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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

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  • SBC severs ties with BWA as theological concerns remain

    by Don Hinkle, posted Tuesday, June 15, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    Patterson speaks on SBC withdrawal from BWA

    Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, explains why the Southern Baptist Convention should approve the recommendation to withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance. Photo by Matt Miller

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly July 15 to withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance.

          The BWA is not a governing body but is a fellowship organization with headquarters in Falls Church, Va. The BWA, which includes 211 member Baptist conventions/unions, was formed in London, England, in 1905, in large part by Southern Baptists.

          "We have noted, with sorrow in our hearts, a continual leftward drift in the BWA," Paige Patterson told messengers during the Executive Committee's report at SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis.

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    Thousands vote for SBC to leave BWA

    Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting vote June 15 for the SBC to withdraw from membership in the Baptist World Alliance. Messengers convened in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis June 15-16 for the 147th session of the SBC, in its 159th year. Photo by Van Payne

    Patterson is president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and one of nine SBC leaders named to a committee formed in 1997 to evaluate the relationship between the SBC and BWA.

          The SBC study committee noted in recent years the BWA's increasingly anti-American stances, tolerance of liberal theology and disregard for its own procedures in accepting the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as a member in 2003.

    SBC messengers, in 2003, approved an Executive Committee recommendation to cut BWA funding in its 2004 fiscal year from $425,000 to $300,000, but to continue dialogue with the BWA toward possibly resolving the dispute. Read More

  • Romanian calls for clarity in BWA beliefs & identity

    by Allen Palmeri, posted Tuesday, June 15, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    Romanian pastor speaks at Pastors' Conference

    Paul Negrut, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Oradea, Romania, speaks during the first session of the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference, June 13-14, in the Indiana Convention Center prior to the SBC annual meeting, June 15-16. Photo by Van Payne

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--On the eve of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Indianapolis, European Paul Negrut, president of the Romanian Baptist Union, contemplated the relationship between the SBC and the Baptist World Alliance.

    Negrut said Romanian Baptists in March asked the BWA to clarify its doctrinal beliefs, but the BWA has yet to respond.

    "I wish that every religious group would develop a clear identity," Negrut said in an interview June 15, admitting he is troubled that the BWA does not have a clear statement of faith. Read More

  • Southern Baptists elect Fla. pastor Bobby Welch as president

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, June 15, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    Bobby Welch speaks during SBC president’s news conference

    Bobby Welch, newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, speaks with the media from the floor, rather than on the speaker’s platform, during a press conference for the SBC president in the Baptist Press newsroom June 15 as the SBC met at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on the first day of their annual meeting. Photo by Kent Harville

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Bobby Welch, pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention June 15.

          Welch defeated Al Jarrell, pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Merry Hill, N.C., in the first contested election for SBC president since 1994 when the convention met in Orlando, Fla. That year, Jim Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, defeated Alabama pastor Fred Wolfe for the SBC presidency.

          Welch won with 3,997 votes over 1,020 for Jarrell.

          Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga., nominated Welch for president.

          "What encourages me most about Dr. Bobby Welch is his deep love for the Lord Jesus Christ, his commitment to God's holy Word, his passion to missions and soul-winning and his unwavering desire to make a difference in his lifetime in Christ's Kingdom," Hunt said. Read More

  • Time to 'stand up ... speak up,' Graham tells Southern Baptists

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Tuesday, June 15, 2004 (14 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Southern Baptists know their priority is to fulfill the Great Commission, stated Texas pastor Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church of Plano in his final address as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Graham, elected president of the 16-million member denomination in 2002, spoke during the first session, June 15, of the two-day SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis.

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  • N.C. church, pastor honored for cooperative missions vision

    by Mark Kelly, posted Tuesday, June 15, 2004 (14 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Dudley Shoals Baptist Church in Granite Falls, N.C., and its pastor, Don Ingle, were singled out as exemplifying Southern Baptists' cooperative missions spirit when they were presented the M.E. Dodd Cooperative Program Award during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting June 15.

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  • SBC approves Annuity Board name change, ministry expansion

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, June 15, 2004 (14 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Messengers to the 2004 Southern Baptist Convention approved recommendations to change the Annuity Board's name to GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention and to expand its products and services to evangelical ministry organizations outside the SBC. Read More

  • Patterson cites 'most hated' doctrine: Exclusivity of Christ

    by Norm Miller, posted Tuesday, June 15, 2004 (14 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--The "most hated doctrine in all of the world today" is the "exclusivity of Christ in salvation," said Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Read More

  • Black denominational network gives key award to Mohler

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, June 15, 2004 (14 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, received the highest honor given by the Black Southern Baptist Denominational Network at its annual meeting in Indianapolis. Read More

  • Ala. pastor to lead SBC Pastors' Conference

    by Keith Hinson, posted Tuesday, June 15, 2004 (14 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Members of the SBC Pastors' Conference elected Steve Gaines, pastor of First Baptist Church in Gardendale, Ala., as the group's president during their annual meeting at the Indianapolis Convention Center June 13. Read More

  • Conservative resurgence, at 25, called a 'take back' to SBC roots

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Tuesday, June 15, 2004 (14 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Rejecting a description of the conservative resurgence as a "takeover" of the Southern Baptist Convention, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Richard Land told a 25-year "Conservative Resurgence Reunion" that the reformation was "a take back to where our spiritual forefathers founded it -- on the cross of Jesus Christ and the absolute infallible Word of God." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 'Saved!' the movie vs. real salvation

    by J. Alan Branch, posted Tuesday, June 15, 2004 (14 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Director Brian Dannelly's claims his film "Saved!" is only intended as satire. Perhaps a more accurate assessment comes from the film's producer, Michael Stipe of R.E.M., who says this is a movie in which the "monsters are Jesus freaks." Read More