Telling the story of Arkansas Baptists Since 1901

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    Breland comes off the road with 4 million miles, 47 nations

    April 22, 2019

    ABN Digest

    MOBILE, Ala. – When Roger Breland took the first step down the road toward a career in Christian music, he had no idea what a remarkable journey it would be.

    LifeWay Christian Resources recently published Wynness Thomas' hymn, "Praise to Thee, Blessed Trinity" on its digital hymnbook resource, LifeWayWorship.com. The song lyric follows the classic tune of the Doxology and features lines declaring praise to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. LifeWay image

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    87-year-old pianist achieves dream of publishing song

    April 18, 2019

    ABN Digest

    CONWAY, S.C. – For the past 15 years, Wynness Thomas has been homebound, battling daily pain from arthritis of the spine and Parkinson's disease. But this former church pianist and choir member at Tilly Swamp Baptist Church hasn't let her age or...

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    Glorify God: the shared task of churches & seminaries

    April 18, 2019

    ABN Digest

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The apostle Peter explains in 1 Peter 4:7 that "the end of all things is at hand" and by that he means he and his readers were living in the last days before the return of Jesus.

    Since that time until our very own, humanity has...

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    From the SBC president: Because of the empty tomb...

    April 18, 2019

    ABN Digest

    DURHAM, N.C. – On the third day after Jesus' crucifixion, a group of women went to His tomb. But instead of finding a dead body guarded by strong Roman guards, they found the guards fearful, looking "like dead men," and the tomb empty.

    Jesus had...

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    Intercountry adoption numbers hit new low

    April 17, 2019

    ABN Digest

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. families plunged again last year, according to data the U.S. State Department released last month.

    Intercountry adoptions declined by 14 percent, from 4,714 children in 2017 to 4,059...

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    Rebecca A. Glazier, associate professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Public Affairs, said she felt “a spiritual dimension to this work” while conducting the survey among a 112 Little Rock clergy members representing Islamic, Mormon, Mainline Protestant, Jewish, Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, Black Protestant religious traditions.

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    Little Rock congregations study unveiled

    April 11, 2019

    ABN Digest | Featured

    LITTLE ROCK – Results of a new Little Rock Congregations Study was revealed April 11 during a Little Rock Religious Leaders Summit attended by 60 area clergy members, political leaders and the media.

    In sharing a summary of findings, researcher...

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    Ashley Virto, when she was 14, got on a church bus and ventured to Vacation Bible School. "It looked like a lot of fun," Virto, now 24, said of what stirred a prayer in her to know Christ. Photo submitted

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    VBS: Her starting point in faith and now her calling

    April 10, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ashley Virto was a teenager 10 years ago who knew about Jesus Christ, but didn't know Jesus Christ.

    Thanks to a bus ministry and a Vacation Bible School, Virto, now 24, is a Christian serving Jesus Christ in her church and the...

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    A Louisiana State Fire Marshal van shines light on the remains of St. Mary's Baptist Church in Port Barre, La., one of three historically African American churches destroyed in a string of suspicious fires still under investigation. Louisiana State Fire Marshal photo

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    Church fires in Louisiana spur Baptist outreach

    April 9, 2019

    ABN Digest

    ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. – Bert Langley lives just two miles from Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, the latest building destroyed in a series of fires at black Baptist churches in St. Landry Parish, La.

    Langley, director of missions at Acadia Baptist...

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    Las Vegas church planter Heiden Ratner was the featured speaker during Southwestern Seminary's North American church planting emphasis. swbts.edu photo

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    Church planter sets forth a 'big God theology'

    April 9, 2019

    ABN Digest

    FORT WORTH, Texas – Adopt a "big God theology," church planter Heiden Ratner said as the featured speaker during the North American church planting emphasis at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Preaching on "the legacy of God" from ...

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    Pro-life activist David Daleiden has advanced the anti-abortion cause through his investigative journalism, fellow pro-lifers say, despite a legal setback this month at the U.S. Supreme Court. EWTN screen capture from YouTube

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    Pro-life videos 'saved lives' despite SCOTUS setback

    April 9, 2019

    ABN Digest

    WASHINGTON – Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal this month to dismiss Planned Parenthood's lawsuit against pro-life activist David Daleiden, other pro-lifers say videos Daleiden released in 2015 have advanced the crusade against abortion.

    The...

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