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Thursday, June 15, 2006

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  • Welch calls for ‘more’ in presidential address

    by Norm Miller, posted Thursday, June 15, 2006 (12 years ago)

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    Bobby Welch tells churches “We can do more, we should do more and we will do more” referring to baptisms in his final address as president of the Southern Baptist Convention June 14 at the annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C.Photo by Jonathan Blair
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)—In a sermon focused on witnessing, baptizing and Cooperative Program missions, Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch concluded his two years of service June 14 at the SBC’s annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C.

          Preaching from the John 6:1-14 account of the young boy whose five loaves and two fishes ultimately fed 5,000 people, Welch often repeated the word “more.” Read More

  • Southern Baptists dedicate statue of Billy Graham

    by Jeff Robinson, posted Thursday, June 15, 2006 (12 years ago)

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    “There’s Room at the Cross for you,” a sculpture of Billy Graham -- a stone at his feet displaying the words of John 3:16 -- was unveiled June 14 during the final session of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C. The sculpture was created by Terrell O’Brien -- a bi-vocational pastor whose church and studio are in Wyoming.Photo by Jonathan Blair
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--Billy Graham’s impact on the Southern Baptist Convention will last for generations, and a bronze sculpture unveiled June 14 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention will likewise cement forever the famous evangelist and his Gospel message for passersby in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

          Representatives from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), sculptor Terrell O’Brien and financiers Chris Fryer and Matt Samuelson joined officials from LifeWay Christian Resources and SBC President Bobby Welch to dedicate a larger-than-life sculpture of Graham during a brief ceremony.

          Graham’s grandson, William Franklin Graham IV, who pastors a small Southern Baptist church outside Winston Salem, N.C., closed the ceremony in prayer.

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    Cliff Barrows, long-time song leader at Billy Graham’s crusades, leads messengers in “How Great Thou Art” – a favorite anthem of the crusades -- after a new statue honoring evangelist Billy Graham was unveiled June 14 at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C. Graham could not attend the gathering but his grandson, Will, accepted it on his behalf.Photo by Jonathan Blair

          The sculpture features a seven-foot-tall depiction of Graham standing beside a 17-foot cross.

          Graham’s arms are open wide, an open Bible rests in his left hand and, as Welch pointed out during the ceremony, the famous evangelist’s mouth is open in full Gospel proclamation. At the foot of the cross rest three nails and a stone inscribed with the words of John 3:16.

    The sculpture will stand in a grassy area in front of the LifeWay Christian Resources complex and the SBC Building in Nashville. Read More

  • SBC messengers elect 2006 officers

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, June 15, 2006 (12 years ago)

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    Elected officers of the Southern Baptist Convention for 2006-2007: (from left) John Yeats, Monroe, La., recording secretary; Wiley Drake, Buena Park, Calif., second vice president; Frank Page, Taylors, S.C., president; Jimmy Jackson, Huntsville, Ala., first vice president; Jim Wells, Nixa, Mo., registration secretary. Photo by Matt Miller
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)—Frank Page, pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C., elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention during their annual meeting June 13-14 in Greensboro, was the first of five men to complete the slate of officers to lead the 16.2 million-member denomination for the next year.

          In a three-candidate race for president, of the 8,961 votes cast, Page, with 4,546 votes, or 50.48 percent on the first ballot, defeated Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark., who was second with 2,247 votes or 24.95 percent, and Jerry Sutton, pastor of Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., who had 2,168 votes or 24.08 percent of the votes. Read More

  • Re-ignite vision as ‘people of God,’ Wilton encourages SBC

    by Todd Deaton, posted Thursday, June 15, 2006 (12 years ago)

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    Donald Wilton, pastor of the 6,500-member First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, S.C., preaches the annual convention message June 14, the final morning of the two-day SBC annual meeting at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. Wilton, a native of South Africa, has a television ministry called “The Encouraging Word.” Photo by Bill Bangham
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--“It is time for all Southern Baptists to re-ignite the vision, to reenlist our energies and to realign our focus -- not as anyone other than the people of God,” Don Wilton, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C., urged messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention June 14.

          “We are a people who are no longer of the North or the South. We are no longer a people who are black or white. In fact, as proud as I am to be an American, as believers of Christ Jesus, we are not even of America. We are the people of God,” the current president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention said during the SBC’s convention sermon. Read More

  • Debate on alcohol use dominates resolutions report time

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 15, 2006 (12 years ago)

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--Messengers to the 2006 Southern Baptist Convention adopted resolutions on such currently controversial topics as immigration and the environment June 14, but the debate time was dominated by an issue addressed repeatedly in the convention’s 161-year history -- alcohol. Read More

  • Messengers route Burleson call for study of grievances to IMB

    by Gregory Tomlin, posted Thursday, June 15, 2006 (12 years ago)

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--Messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention referred a motion to the International Mission Board raising concern over the appointment of trustees, alleged coercion of IMB staff and the narrowing of doctrinal parameters for missionary appointees. The board is to issue a report at the SBC’s 2007 meeting in San Antonio. Read More

  • SBC resolutions include call for balance on immigration

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 15, 2006 (12 years ago)

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--Messengers to the 2006 Southern Baptist Convention overwhelmingly approved 15 resolutions June 14, including one that sought to balance faithful enforcement of the United States’ immigration laws with compassionate outreach to all immigrants. Read More

  • Young leader concerns among motions at SBC

    by Keith Hinson, posted Thursday, June 15, 2006 (12 years ago)

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--Messengers offered more than 25 motions during the opening day of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, proposing actions related to young Christian leaders, the planning and conducting of future SBC meetings and the initiation of possible studies by the SBC Executive Committee. Read More

  • ‘Stay focused on the task’ of reaching the nations, Rankin says

    by Don Graham, posted Thursday, June 15, 2006 (12 years ago)

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--God is moving as never before with opportunities to carry out the missions task, International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin said during the closing session of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C., June 14.

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  • Hawkins reports Southern Baptists’ health statistics are improving

    by Staff, posted Thursday, June 15, 2006 (12 years ago)

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources, highlighted four program areas -- retirement, investments, insurance and financial assistance –- during the entity’s annual report to the Southern Baptist Convention June 14. Read More