Below are past editions from 2019. Click on edition date to view downloadable PDF. For earlier archives of the Arkansas Baptist News visit special collections at Ouachita Baptist University.




January 17 – Modern-day David and Goliath story: Pope County residents fight casino they voted down; ECON 2019 set for Jan. 28-29 at Geyer Springs First Baptist; At 99, former Arkansas pastor awarded Green Beret status; 41st annual March for Life Jan. 20; Arkansas ranked second most pro-life state; Bill Tolar, professor who ‘stands large’ in SBC, dies; College students work with Ark. DR in Florida; Evangelist Rick Stanley, stepbrother to Elvis, dies; Pressing On: Defending the unborn is the issue of our time; Jimmy Allen, SBC president and ‘energetic dreamer,’ dies; Lead/Defend topic: Becoming a Christ-centered adult; D.A. Horton featured speaker at Lead/Defend; Blood, Moore discuss effective evangelism methods; Ouachita reports 99 percent placement rate for most recent graduating class; Churches do more background checks; Roberts hired as ABSC’s assistant missions team leader; New ABSC churches reach all of Arkansas with gospel; Floyd, National Day of Prayer, launch PRAY magazine.  


January 31 – Williams adds vp, restructures administration; Couple returns to Arkansas after taking gospel to Belize; Ouachita receives $800,000 gift of ‘turf’; Smith, evangelist and former SBC president, dies; Rapert files bill to make abortion illegal; Pressing On: ‘Yellow journalism’ in social media and the mainstream press; Thousands rally for life at Arkansas Capitol; Three reasons students need another Lead/Defend event; OBU burglarized of electronics, sporting equipment; Take time to travel The Natural State in 2019. 


February 14 Baptists gather at ECON 2019 for preaching, praise & prayer; Late-term abortion OK’d in NY, other states to join; Stories of faith: Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Israel; Disneyland Paris to host ‘official’ LGBTQ parade; Pressing On: The stench of legal abortion continues; Ministers’ wives find ‘strength in numbers’ during conference; Kendrick: Ministry is dependent on prayer; Inspire: Annual women’s event set to encourage and equip; One year later: Church finds unity following disaster. 


February 28 – Following sexual abuse report: Repentance, culture change needed, says SBC president; Allison, founder of Mid-America Seminary, dies; Greenway nominated to lead Southwestern; Louisiana College quits CCCU over LGBT policy; CWJC ministry offers ‘a future and a hope’; SBU committee named to evaluate ‘orthodoxy’; Pressing On: Baptist journalism and the soul of the SBC; Southern Baptist editors challenged to ‘press on’; Beyond academics: Equipping students to rise and shine; Student-athletes balance competition and the classroom; ‘Sending Hope’ Annie Armstrong offering theme for 2019; First Baptist, Cotter, celebrates deacon of 48 years; Gateway first SBC seminary to offer all master’s degrees online; Wild Game Expo set for March 2 at Cabot High; Pastor celebrates 35 years at First Baptist, Eagle Mills. 


March 14 – Leadership and apologetics: Students and leaders make Lead/Defend annual priority; Sharing Christ among the ‘untouchables’ in Southeast Asia; Wilkins honored as ABSC AM of the Year; Ruling affirmed in Missouri Baptist Home, univ. cases; Methodists vote to maintain biblical marriage; SBC Executive Committee identifies presidential candidate; Pressing On: Something not so, and something very serious; FBC, Mammoth Spring, celebrates 125th anniversary; McGhee, OBU head softball coach, dies; Central Baptist, Conway, victim of vandalism; Williams Baptist University upgrades athletics facilities; Christian counseling conference discusses family issues; Wright to lead WBU golf; Foundation celebrates 70 years of ministry. 


March 28 – LifeWay to close all 170 stores; Minister’s housing allowance constitutionality upheld; Police chaplaincy: A front-row seat to what God is doing; Pressing On: Brother. Soldier. Friend.; The historical Jesus: Part 2; Effective mission trips: Selecting a partnership; Cabot hunting expo ‘effective means’ to reach lost; Inspire conference leaves women ‘refreshed’; Dean to speak at women’s retreat April 12-13; Master’Singers scholarship applications due June 11; Tax code updates positive and negative, says Davis. 


April 11 – Passion Play trails to premiere with ‘Dirt Church’ festival; Floyd called to lead SBC EC; Georgia legislators approve fetal heartbeat bill; ‘Eggciting’ events communicate meaning of Easter; Pressing On: Springtime renewal and the hope of Easter; Small, struggling churches fill American landscape; Compassion Journey provides poverty perspective; Working past 65? Here’s what to know about Medicare; 11 million Americans misuse prescription opioids yearly; ABCHomes to host first care show in Monticello.  


