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SBC BALTIMORE: Luter ready for revival through prayer
BALTIMORE (BP) -- With a desire to keep the focus on the power of revival and prayer, Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter expressed excitement about this year's SBC annual meeting June 10-11 in Baltimore. Messengers also will elect a new president as Luter wraps up his second term.
Pointing to the annual meeting theme "Restoration and Revival through Prayer," Luter noted the return of a Tuesday evening revival service -- similar in style to last year's -- that has drawn positive feedback from participants.
"I wanted to again stay with the theme revival, but let's undergird it with prayer," Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, told Baptist Press. "Last year in Houston ... it was phenomenally successful. It was standing room only.... All we had was music and preaching.
"That was something that we thought went so well that we wanted to do that again. [On that Tuesday evening,] we just come for worship and the word. That's it. No business will be conducted."
Luter selected the theme verse Psalm 80:18-19: "Then we will not turn away from You; revive us, and we will call on Your name. Restore us, Yahweh, the God of Hosts; look on us with favor, and we will be saved" (HCSB).
As the first-ever African American to lead the SBC when he was elected in 2012, Luter will give his last message to the convention as SBC president June 10. Luter also will address Southern Baptist associational leaders June 6 at a banquet at the Inner Harbor Holiday Inn. Tickets are still available by going to http://www.sbcal.org/.
Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd will be nominated for SBC president by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. Floyd's nomination for president is the only one that has been announced so far for this year's meeting.
Floyd has led Cross Church in northwest Arkansas -- with campuses in Springdale, Rogers and Fayetteville -- for 27 years.
Floyd led the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force for the SBC in 2009-10. The task force report called for international missions to receive 51 percent of all Cooperative Program gifts. Last year, Cross Church contributed more than $700,000 to the Cooperative Program, Mohler noted in his a letter announcing Floyd's nomination.
Floyd is a former chairman of the SBC Executive Committee and was a member of the SBC's Program and Structure Task Force during the mid-1990s. In recent months, Floyd helped spearhead two pastor/leader prayer gatherings -- one in Atlanta and the other in Ft. Worth. Each drew participants from about 30 states. In addition to serving as general editor for LifeWay's updated "Bible Studies for Life," Floyd has authored 10 books. His latest book, which was released in 2011, is "Our Last Great Hope: Awakening the Great Commission."
Two other nominees for SBC offices have been announced:
-- Clint Pressley, senior pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., will be nominated by Ted Traylor, senior pastor of Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, for the office of first vice president. Pressley serves as vice president of the SBC Pastor's Conference and is a former vice chairman of the trustees for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
-- Hance Dilbeck, senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, will be nominated for the office of second vice president by former SBC president Johnny Hunt. Dilbeck has led the 4,600-member church since 2003 and has been a pastor for more than 20 years.
The Baltimore Baptist Association, the North American Mission Board, local churches, associations and other volunteers are working closely as they gear up for this year's Crossover Baltimore.
The outreach -- with its block parties and door-to-door evangelism efforts -- joins Baptists together in evangelism in the host city of the annual meeting.
"Our churches are excited about the unique opportunity to share Christ with our city that Crossover will bring," Bob Mackey, executive director of the Baltimore Baptist Association, said in a March 10 article released by Baptist Press.
"Baltimore is not like a lot of other places in the country," Mackey said. "We're not in a predominantly Christian region of the country; we don't have a church on every corner or throngs of people actively seeking out Christianity. Our hope is that, through the partnership of others in the SBC, Crossover will represent Christ to the people of Baltimore and our region and lay a greater foundation for our local churches." Read More
Sex-saturated culture addressed at summitNASHVILLE (BP) -- Pastors and other evangelical Christians should speak biblically and live purely to minister faithfully in a sex-saturated culture, speakers said at a Southern Baptist-sponsored summit on the Gospel and sexuality. Read More
'Whole Gospel' needed in sexualized ageNASHVILLE (BP) -- Evangelicals must proclaim the Christian sexual ethic and the 'whole Gospel' to an increasingly confused culture, Southern Baptist lead ethicist Russell D. Moore told pastors and others during a three-day leadership summit.
