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Polls: Sou. Baptist pastors, evangelicals back McCain
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Despite media speculation to the contrary, three new polls show that evangelicals, including Southern Baptist pastors, support Republican John McCain over Democrat Barack Obama by wide margins.
The polls were released as Obama courts Christian leaders and voters in hopes of cutting into what has traditionally been a Republican stronghold. During the Democratic primary, Obama's campaign released a flyer in conservative Kentucky showing him at a pulpit, with a cross in the background, quoting him as saying, "I won't be fulfilling God's will unless I go out and do the Lord's work." The flyer called Obama a "committed Christian."
But, so far, Obama's outreach hasn't put a significant dent in McCain's support among evangelicals. For instance:
-- 80 percent of Southern Baptist pastors plan to vote for McCain and only 1 percent for Obama, according to a poll of 778 pastors conducted by LifeWay Research in April and May. Fifteen percent were undecided.
-- 78 percent of likely evangelical voters say they'll vote for McCain, according to a survey of 1,003 adults conducted in May by The Barna Group.
-- 57 percent of evangelical Protestants say they'll vote for McCain and 25 percent for Obama, according to a poll of 3,002 adults in April and May commissioned by the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College. Additionally, 54 percent of evangelical Protestants identify themselves as Republicans -- down only 2 percent from a similar poll in 2004.
The differences between the results from the Barna and Calvin College surveys could be explained by examining the respective survey's methodology. Calvin College's survey simply asked people if they considered themselves evangelicals; Barna's survey used a series of detailed questions to determine if someone actually is an evangelical.... Read More
Iowa residents cope with disasterCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (BP)--Dan Wiersema, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wanted his congregation to know June 15 that even though the historic flood overwhelming the state looks like utter devastation, God has a specific purpose for it that ultimately will advance His purposes. Read More
NAMB: Floods trigger multi-state relief
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--Midwesterners impacted by the historic flooding in the region are calling the disaster "our Katrina" and, as in the hurricane's aftermath, Southern Baptists are quickly mobilizing to feed thousands displaced ... Read More
Crossover reaches Hispanic communities
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Despite morning downpours and flash-flood warnings, nearly 100 Southern Baptist volunteers staffed evangelistic block parties aimed at reaching Hispanics in metropolitan Indianapolis June 7. Read More
'No one is exempt,' Rankin tells Hispanics
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Hispanics play an important role in the world missions strategy of Southern Baptists in South America, Jerry Rankin, president of the International Mission Board, told more than 100 pastors and leaders at a June 9 luncheon prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Indianapolis.
"I feel very much at home with people who speak Spanish," said Rankin, who recently returned from a two-week trip into the Amazon basin of Peru and Ecuador.
Noting his concern... Read More
Hammond addresses Hispanic celebration
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Speaking in Spanish with a Portuguese accent, Geoff Hammond, president of the North American Mission Board, delighted a crowd of Hispanic Southern Baptists at a NAMB-sponsored National Hispanic Celebration June 8.
"I love to be anywhere a Latin language is spoken," Hammond told the 300-plus attendees.
The multilingual missions leader, who became NAMB's president a year ago, was born in Nigeria to missionary parents, studied in England and has served as a missionary i... Read More
Calif. couple models Gospel urgency
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--For Joel and Marina Jimenez, a pastor and wife from northern California, the words of North American Mission Board President Geoff Hammond tugged at their hearts.
"Time is running out and the need is urgent," Hammond said at NAMB's National Hispanic Celebration June 8. "Let's partner together to fulfill the Great Commission with urgency -– to glory of God!"
The couple is living out those words as Joel Jimenez, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Emanuel in Salinas, Calif., de... Read More
Black Servants report growth
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--The Black Southern Baptist Denominational Servants Network showcased its steady growth during its 12th annual meeting and gave awards to several leaders June 8 at Gabriel Baptist Church in Indianapolis.
Sid Smith, the network's executive director, underscored the multiple ways the organization has been growing.
About 250 African Americans are employed in the Southern Baptist Convention's association, state/regional conventions and national entities -– up from about 9... Read More
Church needs Jewish believers, prof says
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--The Christian church needs Messianic believers -- Jews who follow Jesus as the Messiah -- for the same reason a man and woman need each other to be one flesh, a California Baptist University professor told the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship June 7.
Stokes addressed the afternoon session of the fellowship's annual meeting, held prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's June 10-11 annual meeting in Indianapolis.
"God is one, and He created man and woman and sai... Read More
Baptist associations' roles underscored
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Following the model of the early church, Baptist associations should encourage doctrinal integrity, foster biblical fellowship, promote genuine worship and advance the cause of the Great Commission, said Russell Cook, president of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions.
Cook, in his president's address at the SBCADOM June 8-9 meeting in Indianapolis, said associations must encourage doctrinal integrity, particularly in light of movements li... Read More
Redmond: Don't presume on God's grace
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--A church or a denomination may assume it is experiencing God's blessing because of external factors such as large membership rolls or financial success, but in reality it may be far from God, Eric Redmond said at the annual Founders Fellowship Breakfast June 10 during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis.
Redmond, a pastor, author and SBC officer, said one of the great dangers facing Southern Baptists is that of presuming upon the grace o... Read More
Alma Hunt, longtime WMU leader, dies
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Alma Hunt, a passionate and influential leader who served as Woman's Missionary Union executive secretary for 26 years, died Saturday, June 14. She was 98.
The WMU family and extended Christian community remember her as the face of WMU as she led the national missions organization from October 1948 until October 1974.
In her autobiography, Hunt mused, "Work never allowed me time to take trips for pleasure only, yet it afforded me great pleasure. It never allowed ... Read More