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Jim Slack's 'Hello World!' now heard in eternityRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- "Hello World!" was Jim Slack's enthusiastic greeting to coworkers and his exclamation whenever he learned something new.
His "Hello World!" also reached the ends of the earth.
An unassuming man always in good humor, Slack became one of Southern Baptists' most influential missiologists during a 50-year career with the International Mission Board.
He died Nov. 15 at age 80 in Richmond, Va. Read More
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Mission video leads to surprise reunionJACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- In 1995, 13-year-old Thi Mitsamphanh was attending All Nations Camp at Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center, sponsored by the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention (now the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board).
During the week, he heard a sermon from the camp pastor that literally changed his life. But all he could remember later was that the children at camp called him "Uncle Estri."
Mitsamphanh recalled that during that time he was trying to find meaning in life. "At that camp, a man preached a message of hope, forgiveness and life found only in relationship with ... Read More
Maryland/Delaware Baptist meeting: 'United in Prayer'BEL AIR, Md. (BP) -- The 183rd annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware was held Nov. 1-12 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church, founded in 1931 in Bel Air, Md.
Messengers elected a new slate of officers and adopted the 2019 budget. BCM/D Executive Director Kevin Smith announced a new international partnership with the Baptist Convention of Kenya. The convention's theme was "Maryland/Delaware Baptists United in Prayer: Celebrating God's Mission in Maryland/Delaware." Read More
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Southern Baptists of Texas celebrate 20th anniversaryHOUSTON, Texas (BP) -- The 20th anniversary of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention drew more than 1,300 Southern Baptists, including 1,027 messengers, to the SBTC's annual meeting.
The theme for the milestone anniversary, "Entrusted: A Gospel Legacy for the Coming Generations," came from 2 Timothy 2:2 and opened each session as pastors and denominational leaders preached from 2 Timothy 2-4.
SBC President J.D. Greear closed out the Nov. 12-13 meeting with a sermon Tuesday night. Read More
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ERLC book delivery to Congress about human dignityWASHINGTON (BP) -- Providing books to all 535 congressional offices is about the Gospel and human dignity for the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
The ERLC's Washington office has been hand-delivering three books produced by its staff to all the members of Congress since Nov. 1. It will continue to do so until the books are in the offices of 100 senators and 435 representatives.
The goal is about more than winning a policy battle, said Brent Leatherwood, the ERLC's director of strategic partnerships. Read More
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KBC names Woods, Donnell co-interim exec. directorsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Two top assistants to outgoing Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood will serve together as interim leaders of the organization while a search committee works to find his replacement.
Chitwood was selected as the new president of the International Mission Board Nov. 15.
The KBC Administrative Committee appointed Curtis Woods, associate executive director for convention relations, and Jim Donnell, associate executive director for convention operations, to serve as co-interim executive directors. Read More
Iowa Baptists cast vision for 'Reaching Iowa'DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) -- The 2018 Baptist Convention of Iowa (BCI) Annual Meeting was held Nov. 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn in West Des Moines. A total of 121 messengers and 33 guests represented 52 churches at the meeting.
Keynote speaker Wes Searcy, president of Next Worldwide, urged messengers to pursue authenticity and accountability in their leadership roles and to become "World Christians." What does it mean to be a "world Christian"? Searcy challenged messengers to focus on their ministries and what God is doing in Iowa, but also to keep their eyes toward all "ethne" at the same time. Searcy asked messengers, "Are you ready to surrender to God whatever he ... Read More
Dilbeck installed as Okla. Baptist state exec.EDMOND, Okla. (BP) -- The 2018 annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) featured many highlights, including the installation of Hance Dilbeck as the ninth executive director-treasurer in the state convention's history.
More than 650 registered messengers, and many more guests, gathered at First Baptist Church, Edmond, on Nov. 12-13 for the 112th annual meeting of the BGCO, which had the theme of "To Him be the Glory in the Church."
Dilbeck installed, gives inaugural address
Military veterans were honored, and the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma led times of worship in the opening of the annual meeting's first session. Read More
'WinTN' messages undergird Tennessee annual meetingJACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Tennessee Baptists gathered at West Jackson Baptist Church for the annual Summit with a focus on winning their state for Jesus Christ.
The meeting, held Nov. 11-14, drew 929 registered messengers from 409 churches, along with 160 guests. Among the business conducted, messengers elected a new set of officers by acclamation for the coming year.
“We had a strong turnout,” said Randy C. Davis president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. “But it wasn’t just the numbers. There was a strong sense of unity among the messengers. I believe Tennessee Baptists are recognizing that if we are to reach Tennessee for Christ we must do it together.” Read More
Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB presidentROCKVILLE, Va. (BP) -- About a decade ago, Paul Chitwood became convinced God was calling him to mobilize missions and missionaries, he told International Mission Board trustees. That call culminated today (Nov. 15), he said, with his election as IMB president.
"Being a member of this board for eight years changed my ministry and it changed my life, so much so that [my wife] Michelle and I questioned whether God had called us to overseas missions," Chitwood, who served as an IMB trustee from 2002-10 and chaired the board from 2008-10, said upon his election. Read More
Chitwood as IMB pursued: 'OK Lord, I hear You'ROCKVILLE, Va. (BP) -- During the International Mission Board's presidential search process, Paul Chitwood knew departing from his role as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention would be difficult. But he couldn't get away from Jesus' words in Mark 10:29 about leaving "house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children" for "the sake of the gospel."
It came up so much, "I would not open my Bible to" it "because I didn't want to see that again," Chitwood said Nov. 15 following his election as IMB president at the board's International Learning Center near Richmond, Va. "And then the pastor would preach from it."
"I finally had to say, 'OK Lord, I hear You.'" Read More
Southern Baptists celebrate sending 42 new missionariesRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists celebrated the appointment of 42 new missionaries in a service held Wednesday (Nov. 14), near Richmond, Va. Churches of all sizes from Louisiana to Indiana and North Carolina to Kansas are sending singles, couples and families to large cities, small villages and hard-to-reach places around the world.
Vance Pitman, senior pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, reminded new missionaries and those attending of the importance of cooperative giving and cooperative going.
"This is our denomination at its absolute best," Pitman said. "This is the tip of the spear. We can do more together than we can do by ourselves." Read More