Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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  • Exec. Comm. marks 100 years with 'happy-birthday party'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee commemorated its 100th year of existence with what EC President Frank S. Page called "a little happy-birthday party" intended to reflect the EC's behind-the-scenes ministry of helping other SBC entities succeed.

    "Some people ask, 'Why haven't you [made] a bigger deal about the 100th anniversary of the Executive Committee?'" Page said at the EC's Sept. 18-19 meeting in Nashville. "The bottom line is that we don't exist to promote ourselves. We exist to make sure missions and ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention succeed. That's why we're here. So we don't need to have much attention to ourselves." Read More

  • Gaines to EC: Do you see lostness?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Prayer and evangelism will enable the Southern Baptist Convention to abide and continue its work in an increasingly eclectic society, SBC President Steve Gaines told the Executive Committee during its 2017 fall meeting in Nashville.

    SBC leaders and laity must see and love the lost so much that it creates a burden that the lost be saved, Gaines said in his address Sept. 18 at the SBC Building. He exhorted the Executive Committee, other Southern Baptist leaders and SBC employees gathered before him, to understand and love the disadvantaged, and to show them the love of Christ. Read More

  • State DR, non-Baptist donors crucial, Ezell says

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- State Baptist conventions and donors from across the nation have been pivotal to Southern Baptists' Send Relief efforts for survivors of catastrophic Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

    Kevin Ezell, speaking to the SBC Executive Committee on Sept. 18, voiced gratitude to state Southern Baptist Disaster Relief partners and to donors beyond the Southern Baptist family who have provided the majority of Send Relief donations to aid in recovery efforts in Florida and Texas. Read More

  • ERLC, others endorse bills to combat sites aiding sex trade

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (8 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has strongly endorsed congressional efforts to hold accountable Backpage.com and other online sites that profit from sex trafficking.

    ERLC President Russell Moore and officials with other organizations wrote Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sept. 7 in support of their legislative proposals, which Moore and the others said would enable law enforcement "to effectively combat online sex trafficking hubs that provide a safe haven for modern day slave traders." A Senate committee held a hearing on Portman's bill today (Sept. 19). Read More

  • Celebrating a century

    by Frank S. Page, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (8 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- On the back cover of his signature work, The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention 1917–1984, Albert McClellan says the following:

    "To many observers, Southern Baptists are a paradox -- a people of seemingly contradictory qualities. One has described them as a rope of sand with the strength of steel. Others have compared them to a bumblebee, which in theory should not be able to fly, but which does so quite well. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The time is now

    by Terry Sharp, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Now is the time to be a friend to an international student, Terry Sharp writes, to help those who have traveled far from their native lands adjust to life in a new country early in the school year. Read More