Bible, opening Nov. 17, to be a ‘celebration’ of Scripture Nov 2, 2017

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Museum of the Bible, opening Nov. 17, to be a ‘celebration’ of Scripture

When visitors to Washington, D.C., tour the capital’s historic museums and monuments in the future, they’ll...

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Annual meeting theme ‘Encourage to Engage’ Nov. 7-8 in Russellville Oct 26, 2017
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2017 ABSC Annual Meeting coverage Oct 26, 2017

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2017 ABSC Annual Meeting coverage

Comprehensive coverage by the Arkansas Baptist News staff of the 2017 Arkansas Baptist State Convention Annual...

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12 saved during Connect mission event in Jonesboro Oct 25, 2017

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12 saved during Connect mission event in Jonesboro

Nearly 200 seventh to 12th grade students shared the gospel through word and deed during Connect...

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2018 ABSC Annual Meeting officer nominations expected Oct 24, 2017

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2018 ABSC Annual Meeting officer nominations expected

Nominations for officers to serve the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) in the upcoming year have...

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FBC, Russellville, builds legacy of faith' based on Acts 1:8 Oct 20, 2017

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FBC, Russellville, builds legacy of faith' based on Acts 1:8

A deep-seated part of the River Valley for more than 142 years, First Baptist Church, Russellville,...

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Williams launches online criminal justice program Oct 20, 2017

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Williams launches online criminal justice program

Williams Baptist College (WBC) is making it possible for law enforcement professionals to complete a bachelor’s...

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Arkansas Baptist college students help Hurricane Harvey victims Oct 20, 2017

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Arkansas Baptist college students help Hurricane Harvey victims

LAST YEAR, Adam Venters remembers making his way through eight feet of flood damage in his...

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Jones leaving Williams Baptist College for California post Oct 19, 2017

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Jones leaving Williams Baptist College for California post

Tom Jones, president of Williams Baptist College since 2012, has announced that he will leave Williams...

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Children who read Scripture regularly more likely to become spiritually healthy adults Oct 17, 2017

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Children who read Scripture regularly more likely to become spiritually healthy adults

Most churchgoing Protestant parents of young adults say their kids grew up to be Christians.

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Boy Scouts to open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018 Oct 13, 2017

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Boy Scouts to open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018

Boys Scouts of America will open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018, the latest move in...

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After the massacre, a Las Vegas Southern Baptist church seizes the chance to serve Oct 3, 2017

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After the massacre, a Las Vegas Southern Baptist church seizes the chance to serve

Hope Church, a growing multi-ethnic Southern Baptist congregation that attracts 3,000 people each weekend, says it’s...

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Condition of churches following hurricane in Puerto Rico largely unknown Sep 29, 2017

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Condition of churches following hurricane in Puerto Rico largely unknown

More than a week after Puerto Rico suffered its greatest natural disaster, the condition of most...

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344 Arkansas Baptist DR volunteers serve following Hurricane Harvey Sep 28, 2017

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344 Arkansas Baptist DR volunteers serve following Hurricane Harvey

In the first 26 days of Arkansas Baptist DR deployment in Houston, 344 volunteers have stepped...

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SBC Cooperative Program to aid victims of recent natural disasters Sep 20, 2017

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SBC Cooperative Program to aid victims of recent natural disasters

Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program (CP) helped survivors after Hurricane Katrina in 2005; it will do so...

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Williams Baptist College to be renamed Williams Baptist University Sep 20, 2017

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Williams Baptist College to be renamed Williams Baptist University

Williams Baptist College (WBC) in Walnut Ridge announced Sept. 20 that starting next fall it will...

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Gaines: Memphis Confederate monument should be moved Sep 15, 2017

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Gaines: Memphis Confederate monument should be moved

Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines is among about a dozen Southern Baptist signatories of a...

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IMB trustees celebrate new and emeritus missionaries, approve balanced budget Sep 14, 2017

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IMB trustees celebrate new and emeritus missionaries, approve balanced budget

International Mission Board trustees gathered at Ridgecrest Conference Center Sept. 11-13 to celebrate more than 25,000...

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NY's highest court rules against physician-assisted suicide Sep 11, 2017

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NY's highest court rules against physician-assisted suicide

The New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, on Sept. 7 unanimously refused...

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'God sent them,' flooded homeowner says of Southern Baptists Sep 11, 2017

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'God sent them,' flooded homeowner says of Southern Baptists

For thousands upon thousands of homeowners in Houston and along the Texas Gulf Coast, Southern Baptist...

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Action, prayer, gospel fueled Baptist response urged to Irma Sep 8, 2017

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Action, prayer, gospel fueled Baptist response urged to Irma

With Caribbean islands devastated and hurricane Irma still large enough to charge up both sides of...

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UPDATE: Arkansas Baptist DR serves and shares gospel in Texas Sep 8, 2017

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UPDATE: Arkansas Baptist DR serves and shares gospel in Texas

Arkansas Baptist disaster relief (DR) deployments to Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey and associated storms...

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Long term recovery expected in Texas following devastation from Hurricane Harvey Sep 1, 2017

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Long term recovery expected in Texas following devastation from Hurricane Harvey

Arkansas Baptist disaster relief (DR) units began deploying to areas of Texas devastated by Hurricane Harvey...

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Paragould pastor killed in accident Aug 25, 2017

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Paragould pastor killed in accident

Thomas Hood, 70, the pastor of Clarks Chapel Baptist Church in Paragould, was killed Aug. 21...

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Camp Siloam breaks ground on new dining hall Aug 24, 2017

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Camp Siloam breaks ground on new dining hall

Camp Siloam kicked off construction of its new $3.4 million dining hall Aug. 22, with numerous...

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Court signals religious freedom victory for artist Aug 4, 2017

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Court signals religious freedom victory for artist

A self-employed evangelical Christian photographer can reject job requests based on her religious beliefs against same-sex...

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DNA editing, ethics & biblical truth Aug 4, 2017

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DNA editing, ethics & biblical truth

Scientists have successfully edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time ever.

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Trump unveils legislation limiting legal immigration Aug 3, 2017

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Trump unveils legislation limiting legal immigration

With Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia by his side, President Trump...

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