July 29, 2014
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2012: SBC New Orleans
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Entity heads address messenger questions
Laos native receives WMU's O'Brien award
Students 'prayer'-cache across New Orleans
FIRST-PERSON: Fred Luter & the SBC's moral arc
The election of New Orleans pastor Fred Luter Jr., reflects how the Southern Baptist Convention, as Richard Land describes it, "has now gone from being virtually an all-white domination as late as 1970 to being one of the most ethnically diverse denominations."
'Bible storying' is key to reaching 2/3 of world
SBC entities issue 1st report on ethnic diversity
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention entities have issued their first reports in response to historic measures adopted a year ago to improve accountability in the inclusion of ethnic minorities in SBC life.
Israeli tourism ministry honors 3 SBC leaders
God-given femininity: Value it, Kassian says
Mary Cox honored by ministers' wives
IMB, NAMB presidents address DOMs' queries
Evangelists underscore 'power of God'
Bedouin tent at SBC inspires Great Commission prayer
NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Jill Welton quickly discovered that the Bedouin tent inside the convention center wasn't a marketing gimmick. It was a place for prayer and reflection. Welton, a pastor's wife from Berryville, Va., had come to New Orleans for the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting and visited IMB's booth in the exhibit hall.
"Some of the nicest people I've ever met are Muslims.... They're actually more open to talk about religious things than many Christians in the United States." --Luke Bray
The prayer tent, which dominated IMB's display, was modeled after the desert dwellings of the nomadic Bedouin tribes of North Africa and the Middle East. It was created to inspire SBC messengers to deepen their commitment to be Jesus' heart, hands and voice, following Him in obedience to the Great Commission no matter the cost. It featured five stations that focused prayer on Jesus' commands in Matthew 16:24-25 for believers to deny themselves, take up their crosses and follow Him. Welton was overwhelmed by the words of Karen Watson, a Southern Baptist worker martyred in 2004 in Iraq. Before Watson went overseas, she penned a letter to be read by her pastor in the event of her death. Excerpts of the letter were displayed at one of the prayer stations: "When God calls there are no regrets.... To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected, His glory is my reward." "I wrote down every word," Welton said. "I'm going to print it up and post it in my cubicle at work because it is incredibly inspirational." Two years ago, Welton helped her husband Van start Apple Valley Baptist Church in Berryville. The congregation averages about 40 people on Sundays. She said the prayer tent was a good reminder that success isn't measured in numbers but in obedience. "It's so easy to get caught up in the world's idea of success, and when you don't think that you fit that mold, you may see yourself as a failure," Welton said. "And I think that's a good way for me to encourage my husband as pastor of a small, growing church."
Native Americans install 1st executive director
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--The Fellowship of Native American Christians has installed its first executive director, Gary Hawkins.
Korean Council draws 800 to annual meeting
LINTHICUM, Md. (BP) -- About 800 people from 600 Korean Baptist churches in 40 states including Alaska and Hawaii gathered for the Council of Korean Baptist Churches' annual meeting.
Chinese discuss outreach beyond their churches

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