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Tornado rips through Tyronza Oct. 21; pastor's home damaged

October 21, 2019

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TYRONZA – Arkansas Baptist volunteers continue to respond following a confirmed EF1 tornado that ripped through Tyronza early Monday, Oct. 21. Tyronza is a town of about 800 people located in Poinsett County. According to published reports, ...

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IMB worker Andy Leininger dies at 56

October 21, 2019

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RICHMOND — Andrew (Andy) N. Leininger, who served as a Christian worker in the former Soviet Union for 22 years, died in his home state of Missouri on October 13, 2019. He was 56. In November 2016, Leininger was diagnosed with Glioblastoma...

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Students and leaders ‘Connect’ in North Little Rock

October 12, 2019

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Students and leaders from across Arkansas converged on North Little Rock and other area communities Oct. 11-13 to assist churches in outreach as a part of Connect 2019. Connect is an event designed to train and equip...

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O'Rourke says churches that oppose same-sex marriage should lose tax-exempt status

October 11, 2019

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LOS ANGELES (BP) – Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's declaration churches should lose their tax-exempt status if they do not agree with same-sex marriage drew quick rebuttals from Southern Baptist leaders and others. If elected...

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Pastor-staff appreciation: ‘Thank you’ goes a long way

October 11, 2019

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Thank you! There is nothing like a heartfelt “thank you.” It warms the heart, and it lets individuals know that they’re doing a good job and are appreciated for the work being done. However, it’s not uncommon for us to overlook...

Mike Lefler (left), associate pastor of ministries at Central Baptist Church in Conway, Ark., prepares to baptize Brenton Winn during a Wednesday night service in September. The baptism came six months after Lefler did $100,000 in damage to the church during a burglary. Photo courtesy of Central Baptist Church

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Arkansas man baptized at church he vandalized 6 months earlier

October 9, 2019

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CONWAY – Feb. 28, 2019 was one of the worst days of 23-year-old Brenton Winn's life. But it paved the way for one of the best. Angry at God after he relapsed from an addiction to methamphetamines despite spending time at a faith-based recovery...

Dale Noe (right), pastor of First Baptist Church, Marked Tree, chats with Marked Tree Mayor Danny Johnson in Johnson’s office. Johnson is a member of First Baptist. Photo by Caleb Yarbrough

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Noe embraces community, revitalization

October 7, 2019

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MARKED TREE – One of the great ironies of today’s world is that while we are more connected than ever – through the Web and social media – many people struggle to experience the face-to-face relationships that were common to the front porches and...

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‘Williams Works’ to make higher education affordable while building Christian character

September 26, 2019

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WALNUT RIDGE – With the cost of higher education on the rise, graduating debt-free has become increasingly difficult for many students. But a new initiative announced by Williams Baptist University (WBU) could provide students an affordable path to...

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