In one the most historic meetings in the Southern Baptist Convention's 167-year history, messengers meeting June 19-20 elected the body's first African American president and voted to keep the convention's name while narrowly approving a descriptor, "Great Commission Baptists," for those churches that wish to use it.
Nearly a hundred Georgia Baptists officially turned out to participate in Crossover before the annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting here, but many others may have ministered without being registered.
The descriptor "Great Commission Baptists" was approved by messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention by a vote of 53 percent to 46 percent after nearly a half-hour debate June 19 at the SBC annual meeting in New Orleans.
The issue of Calvinism also was addressed from the platform several times, with each speaker urging messengers to remain united for the Great Commission. Executive Committee President Frank Page – who said he's not a Calvinist – addressed each side of the debate.
Messengers approved nine resolutions reaffirming their convictions regarding the means of salvation and the inerrancy of Scripture while indicating their intention to continue cooperating in the Great Commission despite some theological differences.
Nearly equal numbers of pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention consider their churches as Calvinist/Reformed as do Arminian/Wesleyan, although more than 60 percent are somewhat or strongly concerned about the effect of Calvinism on the denomination, according to a new survey from LifeWay Research.
The "elephant in the room" in the Southern Baptist Convention is the tension between "traditional" Southern Baptists and "Calvinists," Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright said in his message to the SBC annual meeting June 19 in New Orleans.
Brewton-Parker College President Mike Simoneaux says he is "extremely disappointed" that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has placed the institution on academic probation and has failed to recognize the progress the college has made in the past year.
After a somewhat lengthy debate, messengers overwhelmingly – by an 80 percent margin – approved a resolution identifying what is frequently described as a "Sinner's Prayer" as a biblical way of expressing repentance and faith.
Almost half his life has been viewed through prison bars. Those years taught Dan Crane a lot. He learned to be hard. He learned not to feel. And he learned to deaden it all with his drug of choice: cocaine.
In the Georgia Republican primary on July 31 voters will have an opportunity to make a strong, demonstrative statement on the sanctity of human life. I would implore you to vote "Yes" on the Life Amendment. The amendment reads thusly:
With the realization that one of the major issues facing our state is what to do about the ever-growing numbers of children who are being abused, the members of the General Assembly passed (with a unanimous vote) a comprehensive bill that includes mandatory reporting. HB1176 is a 58-page bill covering many aspects of the issue of child abuse.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published June 28, 2012
In 1957 my father became the new pastor of First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. We loaded the Mayflower moving van at the Main Street Baptist Church parsonage in Jacksonville, Florida and arrived in Montgomery on a very cold January 15, 1957.