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'The stakes are high,' Floyd saysST. LOUIS (BP) -- Southern Baptists must act, akin to Queen Esther on behalf of her people, because "the stakes are high" in the church and in the world today, Ronnie Floyd said Tuesday (June 14) in his presidential address to messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis.
"More Christians around the world are being persecuted and killed for their faith than any other time in modern history," said Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas. "And with the continual and growing threats of Boko Haram, ISIS and other persecution, we are seeing one of the most severe refugee crises in our generation. Read More
'Pass the Salt': Racism cure resides with churchST. LOUIS (BP) -- Racial reconciliation rests at the doorsteps of the church and can only be achieved through the Gospel in action, a diverse panel of Baptist pastors said during a trailblazing discussion today (June 14) on the opening morning of the 2016 SBC annual meeting in St. Louis.
Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd convened the panel at 10:52 a.m., historically including National Baptist Convention USA President Jerry Young. The two have collaborated for months to put talk into action and actually achieve racial reconciliation in a racially troubled America. Read More
No clear winner determined in SBC presidential electionST. LOUIS (BP) -- Although an announcement of a new Southern Baptist Convention president was expected on Tuesday (June 14), no clear winner was determined the day of election.
A run-off between nominees North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear and Memphis-area pastor Steve Gaines failed to provide a clear majority, as required by Roberts Rules of Order. A second run-off election between the two pastors has been scheduled for the Wednesday morning session at 10:58 a.m. Read More
SBC repudiates display of Confederate flagST. LOUIS (BP) -- Messengers to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention renounced display of the Confederate battle flag in a historic, overwhelming vote Tuesday (June 14).
The convention adopted late in its afternoon session a resolution that urged "brothers and sisters in Christ to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag as a sign of solidarity of the whole body of Christ, including our African American brothers and sisters." Read More
'Every church can' urged at Send LuncheonST. LOUIS (BP) -- A capacity audience of 3,000 at The Dome in St. Louis experienced the launch of Send Relief at the 2016 Send Luncheon on Monday, part of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference.
In keeping with the Send Relief theme -- bringing practical help with lasting hope -- the North American Mission Board (NAMB) presented Plymouth Baptist Church with a Send Relief trailer to augment the compassion ministry the church of 100 already accomplishes to reach the people of Plymouth, Ind. Pastor Clark Harless, his wife Raechelle and their daughter, Kennedy, joined NAMB president Kevin Ezell on stage. Ezell said Harless and his church epitomize what Send Relief can mean for a community. Read More
Effective evangelism draws focus at Pastors' Conf.ST. LOUIS, Missouri (BP) -- The 2016 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference continued with exposition of 2 Timothy 4:5-6 during afternoon and evening sessions June 13.
Five speakers further explained the words of the apostle Paul, urging pastors to "do the work of an evangelist and fulfill your ministry." The conference preceded the SBC annual meeting in America's Center in St. Louis. Read More
WMU urged to 'not grow weary in doing good'ST. LOUIS, Mo. (BP) -- International Mission Board church planter Sabastian Vazquez couldn't escape the inevitable emotions as he stood before a group of women whose legacy had led to four generations of pastors in his family.
Speaking during day two of the 2016 Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, Sabastian unsuccessfully fought off tears as he told the story of a new Southern Baptist missionary who a century ago handed a Spanish-language evangelistic tract to an illiterate baker named Angel Vazquez, his great-grandfather. Angel knew the missionary had given him something very special because of the way in which he gave it to him. He became a Christian and asked the missionary to teach him how to be a pastor, too. His son, grandson and great-grandson, Sabastian, would follow in his footsteps. Read More
'Lean into culture,' speakers urge pastors' wivesST. LOUIS (BP) -- Burdened with a changing culture and apparent declining in Christian influence, the women who shared the stage at the 2016 Pastors' Wives Conference urged their listeners to pray, lean into the culture and personally get involved in reaching their communities.
Anne Graham Lotz, executive director of AnGeL Ministries, headlined the June 13 event in the Marriott Majestic Ballroom prior to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis. Read More
Hispanic Alliance launches with church-centric focusST. LOUIS (BP) -- The inaugural meeting of the Hispanic Baptist Pastors Alliance provided a night of worship and fellowship as well as insight from various SBC leaders and from key Hispanic pastors.
The alliance is a network of Hispanic Southern Baptist pastors intent on reaching their Hispanic communities with the Gospel and sharing the Word of God with their congregations, said Felix Cabrera, co-founder of the organization and lead pastor of Iglesia Bautista Central in Oklahoma City. Read More
Nominations committee: 'conviction' & 'cooperation'
ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Committee members who, next year, will recommend trustees to join in guiding Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries "not only represent the depth of our conviction, they represent the breadth of our cooperation." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: A Crossover of generations
Collegian Daniel Woodman sees different generations come together to impact St. Louis. Believers came together through the Crossover evangelistic outreach prior to this year's SBC annual meeting "to bring a gift that can be shared by all generations -- the salvation of Jesus Christ," Woodman writes. Read More