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Welch tells SBC: 'Launch out into the deep'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Holding up a flat dead frog he pulled from a plastic bag in his coat pocket, Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch made a "presidential, passionate, personal appeal" for Southern Baptists to focus more fervently on evangelism and baptism. Read More
Welch sees SBC ready to move forward & baptize 1 million
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch was seeing two signs of a successful SBC annual meeting: the mobilization of thousands of Baptists for the June 18 Crossover evangelistic outreach and the increased attendance at the June 21-22 sessions in Nashville, Tenn.
Welch told reporters at a June 21 news conference that Southern Baptists seem to be ready to take the next step in "The 'Everyone Can' Kingdom Challenge!"
"If the convention at any level will go to the people about the most important thing to those people -- the eternal spiritual well-being of their loved ones, family and friends -- then we can go forward ...," he said. Read More
SBC lifts Disney boycott, urges parental diligence in education
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention approved June 22 resolutions proclaiming an end to its eight-year boycott of The Disney Company and urging parents and churches to examine textbooks and programs in "community schools" and affirming their efforts to advocate the removal of "offensive material."
The Disney resolution, passed in a nearly unanimous vote by messengers to the SBC annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., said Southern Baptists rightly called for a boycott of the conglomerate in 1997 but now it was time to "declare a conclusion" to the effort.
The boycott has been effective in expressing Southern Baptists' disagreement with Disney "products and policies that violate moral righteousness and traditional family values," and such an economic action must be "specifically targeted and of limited duration" to be effective, according to the resolution. Read More
SBC votes overwhelmingly to end boycott of Disney Company
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention voted overwhelmingly to end its eight-year boycott of The Disney Company June 22 during its annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Read More
24 motions at SBC stretch from missionary training to tax policy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Messengers proposed 24 motions during the opening day of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting on such topics as theological training for missionaries, Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and ministry to people seeking to overcome "same-sex" attractions. Read More
SBC messengers approve sole membership for NOBTS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Southern Baptist Convention messengers June 21 approved the adoption of sole membership for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, ending a lengthy process that saw the seminary and the Executive Committee engage in a public disagreement. Read More
GuideStone name change, appreciation for 3 leaders approved
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention approved the GuideStone Financial Resources name change, from the former Annuity Board, on June 21 and 22. Read More
Bobby Welch, Jerry Sutton, Roy Fish elected to top posts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Bobby Welch was joined by Jerry Sutton and Roy Fish as the Southern Baptist Convention's top three elected officers during the SBC's June 21-22 annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Read More
Abundance of first-time trustees to help guide SBC entities
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--An array of fresh faces joined the boards of the Southern Baptist Convention's entities on the opening day of the SBC's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
Committee on Nominations announced for 2005-06
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Seventy Southern Baptists from 35 state Baptist conventions have been named to serve on the 2005 SBC Committee on Nominations.
Southern Baptists: Rescue the perishing, Whitten urges
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Blending conservative resurgence history, a text out of Acts 27 and a line from a hymn, Ken Whitten, pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, Fla., delivered the Southern Baptist Convention sermon June 22 in Nashville, Tenn.
Land says values voters are new political force in America
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"I'm Richard Land and I vote my values. And from what the pollsters found out, you vote your values, too," the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission pronounced, opening the entity's report to the SBC annual meeting June 20.
Reccord announces fall launch of 'See Who Cares' media campaign
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--North American Mission Board President Robert E. (Bob) Reccord announced plans June 21 for the launching of a national evangelistic media campaign this fall and unveiled a new Internet broadcast media platform designed to help churches of all sizes share the Gospel throughout the world.
Town moves toward racial reconciliation with conviction of 80-year-old Klansman
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (BP)--Another marker on the road to racial reconciliation in the United States was secured June 21 with the conviction of an 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Miss.
Longtime librarian dies during SBC in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Howard Gallimore, 72, archival assistant for the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, died June 20 on his way home from working in the SBHLA exhibit hall booth at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Nashville Tenn.