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President Bush commends S. Baptists, reaffirms call for compassionate society
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--President Bush told Southern Baptists June 21 their belief in a "free church in a free state" requires establishing a culture of compassion. Read More
Bobby Welch re-elected to SBC's presidency
Photo by Matt Miller
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Bobby Welch, pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., was re-elected to a second one-year term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention June 21. There were no other nominations for the office.
"A prophet has been among us," said evangelist Junior Hill, a messenger from West Meade Baptist Church in Decatur, Ala., in nominating Welch. "Seldom has any man risen ... more fitted to the task at hand." Read More
E.C. approves salary structure policy, refers Disney study
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Executive Committee members meeting in Nashville, Tenn., June 20 elected a new vice president for the Cooperative Program, approved a policy for examining employees' salaries and referred a study of the Disney boycott to the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Read More
Follow God unconditionally, Pastors' Conf. speakers urge
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--If a minister of the Gospel truly wants to see a great harvest of souls, there must be no place where he is unwilling to go for God, Pastor Johnny Hunt said June 20 at the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference.
Although many say they will go wherever God leads, Hunt, who pastors the Atlanta-area First Baptist Church in Woodstock, said he wondered if that is really the case.
"Why is it that no one ever says, 'Who's going to the unlikely places?'" Hunt asked, noting that, instead, many people only talk about filling the most prominent pulpits in the best parts of town. "I'm telling you, God's the God of the unknown places.... Is there anybody here who maybe God is calling to the wrong side of the tracks?"
Moore delineates the issue
Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore tells the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference that "the acknowledgement of God" is the central issue he has waged in his Ten Commandments battles. Photo by Van Payne
In reality, Hunt said, the right position of one's heart is more important than the "right" location of one's church. A heart committed to following God's guidance and dedicated to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ will result in a life that God will use and bless.
Other notable speakers who addressed the afternoon and evening sessions of the Pastors' Conference included Adrian Rogers, Judge Roy Moore, Roy Fish, Jerry Falwell and Jerry Tidwell.
Rogers, retired pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church and president of Love Worth Finding Ministries in Cordova, Tenn., told pastors that no person that is too small for God to use.
Drawing from the biblical story of Gideon, Rogers, a former SBC president, noted that God called Gideon "not for what he was but for what God could make out of him." Read More
Roy Fish extols pastors to preach Christ crucified & resurrected
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Southern Baptists are in danger of losing their evangelistic passion, Roy Fish, professor of evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, warned during the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference June 20. Read More
Roy Moore gives short history lesson at Pastors' Conference
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--If Southern Baptists attending the 2005 SBC Pastors' Conference had any problems with the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court over a 1993 federal court order to remove the now-famous Ten Commandments monument from a state building, it wasn't evident June 20. Read More
Record attendance, awards, testimonies highlight WMU meeting
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A record 1,354 people, including 115 international and North American missionaries, attended the 117th annual Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting of Woman's Missionary Union June 19-20 at the historic First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville, Tenn. Read More
African American fellowship's new name aims to 'keep the vision high'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A new name and new president garnered the attention of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention June 19-20.
African American Fellowship honors Florida's Sid Smith
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"When the next history of African American Southern Baptists is written, Sid Smith will be seen as a giant."
Evangelist tells Hispanic fellowship of seeing 30 professions of faith
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Sharing the FAITH Sunday School evangelism strategy in Spanish, a Hispanic evangelist who led 30 people to Christ during Crossover Nashville said he believes using a simple survey to share Christ can work "amazingly well."
Conference of the Blind holds reorganizational meeting
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Great Commission should compel Southern Baptists to conduct ministry among visually impaired men and women, Paul Ferrara said during a reorganizational meeting of the Southern Baptist Conference of the Blind June 18-19 in Nashville, Tenn.
'Stone Soup Festival' focuses on people with special needs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Light shows, waterfalls and clay sculptures helped capture the attention of more than 800 guests from families of children with special needs during the Stone Soup Festival in Nashville, Tenn., June 18. The festival coincided with the Crossover Nashville evangelistic initiative prior to this year's June 21-22 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.
Activities for children & youth help make SBC a family adventure
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Preschool childcare, a children's conference and a youth Centrifuge helped make the journey to Nashville enjoyable for families attending the Southern Baptist Convention's June 19-22 annual meeting.
Col. Bob Rodgers elected new VP for Cooperative Program
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has tapped a retired Army colonel with extensive experience in the U.S. Department of Defense as "the man who can chart the course for the Cooperative Program." Read More