July 2015

Stories from July 2015 issue

Bonus story: Life or death to life everlasting

Eighteen months ago, Steve White, pastor of Mile High Fellowship in Prescott, came face-to-face with death. Not once or twice, but three times in just three months. The first sudden cardiac arrest took place in January 2014, in the midst...

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2014 statistical profile summary

David Johnson, Arizona Southern Baptist Convention executive director, presented a 2014 Statistical Profile to the Convention Council at their meeting May 19. He read the following summage paragraph: "A thumbnail sketch of the AZSBC in 2014 shows that we started...

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Mathetes set for Aug. 22

By Irene A. Harkleroad How does your church complete this sentence? Our church glorifies God and makes disciples by ... "How do people know what the process is for their growth, both personal and corporate?" asked Eddy Pearson, AZSBC evangelism/discipleship facilitator....

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Missions to surround annual meeting

By Elizabeth Young A missions tour and hands-on missions opportunities will accompany the annual meeting of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention in Yuma in November. The annual meeting will be held at Stone Ridge Church in Yuma, Friday, Nov. 13. "We believe...

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Historical Society meets in Tucson

By Irene A Harkleroad Twenty-five members and guests attended the Arizona Baptist Historical Society (ABHS) annual meeting April 11 at Pantano Baptist Church, Tucson. Begun in 1989, ABHS supports the Arizona Southern Baptist Historical Commission, provides research and encourages churches to...

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WMU celebrates missions

By Irene A Harkleroad Nearly 60 participants converged on the campus of CrossPoinTempe Church April 24-25 to experience the excitement of the annual WMU Missions Celebration. Keynote speaker and National WMU President Debbie Akerman focused on "Surrender, Sacrifice, and Serve." "In addition...

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Three with Arizona ties graduate from Southern

Three students with ties to Arizona graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the spring commencement ceremony. Southern Seminary conferred degrees to 297 Southern students on May 14. Michael Butterworth, whose hometown is Overgaard, and Amber and Robert Smith, from Lake...

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Minor, retired Arizona pastor, dies

William (Bill) Minor, pastor emeritus of Clarkdale Baptist Church, Clarkdale, died in Cottonwood May 25. He was 92. Minor attended Hardin Simmons Baptist University and was a graduate of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of churches in...

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Golden Gate Arizona graduates 10

Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, conferred degrees on 10 students and delivered the commencement address during graduation exercises May 30 at the seminary's Arizona campus. In his charge to the graduates, Iorg compared Christian leadership to...

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Wrap-up: SBC seeks awakening, supports marriage

By David Roach COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Spiritual awakening, the defense of marriage and the preservation of religious liberty were among key themes addressed by messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 16-17 in Columbus, Ohio. The meeting was...

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