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Storms don't dampen Crossover spirit
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (BP)--Heavy rain, dangerous lightning, tornado warnings and, in some places, flooding buffeted metro Indianapolis during most of Crossover'08, but by afternoon the sun emerged and local and visiting Southern Baptists were out telling others about the Son.
As much as eight inches of rain fell in parts of the Indianapolis area June 7, and it looked like months of preparation for neighborhood block parties, car washes, car shows and concerts might go for naught.
While some Crossover'08 events had to be cancelled, the rain didn't dampen the spirits of Baptists gathered for events in Brownsburg, Ind., and at a multi-ethnic church in east-central Indianapolis.
Now in its 20th year, Crossover is an annual outreach to share the Gospel in the host city the weekend before the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting -- June 10-11 this year at the Indiana Convention Center.
Some 500 volunteers -– local Baptists and others from across the country -- were scheduled for Crossover, which was jointly sponsored by the North American Mission Board, the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana and the Crossroads Baptist Association in Indianapolis.
Hope Community Church in Brownsburg, 18 miles west of Indianapolis, hosted a block party attended by 250 people from surrounding neighborhoods. When the torrential rains hit Saturday morning, organizers moved the event indoors and made the best of the situation.
"I was up praying at 6 o'clock this morning, hoping the Lord would change His mind about this, but He didn't and we said rain or shine we are committed to this event," said Hope Community pastor Jim Bohrer. "We advertised it, we told people we were going to do it and we were going to keep our word whether or not it was convenient."
Among the 250 on hand, 90 were not regular attendees at Hope. At least five indicated they prayed to receive Christ. Read More
Pastors prepare for outpouring from GodINDIANAPOLIS (BP)--After severe thunderstorms caused flooding in various parts of Indiana two days earlier, pastors from across the United States gathered to seek a spiritual downpour from God at the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference June 9 in Indianapolis.
'Fireproof' set to be 'giant' in theatersINDIANAPOLIS (BP)--More than 3,000 Southern Baptists attended a June 8 screening of "Fireproof," the third film produced by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.
"As leaders and influencers ... we hope you will help us get people into the theater and pray that God will use the movie to impact homes across the country ..." Read More
Evangelists create 'Hall of Faith'INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--The Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists utilized its 50th anniversary celebration to inaugurate a "Hall of Faith" of individuals who have dedicated their lives to vocational evangelism.
COSBE impacts youth through 'ONE' rallyINDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Twenty-two people made decisions for Christ after hearing the Gospel through music and teaching at "ONE," an inaugural student evangelism event hosted by the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists June 8 in Indianapolis. Read More
Evangelists' worship spotlights God's love
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Evangelists Tony Nolan, Ken Freeman and Junior Hill preached sermons reflecting the evangelist's mission to declare God's love for sinners and for the church June 8 in Indianapolis.
They were the featured speakers during the annual Sunday morning worship sponsored by the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.
Nolan, of Woodstock, Ga., preached from Romans 5:8, which states, "But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died fo... Read More
Frank Page reflects on his 2 years
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)— Frank Page, outgoing president of the Southern Baptist Convention, reflected on his two years in office in an interview with The Christian Index of the Georgia Baptist Convention.
His thoughts on Southern Baptists' key channel of missions support -– the Cooperative Program -- and other topics follow.
Q: Two years ago when you were nominated, you took a strong stand in saying it is possible for a church to be a strong supporter of both the Co... Read More
Frank Page headlines WMU celebration
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Loving neighbors and supporting missionaries took the spotlight as the Woman's Missionary Union, SBC, gathered June 8 for a dinner that brought 425 guests "up close and personal" with Southern Baptist missionaries and Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page.
The dinner replaced the initial session of WMU's annual missions celebration, which convened June 8-9 at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis under the theme, "For God so Loved ...."
WMU members also re-elect... Read More
RA race marks 100th anniversary
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--More than 300 people celebrated the 100th anniversary of Royal Ambassadors, a mission education organization for boys in grades 1-6, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds June 7.
The highlight was the first-ever National RA Racer Event for World Hunger, which pitted 55 winners from 18 state competitions in a pinewood car derby. The racers raised $2,900 for world hunger relief.
The top winners of the national race were Jesse Dollar of Conyers, Ga., in the Lad (grades 1-3)... Read More
Stewardship book targets teenagers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Growing economic challenges have led churches to consider teaching stewardship principles to their youth, prompting the release of "Making Change for Students," a study guide for middle and high school students.
The study guide, written by Phil McMichael of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, and released at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Indianapolis, accompanies the book "Making Change: A Transformational Guide to Christian Money Managem... Read More
BP again hosting SBC meeting news blog
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--For the second straight year, Baptist Press is hosting a news blog for the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, providing readers the latest news from the convention almost instantly.
Dubbed "Instant News," the blog –- available at www.bpnews.net/blog -- will provide readers the nuts and bolts of annual meeting news before Baptist Press posts more detailed, full-length stories.
For example, blog readers will know within seconds of it being announced which of ... Read More
Flooding shouldn't affect travel to SBC
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Despite record flooding in the Indianapolis area three days ahead of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, travel to the convention should not be affected as floodwaters recede, convention manager R. Clark Logan Jr. said.
Interstate 65 was closed in both directions about 25 miles south of Indianapolis for several hours June 7 after floodwaters covered the roads.
Eastbound lanes of I-70 reopened late Saturday near the Illinois border, but the westbound la... Read More