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    Leading family and ministry well focus of marriage conference

    September 3, 2019

    ABN Digest

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and LifeWay Christian Resources partnered to host the "Strengthening Your Marriage Family Conference" at the school's Kansas City, Mo., campus.

    Lead pastor Kerrick Thomas of The Journey Church in Manhattan baptizes a young lady in a beach baptism – one of 51 people giving a public witness for their faith at Jacob Riis Park and Beach in Queens on a Saturday in July. Founded just days after 9/11, The Journey Church has baptized more than 2,750 people in its 18-year history. Photo by Terry Robertson

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    Manhattan's Journey Church baptizes 51 at the beach

    September 3, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NEW YORK CITY – People crowded onto Jacob Riis Park and Beach in Queens on a hot July afternoon witnessed a rare event for a New York City beach – 51 people showing a public witness for Christ through baptism.

    As exciting as that Saturday beach...

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    Baptized in a 'kiddie pool': Local bully finds Christ

    September 3, 2019

    ABN Digest

    CENTRAL ASIA – Anger consumed the "old Ali," and he didn't hesitate to act out on it. Muscular and young, he was confident in his own ability to win any fistfight. All the neighbors on his street in Central Asia knew they shouldn't cross him. When...

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    Mike Vinson

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    ABN Board member profiles: Mike Vinson

    August 29, 2019

    ABN Digest

    CORNING – Mike Vinson, a certified public accountant (CPA) from Corning, represents district three for the Arkansas Baptist News Board of Directors, and he has served since 2014. Vinson owns his own accounting practice in Corning.

    Vinson is a...

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    Mike Sheets

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    ABN Board member profiles: Mike Sheets

    August 29, 2019

    ABN Digest

    TEXARKANA – Mike Sheets, a professor of chemistry at Texarkana College, has served as district seven representative for the ABN Board of Directors since 2015.

    Sheets is a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Texarkana, where he previously served...

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    'Billy Graham rule' and religious liberty

    August 27, 2019

    ABN Digest

    CARY, N.C. – A Southern Baptist deacon and law enforcement officer is suing his former employer for religious discrimination, claiming he was fired because he refused to spend long hours alone with a female deputy he had been assigned to train.

    The...

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    A change to how churches are tracked in the Annual Church Profile could help provide more complete information about churches with multiple campuses, like Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Florida. Photo from Google

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    Multisite church ID shift to help SBC ties

    August 27, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Southern Baptist Convention is built upon relationships between local churches, associations, state conventions and national entities. A new change to church tracking could help strengthen those relationships and provide more...

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    Beth Moore

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    Beth Moore simulcast to emphasize mentoring

    August 27, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Five years ago, Karen Francka never would've believed where she'd be today. A vibrant Christian life seemed out of reach for her, as she reeled from grief after losing her best friend to cancer.

    "I felt very lonely, like I had no...

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    Volunteers paint the walls of the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis in one of the service projects initiated by the St. Louis-area First Baptist Church in OFallon in its Engage OFallon six-day outreach. Facebook photo

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    Knocking on doors anchors church's 6-day outreach

    August 26, 2019

    ABN Digest

    O'FALLON, Mo. – Hundreds heard the Gospel during the Engage O'Fallon evangelistic initiative organized by First Baptist Church in the St. Louis-area town of O'Fallon.

    Engage O'Fallon – modeled after the Southern Baptist Convention's Crossover...

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    The first time on that skateboard, it was love at first sight, Kenyas King of Skate Kelvin Murage recounts of a passion now fortified by a faith that changed his life. Photo by Anthony Rivers

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    When the 'King of Skate' met people with open Bibles

    August 23, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NAIROBI, Kenya – Kelvin took the wheels off a suitcase and the back off a chair, then screwed them together to jerry-rig a skateboard.

    The then-12-year-old drew his mother's ire for destroying a good suitcase and one of the family chairs, but her...

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