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Welch calls for ‘more’ in presidential address
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
“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
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
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
Messengers decline to get involved in church-association dispute
GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention June 14 declined to get involved in a complex and messy legal battle between a small California church and an association. Read More
SBC resolutions include call for balance on immigration
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
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
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.
Hawkins reports Southern Baptists’ health statistics are improving
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