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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
God is Faithful By Craig Bowers, senior pastor, First Baptist Locust Grove Published June 26, 2014
Hebrews 6:17-20; 10:19-23
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Focused Faith By Craig Bowers, senior pastor, First Baptist Locust Grove Published June 26, 2014
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 By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published June 26, 2014
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.
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.