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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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  • Factory or horseback, bivocational pastor thrives

    January 5 2018 by Sue Sprenkle, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Factory or horseback, bivocational pastor thrives

    Don Mayberry walks through the factory’s maze of machines and activity, stopping to talk to each person. He asks about family, the latest sports event or simply how their day is going. His conversations with coworkers inevitably end in smiles, laughter and lighthearted teasing along with his trademark fist bump or the occasional side-hug. ...

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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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  • Kansas meat plant, ethnic influx reshape First Baptist

    October 2 2017 by Sue Sprenkle, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kansas meat plant, ethnic influx reshape First Baptist

    Voices sing out – first in English and then Spanish. The transition is smooth as the congregation easily goes back and forth between the languages. “The precious blood of Jesus Christ; Ve ane su trono El Padre te recibirá.” The worship leader, Jonathan Zamora, closes his eyes, relishing multiple cultures praising God together.

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  • Serve Day catches community’s attention

    July 21 2017 by Daniel Woodman, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Serve Day catches community’s attention

    An outreach effort in Topeka, Kan., has utilized local media coverage to publicize the ministry of Kansas Baptists and to share the love of Christ in America’s heartland. The one-day ministry, called “Serve Day,” is put on by the local Flint Hills Baptist Association.

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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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  • ‘Devastating’ wildfires spur DR teams to action

    March 9 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Devastating’ wildfires spur DR teams to action

    Wildfires from Colorado to Florida have burned more than 1 million acres, killed at least seven people and led to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) activity in four states. Baptist state conventions in Oklahoma and Kansas-Nebraska are engaged in active DR ministry while volunteers in Texas and Colorado are preparing to deploy if necessary.

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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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  • Kansas-Nebraska Baptists increase CP 3 percent

    November 9 2016 by Eva Wilson, Baptist Digest | with 0 comments
    Kansas-Nebraska Baptists increase CP 3 percent

    Messengers to the annual meeting of the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists approved a 3 percent increase in the amount forwarded through the Cooperative Program for national and international missions and ministries. “It is important for us to work together toward Kingdom causes,” Bob Mills, the convention’s executive director, said.

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  • Atheists block city grant to National Baptists

    August 30 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Atheists block city grant to National Baptists

    Atheists have blocked a $65,000 grant the Kansas City, Mo., government had allocated for use during the National Baptist Convention USA (NBC USA) annual meeting. John Modest Miles had counted on the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund grant to help cover transportation costs at the 31,000-church NBC USA meeting, saying the funds would support tourism.

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  • Lawsuit targets city’s grant to National Baptists

    August 1 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Lawsuit targets city’s grant to National Baptists

    Atheists have sued a National Baptist pastor and Kansas City government leaders over a $65,000 grant approved for use during the Baptist group’s upcoming national convention in the city. The grant to John Modest Miles Ministries violates Missouri law that prohibits public aid for religious purposes, American Atheists Inc. claim in a lawsuit posted on their website.

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