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    Local associations: meeting needs for Kingdom gains

    October 21, 2019

    ABN Digest

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Associational leader is the most fulfilling role that Sean McMahon has held in nearly 40 years of ministry.

    Five days after Hurricane Michael hit, Mexico Beach residents gather together for prayer and worship in parking lot of First Baptist church of where Eddie LaFountain is pastor. Submitted photo

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    Hurricane Michael: Year later, God still at work

    October 21, 2019

    ABN Digest

    MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Riding out Hurricane Michael's 161-mph winds at home in Mexico Beach, Fla., Barbara and Bubba Harmon watched as the storm's nine-foot tidal wave rushed toward them, pieces of broken lives, debris and garbage in its wake.

    As the...

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    Beck Dunn was among 53 attendees at an IMB missionary Journeymen reunion among nearly 100 who were commissioned in 1978 for two-year terms, serving in 43 countries. Photo by Art Toalston

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    Combatting abuse: Victims' advocates save lives

    October 21, 2019

    ABN Digest

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Domestic violence suffered by the wives of a police officer and a disc jockey became Beck Dunn's first foray into summoning churches for a response.

    At age 27, Dunn had taken a job to open the third domestic violence shelter...

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    World Series umpire Lance Barksdale's pivotal moment

    October 21, 2019

    ABN Digest

    HOUSTON — Lance Barksdale was a 13-year-old pitcher in a baseball game in Jackson, Miss., and he wasn't happy with the home plate umpire.

    The young pitcher thought pretty highly of himself, by Barksdale's own admission. But the balls and strikes...

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    Rachel Scott, flown by Mediflight to Little Axe, Okla., presented the game ball prior to kickoff of her homecoming football game. Photo from Baptist Messenger.

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    'Rachel's Courage' evident at Little Axe homecoming

    October 21, 2019

    ABN Digest

    LITTLE AXE, Okla. — Under the Friday night lights, members of the school and community of Little Axe rallied to cheer on a star 30 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

    The star of this homecoming game on Sept. 20 wasn't a football player, but a young...

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    Arnaldo Achucarro is planting a Hispanic church in Kansas City, Mo. There are just two other churches in the area, who are also working with more than 20,000 Hispanics there. Photo submitted

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    House of Grace reaches Hispanics on Kansas and Missouri state line

    October 17, 2019

    ABN Digest

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Iglesia Bautista Casa de Gracia (House of Grace) in the Northland area of Kansas City is working to reach the small but growing Hispanic community settling in an area that straddles the Kansas-Missouri state line.

    "We are one the...

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    North American Mission Board (NAMB) trustees met with three church planting missionaries in a local venue to hear about their recently launched churches. The venue represented the type of theater that new church plants would likely need to rent as they get off the ground. James Westbrook, lead planter of Realm Church (standing), shared with trustees about the way God has been moving in their neighborhood in Oakland, Calif. The vision tour was part of the Oct. 7-8 NAMB trustee meeting which took place in San Francisco. NAMB photo by Greg Schneider.

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    Bay Area missionaries share stories, thank NAMB trustees

    October 16, 2019

    ABN Digest

    SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Bay Area is known for being a launching pad for digital and technological innovations. A group of church planting missionaries, however, is praying for the region to become a site for a global, gospel movement.

    On...

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    Pastors of larger churches more likely to regularly counsel and disciple members

    October 16, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Meetings often fill the calendars of office workers, but pastors say their days are often full of meetings as well.

    A survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research asked 1,000 Protestant pastors if they regularly have any of six...

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    The Loving Hands quilters at Marshall Baptist Church in southeast Illinois create 20 works of art every year for an auction sponsored by Illinois Baptist Childrens Home and Family Services. Photo submitted

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    Helping Illinois children stitch by stitch

    October 15, 2019

    ABN Digest

    MARSHALL, Ill. – In a Sunday school classroom at Marshall Missionary Baptist Church, Alberta Siverly explained why she and her sisters meet here every week.

    "Each one of us has got some adopted grandchildren," she said.

    Along with their friend...

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    ERLC republishes Henry book on democracy

    October 14, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A small volume written by the late evangelical Christian theologian Carl F.H. Henry in his latter years has gained new life because of the efforts of a Southern Baptist entity.

    The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)...

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