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Floyd voices call for racial unity at Ark. capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, who also serves as president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, issued "A Call to Racial Unity" Jan. 15 at the inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Exclusive on the steps of the Arkansas capitol. Floyd, the event's keynote speaker, told pastors and other leaders that "racism is Satan's tool" for dividing the church. "Pastors and churches must be the prophetic voice of not just doom and gloom, but the voice for hope and future," Floyd, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, noted.

Riding a Harley & the mission of God

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- I ran across a Twitter post by a motorcyclist the other day reminding fellow bikers to always stop when they see one of their own broken down on the side of the road. The comment got me to thinking about things I've learned riding my Harley-Davidson Road King along the highways and byways of our state, including the Pastor/Staff Motorcycle Ride sponsored by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and the Arkansas Baptist News last summer. About 25 of us participated, including Sonny Tucker, the convention's executive director.

Ark. Baptists address medical marijuana push

ROGERS, Ark. (BP) -- Messengers to the 160th annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention approved a Cooperative Program budget of $22 million and, among four resolutions, encouraged voters to reject all attempts to legalize medical marijuana in the state in next year's general election.

‘Sonny’ Tucker named Ark. executive director

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- 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.

State execs form NAMB study committee

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (BP) — State convention executive directors have appointed a special committee to evaluate relations with the North America Mission Board. The action came during the Fellowship of State Executive Directors annual meeting, Feb. 13-16 in Scottsdale, Ariz. State executive directors meet each year for fellowship and to discuss issues related to Baptist state […]

State execs to work toward 50/50 CP

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (BP)--State convention executive directors unanimously agreed to affirm a portion of the Great Commission Resurgence (GCR) report requesting a 50/50 division of Cooperative Program (CP) receipts -- after consideration for shared ministry funds -- between state conventions and the Southern Baptist Convention.