Telling the story of Arkansas Baptists Since 1901

    Share this:

    'Dad is out of all pain,' says Rick Stanley's daughter

    May 7, 2019

    ABN Digest

    Editor's note: Brittany Stanley is the daughter of the late evangelist Rick Stanley, who died earlier this year.

    Share this:

    Church membership dropping, anxiety rising

    May 6, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As recent polls put U.S. church membership at an all-time low and anxiety at an all-time high, some Southern Baptist leaders say the numbers are a wake-up call to Christians' deep need to take the Great Commission personally.

    A...

    Read More
    Micah Fries, pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., spoke Thursday, May 2 during an event about Islam and North America, which focused on equipping Christians to love and share their faith with their Muslim neighbors. Photo by Micaiah Davis/NAMB

    Share this:

    Islam in North America event urges hope, not fear

    May 6, 2019

    ABN Digest

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. – By the year 2050, the Muslim population in North America is reportedly projected to double. That figure might trouble some people in the United States, but pastor Micah Fries believes Christians have no reason to be concerned.

    The...

    Read More

    Share this:

    Europeans will pay church tax, won't attend church

    May 2, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite Europe's increasing secularization, most residents of six European countries studied by the Pew Research Center continue to pay a tax designated for support of religious organizations – though they are permitted to opt out.

    Read More
     Sam Brownback (left), U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom, tells ERLC President Russell Moore about the state of global religious liberty during the Southern Baptist entity’s Leadership Lunch April 24 in Nashville. Screen capture from ERLC video

    Share this:

    Religious liberty benefits countries, says Brownback

    May 2, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Increased liberty for people of faith would protect and profit other countries, but many governments still need to be persuaded of that reality, the United States' ambassador at large for international religious freedom said at a...

    Read More
    First Baptist Church in Lafayette, La., draws about 1,100 people in worship each week and gives 10.5 percent of their undesignated offerings to the Cooperative Program channel of state, national and international missions and ministry. Submitted photo

    Share this:

    Church holds to Baptist traditions that 'still work'

    May 2, 2019

    ABN Digest

    LAFAYETTE, La. – When F.A.I.T.H. evangelism training first rolled out nationally in 1998, the outreach leader from First Baptist Church in Lafayette took note.

    Starting that year and every year since, the Louisiana church has had 50 to 60 people...

    Read More
    project 139

    Share this:

    Latest Psalm 139 gift helps 2 pregnancy centers

    May 1, 2019

    ABN Digest

    FULTONDALE, Ala. – The Psalm 139 Project's latest placement of an ultrasound machine benefited not one but two pregnancy resource centers in the Birmingham, Ala., area.

    Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty...

    Read More
    Roger Breland and the Voices of Mobile included Carnegie Hall as part of their 2018 tour. Breland will end his 16 years as the ensemble’s director in July. Photo submitted

    Share this:

    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.

    In 47 years, he traveled more than 4 million miles across 47 countries, presented over...

    Read More
    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

    Share this:

    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...

    Read More

    Share this:

    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...

    Read More