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    Safe Haven boxes to be promoted in all 75 Arkansas counties

    June 26, 2019

    ABN Digest | Featured

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Right to Life has undertaken a statewide billboard campaign to promote the Safe Haven law and Safe Haven baby boxes in all 75 counties in Arkansas, Rose Mimms, executive director of the Arkansas Right to Life, announced June 26 in a news release.

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    Last abortion provider in Missouri fights to stay open

    June 26, 2019

    ABN Digest

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The last abortion facility in Missouri asked a state panel for an extension June 25 after a judge ruled its license would run out on Friday.

    The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services last week refused to renew the St....

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    Some states expand abortion rights after states enact pro-life laws

    June 25, 2019

    ABN Digest | Featured

    WASHINGTON – Pro-choice legislatures and governors in at least four states have responded to the wave of pro-life state laws this year with expansions of abortion rights.

    Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed into law June 19 a bill that protects...

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    Churchgoers split on visibility of their faith

    June 20, 2019

    ABN Digest

    Nashville, Tenn. — Spiritual topics aren’t a part of regular conversations with fellow believers for many Protestant churchgoers, but most seem at least somewhat confident others know they’re a Christian.

    The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment...

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    Brett Cooper (left) talks with Nathaniel Caswell of Cross Church School of Ministry at the Williams Baptist University booth in the exhibit hall of the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Birmingham.

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    Arkansas Baptists at SBC Birmingham

    June 20, 2019

    ABN Digest

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Close to 250 Arkansas Baptists were among the 8,000-plus messengers attending the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in Birmingham, Ala. Many Arkansas Baptists make the annual meeting a part of their summer plans each year and...

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    Oklahoma pastor Stephen Rummage proclaims the power and promises Christians have in Jesus Christ because of the cross in the annual sermon at the Southern Baptist Convention. Photo by Matt Miller

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    Rummage proclaims victory 'because of the cross'

    June 13, 2019

    ABN Digest

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Oklahoma pastor Stephen Rummage proclaimed the power and promises Christians have in Jesus Christ "because of the cross" in the annual sermon at the Southern Baptist Convention June 12.

    Every person "is on one side of the cross...

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    A 2019 SBC Pastors' Conference roundtable on racial reconciliation June 10 is moderated by Fred Luter Jr. (far left), pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans and former SBC president. Participants included (left to right) Danny Wood, pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.; Michael Wesley, pastor of Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.; Tracy Hipps, of Christian Service Mission in Birmingham, Ala.; Buddy Gray, pastor of Hunter Street Baptist Church in Hoover, Ala.; Mike McClure, Jr., pastor of Rock City Church in Birmingham, Ala.; and Noe Garcia and John Shillington, pastor and executive advisor of North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, respectively. Photo by Lindy Lynch

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    Racial reconciliation focus of Pastors' Conference panel

    June 13, 2019

    ABN Digest

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Fostering relationships among fellow pastors and church leaders was the theme of a panel on day two of the Pastor's Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting on Monday, June 10.

    "There can be no racial...

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    Marshal Ausberry, president of the National African American Fellowship (NAAF) and pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax Station, Va., leads the NAAF business meeting June 10 at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Kathleen Murray

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    Ausberry: Called to be Southern Baptist despite SBC history

    June 13, 2019

    ABN Digest

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Marshal Ausberry says he and other blacks are often asked why they're Southern Baptist, given the Southern Baptist Convention's history of slavery, heritage of white supremacy and hiring of mostly whites.

    Ausberry, president of...

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    'Go see the movie,' Emanuel massacre survivor urges

    June 10, 2019

    ABN Digest

    CHARLESTON, S.C. – Let someone walk into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church with a backpack and Polly Sheppard relives June 17, 2015. That's when white supremacist Dylann Roof walked in.

    "Only in that church. Other churches I can sit and be...

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    Abuse after-care resource available for churches

    June 6, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As more stories of sexual abuse involving evangelical churches and pastors – including the Southern Baptist Convention – come to light, SBC leaders have recognized the need to be responsive and educated in caring for those within...

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