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Friday, June 13, 2008

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  • WRAP-UP: Messengers elect Johnny Hunt president, launch 'GPS' initiative

    by Michael Foust, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Southern Baptist Convention messengers meeting in Indianapolis June 10-11 elected a new president, launched a bold initiative to share the Gospel with every person in North America by 2020, accepted a detailed report from the Executive Committee on the subject of child sexual abuse prevention and adopted a much-discussed resolution on regenerate church membership.

    Photo by Bob Carey
          Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., was elected president on the first ballot at the annual meeting by receiving 52.94 percent of the vote in a crowded field of six candidates. Many of the approximately 7,200 registered messengers no doubt expected to witness the convention's first presidential runoff since 1982, but Hunt avoided that to become what is believed to be the denomination's first Native American president. Hunt is a Lumbee Indian, a North Carolina-based tribe.

    Photo by Baptist Press Staff
          Hunt long has been known among Southern Baptists for his passion for evangelism, discipleship and missions, and those themes dominated his post-election press conference and a brief address to messengers. His election came on the heels of LifeWay's Annual Church Profile report showing that Southern Baptists in 2007 baptized the fewest number of people in two decades. Read More

  • Iowa facing 'historic hydrological event'

    by Staff, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    Photo by Jeff Wheeler
    DES MOINES, Iowa (BP)--An official with the National Weather Service said residents of Iowa are experiencing "a historic hydrological event" of unprecedented river levels, with the city of Cedar Rapids underwater after a nearby waterway exceeded its capacity. Read More

  • Weather affects registration total

    by Brian Koonce, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Heavy rains and flooding helped cause a dip in registration at this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, according to registration secretary Jim Wells. This year's unofficial messenger count was 7,277, down from 8,630 at the 2007 meeting ... Read More

  • Loving a leader is ministers' wives' topic

    by Shannon Baker, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    Photo by Jonathan Blair
    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Gary Chapman, author of "The Five Love Languages," addressed a sell-out crowd of 1,500 at the 53rd annual Ministers' Wives' Luncheon June 10 during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting ... Read More

  • Cullen receives ministers' wives' award

    by Shannon Baker, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Joy Cullen, a pastor's wife, Sunday School teacher, adjunct professor and former International Mission Board missionary in Asia, was honored with the 2008 Willie Turner Dawson Award during the Ministers' Wives' Luncheon June 10 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis.

    She is the wife of Bob Cullen, pastor of Bear Creek Baptist Church in Glenn Heights, Texas, where she teaches a Sunday School class for "senior saints" and sings in the choir... Read More

  • Pastors' wives hear from Donna Gaines

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Jesus died so believers could have abundant life regardless of their circumstances, Donna Gaines of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., said during the Pastors' Wives Session of the SBC Pastors' Conference June 9 in Indianapolis.

    Before an audience of about 600 women, Gaines pointed to Genesis 2 for a picture of "life as it was meant to be."

    The session's worship was led by Kim and Suzanne Noblitt of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark. The women participa... Read More

  • Army's top chaplain speaks at luncheon

    by Adam Miller, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Prayer keeps us on God's agenda, Maj. Gen. Douglas Carver, the U.S. Army's chief of chaplains, told fellow chaplains during a luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Indianapolis.

    "Let's make sure we're on God's agenda, because it's much better than what you and I can come up with in our feeble abilities," Carver said.

    Carver addressed the luncheon for chaplains hosted each year by the North American Mission Board. The board endorses chaplain... Read More

  • Seminary luncheons draw alumni, guests

    by Staff, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Fellowship and campus updates highlighted the alumni luncheons hosted by the six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries June 11 during the SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis.

    Following are reports from the luncheons:

    GOLDEN GATE -- Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary alumnus Milton F. Steck was presented with GGBTS' distinguished alumni award at the seminary's alumni luncheon.

    Steck, a native of Sonoma, Calif., earned a master of divinity from Golden Gate i... Read More

  • At 104, he aims 'to be a blessing'

    by Michelle Myers, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Eugene Florence may be 104, but he is anything but set in his ways.

    His June 9-11 visit to Indianapolis marked his first trip to the Southern Baptist Convention and his longest flight on an airplane.

