JONESBORO, Ark. (BP) -- Just two weeks before Nov. 6 balloting, Arkansas Baptists expressed their opposition to Issue 4, a proposed constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling to expand to four additional Arkansas counties. Arkansas Baptists unanimously approved a resolution encouraging all voters to vote against Issue 4, which would expand casino gambling beyond Hot Springs and West Memphis. Messengers at the 165th annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) further committed to restore and rehabilitate individuals involved in "problem gambling" and also provide a "safety net" for gamblers' families and communities if Issue 4 is approved.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (BP) -- At the 164th annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, with "Encourage to Engage" as its theme, ministers and laypeople worshiped, prayed, elected officers, conducted business, approved resolutions, enjoyed fellowship and heard inspirational messages. ABSC leaders reported 549 messengers from churches across the state registered for the Nov. 7-8 ABSC sessions at First Baptist Church in Russellville.
City workers have removed pieces of the Ten Commandments monument from the Arkansas Capitol grounds after a Van Buren man apparently toppled it with his car less than 24 hours after the monument was installed.