August 23, 2014
SBC 2013 Annual Meeting Roundup
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Marriage-ministry theme lifts pastors' wives
HOUSTON (BP) -- Encouragement for the medley of marriage and ministry was relayed during the Pastors' Wives Conference June 10, part of the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference prior to each year's SBC annual meeting.       The three-hour session included keynote addresses from Barbara O'Chester and Jennie Allen, a panel discussion and a time of prayer and worship.
Boy Scout resolution adopted by SBC
HOUSTON (BP) -- Southern Baptists expressed their "opposition to and disappointment in" the membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America but affirmed the freedom of local churches to determine their own relationships with the national Scouting organization. The action came in a resolution drafted by the convention's Resolutions Committee and approved by messengers June 12 during the SBC's annual meeting in Houston. Southern Baptists have tracked the BSA membership controversy closely in recent months, as many churches either sponsor or are affiliated with local Scouting troops. Steve Lemke, provost at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary who chaired the Resolutions Committee, said the committee felt compelled to address the matter. "We think we did so in a balanced way," Lemke said. The lengthy resolution detailed the sequence of events that led to the BSA's May 23 vote to approve new membership guidelines stating that "no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."
TIMELINE: Boy Scouts & Southern Baptists
HOUSTON (BP) -- Spurred by the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to admit openly homosexual youth as Scouts, the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution on the matter June 12 during its annual meeting in Houston.
WMU addresses exploitation, pornography
HOUSTON (BP) -- For 125 years, Woman's Missionary Union has focused on a singular purpose of engaging churches in missions, Wanda S. Lee, executive director of national WMU, told messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston.
Luter: prayer, revival vital for SBC
HOUSTON (BP) - Fred Luter answered questions on topics ranging from disaster relief to his prayer life in a news conference after being elected by acclamation to a second one-year term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, June 11 in Houston.
Mental health motion has pastor's passion
HOUSTON (BP) -- Messengers offered 12 motions June 11 during the opening day of the Southern Baptist Convention's June 11-12 annual meeting in Houston, the fewest number in recent years.
'Bible Studies for Life' overhauled by LifeWay
HOUSTON (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources continues to experience "God's hand and God's favor," President Thom S. Rainer said in his report to messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston.
NAAF hires Jay Wells as exec. director
HOUSTON (BP) -- The National African American Fellowship named Elgia "Jay" Wells as executive director during its business meeting Monday (June 10), creating the paid position as one of several steps to make the group more responsive to its members.
Hispanic leaders train for 'missional advance'
HOUSTON (BP) -- More than 200 Hispanic Southern Baptist leaders converged in Houston for "Avance Hispano 2013" for missional training in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
SBC's Committee on Nominations named
Anti-pornography initiative launched at SBC
HOUSTON (BP) -- An initiative seeking commitments from 1 million men to live pornography-free lives was launched at the SBC annual meeting June 11-12 in Houston.       Named "Join One Million Men," the initiative calls Christian men to commit to sexual purity ...
Women to battle pornography with prayer
HOUSTON (BP) -- In nearly 20 years of being a pastor's wife, Angie Dennis said she doesn't remember a single instance of a young woman coming to her and saying, "Miss Angie, my husband is struggling with pornography."
Luter leads slate in mostly quiet election
Unofficial Houston total: 5,103 messengers
Resolutions cover BSA policy, children, victims

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