    Florence continues to model hard work and endurance as he experiences new things. Rarely has there been a time when he did not hold two full-time jobs in addition to juggling family responsibilities, odd jobs when they became available and ministering whenever God p... Read More

  • Hug your kids a little longer

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Hanging in my son Daniel's room is a baseball rack that I've had since I was a little boy. Read More

  • Dream again, Daddy

    by Keith Manuel, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--Do you remember when you thought you could and would change the world? Read More

  • Page: Pongan atención a las señales

    Por Gregory Tomlin, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    Foto por el Staff
    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Se necesitan ojos discernientes para reconocer la condición espiritual de los bautistas del sur, dijo Frank Page el 10 de junio en su último sermón como el presidente de la Convención Bautista del Sur durante la reunión anual que ésta sostiene en Indianápolis.

          Page, pastor de la Primera Iglesia Bautista en Taylors, C.S., dijo que los bautistas del sur deben desarrollar un tipo de discernimiento similar al que salvó a los pobladores de la isla de Simeulue del tsunami que azotó el sur de Asia el 26 de diciembre de 2004.

          Los ancianos del pueblo notaron que el agua se retiraba de la orilla del mar y en pocos minutos advirtieron a los pobladores de la isla para que se refugiaran en tierras más altas. Su recuerdo comunitario sobre el tsunami que en 1907 casi destruye toda la isla les ayudó a darse cuenta del peligro que les asechaba. La isla sólo perdió a siete de sus 75,000 habitantes, según reportó el diario The Seattle Times.

          "Una y otra vez la gente de esa isla había escuchado asiduamente la historia acerca de lo que pudieran ser las señales de un evento similar, y tomando nota de la historia, reconocieron las señales de advertencia, en unos minutos los ancianos pudieron difundir la alarma y los pueblos fueron evacuados, yendo a tierras más altas. Sus vidas físicas fueron salvadas ese día."

    Page preguntó si los bautistas del sur pudieran ser capaces de reconocer las señales de lo que está pasando dentro de la convención, entre sus iglesias y en las vidas de los creyentes individuales.

    "¿Podremos asiduamente avisarles a los que vienen detrás de nosotros acerca de las señales que Dios ha enviado para bendición y las señales que Dios ha enviado para juicio?" preguntó Page. Read More

  • En la primera votación se elije a Hunt como presidente

    Por David Roach, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    Foto por Matt Miller
    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Johnny Hunt, pastor de la Primera Iglesia Bautista en Woodstock, Georgia, fue elegido presidente de la Convención Bautista del Sur el 10 de junio, recibiendo 52.94 por ciento de los votos (3,100) hechos en la primera votación. Read More

  • Presidente de JMI se dirige a los hispanos: 'Nadie está exento de la Gran Comisión'

    Por David Raúl Lema Jr., posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    INDIANÁPOLIS (BP)--Diciendo que se siente mucho más en casa cuando está en medio de personas que hablan español, Jerry Rankin, presidente de la Junta de Misión Internacional de la Convención Bautista del Sur se dirigió el 9 de junio a más de 100 pastores y líderes durante el almuerzo que la JMI programó con anterioridad a la reunión anual de la CBS en Indianápolis. Read More

  • El compañerismo hispano se reúne en Indianápolis

    Por David Raúl Lema Jr., posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    INDIANÁPOLIS (BP)--Las inundaciones y las lluvias no desanimaron a los líderes y pastores hispanos a lo largo y ancho de los Estados Unidos de América para celebrar la nueva vida en Cristo el 8 de junio cuando el Compañerismo Nacional de las Iglesias Hispanas de la Convención Bautista del Sur tuvo su reunión anual de negocios en Indianápolis. Read More

  • Las tormentas no apagan el espíritu de Cruce

    Por Mickey Noah y Mike Ebert, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    INDIANÁPOLIS, Indiana (BP)--La fuerte lluvia, los peligrosos rayos, las advertencias de tornado y, en algunos lugares las inundaciones golpearon el área metropolitana de Indianápolis durante la mayor parte del Cruce08 (Crossover08), pero en la tarde, el sol salió y los bautistas del sur locales y visitantes salieron a hablarles a otros del Hijo.

    Hasta 20 centímetros de lluvia cayeron en partes del área de Indianápolis el 7 de junio, y parecía que meses de preparación de fiestas públicas en ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Su eminente regreso

    Por Luis R. López, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (10 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Ahora estaba sentado en el aeropuerto de Nashville en espera de un vuelo que me llevaría a Indianápolis. Read More