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Platt to EC: Seemingly dead man rose among UUPGNASHVILLE (BP) -- What appeared to local believers to be a physical resurrection from the dead among an unengaged, unreached people group in Southeast Asia has opened a door for Gospel witness and highlighted what International Mission Board President David Platt called "God's power to supernaturally save sinners."
Platt recounted the story -- which, though atypical in Western experience, bore similarities to biblical accounts of raising the dead -- during his report to the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, Sept. 19 in Nashville. The episode illustrates, he said, the spiritual fruit that has come as IMB missionaries have shared the Gospel with "biblical clarity, precision and consistency." Read More
New EC media policy addresses social media
NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Executive Committee has voted to update its media policy, prompted by the proliferation and ease of use of social media.
In addition to news media, the policy now encompasses any individuals in attendance at EC meetings, including Executive Committee members themselves. Read More
WRAP-UP: EC recommends expanding membershipNASHVILLE (BP) -- Four states or territories would gain representation on the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee under a recommendation adopted during the EC's Sept. 19-20 meeting in Nashville for presentation at the SBC annual meeting in June 2017.
The recommendation would amend SBC Bylaw 18 to exempt the states and territories of the Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota-Wisconsin and Montana from Bylaw 30's requirement that territories have 15,000 members in cooperating Baptist churches to qualify for EC representation. Read More
Mo. Supreme Court returns entity to state conventionJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- The Missouri Baptist Foundation is coming home to the Missouri Baptist Convention.
The Missouri Supreme Court declined Tuesday (Sept. 20) to hear the foundation's appeal of an appeals court decision ordering its return to governance by convention-elected trustees. Read More
Russian anti-evangelism case appeal postponedORYOL, Russia (BP) -- A Baptist missionary's appeal of a judgment against him for teaching a Bible study in his home in Oryol, Russia, was postponed in the middle of proceedings Sept. 19 when the judge said additional witnesses were needed to continue.
Donald Ossewaarde, who appealed a $600 fine under Russia's new law prohibiting organizations from evangelizing outside church walls and without a government permit, said his attorney believes the postponement is a delay tactic designed to sidestep justice. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Pastor, love your Baptist association
Baptist associations are a key element of missions, pastor Roger Freeman writes of local churches' cooperative efforts across the country. "In tandem with our churches, the Baptist association is the first line of biblical missions," he notes, and a key resource for relationships among pastors and churches, prayer, continuing education and doctrinal concerns. Read More