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Bush speaks to Southern Baptists, reiterates stances on life issues, same-sex 'marriage'
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--President Bush spoke directly to Southern Baptists June 15, upholding a "culture of life" and the sanctity of marriage.
SBC severs ties with BWA as theological concerns remain
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.
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
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
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
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.
N.C. church, pastor honored for cooperative missions vision
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.
SBC approves Annuity Board name change, ministry expansion
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
Motorcyclists extend grace to homosexual protesters
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Buddy Newsome and Dave McClamma are having the ride of their lives. Read More
Patterson cites 'most hated' doctrine: Exclusivity of Christ
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
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
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
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
25 years ago, conservative resurgence got its start
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Twenty-five years ago this summer, some 15,000 Southern Baptists gathered in Houston for their annual meeting. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: 'Saved!' the movie vs. real salvation
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