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Issue Date: 2014-06-26
Volume: 193
Number: 13

News

Unofficial Baltimore attendance: 5,294

The Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, June 10-11, drew 5,294 messengers to Baltimore from the nation’s 45,000 Southern Baptist churches. The unofficial total is a three percent bump from last year's meeting in Houston, which drew 5,103 messengers. Official numbers will be released later in June and the numbers do not include guests or children.
SACS delivers split decision on two GBC institutions

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Committee on Colleges (SACS COC) handed down a split decision on June 19 on the academic standing of two of Georgia Baptists' three educational institutions.
Oak Hill's quest to save Meriam Ibrahim

Oak Hill Baptist Church has joined the fight to save a Sudanese woman who has been sentenced to death, because she vehemently refuses to deny Christ.
Georgia graduates walk at New Orleans Seminary
Four master's graduates with ties to Georgia were among those participating in commencement ceremonies May 16-17 at New Orleans Seminary.
ERLC honors heroic Christians at SBC

Members of two families who are standing heroically for the Christian faith received awards from the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and grateful affirmation from messengers to the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention.
Review of 'Vines: My Life and Ministry'

Vines: My Life and Ministry is a book every Southern Baptist should read. It is the autobiography of Jerry Vines, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and one of the champions of the Conservative Resurgence in the SBC.
Launch: creating a culture of everyday evangelism

Steve Smith, vice president of Student Services and Communications at Southwestern Seminary, hosted a meeting at the Southern Baptist Convention in Baltimore. The meeting was called "Launch" and designed to create a culture of everyday evangelism.
Nine resolutions garner SBC messengers' adoption

Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on transgender identity for the first time while returning to such issues as civil rights, gambling, and world hunger for further statements.
Alexander, Stubbs named to serve on Committee on Nominations
Sixty-eight Southern Baptists from 34 state Baptist conventions have been named to serve on the 2014-15 SBC Committee on Nominations.
WMU to 'Go Forward' from Baltimore

Echoes of history with a continued challenge to "Go Forward" permeated the Woman's Missionary Union Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, June 8-9 at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel. The meeting culminated a yearlong celebration of WMU's 125th anniversary.
We believe in the Cooperative Program
2014 SBC Annual Meeting WRAP-UP
Patterson responds to controversy over Muslim student
On two occasions messengers addressed the recent decision of Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson to admit a Muslim student, contrary to the seminary's admission policy of admitting only Christians. During Patterson's report to the convention, a messenger requested a "straight-forward explanation" of the decision.
SBC elects Floyd, prays for revival & restoration

Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention elected Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd as president and heard repeated calls for prayer and revival – highlighted by outgoing President Fred Luter's presidential sermon.

People and Places

1932 - 1970 WMU scrapbooks
Honors
Revival Report
Stewart earns Doctorate from NOBTS

Cooperative Program Stories

The Good Samaritan helps families in tough economy

As a third grader in south Hall County, Alvin Bagwell was eating an apple at recess. Another child approached him and asked, "What are you going to do with that core when you get through with it? I've never had an apple before."

Bible Study

God is Faithful

Hebrews 6:17-20; 10:19-23
Bible Studies for Life, July 6
Focused Faith

1 Peter 1:3-9, 13
Bible Studies for Life, July 13

Columns

Call to Columbus: Envisioning a Great Awakening

As the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, I want to call every pastor, every church leader and every layperson from a Southern Baptist church to join me in Columbus, Ohio, on June 16-17, 2015.
The Open Door

A recurring theme throughout the Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Meeting in Baltimore was the importance of the Cooperative Program in the far-reaching ministries and mission work of the Southern Baptist Convention. There truly is no better way for us to do missions cooperatively than through the Cooperative Program.
"Since you asked ..."

How do we answer a secular supremacist?
Ronnie Floyd and spiritual awakening

Two weeks ago my wife, Martha Jean, and I were in Baltimore for the 2014 annual session of the Southern Baptist Convention. Basically, I thought the meeting was extraordinarily good - plenty of amazing inspiration and plaintive challenges.