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Issue Date: 2012-06-28
Volume: 191
Number: 13


SBC messengers elect 1st black president
New Orleans meeting also narrowly passes descriptor

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.
Georgians share Christ, food and fun with New Orleans residents
Crossover sees 1,140 professions of faith

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.
"Great Commission Baptists" descriptor
Passage of the descriptor "Great Commission Baptists" also was momentous, although the vote total was closer than some had expected.
'Great Commission' descriptor gets majority vote
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.
Celebrating the Fourth
Calvinism gets the spotlight
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.
Nine resolutions approved
"Sinner's prayer", gay marriage receive most attention

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.
In other SBC annual meeting matters:
More than 1,140 decisions for Christ were made during Crossover, the yearly evangelistic emphasis prior to each annual meeting.
SBC pastors polled on Calvinism and its effect
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.
Wright exhorts traditionalists & Calvinists

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 placed on SACS probation

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.
WMU notes benefits of RA, Challenger role

Missions education and involvement for boys, a new tagline, and social media were the focus of Woman's Missionary Union's report to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting.
2012 SBC Annual Meeting Wrap Up
Messengers OK resolution on 'Sinner's Prayer'
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.

People and Places

Luther Rice University turns 50

Cooperative Program Stories

Serving six weeks at Penfield brings life for former inmate

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.

Ministerial Moves

Ministerial Moves

Bible Study


Romans 7:20 8:9
Bible Studies for Life, July 8

Rom. 8:26-27; Eph. 5:17-21; 6:18
Bible Studies for Life, July 15


Vote your values

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:
July 1 vote focuses on child abuse reporting

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

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.
"Since you asked..."
Question: What should we believe about origins?
SBC 2011 statistical realities

What will it take for the largest Protestant denomination in North America to move from decline to recovery to growth?