While firefighters wage war against a southern Arizona wildfire, local Southern Baptists are ministering to each other and - despite personal losses - ministering anywhere they can in their communities.
Southern Baptist Convention messengers meeting in Phoenix June 14-15 adopted an historic report encouraging ethnic diversity, witnessed dozens of leaders standing together in support of a landmark unity pledge, and saw hundreds of pastors and laypeople volunteer to lead their churches to embrace one of the world's 3,800 unengaged people groups.
Harold Hunter's comments concerning NAMB's reduced funding levels prompted two statements to Baptist Press, one by COSBE Vice President Dean Forrest of Pike Road, AL, who will serve as the organization's president during the coming year, and the other by Mike Ebert, NAMB's vice president for communications.
There was a pro bass fisherman, a snake handler, and inflatables for the children. Women were encouraged to participate in any of the outdoor sports seminars or they could attend a spiritual growth session.
A coalition of homosexual leaders and their allies met for more than 30 minutes June 15 with Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright, with the leaders demanding an apology from the SBC and Wright refusing to budge, saying that Scripture is clear on the issue.
The starting point for Southern Baptists is not the Great Commission, but "falling in love with Jesus once again," Bryant Wright told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 14.
The need for renewed evangelism, concerns about Calvinism and comments regarding North American Mission Board budget cuts were voiced during the annual evangelists-sponsored worship service prior to the SBC annual meeting.
First Baptist Adel pastor Ben Smith and Oakwood Baptist Church, Chickamauga layman Randall Steele were among 70 Southern Baptists from 35 state Baptist conventions named to serve on the 2011-12 SBC Committee on Nominations.
I have been attending the annual session of the Southern Baptist Convention since 1968. As I look back across 44 years of our annual meetings it seems that now everything is different and yet everything remains the same. Let me explain.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published June 30, 2011
I don't know what the delegates were thinking at the convention, but amnesty for illegals is ridiculous. I've been a Baptist all of my life and I don't know of anyone who thinks supporting this is a good idea.