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  • SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Arkansas Baptists

    May 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Arkansas Baptists

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Planned Parenthood’s challenge of an Arkansas abortion law could allow the state to become the first to effectively outlaw medication-induced abortions. “I am thankful for the discernment used by the U.S. Supreme Court to not address this issue,” Sonny Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, said.

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  • Fire destroys half of church, worship resumes next day

    December 12 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Fire destroys half of church, worship resumes next day

    One day after fire destroyed nearly half of Eagle Heights Baptist Church in Harrison, Ark., senior pastor Kennith Stacy held services in the congregation’s family life center. “In the midst of the tragedy that we find on our campus, we can still see that there’s joy because God’s presence hasn’t left,” Stacy told the congregation.

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  • State conventions denounce racism, white supremacy

    November 20 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    State conventions denounce racism, white supremacy

    Southern Baptists in at least five state conventions have approved resolutions decrying racism or white supremacy. Messengers to the annual meetings of the Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Virginia conventions have passed statements in November addressing the rise of white nationalism and supremacy in the United States.

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  • Ten Commandments monument toppled at Arkansas Capitol

    June 29 2017 by Arkansas Baptist News staff | with 0 comments
    Ten Commandments monument toppled at Arkansas Capitol

    City workers have removed pieces of the newly installed Ten Commandments monument from the Arkansas Capitol grounds after a Van Buren man apparently toppled it with his car. The 6-foot-tall stone monument was installed in Little Rock, but was destroyed less than 24 hours later after Michael Tate Reed allegedly drove a vehicle into the statue.

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  • Weekend storms draw Southern Baptist disaster relief

    May 2 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Weekend storms draw Southern Baptist disaster relief

    Southern Baptists are assessing damage and readying help in five states where weekend tornadoes and floods killed at least 15 people and injured dozens, North American Mission Board executive Mickey Caison said. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief directors in Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas have sent assessment teams to communities damaged by tornadoes and flooding.

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  • Deadly storms damage churches, Baptist college

    March 6 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Deadly storms damage churches, Baptist college

    Storms in the South and Midwest this week left at least four people dead, damaged church buildings and led to deployment of Baptist disaster relief workers in four states. The storm system killed three people in Illinois and one in Missouri, with at least 10-15 injured in Arkansas. At least seven states were affected.

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  • Couple with ‘no training’ reaches international students

    January 25 2017 by Lisa Falknor, Arkansas Baptist News | with 0 comments
    Couple with ‘no training’ reaches international students

    For 17 years, international students have been welcomed into the home of Ross and Jane Burton, members of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Ark. The couple has used American culture to share Christ through the church’s adopt-a-college student ministry.

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  • From gang members to followers of Christ

    November 10 2016 by Lisa Falknor, Arkansas Baptist News | with 0 comments
    From gang members to followers of Christ

    Last year, numerous gang-related shootings rocked a Springdale, Ark., community. Following the death of two young men killed in gang-related shootings, stunned residents responded with a peace march to stand against gang violence. As the crowd paused for a moment of silence, a former gang member had time to thank God for rescuing him out of that culture.

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  • Zoo Church Village helps Arkansas women out of addiction

    May 25 2016 by Jessica Vanderpool, Arkansas Baptist News | with 0 comments

    As most would agree, life can be a real zoo – full of obstacles, struggles and temptations. But The Zoo Church Village in Dennard is helping women overcome these struggles, specifically those involving addiction. The church is doing so through its new women’s ministry, Zoo Outfitters Operation (ZOO): Outfitting Women to Live Without Addiction, which began in March.
     

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  • Orphan finds heavenly Father, shares story

    February 26 2016 by Jessica Vanderpool, Arkansas Baptist New | with 1 comments
    Orphan finds heavenly Father, shares story

    Anitha Kobusingye shared her testimony at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock in honor of Black History Month. Kobusingye’s Feb. 11 speaking engagement at the college also served as a book release for her autobiography Born Anonymous …

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  • Arkansas Baptists elect first black officer

    December 7 2015 by Arkansas Baptist staff | with 0 comments
    Arkansas Baptists elect first black officer

    Arkansas Baptists have elected as second vice president Steven Bell, pastor of Otter Creek Community Church in Little Rock, who is believed to be the first African American officer in the group’s history. The vote came at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention’s 162nd annual meeting …

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  • Arkansas enacts earliest abortion ban in U.S.

    March 8 2013 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Arkansas enacts earliest abortion ban in U.S.

    The Arkansas legislature has overridden a veto to enact the earliest ban on abortion in the United States. The state House of Representatives voted 56-33 March 6 to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto, thereby providing final approval to a measure that bans abortion of unborn babies whose heartbeat has been detected by ultrasound at 12 weeks or later. The Senate had voted 20-14 the day before for the veto override, which requires only a majority in Arkansas.

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  • ‘Sonny’ Tucker named Ark. executive director

    December 5 2012 by Tim Yarbrough, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Sonny’ Tucker named Ark. executive director

    J.D. “Sonny” Tucker was elected executive director-treasurer of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) at the Dec. 4 meeting of the ABSC Executive Board. He officially begins his duties Jan. 1.

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  • Arkansas porn shop to fight city ordinance

    November 19 2012 by World News Service | with 0 comments

    An adult store in Clarksville, Ark., may challenge the constitutionality of a city ordinance regulating sexually oriented businesses, the state Supreme Court ruled recently. According to the decision, the X-Mart Adult Superstore may fight the city’s 2006 ordinance requiring pornography shops to be licensed and regulated. Violations could result in up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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  • Ark. Baptists continue CP increases

    November 18 2011 by Tim Yarbrough, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Messengers to the 158th annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) retained a $21.5 million budget for 2012 and celebrated the theme “GO! Across the Street, Across Arkansas, Across the World.”

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