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SBC HOUSTON: Luter signals 'Revive Us That We May Be One'HOUSTON (BP) -- A Tuesday evening revival service with worship led by Charles Billingsley and a sermon by Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter will be among the highlights of the SBC annual meeting June 11-12 in Houston. Read More
'Crossover Houston': intentional evangelismHOUSTON (BP) -- When Southern Baptists at every level cooperate to reach people for Christ, it's always effective, said Darrell Robinson, a former pastor and longtime evangelist from Texas.
Continuing the tradition of reaching out to the host city of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, the pre-convention "Crossover Houston" effort is offering opportunities for intentionally sharing the Gospel through block parties and door-to-door evangelism. 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 2013 SBC Committee on Nominations. Read More
Military official: Malware to blame for site blockNASHVILLE (BP) -- A military official says malware was to blame for the Southern Baptist Convention's website being blocked on some military bases. Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, a Defense Department spokesman, said the military's software filters detected malware at SBC.net and blocked the website. The malware since has been removed off the website, and the denomination's website unblocked, he said. Read More
Obama: State pro-life laws impeding 'progress'WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Obama addressed the nation's largest abortion provider Friday (April 26), criticizing pro-life laws on the state level and saying that those who wish to restrict or ban abortion are trying to turn back "progress." Read More
CULTURE DIGEST: Faith may help psychiatric treatment, Harvard affiliate reports
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Belief in God may lead to better outcomes for patients getting short-term treatment for psychiatric illness, a new study suggests.
McLean Hospital, a psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, announced in an April 25 press release that the study, published in the current issue of Journal of Affective Disorders, examined individuals at McLean's Behavioral Health Partial Hospital.
"Our work suggests that people with a moderate to high level of belief in a higher... Read More
Pastors' Conference 'Launch' seeks revival
HOUSTON (BP) -- By strengthening the pastor and his family, Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference President Gregg Matte wants to create a movement that could become the spark God uses to bring revival. Thus the theme of this year's gathering: "Launch: Taking Our Hearts, Homes, and Ministries to a Higher Place."
The June 9-10 Pastors' Conference will featuring preaching, worship, prayer and panel discussions to undergird the ministry of pastors and their wives. The sessions, at Houston's Geor... Read More
SBC Pastors' Conference Schedule
Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference Schedule
June 9–10, 2013
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston
Theme: "Launch: Taking Our Hearts, Homes, and Ministries to a Higher Place"
President, Gregg Matte, pastor, Houston's First Baptist Church, Houston
Pastors' Conference 2013 wants to create a movement -– not just manage a conference.
Its vision is to inspire the heart and offer practical application to the hands of the Pastor and his wife. This will be accomplished through pr... Read More
Pastors' wives to feature Barb Rosberg
HOUSTON (BP) -- The annual Pastors' Wives Conference will feature Barb Rosberg of America's Family Coaches and Jennie Allen, author of "Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul," along with a roundtable discussion about marriage.
The conference is scheduled from 9-11:45 a.m. Monday, June 10, in the George Bush Grand Ballroom of the George R. Brown Convention Center. There is no cost for the event and registration is not required. Women who serve in any facet of local church lea... Read More
WMU celebrates 125 years of missions
HOUSTON (BP) -- A yearlong celebration of the 125th anniversary of WMU kicks off this year at the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, June 9–10 in Houston.
"When WMU organized in 1888, praying for and giving to missions was at the forefront of the women's minds," Wanda S. Lee, executive director/treasurer of national WMU, said. "They had read many missionary letters; heard the pleas from individuals like Lottie Moon, and recognized the need to raise awareness and increase funding t... Read More
WMU meeting schedule
WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting
June 9–10, 2013
Hilton Americas Hotel
Lanier Grand Ballroom—Level 4
1600 Lamar Street
Registration opens onsite at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. Preregistration is not required.
A variety of breakout sessions will be offered on Monday, June 10, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. Interactive exhibits related to the 125th birthday of WMU will be open Sunday, June 9, 2-7 p.m.; and Monday, June 10, 8 a.m.–7 p.m., except during g... Read More
Native Americans take lead in outreach
HOUSTON (BP) -- When Native Americans and those interested in Native American ministry gather for the June 10 meeting of the Fellowship of Native American Christians, they'll be hearing about a paradigm shift and new strategy taking hold across the United States.
Lac du Flambeau, Wis., is one example; Denver, another.
"It's important for Native people to become empowered and for us to help each other," said Gary Hawkins, FoNAC's executive director. "God keeps showing Himself strong."
Filipinos to rally for church planting challenge
HOUSTON (BP) -- The Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America will mark its 20th year as it meets Tuesday, June 11, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston.
The group, with about 220 affiliated churches in the United States and Canada, will gather for a luncheon and meeting from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Houston-area First Philippine Baptist Church in Missouri City, Texas, at 15002 Hillcroft St.
