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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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  • Every Christian is a minister: Steve Gaines

    by Lonnie Wilkey, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Every Christian is a minister, Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said in his message to the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

    Gaines told messengers at the 160th session of the SBC June 13 that he was not just giving a convention address. "I'm going to preach the Gospel," said the pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church. Read More

  • SBC denounces 'alt-right white supremacy'

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Jones
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Messengers to the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting denounced "alt-right white supremacy" in a nearly unanimous vote Wednesday (June 14) after a tumultuous day of refusing to address the issue.

    It appeared maybe fewer than 10 messengers in the Phoenix Convention Center hall voted in the afternoon session against a resolution on "the anti-gospel of alt-right white supremacy." The "alt-right," a movement that advocates white nationalism, has gained increasing attention in the last 18 months. Read More

  • Laurie underscores proclamation evangelism at SBC

    by Myriah Snyder, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Greg Laurie of Harvest America delivered a message on proclamation evangelism during the celebration service Tuesday night (June 13) at the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix. Read More

  • Motion for soul-winning task force affirmed at SBC

    by Seth Brown, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention proposed 11 motions during two 15-minute scheduled segments of the 2017 annual meeting in Phoenix.

    Messengers voted affirmatively on one of the motions, submitted by Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board and member of First Baptist Church in Alpharetta, Ga., to authorize the convention's president to appoint a task force to study how Southern Baptists "could be more effective in personal soul-winning and evangelistic preaching." Read More

  • Gaines reelected as SBC President, leads diverse slate of officers

    by Barbara Denman, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines was reelected by acclamation to a second term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the June 13-14 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

    He will lead a diverse slate of officers including Walter Strickland, an African American leader of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's Kingdom Diversity Initiative, first vice president; Jose Abella, a bilingual church planter from Miami, second vice president; John Yeats, who has served as recording secretary for the past two decades; and Don Currence, a pastor at First Baptist Church in Ozark, Mo., registration secretary. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: IMB now on firm ground, Platt reports

    by Julie McGowan, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Jones
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Through Southern Baptists' "faithful, generous and consistent giving" of more than $98 million to the Cooperative Program and approximately $153 million to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, the International Mission Board has reached financially stability, IMB President David Platt told the entity's trustees June 12.

    "That's breathtaking: over $250 million given from Southern Baptist churches for the spread of the Gospel among the nations," Platt said. "And as a result of that giving, I am glad to report to trustees and the broader SBC that IMB is standing on firm financial ground." Read More

  • LGBT protesters few, use SBC logo on flyers

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Bob Carey
    PHOENIX (BP) -- A protest that an LGBT advocacy group had billed as "historic" was hardly noticeable on the opening day of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix, bystanders said. But flyers distributed by the group included the SBC 2017 logo and theme.

    About 50 people appeared to join in Faith in America's (FIA) protest asking the SBC to remove homosexuality and transgenderism from the "sin list." They distributed flyers and engaged messengers in conversation outside the Phoenix Convention Center before disbanding around 1 p.m., bystanders told Baptist Press. The exact number of protesters was difficult to judge, separated in groups of two or so and blended in with passersby, witnesses said. Read More

  • CP-funded collegiate church network multiplies

    by Erin Roach, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    The Executive Committee report highlighted Resonate, a collegiate church planting network supported by the Cooperative Program that has seen more than 700 students baptized since 2007 and continues to multiply. Read More

  • Greg Laurie's cooperation with SBC mutually beneficial

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Just one day after seeing nearly 3,400 come to Christ at a Harvest America crusade in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention 2017 annual meeting, megachurch pastor Greg Laurie announced his official cooperation with the SBC.

    Laurie, founding pastor of the 15,000-member Harvest Christian Fellowship based in Riverside, Calif., concurrently announced plans to hold one of his Harvest Crusades in advance of the 2018 SBC annual meeting in Dallas. Read More

  • 5,018: SBC's unofficial Phoenix registration

    by Brian Koonce, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    The Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting drew 5,018 messengers to Phoenix June 13-14, according to a not-yet-official count. When registered guests, exhibitors and others are added, the number of those at the SBC annual meeting rose to 9,318. Read More

  • 'Genuine burden' needed for the lost, Hunt says

    by J. Gerald Harris, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Bill Bangham
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Looking at the apostle Paul's passion for lost souls, former SBC President Johnny Hunt preached from Romans 9:1-3 at the Southern Baptist Convention June 13 in Phoenix.

    "The apostle Paul writes with a burdened heart," Hunt said, "because his own brethren, those near and dear to him had refused to accept the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior and Messiah." Read More

  • Valverde returns as Hispanic fellowship president

    by Keila Diaz, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Keila Diaz
    PHOENIX (BP) -- The National Hispanic Baptist Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, in a four-hour meeting June 12, discussed business, honored a Hispanic leader, worshiped and heard God's Word.