April 25 – Cabot runner reaches goal: ‘Made perfect in weakness’; Nick Floyd nominated to lead Cross Church; SWBTS removes conservative resurgence stained glass; Clergy applaud Little Rock Congregation Study; April: Child abuse awareness and prevention; Pressing On: Feeling old? It’s for good reason; Call & Response: The gospel versus cultural Christianity; Arkansas Baptist communicators recognized; Ballard celebrated for 60 years of ministry, music career. 

May 9 – Annual meeting in Birmingham: ‘Gospel Above All’ focus of SBC; Prison seminary to start classes fall ‘19; Going to pot: How Arkansas Baptists can respond to legalization of medical marijuana; FBC Concord holds prayer meeting following suicide; Cross Church affirms Nick Floyd as senior pastor; International Mission Board seeks victims of ex-leader; Hoffpauir named ASU campus minister; Pressing On: My 30-year journey in denominational ministry; Judge rules for NAMB in case brought by former state exec.; Former ABCHomes worker’s house damaged by tornado; Arkansans to be nominated for service at SBC Birmingham; Six professions of faith made at Sproing! event; Downs, longtime Ouachita professor, dies at 87.


May 23 – States challenge Roe v. Wade with strict abortion laws; Gambling on the future: Arkansas Baptist respond to gaming; ABSC CP budget approved for 2020; McKinney, Floyd talk creativity and theology in worship; A distracted life can be dangerous; Beals of Little Rock Nine presents lecture at Ouachita; Floyd names Upton as assistant to the president; ABF hires summer interns.


June 6 – Arkansas sees record rainfall: Baptists respond to heartland floods; SBC baptism levels lowest since 1945; Mission Possible takes ‘Jesus to the communities’; Missouri could be first state without abortion; LifeWay to lean on states for annual meeting bookstores; Former Arkansas pastors nominated at SBC; Illinois bill would ‘strip all protections’ from unborn; How the past helps us better understand the present; Camp Siloam prepares for summer physically and spiritually; Small churches invest in future with improvements; Cedar Glade begins fundraising to replace 42-year-old pool; Ark. Pregnancy centers trained to reach younger generation.


June 20 – Baptists affirm stances on sexual abuse, racism; Arkansas Baptists at SBC Birmingham; Crossover reaches thousands in Birmingham prior to SBC meeting; World Changers ‘committed to true ministry’; Leaders comment on resolutions, issues facing SBC; Baptist Prep students excel in academics, extracurriculars; When praying for the president is ridiculed; Arkansas DR teams aid those affected by recent flooding; Riley retires, ‘redirecting’ to Tennessee; SBC resolutions address sex abuse, religious persecution; Scenes from the SBC Annual Meeting in Birmingham.

July 4 – Canines for Christ: Ministry uses dog to bring comfort to sick and hurting; Winds cause damage at camp; Safe Haven baby boxes to be promoted in all 75 Arkansas counties; Arkansas prison seminary program questioned; Sanders resigns White House post, to return to Arkansas; SWBTS responds to lawsuit alleging rape on campus; Pressing On: Do you suffer from FOMO?; SBC Birmingham: Words are not enough; Reaching children through sports, outdoor ministry, subject of podcast; Arkansas worship pastor publishes children’s book; Dean, Christian author and speaker, dies at 65; High court allows WWI memorial cross to stand; Three OBU women named finalist in Miss Arkansas.


July 18 – Super Summer ‘feels like home’ to 3,000 students; Mandrell elected LifeWay president; Aderholt not sexual offender, pleads guilty to misdemeanor; Kentucky pastor serves at same church 69 years; ABCHomes keeps caring, sharing for 125 years; Southern Baptist Media Day July 28; ABCHomes celebrates 125 years of caring; ABCHomes 125 years timeline; New Hope to mark 175 years.


August 1 – Federal judge delays Arkansas pro-life laws; SBC messengers from all states meet in Birmingham; Ouachita grads fill news void after Arkadelphia paper closes; Marshall Road’s Mission Jacksonville Aug. 11; Boto to retire from SBC Executive Committee; CWJC Little Rock gives women a path to a ‘fresh start’; Ministerial housing allowance challenge ends for now; PPFA removes leader over ‘philosophical differences’; Pressing On: The triumph and tragedy of the past 50 years; Seminary leaders decry film trailer critical of ‘social justice’ agenda; The cost and value of Christian higher education; Christian music to be featured during Beatles at the Ridge Sept. 20-21.