First Philippine Baptist is... Read More
Korean council to send 800 to SBC on Tues.
HOUSTON (BP) -- For the first time in its 34-year history, the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America plans to appear as one body during the Tuesday, June 11, afternoon session of the SBC's annual meeting in Houston.
"It will take many buses," said Chongoh Aum, executive director of the Korean fellowship. "Korean pastors will attend and vote for agenda [items] related to SBC," such as the initial ballots for SBC officers.
About 800 people from 600 Korean Southern Baptis... Read More
NAAF agenda: exec. dir., black church plants
HOUSTON (BP) -- Hiring a full-time executive director, holding regional leadership conferences and helping blacks attend college and plant churches are on the agenda for the National African American Fellowship's annual meeting, June 9 and 10 in Houston.
The recommendations will be addressed during NAAF sessions held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's June 11-12 annual meeting at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center, said A.B. Vines, NAAF president and pastor of Ne... Read More
Black network works to grow membership
HOUSTON (BP) -- Strengthening its membership base will be a major topic at the Black Denominational Servants Network's annual meeting in Houston, according to the group's president, Eugene McCormick.
"My goal is not to have just black denominational workers as members, but anybody that's associated with our cause or what we're seeking to accomplish," McCormick told Baptist Press. "What I really want to see is for us to have a stronger membership base primarily in terms of both participation... Read More
Hispanics gear up for fellowship, outreach
HOUSTON (BP) -- The National Fellowship of Hispanic Southern Baptist Churches will lead Hispanic Baptists to mobilize before, during and after the SBC's June 11-12 annual meeting in Houston.
Hispanic churches and volunteers will serve in the Crossover Houston initiative "Por Amor a Houston" (in English, "Loving Houston"). Local Hispanic churches are planning a range of activities as well as mass evangelism events in Hispanic communities. For more information, go to [URL=http://poramorahoust... Read More
Chinese fellowship participation growing
HOUSTON (BP) -- The Chinese Christian Fellowship of the U.S. and Canada is anticipating a fourfold or greater increase in attendance at its 2013 annual meeting in Houston, the result of several strategies to plant new churches and equip current churches for service.
Peter Leong, fellowship liaison ambassador, said the Southern Baptist-affiliated fellowship has planted 32 churches in the past year and identified 15 potential areas for church plants. In addition, the fellowship has encouraged... Read More
Messianics to focus on reaching Jews
HOUSTON (BP) -- Even though the apostle Paul wrote of his heart's longing for all Israel to be saved, there is precious little outreach to the Jewish community, says Ric Worshill, a Messianic Jew (a Jew who follows Jesus as Messiah) and a North American Mission Board police and disaster relief chaplain.
"The actual effort to share the Gospel with [Jews] is not as prevalent as it should be, so we're trying to encourage the local church to be more involved in sharing the Gospel with Jewish p... Read More
NAMB to emphasize Send North America
HOUSTON (BP) -- The North American Mission Board will highlight a variety of ways Southern Baptists can help penetrate lostness in North America at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston.
NAMB hopes several thousand church leaders will attend its third annual Send North America luncheon as part of this year's SBC Pastors' Conference. The noon luncheon, titled "Building Vision and Celebrating Missions in North America," will be Monday, June 10, in Hall B3.
The ... Read More
LifeWay taps small groups, movies, books
HOUSTON (BP) -- Small-group Bible study tools, movie screenings and book signings by leading Christian authors are planned by LifeWay Christian Resources for the June 11-12 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Houston.
LifeWay will unveil in its report to the SBC an updated and enhanced version of Bible Studies for Life, LifeWay's most popular Bible study series, reaching more than 1.5 million people in 30,000 churches.
Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Springdale... Read More
GuideStone to host church safety seminar
HOUSTON (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources will offer a seminar on church security at the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Houston, featuring a survivor of the horrific 1999 church massacre that killed seven people and wounded seven others at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Texas
Jeff Laster, an associate pastor at Wedgwood in Fort Worth and a survivor of the shooting there, will participate in a panel discussion in part two of the seminar on Wed., June 12 from 7:30-8:30 a... Read More
Seminaries slate luncheons at Houston SBC
HOUSTON (BP) -- Alumni and friends of Southern Baptists' six seminaries will gather Wednesday, June 12, in Houston to hear updates from their respective schools and renew their friendships.
The noontime luncheons will be held in conjunction with the June 11-12 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center.
A list of the seminaries' plans follows:
GOLDEN GATE -- Jeff Iorg, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's president, will ... Read More
Ministers' wives to consider their calling
HOUSTON (BP) -- Ministers' wives will consider how they are uniquely called to the Gospel ministry at their annual luncheon in Houston under the theme "For the Sake of the Gospel" from 1 Corinthians 9:23.