Mohler open to meeting with gay author
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Through an exchange on Twitter, R. Albert Mohler Jr. has expressed his willingness to meet with author Matthew Vines, whose new book "God and the Gay Christian" argues that Scripture permits monogamous homosexual relationships. Read More
Easter sermon yielded to Ukraine's presidentKIEV, Ukraine (BP) -- Texas evangelist Michael Gott saw an unexpected opportunity and seized it when he yielded his preaching time on Easter morning to Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov. Read More
SBC Executive Committee, boards, commission, seminaries, committee nominees announced
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Nominees to serve on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, the four denominational boards -- International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources and GuideStone Financial Resources -- the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the six seminaries and the Committee on Order of Business have been selected by the 2014 SBC Committee on Nominations.
Nominees will serve if elected by the messengers to the annual meeting of the Sout... Read More
Luter names Committee on Committees
BALTIMORE (BP) -- Appointments to the Southern Baptist Convention's Committee on Committees have been announced by SBC President Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans. Luter announced the appointments in accordance with SBC Bylaw 19, which calls for providing notice to Southern Baptists of the appointees well in advance of each year's convention.
The Committee on Committees will assemble in Baltimore just prior to the SBC’s June 10-11 annual meeting to nominate... Read More
Pastors' Conference to 'pour into pastors'BALTIMORE (BP) -- Through hearing a diverse array of speakers -- both in terms of race and age -- Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference President Bruce Frank hopes pastors will attain a clearer vision of God's glory. Hence the theme of this year's gathering: "Show Us Your Glory!" Read More
SBC Pastors' Conference 2014 Schedule
Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference 2014
June 8-9, 2014
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore
Theme: "Show us Your Glory!"
President: Bruce Frank, lead pastor, Biltmore Baptist Church, Asheville, N.C.
Free and Open to the Public –- no registration required
"Both our prayer and our theme for the SBC Pastors Conference this year is taken from Exodus 33:18 when Moses said to the Lord, 'Please show me your glory,'" Frank said. "We are praying for this... Read More
'Highs & lows' to be pastors' wives theme
BALTIMORE (BP) -- Addressing "The Highs and Lows of Ministry," the annual Pastors' Wives Conference will feature Lois Evans of Dallas speaking on the seasons of a woman's life, Kathy MacDonald of Chicago on how God answers prayer to work through family and church challenges and Christine Hoover of Charlottesville, Va., on conversations a wife should have with her husband. Read More
WMU focus: Annie Armstrong's challenge
BALTIMORE (BP) -- With the theme "Go Forward," the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting will take place June 8–9 in Baltimore. Read More
WMU Celebration, Annual Meeting Schedule
WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting
June 8–9, 2014
Theme: "Go Forward ... to our nation and the world"
Two locations: Baltimore Convention Center Ballroom (corner of Pratt and Howard streets) and Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel (soon to be Baltimore Harbor Hotel, 101 West Fayette Street)
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 4 p.m. -- BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER BALLROOM
Commissioning Service for NAMB and IMB Missionaries
(Presession music by Colonial Baptist Church, Baltimore, begins ... Read More
NAAF priority: church planting strategy
BALTIMORE (BP) -- Developing resources to plant churches within the context of the African American community will be the National African American Fellowship's main focus at its 2014 meeting in Baltimore, NAAF President A.B. Vines said. Read More
Black network eyes membership growth
BALTIMORE (BP) -- The Black Denominational Servants Network continues to focus on strengthening participation in the face of a declining membership base as it prepares for its 2014 meeting in Baltimore, network president Eugene McCormick said.