    The group of approximately 50 elected new officers, made an amendment to their constitution and voted on three motions brought forth from their last meeting. Read More

  • FATHER'S DAY: Watch Dad

    by Doug Munton, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    "How did my Dad do it?" your sons, daughters and grandchildren may ask later in life as they teach their own children, Doug Munton writes. A better question to impart, he tells dads, is "What does my heavenly Father want?" Read More

  • AVANCE: Mas iglesias Hispanas motivadas a movilizarse en misiones

    Por Keila Diaz, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Foto de Bill Bangham
    PHOENIX (BP) -- AVANCE 2017 atrajo a Bautistas del Sur Hispanos de todo el pais el Lunes (Junio 12) antes de la reunion anual de la Convencion Bautista de Sur con el propósito de animarlos a movilizarse en misiones.

    Edgar Aponte, vicepresidente de movilización de la Junta de Misión Internacional, animo a aquellos presentes a que llenaran las lineas de misioneros e iglesias llevando y compartiendo el Evangelio.

    "Hay una minoría de hispanos en la JMI como misioneros", dijo y agregó que los ... Read More

  • Valverde regresa como presidente de confraternidad Hispana

    Por Keila Diaz, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Foto de Adam Covington/SWBTS.
    PHOENIX -- La Confraternidad Nacional de Iglesias Hispanas Bautistas del Sur de la Convencion Bautista del Sur, en un encuentro de cuatro horas Junio 12, se reunió para discutir negocios, honrar a un líder hispano, adorar y escuchar la palabra de Dios.

    El grupo de aproximadamente 50 eligieron a nuevos funcionarios, hicieron una enmienda a su constitución, y votaron en 3 mociones separadas presentadas durante su última reunión.

    Augusto Valverde, pastor de la Iglesia Bautista Nuevo Amanecer en Miami, fue elegido ... Read More

  • Crossover y Harvest America comparten el mensaje eterno del evangelio

    Por Josie Bingham, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Foto del archivo BP.
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Comenzó el viernes, 9 de junio -- las resonancias de un despertar. Más de 700 voces adoraban en la Iglesia Bautista North Phoenix en Phoenix, Ariz., dando inicio a los eventos de Crossover Arizona y Harvest America (Cosecha EE.UU.) del fin de semana.

    El Crossover Arizona de la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas (NAMB por sus siglas en inglés) y Harvest America de Greg Laurie unieron fuerzas para auspiciar el alcance evangelizador de tres días que involucró entrenamiento, evangelismo en la calle y proyectos de servicio antes de culminar en la cruzada del domingo en la noche de Harvest America.

    Para el final de esa noche, Harvest reportó 2,904 decisiones de salvación en el evento con otras 494 que indicaban decisiones en línea. Read More

  • La Ofrenda Lottie Moon se aproxima a los $153 millones

    Por David Roach, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Foto de IMB.
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- La Ofrenda de Navidad Lottie Moon para las Misiones Internacionales ha alcanzado por cuarta ocasión el mayor nivel en la historia, al aproximarse a los $153 millones, según la información dada a conocer hoy (7 junio) por la Junta de Misiones Internacionales (IMB, por sus siglas en inglés).

    Había una baja del 7.7 por ciento en la ofrenda del 2016, la cual fue colectada en medio de las noticias sobre el recorte del personal misionero y de oficina de la JMI debido a retos financieros.

    El total de este año está a un 1 por ciento de diferencia con la ofrenda del 2014 que alcanzó los $154 millones, siendo la mayor ONLM en la historia de los bautistas del sur. Read More

  • ACP: Iglesias aumentan en 2016; bautismos, membresía declinan

    Por Carol Pipes , posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Los bautistas del sur experimentaron crecimiento en el número de iglesias que cooperaron con la CBS en 2016, de acuerdo al último reporte del Perfil Anual de la Iglesia (ACP por sus siglas en inglés).

    Sin embargo, otras medidas clave declinaron en 2016, incluyendo la membresía, los bautismos, la asistencia promedio a los cultos y el total de ofrendas, de acuerdo al ACP compilado por Recursos Cristianos LifeWay en cooperación con las convenciones bautistas estatales.

    El número de iglesias que cooperan con la Convención Bautista del Sur creció 479 a 47,272, un incremento de 1 por ciento en relación al 2015. El número de ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Un Padre Ejemplar

    Michael A. Gonzales, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Muchas veces en las familias de hoy la presencia de un padre no existe. Puede ser que el padre haya fallecido, ha abandonado a su familia, o simplemente no está presente tomando sus responsabilidades como el líder del hogar.

    No importa si el padre ... Read More