"Our personal ministries may often be far from the crowd's eyes. At times our tasks may appear mundane," Kathy Ferguson Litton, president of this year's luncheon, said. "As busy ministry wives, we can easily become unconscious of the big picture of Gospel advancement
"Yet the moving, ... Read More
Directors of Missions' focus: 'Missional Living'
HOUSTON (BP) -- "Missional Living" will be the theme of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions annual meeting, June 8-10 at Houston's Second Baptist Church.
"So much of life is lived like parallel lines that never cross," said Johnny Rumbough, SBCADOM president and director of missions for the Lexington Baptist Association in South Carolina. "Life-on-life missional living is about lines that cross. Common daily occurrences of life can become extraordinary God... Read More
Evangelists' focus: Gospel contextualization
HOUSTON (BP) -- Evangelizing North America -- a continent where Christianity is declining -- will undergird the "Run to the Darkness" theme of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists June 7-9 sessions in Houston.
"What we've learned all over the world doing international missions is how to contextualize the Gospel, how to communicate the Gospel effectively from one people group to the next," said Eric Ramsey, president of COSBE. "And we need to begin using those same methods here in ... Read More
Ministries hold events for SBC attendees
HOUSTON (BP) -- Several Christian ministries will offer events ranging from global missions to the Southern Baptist Convention's future for messengers and others attending the SBC's June 11-12 annual meeting in Houston.
-- The Fellowship of Baptist World Ministries will host a breakfast June 10 from 7-8:30 a.m. in Room 346A/B on Level 3 of the Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar St. International Mission Board President Tom Elliff will speak on global missions. For ticket informati... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Finally, a film that shows the destructiveness of an affair
It's not a family friendly movie, says columnist Kelly Boggs, but Tyler Perry's "Temptation" -- unlike other movies -- leaves filmgoers seeing the destructive power of an affair. Read More
CALL TO PRAYER: Our relationships
Because relationships are where we spend so much of our lives -- where great joys abound, but also, where hurt and heartbreak often fester -- it's good to regularly pray for an ongoing transformation of our hearts toward greater love for others. Read More
EDITORIAL: Nadie dijo que sería fácil
En este tiempo de primavera las tormentas son frecuentes en Tennessee. Podemos amanecer con un cielo despejado con sol, y de pronto todo comienza a oscurecerse y ponerse como si fuera de noche. La visibilidad se reduce al mínimo y las autopistas se llenan de accidentes. ... Read More
Proyecto de inmigración es bueno, aunque imperfecto, dicen defensoresWASHINGTON (BP) -- El nuevo proyecto de ley de inmigración del Senado marca un sólido, aunque imperfecto, inicio de reforma inmigratoria, dijeron líderes evangélicos cristianos y otros defensores de una amplia solución a un controversial problema.
La tan esperada legislación -- producto de cerca de tres meses de negociaciones entre cuatro demócratas y cuatro republicanos -- llegó al senado el 17 de abril como la Ley de Seguridad de la Frontera, Oportunidad Económica y Modernización Inmigratoria, S. 744.
La introducción del proyecto de ley marca el primer intento serio del congreso desde 2007 para reparar lo que aparentemente todos reconocen como un sistema de inmigración disfuncional.
La falta de implementación del actual sistema ha resultado en un estimado de 11 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados que viven en EE.UU. ilegalmente.
Entre sus estipulaciones, la legislación de 844 páginas incluye la ejecución de requisitos que deben ser logrados antes de que los inmigrantes que están en el país ilegalmente puedan obtener un estatus legal temporal, de acuerdo a los miembros del Senado. Los mandatos incluyen un sistema universal de verificación de empleo, además de seguridad de la frontera y planes de una cerca fronteriza y establecimiento de una comisión que recomiende cuando los prerrequisitos de seguridad sean cumplidos. Read More
Pastores defienden a los inmigrantes en una visita a DC
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Los pastores de las mega iglesias se unieron a otros líderes cristianos en el Capitolio para defender a algunos de sus propios congregantes, el mismo día que se presentó una legislación para reparar el deteriorado sistema de inmigración del país. Read More
Los Scouts proponen permitir membresía a jóvenes se identifiquen como homosexuales
IRVING, Texas (BP) -- Los miembros asistentes a la convención nacional de los Boy Scouts en mayo considerarán una propuesta que establecería la prohibición de líderes homosexuales pero permitiría que los jóvenes que se identifiquen como homosexuales se unan a la organización, según fue anunciado el viernes (19 abril). Read More
COMPENDIO CULTURA: La fe puede ayudar en tratamiento psiquiátrico, reporta afiliado de Harvard
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Creer en Dios puede llevar a pacientes a tener mejores resultados en tratamiento de corto plazo para enfermedades mentales, sugiere un nuevo estudio. Read More