The network will meet from 8:30-10:30 a.m. June 9 at Colonial Baptist Church, 9411 Liberty Road in Randallstown, Md., in advance of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting June 10-11 at the Baltimore Convention Center. "Keep on Keeping On" wi... Read More
Filipinos to 'multiply' church planting
BALTIMORE (BP) -- There are 4 million Filipinos in the United States and Canada but only about 200 Filipino Southern Baptist churches. That's just one church for every 20,000 Filipinos.
Lowering that ratio by planting churches will be the focus of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America's annual meeting June 9-10 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Baltimore.
The group will gather for a dinner fellowship Monday, June 9, from 5-... Read More
Native Americans to build urban strategy
BALTIMORE (BP) -- A church planting strategy to reach Native Americans in major cities and an effort to make Native churches less dependent on outside help will be among the topics of discussion when Native Americans and those interested in Native American ministry gather for the June 9 meeting of the Fellowship of Native American Christians.
Attendees also will discuss developing resources to facilitate church planting, leadership development and evangelism among Native Americans.
"We... Read More
Messianics to focus on 'Kingdom Purpose'
BALTIMORE (BP) -- Partnering with other groups to evangelize Jewish people, increasing multiethnic church planting and promoting Cooperative Program giving by Jewish congregations will be among the topics discussed at the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship meeting June 6-7 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Baltimore.
With a theme of "Kingdom Purpose," SBMF members and guests will meet Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in the Latrobe Room of the Hilton Baltimor... Read More
Associational leaders focus on harvest
BALTIMORE (BP) -- "Ready Churches, Ready Harvest" will be the theme for Southern Baptist associational leaders when they meet June 7-8 in Baltimore in advance of the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting there.
Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter will address the group at a June 6 banquet at 7 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Holiday Inn, with seating limited to 150. Tickets are still available.
Formerly the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missi... Read More
Ministers' Wives to hear Priscilla Shirer
BALTIMORE (BP) -- Ministers' wives will take note of God's ability to sustain them through worship during their annual luncheon in Baltimore under the theme, "No Fear. No Excuses. He is Able" from 2 Timothy 1:12.
The 2014 SBC Ministers' Wives Luncheon, to begin at noon Tuesday, June 10, in the Key Ballroom at the Hilton Baltimore, will feature Priscilla Shirer, author of several books, including "One in a Million," "The Resolution for Women" and most recently "God is Able."
Shirer, of ... Read More
Evangelists to unveil new website
BALTIMORE (BP) -- Unveiling a new website and discussing the role of evangelists in 21st-century America will be among the agenda items when the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists gathers around the theme "Answering His Call" June 6-8 in Baltimore.
"We want Southern Baptist evangelists to have their finger on the pulse of the culture so that we can be as relevant and effective as possible in impacting the culture with the Gospel," COSBE President Eric Ramsey said.
The meeting w... Read More
Seminaries slate luncheons at Baltimore SBC
BALTIMORE (BP) -- Alumni and friends of Southern Baptists' six seminaries will gather Wednesday, June 11, in Baltimore to hear updates from their respective schools and renew their friendships.
The noontime luncheons will be held in conjunction with the June 10-11 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in the Baltimore Convention Center.
A list of the seminaries' plans follows:
GOLDEN GATE -- Jeff Iorg, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's president, will be the f... Read More
NAMB, messengers to 'experience Baltimore'
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board again will focus on its partnership with Southern Baptists to push back lostness through its Send North America strategy at the SBC annual meeting in Baltimore.
The Send North America luncheon, at noon Monday, June 9, in the Ballroom on Level 400 of the Baltimore Convention Center, will allow Southern Baptists to experience the sights, smells and tastes of Baltimore as they learn how they can engage lostness in the city and other cit... Read More
LifeWay to unveil small groups emphasis
BALTIMORE (BP) -- Reviews of new group Bible study materials, book signings by leading Christian authors and a screening of a new movie are planned by LifeWay Christian Resources at the June 10-11 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Baltimore.
