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Monday, June 11, 2018

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  • NOBTS trustee committee adjusts for new technology

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (8 months ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- A technology advance of benefit to students and two faculty retirements garnered action from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustee executive committee June 5.

    NOLA2U, a synchronous online program allowing students full classroom participation from their home computers, prompted trustee approval for closing the graduate program at the Southwest Louisiana extension center in Lafayette, La. Read More

  • UPDATED: Vice President Mike Pence to address SBC in Dallas

    by BP Staff, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (8 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Vice President Mike Pence will address the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday (June 13).

    The announcement of Pence's 11 a.m. address to messengers and invited guests at the June 12-13 annual meeting in Dallas was made by SBC President Steve Gaines and Grant Ethridge, chairman of the convention's Committee on Order of Business, in a joint press release today (June 11). Read More

  • 2018 SBC BLOG

    by David Roach, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Baptist Press is live blogging the SBC annual meeting in Dallas. Updates can be read here, at our Twitter account, or our Facebook account. Want more updates? Follow our SBC annual meeting feed at A schedule of the meeting and a livestream can be found at Read More

  • Gaines: 'Do you believe in a supernatural God?'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Noah Sidhom
    FORT WORTH (BP) -- Doctors thought it might have been leukemia, an explanation for the frequent bruising Grant began suffering just shy of his second birthday. His father, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines, told the story years later while preaching at Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

    "Our little world was rocked. We're sitting there with this healthy young boy and all of a sudden, he's got to be tested for leukemia," Gaines told hundreds gathered in worship days before the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Dallas. Read More

  • Pastors' Conf. sounds call to 'Fulfill Your Ministry'

    by Staff, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- A diverse slate of speakers exhorted fellow pastors and church leaders to be faithful to their calling during the first two sessions of 2018 Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference June 10-11 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

    Centered on the theme "Fulfill Your Ministry" drawn from 2 Timothy 4:5, attendees were challenged to finish strong in their calling to local church ministry. Read More

  • EC disfellowships Ga. church, honors Mohler

    by David Roach & Erin Roach, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    DALLAS (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has disfellowshiped a Georgia church for alleged "intentional discriminatory acts toward individuals based solely on the color of their skin," according to a recommendation adopted at the EC's June 11 meeting in Dallas.

    The EC also honored R. Albert Mohler Jr. for serving 25 years as president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, elected a slate of officers led by chairman Mike Stone of Georgia and heard a report from the EC presidential search committee. Read More

  • Speakers: Gospel is solution for church's future

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Amber Dion
    DALLAS (BP) -- The Gospel of Jesus will remain the answer to the church's challenges into the future, speakers said at a conference June 8-9 prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.

    Southern Baptist pastors and other leaders addressed how the Gospel should shape the church's ministries and outreach during keynote messages and panel discussions at the event, which was titled "The Gospel and the Future of the Church." The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Village Church co-hosted the pre-conference in partnership with Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The event was held at The Village Church's Flower Mound campus in metro Dallas. Read More

  • Church2Church fellowship looks toward Hispanic unity

    by Keila Diaz, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    DALLAS (BP) -- The Church2Church fellowship (De Iglesia a Iglesia) brought together more than 100 Hispanic Southern Baptists on Sunday (June 10) for a unity service in Dallas at Primera Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida.

    The fellowship was officially formed last year during the SBC's annual meeting in Phoenix for the purpose of uniting Hispanic churches and pastors to further the Gospel.

    Robert Lopez, co-founder of the fellowship, and Ramon Osorio, Hispanic church planting catalyst with the North American Mission Board, addressed the 10 a.m. service marked by a sense of fellowship among attendees of all ages and backgrounds.

    Nueva Vida pastor David Galvan extended a welcome to those who were visiting; the church's worship team led in English and Spanish worship songs. Read More

  • God's 'Unshakable Pursuit' frames WMU opening sessions

    by Myriah Snyder, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- More than 400 people gathered for the opening sessions of the 2018 Woman's Missionary Union Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration on June 10 in Dallas.

    The 2018 theme for WMU is "Unshakable Pursuit." The first session, themed "The Unshakable Pursuit of Fun," was held in a casual ranch-style events center and included a barbecue dinner. WMU President Linda Cooper gave the first part of her president's address from the back of a life-sized fake horse. Throughout the evening, she told attendees of ministries in which state WMUs are involved. Read More

  • Crossover Dallas, Harvest America crusade proclaim Gospel

    by Josie Rabbit Bingham, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    DALLAS (BP) -- "I'm not here to talk to you about religion," pastor Greg Laurie told the crowd Sunday evening (June 10) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the Crossover Dallas Harvest America crusade.

    "I'm here to talk to you about a relationship with God that you can experience," he said. "Christ can fill that big hole that is in your heart right now. We all need Him. We all need a Savior. There's so much stuff to distract us and emptiness to make us feel alone. Yet, Jesus, who created us, also gives us purpose. Jesus loves us all-- no matter what we do or say or have done before -- so much." Read More

  • Evangelism task force releases report, recommendations

    by David Roach, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- A task force appointed last year to explore avenues of evangelistic renewal among Southern Baptists has released its final report, including a series of eight recommendations for individuals and groups at all levels of Southern Baptist life.

    "We are convinced that these suggestions can be heartily embraced by all gospel-loving Southern Baptists," the report stated, "regardless of differences in theology, methodology, or generational preferences." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Civility amid the commotion

    by John Yeats, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Amid the culture's social media commotion, John Yeats writes that Southern Baptists can demonstrate "a different, more biblical way to have conversations about the difficult issues we face." Read More