August 15 – NAMB fights for ministry center; Siloam’s ‘Once Upon A Story’ changes lives; 13 saved at Sports Crusaders camp in NLR; CP ‘one sacred effort’ to advance the gospel; ABN to publish Minn.-Wisc. Baptist newspaper; CP edition.


August 29 – Whatley serves FBC, El Dorado, 50 years; Pope County casino process ‘3 ring circus’; Executive Board hires three new ABSC staff; ‘Amazing journey,’ a platform to share Christ; Arkansas Right to Life to bring post-abortion play, ‘Viable,’ to state; Planned Parenthood forfeits family planning funds for abortion; ABN Board member profiles.


September 12 – Pastors urged to ‘travail in prayer’; Noe embraces community, revitalization; One Day event to impact north Arkansas; Sanders, former WH press secretary to write memoir; WBU wrestling cleans up county Rail-Trail; Howe named EC communications vp; Sharp: ‘God is sending the nations to us’; Southern Baptists stage for Dorian relief; Spread the gospel through the Dixie Jackson offering.


September 26 – ‘Williams Works’ to make higher education affordable while building Christian character; Geyer Springs FBC to host Arkansas Baptists for annual meeting; Ft. Smith churches show ‘unity of Christ’ through joint revival; Baptist Ranch administration building named after ‘kids’ champion’ John Ross; ‘Rise up,’ Floyd urges churches at inauguration; Pastors’ Conference theme: Restore Your Passion; ABSC Executive Committee offers budget, ministry recommendations for 2020; 2019 ABSC Annual Meeting Schedule; Arkansas Baptists to be nominated for service in Little Rock; Resolution submission and 2019 ABSC committees; ABSC Annual Meeting related meetings; Young adults: Since they are here, use them; Wilson new pastor at Union Baptist, El Dorado; Grant, wife of Ouachita president emeritus, dies at 92. 

October 10 – Community comes together around ‘one kingdom’; Who’s Your One? Tour equips believers for evangelism; Ark. women celebrate missions at Engage; Sykes: Every believer has a role to play; Lovelace entertains during Golden Age Conference; ABCHomes’ Prather awarded for communications work; Pastor-staff appreciation: ‘Thank you’ goes a long way. 


October 24 – Cutting hair, sharing Christ at Acts 1:8 One Day; Man gives life to Christ after vandalism; Students and leaders ‘Connect’ with NLR-area communities; Hungarian firefighter prays, Arkansas Baptist retirees go; ‘Caring Well’: SBC must fight for victims; IMB celebrates balanced budget, Arkansas’ George joins board; Sparked by 2018 Acts 1:8 event, ‘country church’ finds home in town; Thank you, Arkansas Baptist churches!


November 7 – Arkansas Baptists pray, worship and send at annual meeting; Camp Siloam damaged by NWA tornado; ‘Be needy,’ Baptist ministers’ wives told; Convention speakers: ‘Fulfill Your Call’; ABSC messengers approve seven resolutions; ABSC agencies and institutions report to messengers; Pastors’ Conference attendees challenged to restore passion.


November 21 – BBA, churches are ‘better together’; Mohler to be nominated for SBC president; Camp Siloam meets for strategic planning; Brazeal puts zeal in Ouachita football; ‘Fishers of Men’ revamps ministry to expand reach; ABCHomes Thanksgiving Offering helps change lives; LMCO: The most wonderful time of the year; Arriola named executive director of Hispanic relations and mobilization.


December 5 – Austin: 2019 Baptist Business Leader of the Year; Thompson celebrated for 28 years of ministry; Horne named new Baptist Prep president; Chesser elected Tennessee Baptist president; Ritchie returns to Arkansas, joins ABSC staff; Is Chick-fil-A ‘chickening out?’; China designates Lottie Moon’s church a historical site; 50 percent of pastors see opioid abuse in congregation; ABF approves budget, distributes funds; New ABN website enhances digital engagement.


December 19 – Conway BCM looks to future as fundraising begins for new facility; Church hosts historic Nativity after ACLU threatens litigation; CP looms large in FBC, Harrison’s mission strategy; ABCHomes dedicates LR Family Counseling Center, rebrands to Living Well Counseling; Hallmark joins Chick-fil-A, caves to culture wars; Williams Baptist University releases ‘swoosh’ athletics logo; Central Baptist, North Little Rock, updates facilities; ECON 2020 and Prayer Workshop set for Jan. 27-28.

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