LifeWay will challenge SBC churches to start 100,000 new group Bible studies during its presentation Wednesday morning. "Every new group started in a church will have a multiplying impact on evangelism, discipleship and fellowship," says Tho... Read More
GuideStone to offer wellness, retirement help
BALTIMORE (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources will again offer a wellness center during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Messengers can visit the exhibit hall in Baltimore to take advantage of the wellness center's services, valued at $150.
Additionally, GuideStone will make available retirement and insurance meetings during the SBC annual meeting and Pastors' Conference June 9-11.
The wellness screening offers blood-based screenings, so for best results, ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Aborted babies as medical waste
Baptist Press columnist Kelly Boggs, commenting on protests against the use of aborted babies in waste-to-energy plants, suggests that concern for their remains should be extended to abortion in general. Read More
CALL TO PRAYER: Petition & praise in prison
College student Myriah Snyder reflects on the prayer requests of inmates served by a prison ministry in western Kentucky. Snyder notes their intent to pray for their families and their gratitude to God for His blessings. Read More
EDITORIAL: Fe Que Transforma
Los recientes acontecimientos políticos en algunos países del medio oriente urge una conversación del impacto que nuestra fe puede tener. Varios líderes políticos han renunciado. ... Read More
Moore, Obama reunidos para hablar sobre reforma migratoria
WASHINGTON (BP) -- El bautista del sur especialista en ética Russell D. Moore y otros líderes religiosos se han reunido con el presidente Obama para discutir los continuos esfuerzos por aprobar la reforma migratoria este año.
El presidente de la Comisión de Libertad Religiosa y Ética (ERLC por sus siglas en inglés) se unió a Obama y a otros en una reunión en la oficina oval el 15 de abril mientras el intento de reforma al sistema migratoria espera acción en la Casa de Representantes de EE. UU. Fallas tanto en el sistema como en su aplicación han resultado en un estimado de 11 a 12 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados que viven ilegalmente en EE.UU.
"No concuerdo con el presidente en algunos asuntos serios de la vida humana, el matrimonio y la libertad religiosa," dijo Moore en una declaración escrita después de la reunión, "pero este es un asunto donde el país no está dividido en rojo y azul.
"No conozco a nadie que crea que el status quo de la política de inmigración esté funcionando," dijo Moore en una declaración publicada por la Mesa Evangélica de Inmigración, un grupo de líderes religiosos que defienden una reforma migratoria compatible con base bíblica. "Nuestra frontera no está segura, no sabemos quién está o no está en el país, y tenemos familias separadas por un sistema incoherente y caprichoso."
Durante la reunión, él le recordó al presidente sus diferencias, dijo Moore. Obama bromeó: "No tiene que enumerarlas todas," dijo luego Moore.
"Aunque tengo toda clase de discrepancias con el presidente, creo que debemos expresar esas discrepancias mientras que al mismo tiempo trabajamos para honrarlo y orar por él como el líder de nuestra nación, como las Escrituras nos llaman a hacerlo, y trabajamos juntos donde podemos por el bien de la nación," le dijo Moore a Baptist Press. Read More
La Pascua de Resurrección trae renacimiento a iglesia urbanaKANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- El Domingo de Resurrección la comunidad alrededor de Bales Avenue Community Church (Iglesia Comunitaria Bales Avenue) se reunió para celebrar dos resurrecciones. Read More
Los Warren animan a otros a un año del suicidio de su hijoLAKE FOREST, California (BP) -- Al cumplirse el primer aniversario del suicidio de su hijo, Rick y Kay Warren, cofundadores de Saddleback Church, están usando su dolorosa experiencia para animar a otros, incorporando Facebook, YouTube, un seminario sobre salud mental y servicios de alabanza programados para los varios campus de Saddeback el fin de semana del Domingo de Resurrección. Read More
'Necesidades, temores, luchas' de 1.3 millón ayudados en 2013NASHVILLE (BP) -- Labby lloraba fuertemente cuando sus padres la dejaron en su primer día de preescolar. La pequeña de tres años estaba excesivamente delgada. El pelo quebradizo y ralo y los dientes negros eran señales de salud pobre y de higiene pobre. Read More